I grew up on Sydney's beaches, my Dad once a surf-lifesaver. Its  sandstone-and-liquid landscape is etched in my tissues, a cellular memory in bone and body-fluid.

As we encounter that which surrounds us, allowing it to touch us, we discover its visceral, felt reflection within our own corporeal terrain; a continuum of the inner and outer geographies of the Body. A living resonance.

An embodied ecology.

Of river and delta and internal waterways. Of unfurling, reaching rainforest of lung; etching of bone-rock and tracery of lichen-nerve. One.

The body.  As felt, known, poetic place. Through image, word, and embodied movement practice.


Yoga for Scoliosis & Backcare

'Stand up straight' she tells me for the umpteenth time, pins hanging out of her mouth. I look in the mirror in front of me, the fabric of my dance costume draped over my body, all a-swirl.

I look straight to me....or do I?
'I am, Mum'....
I am 13 years old.

Your spine is a long curving river. In scoliosis, and indeed, in all spinal terrains,  it is important to sense the course of the river, the riverbanks, the surrounding country. To encounter the inflow of the tributaries of the limbs, and observe their impact on the course of the river-spine.

The tumbling calligraphy of your strong, fluid spine.


Experience the wonder-filled exploration of your embodied consciousness - through lucent image, the deep ecology of your anatomy, & within the communion of yoga.

Your magnificence, held in spaciousness. A Benediction.


For You, Now!

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upcoming workshops

Yoga for Scoliosis,
in Yogyakarta Indonesia, Jan 25-27.

Embodied Dance,
in Auckland, Feb 9.
Yoga & The Spine
in Auckland, Feb 16-17.
Portraits February 3-15.

Earth Felt Dance
in Maui, Feb 22-24.
Portraits February 21-22.

New York City March Dates TBA

European & UK Events March-June
in Yoga, Dance, and Portraiture:

Yoga for Scoliosis; Portraits,
in Salzburg, March 22-24.
Yoga for Scoliosis; Portraits,
in Margate UK, May 18-19.

Dance & Portraits
in Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona, Paris, dates TBA.

saltwater Songlines

Photography & Word, Yoga & Dance.
Your body as felt, known, poetic space; part of the greater ecology.

The Saltwater Songlines Medicine Card Deck is currently in creation and will be coming soon.

Find out More about Songlines here >

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Images of Narelle Carter-Quinlan by Glen McKerrihan


About Narelle

Woman of the Sea
Listener to the Land
walker of Songlines

Narelle Carter-Quinlan is a Photographer and Writer, a Dance Maker and a Yogi. Her Practice is one of mapping the Body-Land in image and word, and expressing it through movement, in consciousness.

A global leading exponent on yoga for scoliosis and spinal anatomy and pathology, she is an anatomist by academic, experiential, and yes, cadaveric training. Her unique body of work integrates the practices of yoga and of dance improvisation, with the embodiment of your form. Her movement and photography Practices are grounded in experiencing the body as part of the living breathing land; the places where the land echoes our own physicality.

These days, she travels as a chosen way of life.

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