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franti to cville prayer flags 012A week of Akhilanda, the goddess of Never Not Broken. In the playlists from classes, you might notice a number of interesting songs about brokeness, and riding and rolling on the crocodile of fear. I’ve also listed the Rumi poem I used on Monday and Tuesday.

The Michael Franti & Spearhead prayer flags are packaged up and Sara is leaving today to hand-deliver them! I made a little video invitation with images of the flags that you can find here. Please share it, pass it on, pay it forward and maybe the video will reach him as well as the flags!

As always, please let me know how I can help more.

Dance on. Shine on.

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This Rumi poem found its way to me this week (thank you, Gina) and it speaks to this croc-riding power of Akhilanda.

BirdWings
by Rumi

Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror
up to where you’re bravely working.

Expecting the worst, you look, and instead,
here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see.

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.
if it were always a fist or always stretched open,
you would be paralyzed.

Your deepest presence is in every small contracting
and expanding,
The two as beautifully balanced and coordinated
as birdwings.

Monday, Jul 21, 2014, 1045am ~ Akhilanda Rides Again and Again and Again

Amazing 4:34 One Eskimo
Wounded In All The Right Places [Feat. k.d. lang] 4:33 1 Giant Leap
Never Goin’ Down [Ben Chapman Remix] [1991] 3:51 Adamski
Smokey Quartz 6:59 Shakatura
Broken (New Version) 4:15 Lifehouse
Some Kind Of Ride 3:45 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Everything Is Broken 4:52 R.L. Burnside
It’s Alright 3:28 Dar Williams
Broken Piano 2:36 Ben Folds
Ghosts in My Machine 3:33 Annie Lennox
Gonna Be [Ben Human Remix] 4:10 Mo’ Horizons
Closer To Fine 4:02 Indigo Girls
Broken 3:56 Jack Johnson
Broken 4:49 Helen Jane Long

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014, 9am ~ Akhilanda Rides Again and Again and Again

The White Spirit 5:20 Uman
Childhood [2000] 4:44 Dusted
Wounded In All The Right Places [Feat. k.d. lang] 4:33 1 Giant Leap
Broken (New Version) 4:15 Lifehouse
Nostalgia Worship 6:46 Bassnectar
Everything Is Broken 4:52 R.L. Burnside
Ghosts in My Machine 3:33 Annie Lennox
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Girl
Broken Piano 2:36 Ben Folds
Raag Trance 5:32 Biddu
Falling Into You 4:19 Céline Dion
Prayer Of St. Francis 2:02 Sarah McLachlan
When It Falls 5:31 Zero 7

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014, 1055am ~ Akhilanda Rides Again and Again and Again

Destiny 5:38 Zero 7
Wounded In All The Right Places [Feat. k.d. lang] 4:33 1 Giant Leap
Smooth 5:00 Santana
Broken (New Version) 4:15 Lifehouse
Everything Is Broken 4:52 R.L. Burnside
Roll With It 5:18 Steve Winwood
Pick Up The Pieces 4:03 The Average White Band
Lady Marmalade 4:25 Christina Aguilera
Mercy 3:41 Duffy
All We Are 3:37 Matt Nathanson
Fields of Gold 5:00 Eva Cassidy
Broken 4:49 Helen Jane Long

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014, 9am ~ Akhilanda Rides Again and Again and Again

Coming Back To Life 6:19 Pink Floyd
Living In The Moment 3:55 Jason Mraz
Never Know 3:33 Jack Johnson
Drifting Away (Paradiso Mix) 5:07 Faithless
Drive By 3:16 Train
Drop 4:56 Cornelius
Breathe (Extreme Mix) 4:04 Soulfood
Stairway To Heaven 8:03 Led Zeppelin
Why Must I Feel Like This Today? [Feat. Baaba Maal, Michael Franti, Ulali, Radio Active & Krishna Das] 9:28 1 Giant Leap
Everloving 3:26 Moby
Father I Know (Mix 1) 3:08 Jamie Catto

NIA TRAINER, JULIE WYLIE, COMING TO CHARLOTTESVILLE

We’re excited to support a weekend of classes and workshops with Nia Trainer, Julie Wylie now scheduled for September and a Nia White Belt early in 2015. Events will include lots of things for everyBODY as well as for belts wanting to reconnect to the principles and practices. More info coming soon.

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

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If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going. 

Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. There is one planned in Charlottesville (see above) and lots of other places, too.