This week we used the eclectic mix of music and movement of the Sense You All routine to deepen connection to whole-body, holistic movement. You can find all the playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

But first, here are some things I know you want to know about:

Locker Room Renovation at Albemarle Square starting soon
Renovations on the locker rooms at Albemarle Square will start soon. Here is all the information I have about the project from the Albemarle Square General Manager, Kendall Skeen (kendalls@acac.com):
Q: Why are we renovating the locker rooms?
A: Since opening Albemarle Square in 1998 we have invested over $5 million in facility and equipment upgrades. We continually update our facility and the locker rooms no longer meet our high standards for quality.
Q: Will the renovations cause membership dues to increase?
A: We do not raise membership dues as a result of renovation projects. Membership dues are evaluated each year, but reinvestments that we make to our club do not determine membership dues.
Q: How long is the renovation going to last?
A: The project is schedule to take 14-16 weeks.
Q: Will showers be available during renovations?
A: Our assisted change area will not be renovated at the same time as the main locker rooms. The showers in assisted change will remain open during the renovations. Please remember that we also have three other locations with full locker room facilities: Downtown, Pantops and Crozet. Pantops and Crozet are also locations with 24-hour access.
Q: Will members have access to toilets during the renovations?
A: The toilet areas of the locker rooms will remain open during the renovations with the exception of a couple of weeks towards the end of the project. During the entire project, including those couple of weeks when the toilet areas are being renovated, the assisted change bathrooms near the aquatic center will remain open.
Q: Can members put their membership on hold during the renovations?
A: Yes, members may freeze their membership during the renovations. We want to remind our members that if they freeze their membership they will not have access to any of our facilities during the time their membership is on freeze. Their membership becomes inactive if they freeze it.
Q: How will members be updated on the renovation progress?
A: We will regularly update our members via email, social media and in-club communications. We also have a TV in the lobby that will provide regular updates about the renovations.
Q: How will members change in and out of their swimwear?
A: We are temporarily converting the large storage area in the aquatics center into “His and Hers” dry changing rooms. We will also provide a deck shower so members can rinse off before and after getting in the pool.
Q: Will there be any lockers available other than the small day lockers near the front desk?
A: Yes. We plan to temporarily relocate some of the old lockers from the locker room to the aquatic center. The number of these lockers will be limited, and members may not leave items in these lockers overnight.
Q: When do lockers need to be cleaned out?
A: Men’s lockers must to be emptied out no later than close of business on Saturday, September 22nd.
Women’s lockers must to be emptied out no later than close of business on Saturday, September 29th.
We will remove any items from lockers that are not cleaned out by the above dates.
Q: What do members do with their locks if they are renting a locker from us?
A: Members can turn in their lock and key to the Member Services desk or a Membership team member.
Q: If a member currently rents a locker will they be guaranteed a new locker when the renovations are complete?
A: Yes. These members will automatically be assigned a new locker when the renovations are complete. They will need to contact Membership if they want to cancel their locker rental.
If a you have any other questions please feel free to direct them to Kendall at kendalls@acac.com.
AND To get the latest information on the project, please sign up for the weekly newsletter that goes out every Friday. It is a great source of information on what’s happening in the club. Here’s the link: acac.com/newsletter

Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barf on the Bed … Are Going Fast!
Buddha Cat is on sale now! If you haven’t yet, you can go to http://www.susanmcculley.com and sign up to be a Buddha Cat Backer. You will then have access to discount codes for free shipping and reduced prices on books — now extended through September 16. Two thirds of the books have gone to good homes so now is the time to place an order!
Buddha Cat Now Available at Three Local Stores!
If you’d rather not order online and/or if you’d like to support an independent bookstore, you can find the book at two local establishments!
Over The Moon Bookstore at 2025 Library Ave in Crozet, Virginia. It’s a beautiful store filled with great books, lovely things and chocolate and is well worth a visit.
New Dominion Bookshop on the downtown mall at 404 E Main St in Charlottesville, Virginia. New Dominion is the oldest independent bookseller in Virginia, and carries books in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature, and a unique selection of architecture and landscape gardening resources…as well as Buddha Cat. Please do go in, ask for Buddha Cat by name and support local artists, local booksellers and local cats.
Quilts Unlimited / J. Fenton Gifts on the downtown mall at  118 West Main St in Charlottesville. This is a great place to find contemporary American Handcrafts, artisan jewelry and whimsical (even Buddha-y) gifts.

Buddha Cat Art & Book Exhibit Reception NOW on Friday, September 28, 6-730pm
A selection of drawings and mixed media pieces including some from the Buddha Cat book will be displayed at Buck Mountain Episcopal Church’s Deese Hall September 1-30 (4133 Earlysville Rd, Earlysville, VA 22936). Due to the incoming hurricane, the reception for Buddha Cat and More: Mixed-media Drawings and Book will now be held there on Friday, September 28 from 6-730pm. Please join us to celebrate art, community, delight and insight.

Buddha Cat & More Art at Hot Yoga Charlottesville in October
A selection of drawings and mixed media pieces including some from the Buddha Cat book will be displayed at Hot Yoga Charlottesville (216 Water St W Ste 103, Charlottesville, VA 22902) October 9-November 9. We’ll have art for sale and snacks for snacking on Saturday, October 13, 12noon-1pm. Come sweat and celebrate.

Buddha Cat Book Launch Party on Saturday, Nov 3, 2-3pm at New Dominion Bookshop
Come to the historic New Dominion Bookshop on the historic downtown mall for a book launch party! I’ll be signing books and you can do some early holiday shopping and there will be very cool people there (you!) and, of course, snacks! Please join us.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, Sep 17, 2018, 1045am ~ Diagonals & Spirals

Orange Sky 6:11 Alexi Murdoch
Cosmopole 6:39 Cantoma
Just Keep Me Moving 3:56 k.d. lang
Kintamani (Hanoman’s Forest Mix) 5:46 Transglobal Underground
Baya Baya 5:27 Safri Duo
Fallin’ High 6:00 Safri Duo
Marjaani Marjaani (From Billu) 5:26 Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh & Pritam
New Morning 3:44 Alpha Rev
Tupelo Honey 3:37 Van Morrison
Deep Blue Sea 4:27 Snatum Kaur
Miniature 9 6:11 Matthew Robert Cooper

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018, 840am ~ Diagonals & Spirals

Orange Sky 6:11 Alexi Murdoch
Cosmopole 6:39 Cantoma
Just Keep Me Moving 3:56 k.d. lang
Kintamani (Hanoman’s Forest Mix) 5:46 Transglobal Underground
Baya Baya 5:27 Safri Duo
Fallin’ High 6:00 Safri Duo
Marjaani Marjaani (From Billu) 5:26 Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh & Pritam
New Morning 3:44 Alpha Rev
Tupelo Honey 3:37 Van Morrison
Skin Deep 4:30 Derek Trucks Band with Buddy Guy

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2017, 11am ~ Diagonals & Spirals

Orange Sky 6:11 Alexi Murdoch
Cosmopole 6:39 Cantoma
Just Keep Me Moving 3:56 k.d. lang
Kintamani (Hanoman’s Forest Mix) 5:46 Transglobal Underground
Baya Baya 5:27 Safri Duo
Fallin’ High 6:00 Safri Duo
Marjaani Marjaani (From Billu) 5:26 Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh & Pritam
New Morning 3:44 Alpha Rev
Tupelo Honey 3:37 Van Morrison
Skin Deep 4:30 Derek Trucks Band with Buddy Guy
Tape Recorder 6:07 Hammock

Thursday, Sep 20, 2017, 840am ~ Diagonals & Spirals

Orange Sky 6:11 Alexi Murdoch
Cosmopole 6:39 Cantoma
Just Keep Me Moving 3:56 k.d. lang
Kintamani (Hanoman’s Forest Mix) 5:46 Transglobal Underground
Baya Baya 5:27 Safri Duo
Fallin’ High 6:00 Safri Duo
Marjaani Marjaani (From Billu) 5:26 Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh & Pritam
New Morning 3:44 Alpha Rev
Tupelo Honey 3:37 Van Morrison
Deep Blue Sea 4:27 Snatum Kaur
Let It Go 2:16 Jamie Catto & Alex Forster

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
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. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

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The human body is designed to move and function as a complete system. Everything is connected. Everything.
In movement, focus on spirals and diagonals to access and stimulate this holistic, systemic movement.

Diagonal movement includes both left/right and upper/lower bodies.

Diagonals integrate the side body and the inside and outside of arms and legs.

Spiral and circular movement incorporates all directions in 360 degrees.

Circles and spirals integrate intrinsic and extrinsic muscles as well as connective tissue.

Notice the sensation of diagonal and spiral movement in the body, mind and heart.
Notice how you might approach your day, your work, your relationships diagonally and spirally.

Move and create and live systemically, holistically. Include all your parts.

Form & Freedom.
Structure & Expression.
Tight & Loose.

Every human endeavor is a balance of these two energies. The invitation of our practice is to embrace each of them whole-heartedly, knowing full-well that we will never “get it right.” How can we dive deep into both form and freedom…and soften into them, too.

You can find all the Form & Freedom playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

But first, here are some things you want to know about:

Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barf on the Bed … Are Going Fast!
Buddha Cat is on sale now! If you haven’t yet, you can go to http://www.susanmcculley.com and sign up to be a Buddha Cat Backer. You will then have access to discount codes for free shipping and reduced prices on books — now extended through September 16. Two thirds of the books have gone to good homes so now is the time to place an order!

Buddha Cat Now Available at Two Local Bookstores!
If you’d rather not order online and/or if you’d like to support an independent bookstore, you can find the book at two local establishments!
Over The Moon Bookstore at 2025 Library Ave in Crozet, Virginia. It’s a beautiful store filled with great books, lovely things and chocolate and is well worth a visit.
New Dominion Bookshop on the downtown mall at 404 E Main St in Charlottesville, Virginia. New Dominion is the oldest independent bookseller in Virginia, and carries books in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature, and a unique selection of architecture and landscape gardening resources…as well as Buddha Cat. Please do go in, ask for Buddha Cat by name and support local artists, local booksellers and local cats.

Buddha Cat Art & Book Exhibit Reception RESCHEDULED for Friday, September 28, 6-730pm
A selection of drawings and mixed media pieces including some from the Buddha Cat book will be displayed at Buck Mountain Episcopal Church’s Deese Hall September 1-30 (4133 Earlysville Rd, Earlysville, VA 22936). Due to the incoming hurricane, the reception for Buddha Cat and More: Mixed-media Drawings and Book will now be held there on Friday, September 28 from 6-730pm. Please join us to celebrate art, community, delight and insight.

Buddha Cat & More Art at Hot Yoga Charlottesville in October
A selection of drawings and mixed media pieces including some from the Buddha Cat book will be displayed at Hot Yoga Charlottesville (216 Water St W Ste 103, Charlottesville, VA 22902) October 9-November 9. We’ll have art for sale and snacks for snacking on Saturday, October 13, 12noon-1pm. Come sweat and celebrate.

Buddha Cat Book Launch Party on Saturday, Nov 3, 2-3pm at New Dominion Bookshop
Come to the historic New Dominion Bookshop on the historic downtown mall for a book launch party! I’ll be signing books and you can do some early holiday shopping and there will be very cool people there (you!) and, of course, snacks! Please join us.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, Sep 10, 2018, 1045am ~ Form & Freedom…Embrace but Soften

North 6:49 Afro Celt Sound System
North, Pt. 2 3:02 Afro Celt Sound System
When You’re Falling [Featuring Peter Gabriel] 5:14 Afro Celt Sound System
Colossus 6:44 Afro Celt Sound System
Lagan 4:05 Afro Celt Sound System
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
Life Begins Again [Featuring Robert Plant] 6:22 Afro Celt Sound System
Further in Time 6:32 Afro Celt Sound System
Persistence of Memory 4:29 Afro Celt Sound System
Onwards 5:27 Afro Celt Sound System
Fervent Supplication 3:43 Russian State Symphony Capella

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2018, 840am ~ Form & Freedom…Embrace but Soften

North 6:49 Afro Celt Sound System
North, Pt. 2 3:02 Afro Celt Sound System
When You’re Falling [Featuring Peter Gabriel] 5:14 Afro Celt Sound System
Colossus 6:44 Afro Celt Sound System
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
Life Begins Again [Featuring Robert Plant] 6:22 Afro Celt Sound System
Further in Time 6:32 Afro Celt Sound System
Persistence of Memory 4:29 Afro Celt Sound System
Onwards 5:27 Afro Celt Sound System
Fervent Supplication 3:43 Russian State Symphony Capella

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2017, 11am ~ Form & Freedom…Embrace but Soften

North 6:49 Afro Celt Sound System
North, Pt. 2 3:02 Afro Celt Sound System
When You’re Falling [Featuring Peter Gabriel] 5:14 Afro Celt Sound System
Colossus 6:44 Afro Celt Sound System
Lagan [Remix] 4:36 Afro Celt Sound System
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
Life Begins Again [Featuring Robert Plant] 6:22 Afro Celt Sound System
Further in Time [Remix] 7:45 Afro Celt Sound System
Persistence of Memory [Remix] 5:14 Afro Celt Sound System
Beautiful Rain 4:59 Afro Celt Sound System
Rise 3:06 Afro Celt Sound System

Thursday, Sep 13, 2017, 840am ~ Form & Freedom…Embrace but Soften

North 6:49 Afro Celt Sound System
North, Pt. 2 3:02 Afro Celt Sound System
When You’re Falling [Featuring Peter Gabriel] 5:14 Afro Celt Sound System
Colossus 6:44 Afro Celt Sound System
Lagan [Remix] 4:36 Afro Celt Sound System
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
Further in Time [Remix] 7:45 Afro Celt Sound System
Persistence of Memory [Remix] 5:14 Afro Celt Sound System
Beautiful Rain 4:59 Afro Celt Sound System
Rise 3:06 Afro Celt Sound System

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
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. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!


Embrace Form…

No matter what you’re doing, form is essential. Structure and boundaries make space for possibility.

but Soften around Form…

Give up getting it right. Nobody is getting it right. Get too tight around form leaves you rigid and unavailable.

Embrace Freedom…

Freedom is the opportunity to go in new directions, experience new things, create what hasn’t been created.

Soften around Freedom…

No matter what you do, habit and auto-pilot will wend their way into freedom. Originality is a myth. Relentless focus on freedom leads to chaos.

Grayson Perry is a fascinating modern artist with boat tons of wisdom about creativity…and some of the craziest outfits you ever saw. He has so many talks and videos and lectures that I really just recommend mucking about and see what you find. AND, I like this piece and this video and this series of lectures (especially the last one).

Every endeavor needs both form and freedom. Embrace them both without a strangle hold. Allow things to be messy and imperfect. Mistakes aren’t the problem. Soften around form and freedom to uncover creative possibility.



Returning to the Miracle & Wonder routine (created 7 years ago in honor of the 25th anniversary of Paul Simon’s Graceland album) was rich and varied and…fun (how could “a rolly polly little bat faced girl” not be?)! Thanks to all who came out to be amazed not just by our miraculous bodies, but the wonder of Paul Simon’s music.

I love the interweavings and collaborations in the Graceland album. You can find the scoop on the original focus of the routine here. And there is a great interview with Simon about the making of the Graceland song here. And The Google reveals lots of great videos and interviews to check out about his fascinating creative process. And finally, one of the things I admire so much about Paul Simon’s work is his poetry. You can find all the lyrics of the routine here.

Miracle & Wonder was a great routine to explore this week’s focus of Proprioception & Interoception. You can find all the playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

But first, here are some things I know you want to know about:

Reminder about Upcoming Nia schedule shifts
*Fri 9/7 9am Downtown A Mary Linn teaches this class for the fall schedule
*Fri 9/7 545pm Downtown Jeanne teaches this class for the fall schedule
*Sun 9/9 315pm Downtown cancelled for early club closure

Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barf on the Bed … Are Going Fast!
Buddha Cat is on sale now! If you haven’t yet, you can go to http://www.susanmcculley.com and sign up to be a Buddha Cat Backer. You will then have access to discount codes for free shipping and reduced prices on books — now extended through September 16. Well more than half of the books have gone to good homes so now is the time to place an order!

Buddha Cat Now Available at Two Local Bookstores!
If you’d rather not order online and/or if you’d like to support an independent bookstore, you can find the book at two local establishments!

Over The Moon Bookstore at 2025 Library Ave in Crozet, Virginia. It’s a beautiful store filled with great books, lovely things and chocolate and is well worth a visit.
New Dominion Bookshop on the downtown mall at 404 E Main St in Charlottesville, Virginia. New Dominion is the oldest independent bookseller in Virginia, and carries books in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature, and a unique selection of architecture and landscape gardening resources…as well as Buddha Cat. Please do go in, ask for Buddha Cat by name and support local artists, local booksellers and local cats.

Buddha Cat Art & Book Exhibit Reception on Friday, September 14, 6-730pm
A selection of drawings and mixed media pieces including some from the Buddha Cat book will be displayed at Buck Mountain Episcopal Church’s Deese Hall September 1-30 (4133 Earlysville Rd, Earlysville, VA 22936). A reception for Buddha Cat and More: Mixed-media Drawings and Book will be held there on Friday, September 14 from 6-730pm. Please join us to celebrate art, community, delight and insight.

Buddha Cat & More Art at Hot Yoga Charlottesville in October
A selection of drawings and mixed media pieces including some from the Buddha Cat book will be displayed at Hot Yoga Charlottesville (216 Water St W Ste 103, Charlottesville, VA 22902) October 9-November 9. We’ll have art for sale and snacks for snacking on Saturday, October 13, 12noon-1pm. Come sweat and celebrate.

Buddha Cat Book Launch Party on Saturday, Nov 3, 2-3pm at New Dominion Bookshop
Come to the historic New Dominion Bookshop on the historic downtown mall for a book launch party! I’ll be signing books and you can do some early holiday shopping and there will be very cool people there (you!) and, of course, snacks! Please join us.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, Sep 3, 2018, 1045am ~ Proprioception & Interoception (Miracle & Wonder)

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes 5:48 Paul Simon
All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints 3:15 Paul Simon
The Obvious Child 4:10 Paul Simon
Graceland 4:51 Paul Simon
I Know What I Know 3:13 Paul Simon
The Boy in the Bubble 3:59 Paul Simon
You Can Call Me Al 4:40 Paul Simon
Crazy Love, Volume II 4:19 Paul Simon
Gumboots 2:45 Paul Simon
Can’t Run But 3:37 Paul Simon
So Beautiful Or So What 4:09 Paul Simon
Born At The Right Time 3:48 Paul Simon
St. Judy’s Comet 3:19 Paul Simon
Under African Skies 3:37 Paul Simon
The Boy In The Bubble 4:30 Peter Gabriel

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018, 840am ~ Proprioception & Interoception (Miracle & Wonder)

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes 5:48 Paul Simon
All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints 3:15 Paul Simon
The Obvious Child 4:10 Paul Simon
Graceland 4:51 Paul Simon
I Know What I Know 3:13 Paul Simon
The Boy in the Bubble 3:59 Paul Simon
You Can Call Me Al 4:40 Paul Simon
Gumboots 2:45 Paul Simon
Can’t Run But 3:37 Paul Simon
So Beautiful Or So What 4:09 Paul Simon
St. Judy’s Comet 3:19 Paul Simon
Under African Skies 3:37 Paul Simon
The Boy In The Bubble 4:30 Peter Gabriel

Wednesday, Sep 5, 2017, 11am ~ Proprioception & Interoception (Miracle & Wonder)

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes 5:48 Paul Simon
All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints 3:15 Paul
The Obvious Child 4:10 Paul Simon
Graceland 4:51 Paul Simon
I Know What I Know 3:13 Paul Simon
The Boy in the Bubble 3:59 Paul Simon
You Can Call Me Al 4:40 Paul Simon
That Was Your Mother 2:55 Paul Simon
Can’t Run But 3:37 Paul Simon
So Beautiful Or So What 4:09 Paul Simon
Spirit Voices 3:56 Paul Simon
St. Judy’s Comet 3:19 Paul Simon
Under African Skies 3:37 Paul Simon
The Boy In The Bubble 4:30 Peter Gabriel

Thursday, Sep 6, 2017, 840am ~ Proprioception & Interoception (Miracle & Wonder)

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes 5:48 Paul Simon
All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints 3:15 Paul
The Obvious Child 4:10 Paul Simon
Graceland 4:51 Paul Simon
I Know What I Know 3:13 Paul Simon
The Boy in the Bubble 3:59 Paul Simon
You Can Call Me Al 4:40 Paul Simon
That Was Your Mother 2:55 Paul Simon
Can’t Run But 3:37 Paul Simon
Spirit Voices 3:56 Paul Simon
St. Judy’s Comet 3:19 Paul Simon
Under African Skies 3:37 Paul Simon
The Boy In The Bubble 4:30 Peter Gabriel

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
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. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!


If I asked you to list your senses, most of us would go with the obvious five: touch, hearing, taste, smell and sight. These are huge, for sure. To deepen mindfulness and awareness, these are rich and important to pay attention to.

There are, however, two additional sense systems that are essential to our healthy, integrated functioning: Proprioception and Interoception.

Proprioception is the 6th sense: the body’s ability to sense itself in space. It’s a fascinating system that resides largely in receptors in the joints and the hands and feet. It’s the system that allows you to scratch an itch you cannot see, to move without looking and to move fluidly. I love playing with proprioception and I’ve written about it before.

For a deep dive into it, please go to The Secret Sense post from Nov 29, 2015. For proprioceptive practical particulars, please check out Art In Action: 4 Ways to Strengthen Proprioception from Dec 1 2015.

The 7th sense is Interoception: your ability to sense yourself from the inside. Interoception is what allows you to feel your heart beating and tells you when you are thirsty, hungry or need to go to the bathroom. Interoception also allows you to feel your emotions. Many of us don’t pay close attention to these sensations and can confuse them. Ever eat when you’re actually thirsty or bored or stressed? That’s just muddled interoception. (This great article about Interoception and Autism isn’t just for people on the spectrum, I certainly find myself having similar experiences as those described here.)

The practice of mindful movement invites us to pay attention to both proprioception and interoception with focus and clarity. Strengthening the 6th and 7th senses allows us to move through the world with more ease and grace.



I’m stunned by how often I forget that I have (or even lean away from!) support exactly when I need it the most. At all times no matter what is happening we always have support.
Support from the Earth.
Support from inside ourselves (physically and otherwise).
Support from outside ourselves: people, teachers, allies, animals, the natural world.
Support from the big mystery that holds us all.
May you lean into your support…and offer some, too!

You can find this week’s Support playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!
But first, here are some things I know you want to know about:

Labor Day Nia (and beyond) at acac
For the upcoming holiday weekend, we’ve got a bunch of subbing plus some other changes for the Nia schedule:
*Fri 8/31 830am Downtown A Mary Linn subs (last Nia 5 Stages class – Nia class at 9 continues on the fall schedule but not 5 Stages)
*Fri 8/31 1125am Albemarle Square B Rachel subs
*Sun 9/2 1245pm Albemarle Square cancelled
*Mon 9/3 1045am Albemarle Square A with Susan (no time change for holiday Monday)
*Fri 9/7 9am Downtown A Mary Linn teaches this class for the fall schedule
*Fri 9/7 545pm Downtown Jeanne teaches this class for the fall schedule
*Sun 9/9 315pm Downtown cancelled for early club closure

Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barf on the Bed … Are HERE!
I’m excited to be orders on my web site NOW! (And thank you to the dozens of you who have already placed orders! Wow!) If you haven’t yet, you can go to http://www.susanmcculley.com and sign up to be a Buddha Cat Backer. You will then have access to discount codes for free shipping and reduced prices on books between now and September 9. If you’d rather not order online, just email me at sjmnia@gmail.com and we can make other arrangements!

Cville Dance Co-Op: Sweet September with Susan on Sun, Sep 2, 1015am-1215pm
September is perhaps my favorite month in Virginia. Sun and air and space to breathe. I’ll be offering favorite music both new and old and holding the space for the Cville Dance Co-op on Sunday, September 2 from 10:15am-12:15pm at Common Ground in the Jefferson School.
The Co-op http://www.cvilledancecoop.com/who-we-are/ is a substance free, non-verbal, barefoot, 115 minutes of free style dance. No steps to learn, no teacher, nothing but what’s flowing and moving in your own body. It’s as simple as that. Come breathe it all in.
C’ville Dance Co-op, http://cvilledancecoop.com
Location (Common Ground, 2nd floor of Jefferson School, 233 4th St NW)
Date/time: Sunday, Sep 2: doors open at 10:15am for warming up, full-on dancing from 1030 until noon, then closing circle (come for the whole time!)
What to bring: Water bottle, comfortable clothes, optional donation for Common Ground
You can RSVP or ask questions at the Facebook event here.

Buddha Cat Art & Book Exhibit Reception on Friday, September 14, 6-730pm
A selection of drawings and mixed media pieces including some from the Buddha Cat book will be displayed at Buck Mountain Episcopal Church’s Deese Hall September 1-30. A reception for Buddha Cat and More: Mixed-media Drawings and Book will be held there on Friday, September 14 from 6-730pm. Please join us to celebrate art, community, delight and insight.
As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, Aug 27, 2018, 1045am ~ Support Support Support

Altus Silva 6:07 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Ronan Browne, Deep Forest, James McNally, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Vernon Reid
Whole Thing 5:27 Big Blue Ball featuring Francis Bebey, Alex Faku, Tim Finn, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger, Andy White
Habibe 7:12 Big Blue Ball featuring Natacha Atlas, Hossam Ramzy, Neil Sparkes, The Hossam Ramzy Egyptian Ensemble (Adel Eskander, Wael Abu Bakr, Momtaz Talaat
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Exit Through You 5:52 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger
Everything Comes From You 4:42 Big Blue Ball featuring Richard Evans, Joji Hirota, Sevara Nazarkhan, Sinéad O’Connor, Guo Yue
Burn You Up Burn You Down 4:31 Big Blue Ball featuring Billy Cobham, Peter Gabriel, The Holmes Brothers, Wendy Melvoin, Arona N’diaye, Jah Wobble
Jijy 4:00 Big Blue Ball featuring Arona N’Diaye, Rossy, Jah Wobble
When You Come Back Down 3:50 Nickel Creek
Rivers 5:45 Big Blue Ball featuring Vernon Reid, Márta Sebestyén, Karl Wallinger
Flame And Circle 6:08 Tim Story

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018, 840am ~ Support Support Support

Altus Silva 6:07 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Ronan Browne, Deep Forest, James McNally, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Vernon Reid
Whole Thing 5:27 Big Blue Ball featuring Francis Bebey, Alex Faku, Tim Finn, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger, Andy White
Habibe 7:12 Big Blue Ball featuring Natacha Atlas, Hossam Ramzy, Neil Sparkes, The Hossam Ramzy Egyptian Ensemble (Adel Eskander, Wael Abu Bakr, Momtaz Talaat
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Exit Through You 5:52 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger
Everything Comes From You 4:42 Big Blue Ball featuring Richard Evans, Joji Hirota, Sevara Nazarkhan, Sinéad O’Connor, Guo Yue
Burn You Up Burn You Down 4:31 Big Blue Ball featuring Billy Cobham, Peter Gabriel, The Holmes Brothers, Wendy Melvoin, Arona N’diaye, Jah Wobble
Jijy 4:00 Big Blue Ball featuring Arona N’Diaye, Rossy, Jah Wobble
When You Come Back Down 3:50 Nickel Creek
Rivers 5:45 Big Blue Ball featuring Vernon Reid, Márta Sebestyén, Karl Wallinger

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2017, 11am ~ Support Support Support

Altus Silva 6:07 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Ronan Browne, Deep Forest, James McNally, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Vernon Reid
Whole Thing 5:27 Big Blue Ball featuring Francis Bebey, Alex Faku, Tim Finn, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger, Andy White
Habibe 7:12 Big Blue Ball featuring Natacha Atlas, Hossam Ramzy, Neil Sparkes, The Hossam Ramzy Egyptian Ensemble (Adel Eskander, Wael Abu Bakr, Momtaz Talaat
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Exit Through You 5:52 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger
Everything Comes From You 4:42 Big Blue Ball featuring Richard Evans, Joji Hirota, Sevara Nazarkhan, Sinéad O’Connor, Guo Yue
Burn You Up Burn You Down 4:31 Big Blue Ball featuring Billy Cobham, Peter Gabriel, The Holmes Brothers, Wendy Melvoin, Arona N’diaye, Jah Wobble
Jijy 4:00 Big Blue Ball featuring Arona N’Diaye, Rossy, Jah Wobble
When You Come Back Down 3:50 Nickel Creek
Rivers 5:45 Big Blue Ball featuring Vernon Reid, Márta Sebestyén, Karl Wallinger
Flame And Circle 6:08 Tim Story

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2017, 545pm ~ Support Support Support

Altus Silva 6:07 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Ronan Browne, Deep Forest, James McNally, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Vernon Reid
Whole Thing 5:27 Big Blue Ball featuring Francis Bebey, Alex Faku, Tim Finn, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger, Andy White
Habibe 7:12 Big Blue Ball featuring Natacha Atlas, Hossam Ramzy, Neil Sparkes, The Hossam Ramzy Egyptian Ensemble (Adel Eskander, Wael Abu Bakr, Momtaz Talaat
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Exit Through You 5:52 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger
Everything Comes From You 4:42 Big Blue Ball featuring Richard Evans, Joji Hirota, Sevara Nazarkhan, Sinéad O’Connor, Guo Yue
Burn You Up Burn You Down 4:31 Big Blue Ball featuring Billy Cobham, Peter Gabriel, The Holmes Brothers, Wendy Melvoin, Arona N’diaye, Jah Wobble
Jijy 4:00 Big Blue Ball featuring Arona N’Diaye, Rossy, Jah Wobble
When You Come Back Down 3:50 Nickel Creek
Rivers 5:45 Big Blue Ball featuring Vernon Reid, Márta Sebestyén, Karl Wallinger

Thursday, Aug 30, 2017, 840am ~ Support Support Support

Altus Silva 6:07 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Ronan Browne, Deep Forest, James McNally, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Vernon Reid
Whole Thing 5:27 Big Blue Ball featuring Francis Bebey, Alex Faku, Tim Finn, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger, Andy White
Habibe 7:12 Big Blue Ball featuring Natacha Atlas, Hossam Ramzy, Neil Sparkes, The Hossam Ramzy Egyptian Ensemble (Adel Eskander, Wael Abu Bakr, Momtaz Talaat
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Exit Through You 5:52 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger
Everything Comes From You 4:42 Big Blue Ball featuring Richard Evans, Joji Hirota, Sevara Nazarkhan, Sinéad O’Connor, Guo Yue
Burn You Up Burn You Down 4:31 Big Blue Ball featuring Billy Cobham, Peter Gabriel, The Holmes Brothers, Wendy Melvoin, Arona N’diaye, Jah Wobble
Jijy 4:00 Big Blue Ball featuring Arona N’Diaye, Rossy, Jah Wobble
When You Come Back Down 3:50 Nickel Creek
Rivers 5:45 Big Blue Ball featuring Vernon Reid, Márta Sebestyén, Karl Wallinger

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