Susan’s Playlist Jun 2 – 5, 2014 ~ Savoring…Time

It’s so funny. Every Thursday, when I post the playlists from the week’s classes, Monday’s class always seems so long ago. Which is silly, of course. It was the day before the day before yesterday.

It just reiterates to me the importance of savoring. Which we will continue in another vein next week.

In the meantime, here is the music from classes this week. And some interesting (if I do say so my own self) announcements…

Dance on. Shine on.

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An observant Nia dancer or playlist follower might notice that Michael Franti’s songs show up on my playlists regularly. In fifteen years of practice, his songs consistently say in lyric and music what I strive to dance and teach in my classes. My dream is to express my deep gratitude for the music he makes and the walk he walks (in barefeet, by the way) and to invite him to Charlottesville to dance and play with us….

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Michael Franti’s music is is full of love and joy, playfulness and support, kindness and hope. The Nia and yoga communities of Charlottesville invite Michael Franti & Spearhead to come dance, practice, sing and play with us! His art makes a difference and we want him to know that… and to come play with us!

By way of thanks and invitation to come to Charlottesville, we are making a strand of community-created prayer flags that we will hand-deliver to Michael Franti in July! You can be part of the prayer flag love-strand and invitation. It’s easy!

1. Take any piece of fabric approximately 10 inches square (Susan will have some to share at her classes, and there will be some at Hot Yoga Charlottesville).

2. Decorate it with your personal expression of gratitude and invitation to Michael Franti to come to Charlottesville to dance, sing, yoga and play! You can draw or paint it, embroider it: just express your gratitude for his music and your desire for him to come play with us! (Just leave the top 1-2 inches free so we can attach it to the prayer flag strand!)

2a. If your heart is willing but time or inspiration short, we also have templates you can use and ready-made flags that you can sign and add to the strand!

3. Return your flag to Susan (out of towners can mail it to me at 809 Locust Avenue, Charlottesville VA 22902) or to Hot Yoga Charlottesville by July 1. Our Seamstress Artist, Rebecca George, will put them all together in a long string of prayer flags, and Sara Marks will hand-deliver it to Michael Franti when she sees him in concert in July!

I will provide information about the project here on my blog. You can also join the Facebook Group “Michael Franti to Cville” for updates and information. Please be part of this expression of gratitude and welcome! Invite friends and family and lovers of music and movement to join us! The more the better!


Monday, Jun 2, 2014, 1045am ~ Savoring…Time

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
SexybackClean Version 4:03 Justin Timberlake
Coolsville 4:53 Rick Braun
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Respect 2:27 Aretha Franklin
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy (Feat. Rod Stewart) 4:22 N-Trance
Glory Days 4:18 Bruce Springsteen
Spirit Voices 3:56 Paul Simon
Slip Into Something More Comfortable 4:48 Kinobe
Devorzhum 6:13 Dead Can Dance

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014, 9am ~ Savoring…Time

Passing Away 5:16 Nahoo
Alba 5:16 Paul Mounsey Featuring Nahoo
Journeyman 3:48 Nahoo
In Caelum Fero 7:49 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley
Dalmore 3:59 Nahoo
Stranger in a Strange Land 6:20 Nahoo
As Terras Baixas da Holanda 3:45 Nahoo
Rise 7:13 Safri Duo
Amaté Adea 5:23 Adiemus/London Philharmonic/Miriam Stockley
Kayama 7:58 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley
Hymn 2:42 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley

Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014, 1055am ~ Savoring…Time

Sajanna 5:06 Badmarsh & Shri
I’ll Be Waiting 4:40 Spearhead, Michael Franti
Sweeter Love 8:09 Blue Six
Catu (Vienna Sub Mix) 6:21 Ikarus
I’m in Heaven 7:05 Universal Funk
Work That Body 5:35 Rodney Hunter
Air Batucada 4:40 Thievery Corporation
Shady Esperanto & The Young Hearts 3:03 Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers
Life Is Better With You 3:19 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Minimba Featuring Mari Boine 5:55 Future Prophecies
Beguiled 4:46 Tim Story

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014, 9am ~ Savoring…Time

Orange Sky 6:11 Alexi Murdoch
My Culture 5:39 Maxi Jazz/Robbie Williams
The Way You Move (featuring Big Boi) 3:56 Outkast
After the Rain Has Fallen 5:03 Sting
Stacy’s Mom 3:18 Fountains Of Wayne
More Than This 4:07 10,000 Maniacs
What I Be 4:45 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Ghosts in My Machine 3:33 Annie Lennox
Release Yourself (DJ Tampinhas Remix) 5:48 Antoine Clamaran
Wherever You Are 3:15 Michael Franti & Spearhead
New Morning 3:44 Alpha Rev
Still 8:19 Wade Imre Morissette

Two Upcoming No-Membership-Required Classes in June ~

Friday, June 20, 6-730pm ~ Nia and Meditation at Buck Mountain Episcopal Church in Earlysville

On Friday, June 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the Buck Mountain Health and Wellness Committee will host a Nia and meditation experience. Black-Belt Nia instructor Susan McCulley will lead the Nia practice. We’ll be moving but, as we move, we will relax our busy minds, energize our bodies, and open to Spirit. The movements will be meditative and healing. No skill is required. Nia is for everyBody — male and female, young and old, fit and not-so-much. Following Nia, Reverend Connie Clark will lead a meditation to relax and open to whatever quietude has to offer.

Saturday, June 21, 5-615pm at ACAC Downtown ~ Nia Jam with Adrienne, Mary Linn and Susan

As part of a club-wide solstice celebration, we’ll be teaching a special Saturday evening Jam with a reception on the rooftop deck afterwards (weather permitting, of course).
Members (including instructors!) can bring a guest for free, so grab a friend and be part of the celebration of summer!


We’re excited to support a weekend of classes and workshops with Nia Trainer, Julie Wylie, July 18-20 and then a Nia White Belt training September 16-22. 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. For now, mark your calendar!


For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at…

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 in September (see above) and lots of other places, too.


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