Susan’s Playlist Sept 15-20, 2014 ~ The Unofficial Guide to the Nia Principles: Awareness

p5 prince guitarThis week was all about celebrating acac’s 30th anniversary (and the music of 1984) and Principle 5 which, as we discovered, is all about the Awesomeness of Awareness. You can rewire your brain and self-heal and generally tune more deeply into the instrument of your body by practicing awareness of physical sensation.

A couple of things that we played with in class were:
5 Stages of Self-Healing which you can do in just a little bit of time with big healing benefits; and
– Noticing how the language we use to talk about/think about the body makes a huge impact. Saying “my knee is hurt” is completely different than saying “my knee is healing.” Saying “I have a bad back” is completely different than saying “I have moderate pain and tightness in my lumbar spine.” Principle 5 invites us to sense and communicate the specifics of sensation vs. story or judgment.

I’ve been watching a boatload of TED talks lately (getting ready to coach one of the speakers at TEDx Charlottesville on November 14) and when I came across this one by one of the Olympic Champions of Mind Training, of course, I thought about how awareness is like that. Only without going onto a mountaintop for a decade and meditating for 12 hours a day.

Dance on. Shine on.

Susan sig

P.S. FOCUS POCUS MUSIC GIVE AWAY (MORE WAYS TO SCORE GREAT NIA MUSIC!): The offer is still good that I made in the Principle 2: Natural Time Post: email me (sjmnia@gmail.com) a picture of yourself wearing the 13-Moon Calendar color of the day (or wear the color to class and TELL me that you did it intentionally and didn’t just HAPPEN to) and I’ll send you (or hand it to you if you’re in Cville) a CD of official Nia music, either Sanjana or Dreamwalker or the Official Playlist for the Unofficial Guide! Another way to play: comment below (or on the Focus Pocus Facebook Page) about how you used Principle 5 in your life recently! I’m only announcing this here so only Focus Pocus readers are in on this! [And even though it sounds like a McDonald’s contest disclaimer: good in the US only (unless you want me to email you the tunes); limit one per person; while supplies last; void where prohibited.]

Monday, Sep 15, 2014, 1045am ~ The Unofficial Guide: Awareness

99 Luftballons 3:53 Nena
What’s Love Got To Do With It 3:48 Tina Turner
Dance Hall Days 3:59 Wang Chung
Cruel Summer 3:28 Bananarama
Glory Days 4:18 Bruce Springsteen
Caribbean Queen 4:05 Billy Ocean
Hungry Like the Wolf 3:25 Duran Duran
Talking In Your Sleep 3:58 The Romantics
Life During Wartime 5:53 Talking Heads
Footloose 3:48 Kenny Loggins
Let’s Go Crazy 4:39 Prince
The Power of Love 3:54 Huey Lewis & The News
Drive 3:54 The Cars
I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues 4:46 Elton John
Stuck On You 3:11 Lionel Richie

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014, 9am ~ The Unofficial Guide: Awareness

99 Luftballons 3:53 Nena
What’s Love Got To Do With It 3:48 Tina Turner
Dance Hall Days 3:59 Wang Chung
Cruel Summer 3:28 Bananarama
Glory Days 4:18 Bruce Springsteen
Caribbean Queen 4:05 Billy Ocean
Hungry Like the Wolf 3:25 Duran Duran
Talking In Your Sleep 3:58 The Romantics
Life During Wartime 5:53 Talking Heads
Footloose 3:48 Kenny Loggins
Let’s Go Crazy 4:39 Prince
The Power of Love 3:54 Huey Lewis & The News
Drive 3:54 The Cars
I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues 4:46 Elton John
Stuck On You 3:11 Lionel Richie

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014, 1055am ~ The Unofficial Guide: Awareness & Self-Healing

Healing Senses 8:27 Parijat
Marisi 6:33 Cantoma
Sol Tapado 3:52 Thievery Corporation
I Shall Be Free 6:13 Kid Beyond
Life During Wartime 5:53 Talking Heads
The Heart Of Rock & Roll 4:05 Huey Lewis & The News
Caribbean Queen 4:05 Billy Ocean
I Know 3:49 Dionne Farris
I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues 4:46 Elton John
Subtle Body 7:02 Wayne Jones

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014, 9am ~ The Unofficial Guide: Awareness & Self-Healing

Damascus 2:03 Conjure One Feat. Chemda
Center Of The Sun 5:01 Conjure One Feat. Poe
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
I’m In Heaven 7:05 Universal Funk
Love and Hope 4:24 Ozomatli
Freedom 2:50 Tyrone Wells
Hungry Like the Wolf 3:25 Duran Duran
Life During Wartime 5:53 Talking Heads
Footloose 3:48 Kenny Loggins
Karma Chameleon 3:52 Culture Club
The Power of Love 3:54 Huey Lewis & The News
Drive 3:54 The Cars
Easy Tonight 4:09 Five for Fighting
Subtle Body 7:02 Wayne Jones

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014, 9am ~ The Unofficial Guide: Awareness & Self-Healing

99 Luftballons 3:53 Nena
What’s Love Got To Do With It 3:48 Tina Turner
Dance Hall Days 3:59 Wang Chung
Cruel Summer 3:28 Bananarama
Glory Days 4:18 Bruce Springsteen
Caribbean Queen 4:05 Billy Ocean
Hungry Like the Wolf 3:25 Duran Duran
Talking In Your Sleep 3:58 The Romantics
Life During Wartime 5:53 Talking Heads
Footloose 3:48 Kenny Loggins
Let’s Go Crazy 4:39 Prince
(((The Power of Love 3:54 Huey Lewis & The News ~ playlist malfunction!)))
When Doves Cry 5:54 Prince
I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues 4:46 Elton John
Stuck On You 3:11 Lionel Richie

FALL NIA JAM at ACAC DOWNTOWN – Open to Everybody ~ Members and Non-members

Friday, September 26, 2014, 545-7pm, ACAC Downtown Group Exercise Studio
Susan, Kate and Kayde welcome fall with a grounding and energizing Jam that interweave three powerful Nia routines: Feeling, U, and Passion! All are welcome, please join us!

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

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