Susan’s Playlists June 8 – 11, 2015 ~ Keep Relaxing

carlos 1(happy birthday Carlos — and Rachel!)

Relaxation is who you are.

The practice is about being who you are.

So the practice is about relaxation.

Simple as that.

Welllll, sometimes less simple when life gets complicated or scary or painful or overwhelming. Which is why we practice when the stakes are low: on the cushion, on the mat, in the studio, or in Starbucks when that guy is doing that thing with his stirrer.

Keep relaxing into whatever is happening. Keep relaxing into presence.

This week I’ve been playing with a new routine called Elegant Stumbling. Thank you to all for being my guinea pigs and for being willing to relax with the creative process. Thank you also to Rachel Horsley for dropping in to teach a song on Wednesday (it was not just her birthday, but Carlos AyaRosas’ birthday!) and for embodying relaxation.

A note about music: many of the songs in Elegant Stumbling were given to me (part of the reason this piece has its name is that I stumbled into much of the music). My yoga teachers, Mia Hamza and Monica Buckley, are incredible music resources. Sara Marks reminded me of the great song Ooh Child which inspired the unusual case of the same song used twice in one routine. And Rachel Horsley gave me Catherine MacLellan’s Everything’ll Be Alright (which I needed. I really did). So if you have music you love, I would love it if you’d share it!

Below are all the playlists from the week. Join me on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ where you can listen to all the music for free! Just follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen! No matter where you are, we can listen and dance together!  <strong>Note that if you are using the Spotify app for mobile devices, the program inserts “recommended” music that is not on my original playlist.</strong> Also, Spotify doesn’t have all the music I have, so sometimes I’ll put up a different version of a song or skip it all together. Have fun with it.

A couple of reminders:

  • TUESDAY & THURSDAY DOWNTOWN 840-940AM! ~ acac downtown Tuesday and Thursday morning Nia with Susan is from 840am-940am! Come play and let your practice embody your whole day!
  • NEW NIA 101 SATURDAYS FROM 1230-1245 WITH MARY LINN! ~ Mary Linn offer Nia 101 before her Saturday class: an introduction to Nia’s 52 Moves to refresh current students and help new students get a feel for the moves. Nia 101 is from 1230-1245 and class is from 1245-145, at Albemarle Square, Studio A.
  • SAVE THE DATE: DANCE. SIT. WRITE. DAY SHOP HAPPENS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2015 ~ Mark your calendar for the next opportunity to spend the day playing in the intersection of movement, meditation and creativity! More details to come this summer (you can follow along at https://www.facebook.com/events/443642725810963/ ) Let me know if you have questions (sjmnia@gmail.com)

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.

Dance on. Shine on.

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*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs. What you find below is exactly what I used in class. ***

Monday, Jun 8, 2015, 1045am ~ Keep Relaxing

Relax                     5:56        Deep-Dive-Corp. Feat. Michele Adamson
The Hush                             5:24        Rae & Christian
Lovers House                     4:49        City Reverb
One World, One People                                4:43        Xcultures
City of Light (Reverso 68 Remix)                                5:53        City Reverb
Shakin’ It Up                       6:15        Ganga Girl
Sandstorm                          7:26        Darude
I Don’t Like It, I Love It (feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White)                        3:44        Flo Rida
Unpack Your Heart                          3:16        Phillip Phillips
Ooh Child ((Remix))                        3:33        Nina Simone
Everything’ll Be Alright                   4:07        Catherine MacLellan
Þú Ert Jörðin                       4:34        Ólafur Arnalds

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015, 840am ~ Keep Relaxing

Relax                     5:56        Deep-Dive-Corp. Feat. Michele Adamson
The Hush                             5:24        Rae & Christian
Lovers House                     4:49        City Reverb
One World, One People                                4:43        Xcultures
City of Light (Reverso 68 Remix)                                5:53        City Reverb
Shakin’ It Up                       6:15        Ganga Girl
Here It Goes Again                          3:00        OK Go
I Don’t Like It, I Love It (feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White)                        3:44        Flo Rida
Unpack Your Heart                          3:16        Phillip Phillips
Ooh Child ((Remix))                        3:33        Nina Simone
Everything’ll Be Alright                   4:07        Catherine MacLellan
Rise                        3:06        Afro Celt Sound System

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015, 1055am ~ Keep Relaxing

Ooh Child (Alternate Version)                    3:54        Beth Orton
Finally Moving                   4:38        Pretty Lights
Souvenir                              5:39        Kaledj feat. Neko
I Love You                           2:43        Asie Payton
Smokey Quartz                 6:59        Shakatura
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix)                   7:11        Miango
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit]                         3:34        Michael Parsberg
I Don’t Like It, I Love It (feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White)                        3:44        Flo Rida
Unpack Your Heart                          3:16        Phillip Phillips
Ooh Child ((Remix))                        3:33        Nina Simone
Everything’ll Be Alright                   4:07        Catherine MacLellan
Waters of Miriam (Live at Esalen) Part 2                 4:42        Josh Brill

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015, 9am ~ Keep Relaxing

Ooh Child (Alternate Version) 3:54 Beth Orton
Finally Moving 4:38 Pretty Lights
I Believe (feat. Michael Franti & Nahko) 3:23 SOJA
I Love You 2:43 Asie Payton
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango
Tribal 4:09 Badmarsh & Shri
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
I Don’t Like It, I Love It (feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White) 3:44 Flo Rida
Unpack Your Heart 3:16 Phillip Phillips
Ooh Child ((Remix)) 3:33 Nina Simone
Everything’ll Be Alright 4:07 Catherine MacLellan
Waters of Miriam (Live at Esalen) Part 2 4:42 Josh Brill

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2 comments
  1. Carol said:

    Hi Susan – I am a Nia teacher in South Africa and I am really interested in what choreography you do to Sandstorm by Darude ( an old favorite of mine). Perhaps you could let me know on caroltt@telkomsa.net – thanks Carol x

    • Hello, Carol! I love this song and I wish I could tell you I had some intricate choreo to go with it. What I do is a guided freedance since the music is so great. I’ll email you some details. ❤

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