Susan’s Playlists Mar 28-31, 2016 – Sthira & Sukha Balance

“The opposite of talking isn’t listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.” – Fran Lebowitz

This week we explored the balance of sukha (relaxed without dullness) and sthira (alert without tension) while dancing to the Miracle & Wonder routine that I created in 2012. If you’re interested in more about the routine, you can read about the focus, the intent, and all the lyrics.

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One of the songs we dance to in Miracle & Wonder is Gumboots. Although there is no reference to it in the lyrics, the title points to the Gumboot Dance. South African gold mine workers were forbidden to talk in the dark and dangerous mines, so they used rhythmic slapping and stomping of their rubber gumboots to communicate. From there, the Gumboot Dance emerged. Here is a beautiful example.

You can find all playlists below or you can choose to listen to them by going to Spotify! You can listen for free at Spotify! Sign up for free, follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen!

Below are the playlists for the week, but first here are a bunch of cool things that are coming up:

• Saturday with Susan ~ Sat, April 2, 9-1010am at acac downtown
Anne is traveling and I get to play on Saturday morning! Join me for one of my new favorite routines, Pulse, with the focus of mobility and stability in the core.

• Downtown Morning Nia on Tue, Apr 5 AND Thu, Apr 7
ACAC is refinishing the floor in the Downtown Group Ex Studio during the first week of April. Weather permitting, I will teach on the rooftop deck on Tuesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 7, both days at 840-940am. Due to the somewhat rougher surface and cooler temperature of the deck, we recommend wearing light shoes for these classes. Classes normally taught in Studio A will be held as usual during this time!

• Earth Day, Friday, April 22, 545-7pm, acac downtown ~ Group Ex Studio
Susan & Mary Linn are teaming up for a special class celebrating our big mama, Earth. Join us for a playful exploration of how the elements of earth, wind, water and fire manifest in movement and in our bodies.

• A Spring Thing, Friday, April 29, 545-715pm, Buck Mountain Episcopal Parish Hall*, Earlysville
Join Susan & Mary Linn for an evening of movement choices. Spring can be a time of both riding the ebullient wave of upward energy and finding peace in the midst of all that blossoming and growing! The first portion of the evening will be a look at some of the basics of Nia movement and how each can be adjusted as to the needs of your body in the moment. Then we’ll practice those movements in a Spring Thing Nia class experience. Free to everybody (donations gratefully accepted for the Buck Mountain Health and Wellness Ministry).
* 4133 Earlysville Road, Earlysville VA 22936 ~ GPS will take you to the church; the Parish Hall is the small white building just past the church.

• dance. sit. write. draw. returns! Saturday, May 7, 830am-5pm
Living life as an artist isn’t a path for some rarified few, it’s our birthright. All of us. You might have lots of experience with dancing, meditating, writing, and drawing. Or you might have none. Spending the day blending these practices is a way of opening the channel of your artist self ~ giving it some oxygen and space no matter what your experience is. Join us for a delicious day.

I’m making a series of four short videos about why you might consider coming to the retreat. The first two are up and ready:

Why dance. sit. write. draw.?

Wait, why dance. sit. write. draw., again? (Or, Why Pablo Picasso and I Want You To Come To The Retreat)

You can go to susanmcculley.com/workshops for the details and to register or email me at sjmnia@gmail.com with questions.

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 https://www.spotify.com/us/ 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 . ***

Monday, Mar 28, 2016, 1045am ~ Sthira & Sukha Balance

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
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
Born At The Right Time 3:48 Paul Simon
Spirit Voices 3:56 Paul Simon
Under African Skies 3:37 Paul Simon
Homeless 3:48 Paul Simon

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016, 840am ~ Sthira & Sukha Balance

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
Crazy Love, Volume II 4:19 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
Under African Skies 3:37 Paul Simon
Homeless 3:48 Paul Simon

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016, 11am ~ Sthira & Sukha Balance

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
Spirit Voices 3:56 Paul Simon
Under African Skies 3:37 Paul Simon
The Boy In The Bubble 4:30 Peter Gabriel

Thursday, Mar 31, 2016, 840am ~ Sthira & Sukha Balance

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
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
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!
Here is a beautiful example.

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3 comments
  1. Em Green said:

    Either the Gumboot piece did not come thru on my iPad or you left it out. Would love to see this when you have time….

    • Hmmm. I thought I put a link on that sentence. Let me check it out though…

      • You are right! The link got dropped somehow. Now it’s up! Check it out. ❤

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