Flow, Roll & Fire: The Energy of Martial Arts

FOCUS POCUS NOTE! As you may have noticed, I’ve been rolling the two weekly FocusPocus posts (art and content on Sundays, playlists and announcements on Thursdays) into one complete post. So whether you come to the blog for the art, the information, the music or the latest happenings and offerings, you are in the right place. Every week on Thursdays, you’ll get it all. Thank you so much for being here.

Varying the energy of our physical movement has a powerful impact on how we can train, condition and heal our bones, joints, muscles, connective tissue and skin. But most of us tend to move in a certain way and can get stuck in those patterns. Playing with the energetic signatures of flow, roll and fire gives our bodies a variety that we might not come to on our own.

These three particular signatures are rooted in the martial arts of t’ai chi, aikido (to watch this “martial art of love” go here – the demonstration starts at 2:12) & tae kwon do. All of these martial arts use some cohesive concepts:
• Fluid movement, Power through ease rather than effort; effort reduces power & balance
• Grounded feet and pelvis; Heel lead; follow hands with eyes; Move from & focus on tan tien – energy center of body
• Feet and Earth are the real power sources; Systemic power; moving with breath.
Each is distinctly different and you can find more detailed descriptions here.

And as we train, condition and heal the body, we can also inquire into how we use these three energies in our lives. How can I flow more easefully through my work? How can I take difficult or even aggressive energy and let it roll past me? When do I need to get clear, set a boundary, make a stand? I’d love to hear how you move flow, roll & fire both in and out of the studio. Please leave a comment ~ sharing our experiences helps the whole community!

Below are our playlists for the week. If you’d like to listen to the music, you can find almost all the songs on Spotify (you can listen for free)! As always, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

SO MUCH is happening, friends, so before the playlists, here is a listing of happenings!

Nourishing Movement Classes at the Studio at Dancing Water on Thursday mornings at 11am!
Nourishing Movement classes with Susan on Thursdays at 11am ~~ my mix of guided and unguided movement, meditation and creativity! Please go to http://www.susanmcculley.com/shop for the details. Come join us in the trees by the river for grounded, flowing, spacious movement. Second Thursdays are followed by a pot luck lunch! Nourish yourself with movement and bring something nourishing to share! There is space in upcoming classes so please go HERE to sign up!
* The Studio at Dancing Water is at 2370 Old Lynchburg Road ~ detailed directions at http://www.susanmcculley.com and via email when you sign up!

Saturday September 28, 9-12noon – The Art of Seeing: Nourishing Body & Mind
with Susan & Rebecca

When we move through our familiar world every day, sometimes we stop actually *seeing* it. But we all know the feeling of fresh newness that comes from rearranging your living room, or clearing off a long-cluttered countertop? It’s a feeling of seeing it for the first time. What if a little mindfulness exercise with the camera on your cell phone could give you that feeling —without even having to clean anything!? What if taking a few minutes to freshen up your perspective could change the way you see everything? Susan & Rebecca offer a morning to expand your perspective on two things that everybody has: a body and a smartphone. Susan weaves movement and mindfulness into the morning to practice being with perspective, light & shadow and how that feels in the body. Rebecca guides us in ways of seeing the everyday in a new way. Using that most unlikely of tools, the camera on your cell phone, we’ll play with some mindfulness techniques to aid us on our journeys to more clearly see the beauty in our world, each other, and ourselves. $75. Register at http://www.susanmcculley.com/shop.

Restorative Yoga with Octabusy: Letting Go of Doing to Restore Your Most Precious Device ~ Sunday, October 13, 4-6:30pm at The Studio at Dancing Water
What better way to celebrate the release of my book, Octabusy: Letting Go in a Sea of Doing, than an afternoon of deep restorative yoga, a reading and signing of the book, and some refreshment? Join me and my teacher, Shandoah Goldman for a recuperative practice for anyone who needs another coffee, rests only while sleeping, are healing anything, need permission to do nothing, or feel that your energy is running low. You’ll also receive a copy of the book (signed however you’d like ~ and you’ll also be able to buy additional copies of the book at 25% off!).
Shandoah’s guidance will help you recharge your body’s batteries and slow down your nervous system through restorative yoga, shiatsu pressure points, visualizations and breathing techniques. We will use bolsters, blankets and blocks designed to bring your body into postures which access the parasympathetic nervous system and give you the permission for deep rest rather than ‘stretch.’ Prepare to come back to neutral with an energized readiness. Please bring socks, a long sleeve shirt and an extra layer.
I’ll read some from the book and offer tea and refreshment to fill out this truly psychosomatic experience that will leave you restored, recharged and rested. $65 with signed copy of Octabusy. Space is limited, please register here. http://www.susanmcculley.com/shop/restorative-yoga-with-octabusy-letting-go-of-doing-to-restore-your-most-precious-device

Octobusy Launch Celebration at New Dominion Bookshop ~ Saturday, October 19, 7-8pm
I’m thrilled to be celebrating the release of my new book, Octabusy: How to Let Go in a Sea of Doing at the wonderful New Dominion Bookshop on the Charlottesville downtown mall on Saturday evening, October 19 from 7-8pm. I’ll read a little, talk a little, sign a little, snack and do a happy dance! You can get the information here and here and if you can’t be there, you CAN preorder from NDB!

Saturday October 26, 9-12noon – Nourishing the Nervous System with Mindful Movement
NOTE from Susan: I am thrilled, honored, excited to welcome Emily Wright to teach at Dancing Water. She is an extraordinary, approachable, gifted teacher. I can’t wait to do this with her. Will you join me?
The body is a central portal to nervous system regulation. When we are regulated and integrated, we have the capacity to be our most awake, available, creative, curious, flexible selves. Using a blend of guided movement work, journaling, visual art-making, poetry, and mindfulness practices, participants will explore states of autonomic nervous system regulation as a means to establish safe, nourishing connections to ourselves, each other, and the natural world.
About the instructor:
Emily Wright, MFA, PhD, is a movement educator, author, and practitioner. She offers classes and workshops in functional movement, contact improvisation, and intergenerational community dance informed by her extensive background in dance and other somatic disciplines.

Nia resumes in Studio A at acac downtown
Nia is back in Studio A at acac downtown:
Mondays 4:15–5:15pm ~ Rachel
Wednesdays 6-7pm ~ Jeanne
Fridays 9-10:10am ~ Loring
Saturdays 9-10:10am ~ Anne
Sundays 3:30-4:30pm ~ Anne
PLUS
at acac Albemarle Square, Tuesdays 12-1pm Nia Moving to Heal ~ Rachel (starting Sept 3)

The Movement Barn offers the GYROTONIC Method
Note from Susan: I recently had the good fortune to meet, move and have a GYROTONIC session with Casey Turner. I love the circular, functional, mindful approach of this technique. And I loved doing it with a view of the mountains in a field of flowers! Please check out her beautiful offerings.
The Movement Barn is a boutique fitness studio in Charlottesville, VA offering private GYROTONIC® sessions in a picturesque setting. Located in a field of wildflowers, The Movement Barn provides a unique workout experience for people of all ages and levels of ability. The GYROTONIC® Method is designed to increase strength, agility, and range of movement. This low impact system uses flowing exercises with circular and spiral motion to open energy pathways, stimulate the nervous system, and create space in the joints. For more information, visit http://www.themovementbarn.com, email catherine@themovementbarn.com, or follow @themovementbarn on Instagram!

Decoding Your Body’s Wisdom ~ Video Series with Cecily Armstrong
Over the past few years I’ve been inspired and energized by the teaching and guidance of Cecily Armstrong. She is so generous with her offerings ~ her latest is a three-part video workshop Decoding Your Body’s Wisdom. If you’ve ever felt confused about how best to nourish yourself and live your healthiest, happiest life, Cecily offers amazing insights. You can sign up for the video series here. And/or you can get access to a longer 1-hour on-line workshop with Cecily here! https://cecilyarmstrong.com/decoding-your-bodys-wisdom-workshop/

Decoding Your Body’s Wisdom [optin]

First Friday Freedance with Kate ~ Oct 4 at 11:25am
Nia Freedance is an opportunity to play and tap into the creative wisdom in our body, emotions, mind and spirit. For a full hour we get to dance together with the intention of stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance will be at ACAC Albemarle Square Friday, Sep 6 from 11:25 -12:25.

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

Monday, Sep 16, 2019, 1045am ~ Flow, Roll & Fire: The Energy of Martial Arts

Amazing 4:34 One Eskimo
A Canterbury Tale 8:41 Dreadzone
Saracen 5:03 Jeff Stott
Waiting For You 3:39 Seal
Work That Body 5:35 Rodney Hunter
Let Me Roll 3:52 Seal
Jogando Capoeira 6:20 Beatfanatic
Raag Trance 5:32 Biddu
Bengali Song 4:08 Nitin Sawhney
Deep Inside 5:06 Kid Beyond
Halving The Compass 5:27 Helios

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019, 840am ~ Flow, Roll & Fire: The Energy of Martial Arts

Amazing 4:34 One Eskimo
A Canterbury Tale 8:41 Dreadzone
Saracen 5:03 Jeff Stott
Work That Body 5:35 Rodney Hunter
Let Me Roll 3:52 Seal
Jogando Capoeira 6:20 Beatfanatic
Raag Trance 5:32 Biddu
Bengali Song 4:08 Nitin Sawhney
Deep Inside 5:06 Kid Beyond
Halving The Compass 5:27 Helios

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019, 11am ~ Flow, Roll & Fire: The Energy of Martial Arts

Amazing 4:34 One Eskimo
Saracen 5:03 Jeff Stott
Spellbound 5:43 Rae & Christian
Work That Body 5:35 Rodney Hunter
Let Me Roll 3:52 Seal
Jogando Capoeira 6:20 Beatfanatic
Raag Trance 5:32 Biddu
Wrap My Words Around You 3:11 Daniel Bedingfield
Bengali Song 4:08 Nitin Sawhney
Deep Inside 5:06 Kid Beyond
Halving The Compass 5:27 Helios

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019, 11am Nourishing Movement at the Studio at Dancing Water ~ Flow, Roll & Fire: The Energy of Martial Arts

Bloom 8:40 Qualia
Amazing 4:34 One Eskimo
Saracen 5:03 Jeff Stott
Spellbound 5:43 Rae & Christian
Work That Body 5:35 Rodney Hunter
Let Me Roll 3:52 Seal
Jogando Capoeira 6:20 Beatfanatic
Raag Trance 5:32 Biddu
Wrap My Words Around You 3:11 Daniel Bedingfield
Ain’t No Sunshine (Rishis Short Mix) 3:27 Al Jarreau
Deep Inside 5:06 Kid Beyond
Halving The Compass 5:27 Helios

Saturday, Sep 21, 2019, 1230-145pm ~ Nia Jam with Jeanne & Kate: Balance is a Verb

The Rising 4:47 Bruce Springsteen
Moonsmith 5:50 Cantoma
Something To Believe In 4:44 Parachute
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Mobius 3:05 Lis Addison
Drumming Up a Storm 6:01 Bob Holroyd
My People 5:01 Nadia Kazmi
Sweet Harmony 5:01 The Beloved
Safe and Sound 3:13 Capital Cities
Scream & Shout (feat. Britney Spears) 4:42 will.i.am
Multiply 4:27 Jamie Lidell
Faded 3:33 Alan Walker
To Build a Home (feat. Patrick Watson) 6:11 The Cinematic Orchestra

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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