One Word 2019: 100 Days ~ Sep 23-26, 2019 Focus, Music and More

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 Thursday, you’ll get it all. Thank you so much for being here.

The practice of setting an intention is simple but powerful. It is an act of creating space for something new, something different, some kind of shift. We do it by setting an intention – whether it is a single word for the year or a focus for a conversation – putting it into action with non-identification and compassion. And then when we inevitably wander away from our intention we have the chance to come back and begin again. That’s the magic moment.

So with 100 days left in this year, we are taking some time to reconnect with our intention – for some of us our One Word for 2019 – and begin again. If you didn’t choose a word for the year, now is a perfect time to let one come to you. It’s never too late.

For our physical practice, we focused on creating space and mobility in two places that we tend to crunch and constrict in the body: the waist and neck. When we create space and openness, it’s then that possibility and movement can happen. Just as in the body, so as in the intention.

I’d love to hear about your experiences with reconnecting to or finding your word for the rest of 2019.

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!

Special Octabusy Celebration at Dancing Water in October ~ 4 Nourishing Movement classes for $32!
In celebration of the October release of my book Octabusy, you can sign up for 4 classes on Thursdays in October at 11am for $8 each (Octa-of course!). We will focus on 4 themes of the book and physical practices to help us embody them including mindfulness practices, stretches and restorative poses.
Oct 3 ~ Focus: One Thing At A Time (Feet)
Oct 10 ~ Focus: Little By Little (Hands & Posture)
Oct 24 ~ Focus: Go with the Flow / Less is More (Spine)
Oct 31 ~ Focus: What do you want to let go of? (Breath)

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!

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 23, 2019, 1045am ~ One Word 2019: 100 Days

Passing Through 5:19 Bob Holroyd
Leaving Babylon 6:42 Bluetech
Takshaka 10:42 Makyo
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
Denmark 5:07 Chemical Brothers
Gold Dust Woman 5:02 Fleetwood Mac
100 Days, 100 Nights 3:46 Sharon Jones, Dap-Kings
Hanuman Baba (Dub Farm Re-mix) 7:25 Krishna Das
Gravity 4:06 John Mayer
Lavender Hill 4:33 Lex van Someren
10 Questions for the Dalai Lama 3:15 Peter Kater

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019, 840am ~ One Word 2019: 100 Days

Passing Through 5:19 Bob Holroyd
Leaving Babylon 6:42 Bluetech
Takshaka 10:42 Makyo
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
Denmark 5:07 Chemical Brothers
Gold Dust Woman 5:02 Fleetwood Mac
100 Days, 100 Nights 3:46 Sharon Jones, Dap-Kings
Gravity 4:06 John Mayer
Lavender Hill 4:33 Lex van Someren
10 Questions for the Dalai Lama 3:15 Peter Kater

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019, 11am ~ One Word 2019: 100 Days

Out Of Town 5:20 Cantoma
Journeyman – AO 6:41 Bob Holroyd
Back Home 5:19 Fishtank
In This Love Together 5:12 Michael Bernard Beckwith
Drumming Up a Storm 6:01 Bob Holroyd
Crosseyed and Painless 5:29 Angélique Kidjo
Maha Lakshmi 5:19 El Cosmo Group
100 Days, 100 Nights 3:46 Sharon Jones, Dap-Kings
Gravity 4:06 John Mayer
Lavender Hill 4:33 Lex van Someren
Ascension 4:52 Lex van Someren

Thursday, Sep 26, 2019, 11am Nourishing Movement at the Studio at Dancing Water ~ One Word 2019: 100 Days

Out Of Town 5:20 Cantoma
Journeyman – AO 6:41 Bob Holroyd
Back Home 5:19 Fishtank
In This Love Together 5:12 Michael Bernard Beckwith
Drumming Up a Storm 6:01 Bob Holroyd
Crosseyed and Painless 5:29 Angélique Kidjo
Maha Lakshmi 5:19 El Cosmo Group
100 Days, 100 Nights 3:46 Sharon Jones, Dap-Kings
Gravity 4:06 John Mayer
Lavender Hill 4:33 Lex van Someren
Ascension 4:52 Lex van Someren

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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