Less is More, Go With the Flow ~ Oct 21 – 24, 2019 ~ Focus, Music and More

FOCUS POCUS NOTE! FocusPocus is now one complete post (art, focus, playlists and announcements) all together on Thursdays! 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.

When, in my first Nia training in 2000, my teacher said, “Susan, sometimes less is more” I nearly laughed at her. I remember thinking that it was the silliest thing I’d ever heard. Nearly two decades later, I’m starting to get it. I’m starting to feel the important, even essential practice of making space and allowing ease to fitness, health and well-being.

In my day, I’ve been the one who wants to “make it happen” and be “goal oriented” ~~ much to my stress, frustration and often, disappointing results. Especially in the last year, I’ve been practicing allowing and letting go to see what unfolds rather than forcing situations into my own personal oragami.

The meditation app, Insight Timer, has been a big support in this year’s practice of letting go. I listen to a guided meditation of some kind most every day. Here are two (one guided and one meditative music) that I love. I hope they are of support to you, too:

Letting Go Of The Meditator a guided meditation by Seda Uniucay – https://insig.ht/zW8JKR8fV0

The Sweet Embrace: Rest In Your Being music by Daniel Espada – https://insig.ht/uJ1rOZwgV0

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!

Lots of events are unfolding, friends, so before the playlists, here is all the details on what’s coming up!

Nia teaching shift ~ Loring on Wednesdays at 11am, Rachel on Tuesdays at 545pm
After teaching almost exclusively at acac for nearly 20 years, I’ve been looking for an opportunity to teach mindful movement in a healing environment. I’ve been offered the chance to move with people recovering from eating disorders and in order to do it, I will let go of the Wednesday 11am class. Starting on October 30, Loring will teach on Wednesdays at Albemarle Square so I can follow this opportunity. Jeanne’s circumstances have also shifted so starting on October 29, Rachel will be teaching the Tuesday evening class at 545pm.

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!

November Nourishment at Dancing Water ~ 3 Nourishing Movement classes for $30!
As the holidays approach, nurture yourself with 3 classes of Nourishing movement at The Studio at Dancing Water. Three Thursdays, November 7, 14 and 21 from 11-12:15pm for just $30. Must be purchased by November 7!

Scholarships Available for all Experiences at The Studio at Dancing Water
We have delicious experiences coming up at The Studio AND we have scholarships available for them. If finances are stopping you from joining us, please reach out and let me know (PM me or connect at sjmnia@gmail.com).

ARTCHO 2019 ~ Saturday, November 2, 1030am-530pm
I’m honored to be part of ARTCHO 2019: an annual community art festival in at Ix Art Park in Charlottesville, Virginia (artcho.org). ARTCHO is an annual festival bringing the people of Charlottesville together to enjoy art, music, and food in a relaxed, family-friendly environment. Dozens of artists exhibit high quality artwork at prices that regular folks can afford. Local restaurants and talented musicians will keep you well-fed and entertained while you browse a broad selection of original art by Virginia’s best creatives. The festival is free and open to the public and benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville.

Book Signing and Art Demonstration at Cville Arts
Saturday, December 14, 11-12noon
Come see how Octabusy was made with an art demonstration and book signing at Cville Arts on the downtown mall!

ORDER OCTABUSY!
Support local booksellers by ordering Octabusy
at Over The Moon Bookstore in Crozet (overthemoonbookstore.com, (434) 823-1144, Anne@OvertheMoonBookstore.com)
and buy it at New Dominion Bookshop on Charlottesville’s downtown mall (ndbookshop.com, 434-295-2552, staff@ndbookshop.com)
You can also order signed copies of Octabusy (including discounts on multiple copies) now on my website at susanmcculley.com/shop
and get Kindle and paperback editions on Amazon!
(And wherever you buy it, please leave a review there!)

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 ~ Nov 1 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, Oct 21, 2019, 1045am ~ Less is More, Go With the Flow

Sofa Rockers [Richard Dorfmeister Remix] 8:34 Sofa Surfers
Moon Walking 5:24 Bjarno
Malawi Moonlight (Dance Version) 5:27 African Tribal Orchestra
Open Your Heart 5:46 M People
National Dobro 5:53 Afterlife
Moondance 4:33 Van Morrison
Beautiful Day 4:08 U2
I’ll Be Around 4:32 Joan Osborne
The Groove Is You (feat. Al Agami & Hush Forever) 6:27 Deep Dive Corp.
Lydia 5:58 Tim Story

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019, 840am ~ Less is More, Go With the Flow

Sofa Rockers [Richard Dorfmeister Remix] 8:34 Sofa Surfers
Moon Walking 5:24 Bjarno
Malawi Moonlight (Dance Version) 5:27 African Tribal Orchestra
Open Your Heart 5:46 M People
National Dobro 5:53 Afterlife
Moondance 4:33 Van Morrison
Beautiful Day 4:08 U2
The Groove Is You (feat. Al Agami & Hush Forever) 6:27 Deep Dive Corp.
Lydia 5:58 Tim Story

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019, 11am ~ Less is More, Go With the Flow

Sofa Rockers [Richard Dorfmeister Remix] 8:34 Sofa Surfers
Moon Walking 5:24 Bjarno
Malawi Moonlight (Dance Version) 5:27 African Tribal Orchestra
Do Your Thing 4:45 Basement Jaxx
National Dobro 5:53 Afterlife
Moondance 4:33 Van Morrison
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
Lemon Tree (Thievery Corporation Mix) 3:39 Herb Alpert
The Groove Is You (feat. Al Agami & Hush Forever) 6:27 Deep Dive Corp.
Lydia 5:58 Tim Story

Thursday, Oct 24, 2019, 11am Nourishing Movement at the Studio at Dancing Water ~ Less is More, Go With the Flow

Home 6:05 Rebecca Luker
State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.) 5:17 Jim James
Moon Walking 5:24 Bjarno
Malawi Moonlight (Dance Version) 5:27 African Tribal Orchestra
Do Your Thing 4:45 Basement Jaxx
National Dobro 5:53 Afterlife
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
Life Is Better With You 3:19 Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Groove Is You (feat. Al Agami & Hush Forever) 6:27 Deep Dive Corp.
Lydia 5:58 Tim Story

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