Yesterday we gathered for nourishing movement (after a bit of tech melt-down due, I’m almost completely certain, to user error) that focused on connecting in and out. Thank you to those who came out and braved this new territory with me. I hope it was helpful and look forward to hearing about your experience.
Offering these classes feels important and like not enough, essential and feckless at the same time. But since I have decided not to teach any in-person classes for at least two weeks, I can’t for the life of me think of anything else to do. I know the power of movement and connection, so I want to use the technology we have to support ourselves and each other in these strange, scary, uncertain times.
Given my low production value and technical skill, however, a better option for you might be NiaTV which is an online service offering 30 days free access to Nia TV’s at-home dance workouts, podcasts, meditations, and exclusive livestream.
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From yesterday’s class, here is the poem I read (thanks to my Dad and my friend Marion for sharing it!)
Pandemic by Lynn Ungar
What if you thought of it
As the Jews consider the Sabbath –
The most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
And when your body has become still,
Reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
In ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny that now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hand.
Reach out with your heart.
Reach out with your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
Of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love –
For better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.
Please find the playlist is below. (Special thanks to Amy for turning me on to the song Baiana!) And you can find the video for today’s class here.
As I figure things out (today, I’m tackling YouTube!), I would be grateful if you commented or emailed me with any ideas, suggestions, feedback and in general about how I can make it work better for you (anybody know anything about using OBS streaming software, Facebook Live or YouTube Live?). Some questions I’d love to hear about:
• what length of class would work best?
• any time of day that would be preferable?
• how about a restorative yoga practice?
• guided relaxation/meditation?
• guided developmental movement (mainly on the floor)?
I’d love to hear what would be most helpful to you.
TODAY, Monday, March 16, 2020, 11am on Facebook Live
Please join me on the Focus Pocus Facebook Page for a live nourishing movement class at 11am. I’ll be there a little early to make sure everything is working (ha! we’ll see how that goes} and chat with y’all and we’ll start class at 11am.
I look forward to hearing from you about what would help you most through these turbulent and uncertain times.
Hard Times Require Furious Dancing ~ Facebook Live class from Dancing Water
Sunday, March 15, 2020, 4pm
A Thousand Beautiful Things 3:07 Annie Lennox
My Culture 5:39 Maxi Jazz/Robbie Williams
Primavera 6:19 Santana
Adouma 4:15 Santana
Life Begins Again [Featuring Robert Plant] 6:22 Afro Celt Sound System
Baiana (CloZee Remix) 4:13 Barbatuques & CloZee
Facing East 3:48 Thievery Corporation
Slip into Spring 3:47 Bill Whalen
Breathing Out 4:56 Shaman’s Dream