Sunday, March 15, 2020 ~ Hard Times Require … Online Nourishing Movement

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.
• To register, click here and start your free trial today.
• Please note: you will need to cancel your Nia TV account within 30 days to avoid being charged after the 30-day trial period.

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.
Center down.

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.

Please stay in touch.
Until soon, my friends!





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

  1. SloanArch Comcast said:

    Thanks for your effort to connect us and lift our spirits. Xoxo Liz

    Sent from my iPad


    • You are welcome, Liz! May it be of benefit. Please let me know how I can help more. Keep breathing. Keep shining out. ❤

  2. Cheri Acker said:

    Susan, thank you for all your efforts to keep our dance movement practice going despite this pandemic crisis. I am so grateful that you are making every effort for our Nia community to stay connected during the quarantine period. I wish I had the technical skills to assist with streaming your classes but I do not.

    • You are kind, Cheri. It feels like nothing…and it’s all I can do. When I went to my first Nia training, Carlos told us that we had to be willing to suck if we were going to do this work. So here I am, sucking at it and learning more all the time. I’m hoping today at 11am goes a little more smoothly…and we’ll see! Hope you are there. ❤

  3. Susan Haines said:

    What a great poem for these times – thanks for sharing!

    and For sharing this and all your positive energy, so lovely to receive right now – Namaste- Susan


    • My pleasure. So glad it’s helpful. Come move with us. Tell me how I can help more. ❤

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