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It’s so funny. Every Thursday, when I post the playlists from the week’s classes, Monday’s class always seems so long ago. Which is silly, of course. It was the day before the day before yesterday.

It just reiterates to me the importance of savoring. Which we will continue in another vein next week.

In the meantime, here is the music from classes this week. And some interesting (if I do say so my own self) announcements…

Dance on. Shine on.

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An observant Nia dancer or playlist follower might notice that Michael Franti’s songs show up on my playlists regularly. In fifteen years of practice, his songs consistently say in lyric and music what I strive to dance and teach in my classes. My dream is to express my deep gratitude for the music he makes and the walk he walks (in barefeet, by the way) and to invite him to Charlottesville to dance and play with us….

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PROJECT MICHAEL FRANTI TO CHARLOTTESVILLE: A COMMUNITY PROJECT OF GRATITUDE AND INVITATION

Michael Franti’s music is is full of love and joy, playfulness and support, kindness and hope. The Nia and yoga communities of Charlottesville invite Michael Franti & Spearhead to come dance, practice, sing and play with us! His art makes a difference and we want him to know that… and to come play with us!

By way of thanks and invitation to come to Charlottesville, we are making a strand of community-created prayer flags that we will hand-deliver to Michael Franti in July! You can be part of the prayer flag love-strand and invitation. It’s easy!

1. Take any piece of fabric approximately 10 inches square (Susan will have some to share at her classes, and there will be some at Hot Yoga Charlottesville).

2. Decorate it with your personal expression of gratitude and invitation to Michael Franti to come to Charlottesville to dance, sing, yoga and play! You can draw or paint it, embroider it: just express your gratitude for his music and your desire for him to come play with us! (Just leave the top 1-2 inches free so we can attach it to the prayer flag strand!)

2a. If your heart is willing but time or inspiration short, we also have templates you can use and ready-made flags that you can sign and add to the strand!

3. Return your flag to Susan (out of towners can mail it to me at 809 Locust Avenue, Charlottesville VA 22902) or to Hot Yoga Charlottesville by July 1. Our Seamstress Artist, Rebecca George, will put them all together in a long string of prayer flags, and Sara Marks will hand-deliver it to Michael Franti when she sees him in concert in July!

I will provide information about the project here on my blog. You can also join the Facebook Group “Michael Franti to Cville” for updates and information. Please be part of this expression of gratitude and welcome! Invite friends and family and lovers of music and movement to join us! The more the better!

 

Monday, Jun 2, 2014, 1045am ~ Savoring…Time

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes 5:48 Paul Simon
All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints 3:15 Paul Simon
The Obvious Child 4:10 Paul Simon
Graceland 4:51 Paul Simon
SexybackClean Version 4:03 Justin Timberlake
Coolsville 4:53 Rick Braun
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Respect 2:27 Aretha Franklin
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy (Feat. Rod Stewart) 4:22 N-Trance
Glory Days 4:18 Bruce Springsteen
Spirit Voices 3:56 Paul Simon
Slip Into Something More Comfortable 4:48 Kinobe
Devorzhum 6:13 Dead Can Dance

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014, 9am ~ Savoring…Time

Passing Away 5:16 Nahoo
Alba 5:16 Paul Mounsey Featuring Nahoo
Journeyman 3:48 Nahoo
In Caelum Fero 7:49 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley
Dalmore 3:59 Nahoo
Stranger in a Strange Land 6:20 Nahoo
As Terras Baixas da Holanda 3:45 Nahoo
Rise 7:13 Safri Duo
Amaté Adea 5:23 Adiemus/London Philharmonic/Miriam Stockley
Kayama 7:58 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley
Hymn 2:42 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley

Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014, 1055am ~ Savoring…Time

Sajanna 5:06 Badmarsh & Shri
I’ll Be Waiting 4:40 Spearhead, Michael Franti
Sweeter Love 8:09 Blue Six
Catu (Vienna Sub Mix) 6:21 Ikarus
I’m in Heaven 7:05 Universal Funk
Work That Body 5:35 Rodney Hunter
Air Batucada 4:40 Thievery Corporation
Shady Esperanto & The Young Hearts 3:03 Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers
Life Is Better With You 3:19 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Minimba Featuring Mari Boine 5:55 Future Prophecies
Beguiled 4:46 Tim Story

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014, 9am ~ Savoring…Time

Orange Sky 6:11 Alexi Murdoch
My Culture 5:39 Maxi Jazz/Robbie Williams
The Way You Move (featuring Big Boi) 3:56 Outkast
After the Rain Has Fallen 5:03 Sting
Stacy’s Mom 3:18 Fountains Of Wayne
More Than This 4:07 10,000 Maniacs
What I Be 4:45 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Ghosts in My Machine 3:33 Annie Lennox
Release Yourself (DJ Tampinhas Remix) 5:48 Antoine Clamaran
Wherever You Are 3:15 Michael Franti & Spearhead
New Morning 3:44 Alpha Rev
Still 8:19 Wade Imre Morissette

Two Upcoming No-Membership-Required Classes in June ~

Friday, June 20, 6-730pm ~ Nia and Meditation at Buck Mountain Episcopal Church in Earlysville

On Friday, June 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the Buck Mountain Health and Wellness Committee will host a Nia and meditation experience. Black-Belt Nia instructor Susan McCulley will lead the Nia practice. We’ll be moving but, as we move, we will relax our busy minds, energize our bodies, and open to Spirit. The movements will be meditative and healing. No skill is required. Nia is for everyBody — male and female, young and old, fit and not-so-much. Following Nia, Reverend Connie Clark will lead a meditation to relax and open to whatever quietude has to offer.

Saturday, June 21, 5-615pm at ACAC Downtown ~ Nia Jam with Adrienne, Mary Linn and Susan

As part of a club-wide solstice celebration, we’ll be teaching a special Saturday evening Jam with a reception on the rooftop deck afterwards (weather permitting, of course).
Members (including instructors!) can bring a guest for free, so grab a friend and be part of the celebration of summer!

NIA TRAINER, JULIE WYLIE, COMING TO CHARLOTTESVILLE

We’re excited to support a weekend of classes and workshops with Nia Trainer, Julie Wylie, July 18-20 and then a Nia White Belt training September 16-22. Events will include lots of things for everyBODY as well as for belts wanting to reconnect to the principles and practices. More info coming soon. For now, mark your calendar!

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. There is one planned in Charlottesville in September (see above) and lots of other places, too.

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rushin refugee AngelouObamaIt’s really something, this addiction to rushing. I’m finding that it’s more than just about scheduling less and doing one thing at a time.

The habit runs deeper than that.

What with taking care of business and taking care of others and taking care of myself, what choice do I have but to hurry and rush?

And then yesterday with the passing of Maya Angelou, such a bright inspiring source, well, dammit, we just don’t have that much time. There is so much I want to do and say and feel and read and write and move and see and be that it’s no wonder I feel the push to rush. And that’s not even to mention all the beliefs I have around equating my worth and value with what I accomplish.

Sheesh.

Since this has turned out to be an iceberg of a focus, I’m officially declaring June 2014 to be Savoring Month. Each week in June, we’ll focus on an aspect of savoring: Time, Process, Seeing, Nourishment and Living Meditation (or that’s what it looks like now, anyway).

On Wednesdays in June, I will offer a Rushin’ Refugee Report in a comment on the Rushin’ Refugee post and on the Focus Pocus Facebook page about how I’m doing with my experiment in breaking my rushing habit and doing more savoring. In particular, my personal focus is on eating (fork down, chew, swallow breathe, relax), drinking (sip and breathe, sip and breathe, even after yoga), and driving (leave extra time to get there without the adrenaline rush), but I may throw some other observations in there, too.

And today, in honor of Maya Angelou, allow yourself to be inspired…and allow others to be inspired by you. (The two poems that I used in class this week are below.)

Dance on. Shine on.

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Monday, May 26, 2014, 1045am ~ Rushin’ Refugee

Kecharitomene 6:35 Loreena McKennitt
Center Of The Sun 5:01 Conjure One Feat. Poe
Hero Dead And Gone (Discotheque Mix) 4:55 De-Phazz
Qalanderi 6:55 Cheb I Sabbah
I Know What I Know 3:13 Paul Simon
The Boy in the Bubble 3:59 Paul Simon
Coolsville 4:53 Rick Braun
Sexual Revolution 4:48 Macy Gray
Wake Me Up 4:10 Avicii
Beautiful (Radio Mix) 3:54 Audio Adrenaline
Falling Into You 4:19
Céline Dion
Under African Skies 3:37 Paul Simon
The Boy In The Bubble 4:30 Peter Gabriel

Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 9am ~ Rushin’ Refugee

Sofa Rockers [Richard Dorfmeister Remix] 8:34 Sofa Surfers
The Hush 5:24 Rae & Christian
Nostalgia Worship 6:46 Bassnectar
Air Batucada 4:40 Thievery Corporation
Open Your Heart 5:46 M People
Hermes 4:09 Carlos Santana
Run (Radio Edit) 2:41 Gnarls Barkley
La Da Da 3:32 The Makepeace Brothers
The Remedy (I Won’t Worry) 4:16 Jason Mraz
Colour In My Name (Featuring Precise) 6:08 Spiral System
Falling Slowly 4:04 Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova
Unidentified Stillness/water 4:39 Unidentified*

* I hate to include unidentified music in my playlists, but this piece was too lovely not to use in class. I use the Shazam app to identify music but it didn’t recognize this one. If anyone has software or other means for identifying music, let me know!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 1055am ~ Rushin’ Refugee

Éireann 5:10 Afro Celt Sound System
Marisi 6:33 Cantoma
Alba 5:16 Paul Mounsey Featuring Nahoo
In Caelum Fero 7:49 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley
Dalmore 3:59 Nahoo
Stranger in a Strange Land 6:20 Nahoo
Adagio for Strings [Remix by Ferry Corsten] 6:35 William Orbit
Phenomenal Woman 4:24 Ruthie Foster
Kayama 7:58 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley
Hymn 2:42 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 9am ~ Rushin’ Refugee

Égypte 4:28 Cirque du Soleil
Rumeurs 10:09 Cirque du Soleil
Caravena 5:14 Cirque du Soleil
Kunya Sobé 5:20 Cirque du Soleil
En Ville 4:59 Cirque du Soleil
Birimbau 6:12 Cirque du Soleil
Sandstorm 7:26 Darude
Rondo 6:07 Cirque du Soleil
Kalimando 6:31 Cirque du Soleil
Horizon 4:00 Garth Stevenson

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

When Great Trees Fall by Maya Angelou

When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.
When great trees fall
in forests,
small things recoil into silence,
their senses
eroded beyond fear.
When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our eyes, briefly,
see with
a hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
examines,
gnaws on kind words
unsaid,
promised walks
never taken.
Great souls die and
our reality, bound to
them, takes leave of us.
Our souls,
dependent upon their
nurture,
now shrink, wizened.
Our minds, formed
and informed by their
radiance,
fall away.
We are not so much maddened
as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
of dark, cold
caves.
And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.

Two Upcoming No-Membership-Required-Anywhere Classes in June ~

Friday, June 20, 6-7pm at the Buck Mountain Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Earlysville ~ more info to come soon

Saturday, June 21, 5-615pm at ACAC Downtown ~ Nia Jam with Adrienne, Mary Linn and Susan
As part of a club-wide solstice celebration, we’ll be teaching a special Saturday evening Jam with a reception on the rooftop deck afterwards (weather permitting, of course).
Members (including instructors!) can bring a guest for free, so grab a friend and be part of the celebration of summer!

NIA TRAINER, JULIE WYLIE, COMING TO CHARLOTTESVILLE

We’re excited to support a weekend of classes and workshops with Nia Trainer, Julie Wylie, July 18-20 and then a Nia White Belt training September 16-22. Events will include lots of things for everyBODY as well as for belts wanting to reconnect to the principles and practices. More info coming soon. For now, mark your calendar!

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. There is one planned in Charlottesville in September (see above) and lots of other places, too.

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