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Making sound, speaking up, saying what’s true. The practice of showing up and saying what you need to say has the magic of alchemy about it. Opening our mouths and letting out sound strengthens the body, sharpens the mind and releases the emotions. As we let out the energy inside us, we simultaneously let in the world.

Below are all the playlists for the week and you can also find my playlists on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/! Sign up for free and listen to all the music for free! Follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen! No matter where you are, we can listen and dance together! Note that if you are using the Spotify app for mobile devices, the program inserts “recommended” music that is not on my original playlist. Also, Spotify doesn’t have all the music I have, so sometimes I’ll put up a different version of a song or skip it all together. Have fun with it.

A few announce-y things:

Get an early peek at my new web site ~ SUSANMCCULLEY.COM ! ~ I’m building a web site for my work so everything I do can be found in one place! There you can find my current teaching schedule, special events and classes, workshops, info about coaching and mentoring, as well as access to my writing and art. Right now, my blog, A Thousand Beautiful Things, is up on the new site. The Focus Pocus blog is on its way there soon. I’ve got lots of new projects and classes – both in-person and on-line in the works, so please go to the Contact page and sign up to be on the mailing list so I can connect with you. The site’s in its early stages yet, but do check it out now at www.susanmcculley.com and let me know what you think!

JUST A COUPLE OF SPACES AVAILABLE FOR DANCE. SIT. WRITE. – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2015, 830am-5pm ~ There are two spaces left to spend the day playing in the intersection of movement, meditation and creativity! No matter how much or little experience you have in any of the three practices, this day can create connections in your body, mind and spirit and let more of you out into the world. In the beautiful Parish Hall of Buck Mountain Episcopal Church, we will provide music, movement, stillness, inspiration and a very nice bell. Plus nourishing and delicious food by Rebecca George’s Dragonfly Kitchen. $85 for the day. Limit to 20 participants. Check out testimonials from participants and more details here or the basics here https://focuspocusnow.com/dance-sit-write-october-10-2015-details/ or email Susan at sjmnia@gmail.com.

TEDx CHARLOTTESVILLE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2015 ~ In its third year in The Ville, TED is an incredible event of ideas and inspiration. I’m delighted again this year to be coaching two of the TEDx speakers and – dang – check out the line-up, y’all. It’s going to be an amazing day. You can find out more here.

BREAKING YOUR SUGAR ADDICTION eCOURSE ~ My friends, Wendy and Megan have put together a delicious e-course about creating balance around eating sugar. They are both dietary professionals and offer all kinds of resources that have helped me look more carefully and kindly about when I reach for the chocolate. You can get more information here.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.

Susan sig

*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs – this was particularly true this week so enjoy both the versions I used in class below and the Spotify versions! ***

Monday, Sep 28, 2015, 1045am ~ Speak it

Whole Thing 5:27 Big Blue Ball featuring Francis Bebey, Alex Faku, Tim Finn, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger, Andy White
Moonsmith 5:50 Cantoma [Quango]
Walk Into The Sun 5:21 Dirty Vegas
Exit Through You 5:52 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger
Roar 3:44 Katy Perry
Let It Out 3:20 Switchfoot
Let ‘Er Rip 2:51 Dixie Chicks
Just Say Yes 4:41 Snow Patrol
Electrorloge 6:29 Trouble Makers
Better Man 5:21 Playing For Change
Kayama 7:58 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley
Breathing Out 4:56 Shaman’s Dream

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015, 840am and 535pm ~ Speak it

Éireann 5:10 Afro Celt Sound System
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Magic Carpet 4:55 Illumine
Praise You 5:22 Fatboy Slim
Dream Machine 3:53 Mark Farina
Let It Out 3:20 Switchfoot
Mothership 3:14 Kid Beyond
Electrorloge 6:29 Trouble Makers
Just Say Yes 4:41 Snow Patrol
Deep Inside 5:06 Kid Beyond
Breathing Out 4:56 Shaman’s Dream

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015, 11am ~ Speak it

Say 3:51 John Mayer
Center Of The Sun 5:01 Conjure One Feat. Poe
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Smokey Quartz 6:59 Shakatura
Sweeter Love 8:09 Blue Six
Ghosts in My Machine 3:33 Annie Lennox
Magnifica 6:10 Zeb
Let It Out 3:20 Switchfoot
Why I Don’t Know 2:46 Lyle Lovett
I Can’t Get Next To You 3:09 Annie Lennox
Quiet 8 4:45 Sheila Chandra
In Focus 4:49 Popcorn
Safe Hands 3:09 Jamie Catto & Alex Forster

Thursday, Oct 1, 2015, 840am ~ Speak it

The Rising 4:47 Bruce Springsteen
Center Of The Sun 5:01 Conjure One Feat. Poe
Free Your Mind 4:52 En Vogue
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Break The Chain 4:32 Tena Clark
One Billion Hands 4:05 Lourds Lane
Never Coming Home 5:00 Sting
Loves Me Like A Rock 3:30 Paul Simon
Unwritten 4:19 Natasha Bedingfield
Amaté Adea 5:23 Adiemus/London Philharmonic/Miriam Stockley
Hallelujah (feat. Charlie Sexton) 4:16 Justin Timberlake & Matt Morris

Saturday, Oct 3, 2015, 9am ~ Speak it, Strengthen it for Anne

Wonderwall 4:09 Ryan Adams
Moonsmith 5:50 Cantoma [Quango]
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Dream Machine 3:53 Mark Farina
Magnifica 6:10 Zeb
Ghosts in My Machine 3:33 Annie Lennox
Breathe (Extreme Mix) 4:04 Soulfood
Here It Goes Again 3:00 OK Go
Never Coming Home 5:00 Sting
I Can’t Get Next To You 3:09 Annie Lennox
’74-’75 4:37 The Connells
Breathing Out 4:56 Shaman’s Dream

Saturday, Oct 3, 2015, 1245pm ~ Speak it, Strengthen it for Mary Linn

Wonderwall 4:09 Ryan Adams
Moonsmith 5:50 Cantoma [Quango]
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Dream Machine 3:53 Mark Farina
Magnifica 6:10 Zeb
Ghosts in My Machine 3:33 Annie Lennox
Here It Goes Again 3:00 OK Go
Never Coming Home 5:00 Sting
I Can’t Get Next To You 3:09 Annie Lennox
’74-’75 4:37 The Connells
Breathing Out 4:56 Shaman’s Dream

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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The art of noticing on all levels is at the heart of the practice of Nia…and of living a fully engaged life. If you noticed the music in classes this week and wondered what it was, here are all the playlists from classes.

Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, Jul 7, 2014, 1045am ~ Eyebrow Yoga & Three Levels of Noticing

Big Sky 4:04 Annie Lennox
Down To Earth 5:59 Peter Gabriel
The Fire From Within 4:12 Tryptamoon
Water Down the Ganges 7:10 Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas
Freedom 2:50 Tyrone Wells
Nothing But The Water (II) 5:19 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) 3:52 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Wake Me Up 4:10 Avicii
Notice The Ring 3:48 Chris Isaak
Am I Wrong 4:08 Nico & Vinz
Dust in the Wind 3:30 Daughter Darling
For The Summer 3:52 Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs
Jai Radha Madhav 6:27 Deva Premal

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014, 9am ~ Eyebrow Yoga & Three Levels of Noticing

Amazing 4:15 One Eskimo
Hero Dead And Gone (Discotheque Mix) 4:55 De-Phazz
When You’re Falling [Featuring Peter Gabriel] 5:14 Afro Celt Sound System
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Exit Through You 5:52 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger
Everything Comes From You 4:42 Big Blue Ball featuring Richard Evans, Joji Hirota, Sevara Nazarkhan, Sinéad O’Connor, Guo Yue
A Little Bit Of Riddim (Featuring Cherine Anderson) 4:19 Michael Franti
Never Coming Home 5:00 Sting
The Time is Now 3:55 Moioko
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free 4:09 Derek Trucks Band
Drive 3:53 Incubus
Windmills 3:48 Toad the Wet Sprocket
Cristofori’s Dream 6:07 David Lanz

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014, 1055am ~ Eyebrow Yoga & Three Levels of Noticing

Say 3:51 John Mayer
Pavement Cracks 5:10 Annie Lennox
Sol Tapado 3:52 Thievery Corporation
Short Skirt / Long Jacket 3:28 Cake
Come With Us 4:58 Chemical Brothers
Black Horse And The Cherry Tree 2:51 KT Tunstall
Dog Days Are Over 3:41 Florence And The Machine
Do Your Thing 4:45 Basement Jaxx
Domination 7:26 Peace Orchestra
Proud 4:30 Heather Small (from Akeelah And The Bee)
Underneath 4:14 David Wilcox
The Spirit of the Earth Continues (Floating Earth Remix) 6:32 Cybertribe

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014, 9am ~ Eyebrow Yoga & Three Levels of Noticing

Altus Silva 6:07 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Ronan Browne, Deep Forest, James McNally, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Vernon Reid
Whole Thing 5:27 Big Blue Ball featuring Francis Bebey, Alex Faku, Tim Finn, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger, Andy White
Habibe 7:12 Big Blue Ball featuring Natacha Atlas, Hossam Ramzy, Neil Sparkes, The Hossam Ramzy Egyptian Ensemble (Adel Eskander, Wael Abu Bakr, Momtaz Talaat
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Exit Through You 5:52 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger
Everything Comes From You 4:42 Big Blue Ball featuring Richard Evans, Joji Hirota, Sevara Nazarkhan, Sinéad O’Connor, Guo Yue
Burn You Up Burn You Down 4:31 Big Blue Ball featuring Billy Cobham, Peter Gabriel, The Holmes Brothers, Wendy Melvoin, Arona N’diaye, Jah Wobble
Instant Karma 3:14 U2
Thank you 4:19 Alanis Morrisette
Three Little Birds 4:29 Playing For Change
Rivers 5:45 Big Blue Ball featuring Vernon Reid, Márta Sebestyén, Karl Wallinger
Big Blue Ball 4:52 Big Blue Ball featuring Peter Gabriel, Manu Katché, Karl Wallinger

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

Rebecca has begun putting the 75 flags we have created into a long (it looks like more than 20 yard) strand of love. We’ll document it with photos and video, and maybe find a way to film us all dancing to one of his songs!

NIA TRAINER, JULIE WYLIE, COMING TO CHARLOTTESVILLE

We’re excited to support a weekend of classes and workshops with Nia Trainer, Julie Wylie now scheduled for September and a Nia White Belt early in 2015. 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.

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 (see above) and lots of other places, too.

michael-franti-environmentalistA week of nourishment in all realms. Plus a couple of birthdays, which is always a good thing. So, have you made your prayer flag for Michael, yet?  Now is the time, my friends.  Now is the time.

Dance on. Shine on.

Susan sig

Monday, Jun 23, 2014, 1045am ~ Savoring…Nourishment

Kecharitomene 6:35 Loreena McKennitt
Duden 6:41 Natacha Atlas
Walk Into The Sun 5:21 Dirty Vegas
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Firedance 6:04 Bill Whalen
Slip into Spring 3:46 Bill Whalen
Long Train Running (Groovy Dooby Mix) 5:07 DJ’s Brothers
Dalmore 3:59 Nahoo
Stranger in a Strange Land 6:20 Nahoo
Bonny Portmore 4:20 Loreena McKennitt
Caoineadh Cu Chulainn (Lament) 4:11 Bill Whalen

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014, 9am ~ Savoring…Nourishment

Wish You Were Here 6:12 Bliss
Living In The Moment 3:55 Jason Mraz
Love The One You’re With 5:03 Luther Vandross
Qalanderi 6:55 Cheb I Sabbah
Drive By 3:16 Train
Welcome to the Journey 5:04 Cybertribe
Everyone Deserves Music 4:37 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Fill Her Up 5:39 Sting Brand New Day
Hey Mama 2:59 Mat Kearney
Brand New Day 6:20 Sting
Heavenly Day 3:45 Patty Griffin
Lux Aurumque 4:16 Eric Whitacre Singers

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014, 1055am ~ Savoring…Nourishment

Human 3:04 Dionne Farris
Little Britain 5:15 Dreadzone
Hero Dead And Gone (Discotheque Mix) 4:55 De-Phazz
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
A Little Bit Of Riddim (Featuring Cherine Anderson) 4:19 Michael Franti
Ali Click – Trance Mix 7:29 Brian Eno
Let It Go (feat. Ethan Tucker) 3:40 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Colour In My Name (Featuring Precise) 6:08 Spiral System
Kandi 3:34 One Eskimo
Tupelo Honey 5:37 Cassandra Wilson

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014, 9am ~ Savoring…Nourishment

A Thousand Beautiful Things 3:07 Annie Lennox
Pavement Cracks 5:10 Annie Lennox
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Nostalgia Worship 6:46 Bassnectar
Brown Sugar 3:49 The Rolling Stones
Star Power (Rui Da Silva Remix) 7:56 City Reverb
Take Me to the River 6:00 Talking Heads
It’s Alright 3:28 Dar Williams
Shoofly Pie 3:57 The Wood Brothers
Life Is Better With You 3:19 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Bread And Butter 2:32 Devo
Tupelo Honey 3:37 Van Morrison & B. B. King

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

Our project of gratitude and invitation to Michael Franti is getting ready to shift to the next phase. Please do make a prayer flag in the next week so Rebecca can begin putting them all together in a long strand of love. We’ll document it with photos and video, and maybe find a way to film us all dancing to one of his songs!

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.

breathing along bones sally taylorA week replete with birthdays and breathing, and drawing in and letting go, and some damn fine music, I must say.

I loved the discovery of Sally Taylor, daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon, and her delicious song Give Me Strength (thanks again to Kira for pointing the way). Perfect for this week.

To Janice and Art and Deb and Diana and Shakespeare and Pat (and Pam on Saturday), I’m so glad you were born and our dancing paths have crossed. To everybody else, hell, I’m glad you were all born, too, and aren’t we lucky to get to do this together?

Why yes, yes we are.

EnJOY it all, everybody.

Dance on. Shine on.

Susan sig

P.S. I am happy to say that an adapted Focus Pocus post has just been published on Elephant Journal.  Click here to go to it.  If you enjoy it, please pass on the love.

Monday, April 21, 2014, 1045am ~ Breathing Along the Bones

The Rising 4:47 Bruce Springsteen
A Different Space 8:43 Bob Holroyd
Free Your Mind 4:52 En Vogue
Succumb to Me 5:15 Terence Trent D’Arby
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
Mafich Aravi 8:03 Banco de Gaia
Freek 7:16 Shakatura
Diavolo In Me (Devil In Me) 4:05 Zucchero & Solomon Burke
Sweet Child o’ Mine (Rick Rubin…) 3:56 Sheryl Crow
Give Me Strength 4:03 Sally Taylor
Halving The Compass 5:27 Helios

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 9am ~ Breathing Along the Bones

Big Sky 4:04 Annie Lennox
Down To Earth 5:59 Peter Gabriel
The Fire From Within 4:12 Tryptamoon
Water Down the Ganges 7:10 Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas
Freedom 2:50 Tyrone Wells
Nothing But The Water (II) 5:19 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) 3:52 Michael Franti
Knock On Wood 4:13 Safri Duo
Amma 6:26 James Asher & Sivamani
Dust in the Wind 3:30 Daughter Darling
Feel It All – Band Jam 3:50 KT Tunstall
Give Me Strength 4:03 Sally Taylor
Jai Radha Madhav 6:27 Deva Premal

Weds, April 23, 2014, 1055am ~ Breathing Along the Bones

Sacred Light 4:56 Bob Holroyd
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Palais Mascotte 5:47 Patrick Duvoisin
No Quiero Nada Mas 4:46 Sancti Spiritus
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
Dance Floor (Nu Brazilia Remix) 5:28 The Tao Of Groove
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Played A Live 6:46 Safri Duo
Sunsethighway 4:00 Kiln
Lydia 5:58 Tim Story

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 9am ~ Breathing Along the Bones

Primavera 6:21 Santana
Africa Bamba 4:43 Santana
Smooth 5:00 Santana
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
SexybackClean Version 4:03 Justin Timberlake
Coolsville 4:53 Rick Braun
After Midnight 3:09 Eric Clapton
Fly 3:33 Bart Hafeman
The Hearts A Lonely Hunter 6:22 Thievery Corporation
I Hope You Dance 4:58 Lee Ann Womack
Heavenly Day 3:45 Patty Griffin
Halving The Compass 5:27 Helios

TWO SPECIAL NIA EVENTS AT ACAC MIDLOTHIAN (remember: if you’re a member in Cville, you’re a member there)

Join Britta von Tagen, international Nia teacher and Nia trainer, for a Heart of Nia Playshop. This playshop will help you tap into your own deep and personal connection to Nia by developing your sensitivity as a Sacred Athlete.
Sunday, May 25, Midlothian ACAC 12-3p.m.
$35 ACAC member pre-pay ($45 at the door, space permitting)
$45 Non-member pre-pay ($55 at the door, space permitting)

Jason Alan Griffin, First Degree Black Belt, is stopping in Richmond for his cross country Nia tour. This is a one of a kind opportunity to experience Jason’s style of Nia as we sweat to some remixed James Bond theme songs and other classic Shirley Bassey tunes.
Monday, May 26 at the Midlothian ACAC. 8:15 a.m.
The class is FREE for ACAC members and $12 for non-members.

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 coming up in Richmond the week of May 17 and lots of other places, too.

Paisley Pants 007A week of dancing the DragonLily Dance of agility and mobility: I experienced some of the sweatiest classes in recent memory, some sore muscles in unexpected places, and of course, neon salmon pants. What more could a person ask for??

How about some music? Here are all the playlists from the week: lots of Carlos AyaRosas choreography and some other juicy yumminess besides.

Next week, we’ll continue playing with the Sensations of Fitness (dare I call them the Sensations of Life? Why yes, yes I do.). In the meantime, I invite you to notice how you do what you do. Just pay attention. It’s the first step to giving us choices about how to respond.

Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, April 14, 2014, 1045am ~ DragonLily

Song for Olabi 6:07 Bliss
Clouds 6:33 Feuerhake
Sweeter Love 8:09 Blue Six
Qalanderi 6:55 Cheb I Sabbah
Welcome to the Journey 5:04 Cybertribe
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
Ants Marching 4:31 Dave Matthews Band
Back To Me 3:31 Kathleen Edwards
The Remedy (I Won’t Worry) 4:16 Jason Mraz
Sure Thing 6:03 St. Germain
Horizon 4:00 Garth Stevenson

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 9am ~ DragonLily

Damascus 2:03 Conjure One Feat. Chemda
Center Of The Sun 5:01 Conjure One Feat. Poe
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Smokey Quartz 6:59 Shakatura
Qalanderi 6:55 Cheb I Sabbah
Drumming Up a Storm 5:59 Bob Holroyd
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
Up In Indiana 4:36 Lyle Lovett
Suddenly I See 3:22 KT Tunstall
Taxman 2:39 The Beatles
Drive 3:53 Incubus
Easy Tonight 4:09 Five for Fighting
Golden Slumbers/The End 4:16 K.D. Lang

Weds, April 16, 2014, 1055am ~ DragonLily

Awa-Awa 4:34 Wes Welenge
forever changes 5:34 ZKT
Catu (Vienna Sub Mix) 6:21 Ikarus
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
One Week 2:49 Barenaked Ladies
Faster 3:28 Matt Nathanson
Snapbean 2:37 Li’l Brian & the Zydeco Travellers
Fly 3:33 Bart Hafeman
Boogaloop 4:33 Ursula 1000
The Sea 5:08 Morcheeba
April Come She Will 2:06 Tracy Grammer
Path 3:14 Ishq

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 9am ~ DragonLily

Awa-Awa 4:34 Wes Welenge
Clouds 6:33 Feuerhake
Moonsmith 5:50 Cantoma [Quango] C3
Sweeter Love 8:09 Blue Six
Freek 7:16 Shakatura
Ghosts in My Machine 3:33 Annie Lennox
Ants Marching 4:31 Dave Matthews Band
Played A Live 6:46 Safri Duo
I Can’t Get Next To You 3:09 Annie Lennox
Subterranean Homesick Blues 2:17 Michael Franti
Big Blue Ball 4:52 Big Blue Ball
Horizon 4:00 Garth Stevenson

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 coming up in Richmond the week of May 17 and lots of other places, too.

Airborne Kansas.-.Point.of.Know.Return

As a kid, whenever I got a new album (yes, one of those big, black plastic things), I would put it on my parents’ record player, turn it up, and lie on the living room rug to read every lyric and every liner note on the album cover. Double-extra-bonus excitement if there was stuff on the dust sleeve or – be still my heart – and extra booklet!  I loved knowing every single word and even better, the story behind the music.

So after a week of playing with the Airborne routine, here are my liner notes.

Dance on. Shine on.
Susan

Airborne ~ Liner Notes

Big Sky – 4:04 – Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox’s voice is like power and tenderness wrapped in a passionate package. All the lyrics of this song are beautiful and evocative, but in particular:
I slipped through
The vortex of the sky
Darkness and light
Is what’s inside

Listen for my favorite part — her “woo” as if she is catching her breath.

Down To Earth – 5:59 – Peter Gabriel

As some of you know (since I mention it pretty much every time I use his music in class), I’m a big Peter Gabriel fan and he is my pretend boyfriend (of which I have several – turns out I’m a pretend shameless hussy). I have loved this song since I heard it in the movie Wall-E. I’ve been looking for a way to use it in Nia for a while and this feels like the right fit. With its theme of environmentalism and grounded, waltzing beat, it’s a song that reminds me of the preciousness of life on the planet:
We’re coming down
Comin’ down to earth
Like babies at birth
Comin’ down to earth
Redefine your priorities
These are extraordinary qualities

The Fire From Within – 4:12 – Tryptamoon

This song’s waves of giggles and reminders to breathe (in French and English) combines with waves of sound to ride and play on.

Water Down the Ganges – 7:10 – Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas

The simple yet rich and layered patterns in this meditative, Eastern-influenced music invite variations on simple movement themes.

Freedom – 2:50 – Tyrone Wells

I first heard this song when I ran into Kroger to pick something up one morning. It stopped me in the aisle and I scribbled the lyrics that I could catch on my grocery list. I tracked down the song as soon as I got home and had it choreographed by lunch.

Nothing But The Water (II) – 5:19 – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

A friend turned me on to the passionate music of Grace Potter a couple of years ago. I love this song’s rocking spiritual feel and have done my best to reflect it in the choreography with swinging movements through the three planes…plus some rock solid balancing.

I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) – 3:52 – Michael Franti

Ultimately, the practice of Nia is about aliveness. Michael Franti’s whistling, “whoa” song celebrates life in all its complexity. This song is a joy-fest as far as I’m concerned. And if you haven’t seen the fan mashup video, well sit yourself down and enjoy…and be sure to watch it to the very, very end.

Sunchyme – 3:54 – Dario G.

Dario G was an English dance and trance group in the late 90s and this song is based on a sample from The Dream Academy’s Life in a Northern Town. I can’t resist music that makes me want to dance and sing!

Breathe – 4:17 – Telepopmusik

This song is full of delicious sounds from the slightly muffled, scratchy-phonograph vocal to the rhythmic snip-snaps to the bouncy, electric bubbles. Perfect for playing with the meditation of music and movement. And, hey!, the lyrics are right in line with the focus:
Another day
But there’s nothing to do but believe
Just believe
Just breathe

Dust in the Wind – 3:30 – Daughter Darling

In 1977 I was in 8th grade and my English teacher used the lyrics of Kansas’ Dust in the Wind to illustrate poetry of mortality and the inevitability of death. I was already a lyric lover (as mentioned above), but having a teacher recognize the poetry in the music I listened to, as well as the realization of the weightiness of the song stuck with me. Twenty-five years later, Daughter Darling covered my beloved junior high ballad beautifully. The wistful but urgent vocals and the melancholy strings feel like wind.

Feel It All – Band Jam – 3:50 – KT Tunstall

There are so many things I love about this song from KT Tunstall’s latest album. The imagery of nature — seeds and rain, branches and snow, birds and eagles – align with the elemental focus of the routine. This is the “band jam” version of the song which reminds me that even though Tunstall makes great music when she’s alone with her looping machine, there is richness when music is made together. But most importantly, the chorus reflects one of the foundations of mindful practice: we are here to feel it all.

Child Come Home – 3:29 – Jamie Catto

Jamie Catto is my hero and mentor. On the front edge of my sabbatical last year, Jamie talked me down from the ledge and invited me to explore new ways of making art in the world. This song is an unpublished — one that he sent me after our conversation. I am grateful to him for the personal connection he made with me and for the art he offers us all.

Jai Radha Madhav – 6:27 – Deva Premal

Deva Premal’s beautiful version of the Jai Radha Madhav mantra transcends language. Even if we don’t understand the Sanskrit she sings, we understand the message: love is space.

easy 7 easy buttonI’ve noticed this week how often I hear (from myself and others) the words “easy” and “hard.” The more I think about it, the more meaningless those words feel. It’s all relative.

Focusing instead on what is the the edge between challenge and healing, on the other hand, offers a rich practice that can be applied to any activity or situation. That’s where I want to dance.

We did a soft launch of my new routine, Airborne, this week. Allowing the new music and movements be a playground for the challenge/healing balance. Next week, we’ll dive full-on into the new routine and see what else there is to play with!  Below is the playlist ~ more on it next week.

Part of what makes our mindful movement practice powerful is how it spills out of the studio and supports us in our lives. This week, two Nia Stories about just that: one from Pat Taylor on how her Nia practice informs her study to become a massage therapist and one from Madeline Holly-Sales about how Nia affects her musical performance. Thanks to them both for sharing part of their practice. It is a gift to us all.  Enjoy their stories, be inspired, and by all means, share your own (email it to me at sjmnia@gmail.com)!

Dance on. Shine on.
Xo
Susan

Challenge & Healing ~ Monday, October 14, 2013, 1045am
Challenge & Healing ~ Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 9am
Challenge & Healing ~ Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 1055am
Challenge & Healing ~ Thursday, October 17, 2013, 9am

Big Sky – 4:04 – Annie Lennox
Down To Earth – 5:59 – Peter Gabriel
The Fire From Within – 4:12 – Tryptamoon
Water Down the Ganges – 7:10 – Prem Joshua
Freedom – 2:50 – Tyrone Wells
Nothing But The Water (II) – 5:19 – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) – 3:52 – Michael Franti
Sunchyme – 3:54 – Dario G.
Breathe – 4:17 – Telepopmusik
Dust in the Wind – 3:30 – Daughter Darling
Feel It All – Band Jam – 3:50 – KT Tunstall
Child Come Home – 3:29 – Jamie Catto
Jai Radha Madhav – 6:27 – Deva Premal

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