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The choice to pay attention, to invest in the experience we are having in the moment, is one of the most essential parts of the practice we do together. Shining the light of awareness gives us a view of what’s happening that we didn’t have before and allows us to be more skillful in our responses. Raise awareness to release attachment and reveal spaciousness, creativity, possibilities, healing.

Below are our playlists for the week – as well as the notes about the songs for which I adapted choreography. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! And in general, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

And first, some announcements of things that are happening!

Share Your Word for 2019 … and Be Entered to Win a Nia Pendant
Every year, I choose a word as my focus. My word for 2019 is CLEAR. As part of embodying it, I am clearing my spaces … inside and out. I haven’t worn this this Nia pendant in a long time and I’d love to share it. I’d also love to make a piece of art that celebrates our 2019 words. So, in the comments below please write your word and your name (or you can email me at sjmnia@gmail.com), then I’ll make a piece of art with our words (no names)! I’ll enter everybody who gives me their word by Monday, January 21 and draw one for the pendant (if you want to have your word as part of the art but don’t want the pendant, just put an askerisk next to your name)!

Mindful Self-Compassion 8-Week Course with Laura DeVault & Anna Vanhoy
We live in a world full of environmental challenges, political upheaval, and divisive rhetoric. Our sense of well-being can get worn down, especially if it is dependent on our latest success or failure. Mindful self-compassion takes a different approach. When you turn toward your feelings of distress with compassion, you can limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling you to achieve your highest potential and a more fulfilled life. (You might even get a better night’s sleep.)
Every Monday from 1 – 4 PM for 8 weeks, starting January 21, 2019. $450 includes 8 classes, plus a half-day retreat on Sat., Feb. 23.
To Register, contact Maureen Otten, 434-220-4686 weekdays 9 – 5, or email Anna and Laura at info.mscdv@gmail.com. For more, go here. https://www.facebook.com/events/1927255664236835/

Buddha Cat & More at the Cville Arts Cooperative
My book and art is on display at Cville Arts Crafts & Art Cooperative (www.cvillearts.org) on the downtown mall at 118 E. Main Street (near the fountain and next to the mosaic sofa)! This beautiful, eclectic gallery offers a variety of art and crafts made by all Virginia artists. My display is in the back gallery so you can see all the artists’ work on your way to mine! I am honored to be included in this talented gathering of artists and hope you’ll shop there soon.

Buddha Cat on Amazon
Buddha Cat is now also available on the world’s largest retailer! You can find both Kindle and paperback editions! AND if you are already a reader and fan, PLEASE would you write a review? A review is one of the most powerful things you can do to spread the word. Find the book listing here! Thank you for your energy and support!

Buddha Cat Available at Local Stores!
If you’d rather not order online and/or if you’d like to support an independent bookstore, you can find the book at some local establishments! Please go to my web site to find a complete listing of where to find Buddha Cat and more! http://www.susanmcculley.com/book-art-happenings/#/new-page/

Yoga Retreat in Mexico with Lynsie McKeown ~ February 9-16, 2019
It’s time to say YES to you and your well-being; to put you first. Join Lynsie McKeown, February 9-16, 2019, for 8 days of daily practice, luxury villas, delectable meals and immersive experiences in paradise. This retreat is designed to nourish, support and celebrate YOU. Immersed in beauty and nature, you’ll experience the benefits of a complete practice; asana (vinyasa tantra), pranayama, guided meditation and Yoga Nidra (a deep state of restoration, relaxation, and awareness). Body, mind, heart and soul will be rejuvenated. You’ll leave feeling full—full of more joy, motivation and inspiration to carry you through the rest of your year. Find out more here.

Author Fest 2019 at the Waynesboro Public Library
On Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Waynesboro Public Library will host its 5th Annual Author Fest. The event is free for both authors and the public. Buddha Cat and friends will be there. More information and details to come!

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

Monday, Jan 14, 2019, 1045am ~ Awareness Changes Everything

Out Of Town 5:20 Cantoma (Passing Through choreography)
Leaving Babylon 6:42 Bluetech (Journeyman choreography)
Back Home 5:19 Fishtank (Takshaka Pt 1 choreography)
In This Love Together 5:12 Michael Bernard Beckwith (Takshaka Pt 2 choreography)
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System (Drumming Up a Storm choreography)
Release Yourself (DJ Tampinhas Remix) 5:48 Antoine Clamaran
Just Say Yes 4:41 Snow Patrol (Maha Lakshmi choreography)
Quiet 8 4:45 Sheila Chandra
Gravity 4:06 John Mayer (Dark Waters choreography)
Miasma 4:35 Bill Mize (Lavender Hill Floorplay)
Wiarthul 5:55 Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
Dark Waters 4:35 Bob Holroyd
Lavender Hill 4:33 Lex van Someren
Ascension 4:52 Lex van Someren

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2018 ~ Awareness Changes Everything

Out Of Town 5:20 Cantoma (Passing Through choreography)
Leaving Babylon 6:42 Bluetech (Journeyman choreography)
Back Home 5:19 Fishtank (Takshaka Pt 1 choreography)
In This Love Together 5:12 Michael Bernard Beckwith (Takshaka Pt 2 choreography)
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System (Drumming Up a Storm choreography)
Release Yourself (DJ Tampinhas Remix) 5:48 Antoine Clamaran
Just Say Yes 4:41 Snow Patrol (Maha Lakshmi choreography)
Quiet 8 4:45 Sheila Chandra
Gravity 4:06 John Mayer (Dark Waters choreography)
Miasma 4:35 Bill Mize (Lavender Hill Floorplay)

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2018, 11am ~ Awareness Changes Everything

Out Of Town 5:20 Cantoma (Passing Through choreography)
Journeyman 6:41 Bob Holroyd (from AO)
Leaving Babylon 6:42 Bluetech (Journeyman choreo)
Drumming Up a Storm 6:01 Bob Holroyd (from AO)
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System (Drumming Up a Storm choreography)
A-YO 3:28 Lady Gaga
Maha Lakshmi 5:19 El Cosmo Group (from Sky Dancing)
Just Say Yes 4:41 Snow Patrol (Maha Lakshmi choreography)
Contigo 3:25 Federico Aubele
Gravity 4:06 John Mayer (Dark Waters choreography)
Miasma 4:35 Bill Mize (Lavender Hill Floorplay)

Thursday, Jan 17, 2018, 840am ~ Awareness Changes Everything

Fragile 3:53 Sting (Passing Through choreography)
Journeyman 6:41 Bob Holroyd (from AO)
Leaving Babylon 6:42 Bluetech (Journeyman choreo)
Drumming Up a Storm 6:01 Bob Holroyd (from AO)
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System (Drumming Up a Storm choreography)
A-YO 3:28 Lady Gaga
Maha Lakshmi 5:19 El Cosmo Group (from Sky Dancing)
Just Say Yes 4:41 Snow Patrol (Maha Lakshmi choreography)
Contigo 3:25 Federico Aubele
Gravity 4:06 John Mayer (Dark Waters choreography)
Miasma 4:35 Bill Mize (Lavender Hill Floorplay)

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 process of putting an intention into practice — or changing any habit or pattern, for that matter — is a cycle of Yang/masculine/doing (Set Intention & Put Into Action) and Yin/feminine/allowing (Non-Identification & Compassion). Our humanness means that our minds will wander and we’ll lose our focus on our intention. It’s just what happens. The cycle of actively setting and embodying an intention and then gently and kindly bringing ourselves is where, as Sharon Salzberg reminds us, the magic happens.

Below are our playlists for the week. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! And in general, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

And first, some announcements of things that are happening!
Mindful Self-Compassion 8-Week Course with Laura DeVault & Anna Vanhoy
We live in a world full of environmental challenges, political upheaval, and divisive rhetoric. Our sense of well-being can get worn down, especially if it is dependent on our latest success or failure. Mindful self-compassion takes a different approach. When you turn toward your feelings of distress with compassion, you can limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling you to achieve your highest potential and a more fulfilled life. (You might even get a better night’s sleep.)
Every Monday from 1 – 4 PM for 8 weeks, starting January 21, 2019. $450 includes 8 classes, plus a half-day retreat on Sat., Feb. 23.
To Register, contact Maureen Otten, 434-220-4686 weekdays 9 – 5, or email Anna and Laura at info.mscdv@gmail.com. For more, go here.

Buddha Cat & More at the Cville Arts Cooperative
I’m delighted to announce that my work has been accepted at Cville Arts Crafts & Art Cooperative (www.cvillearts.org) on the downtown mall at 118 E. Main Street (near the fountain and next to the mosaic sofa)! This beautiful, eclectic gallery offers a variety of art and crafts made by all Virginia artists. My display is up ~~ you’ll find it in the back gallery! I am honored to be included in this talented gathering of artists!

Buddha Cat on Amazon
Buddha Cat is now also available on the world’s largest retailer! You can find both Kindle and paperback editions! AND if you are already a reader and fan, PLEASE would you write a review? A review is one of the most powerful things you can do to spread the word. Find the book listing here! Thank you for your energy and support!

Buddha Cat Available at Local Stores!
If you’d rather not order online and/or if you’d like to support an independent bookstore, you can find the book at some local establishments! Please go to my web site to find a complete listing of where to find Buddha Cat and more! http://www.susanmcculley.com/book-art-happenings/#/new-page/

Yoga Retreat in Mexico with Lynsie McKeown ~ February 9-16, 2019
It’s time to say YES to you and your well-being; to put you first. Join Lynsie McKeown, February 9-16, 2019, for 8 days of daily practice, luxury villas, delectable meals and immersive experiences in paradise. This retreat is designed to nourish, support and celebrate YOU. Immersed in beauty and nature, you’ll experience the benefits of a complete practice; asana (vinyasa tantra), pranayama, guided meditation and Yoga Nidra (a deep state of restoration, relaxation, and awareness). Body, mind, heart and soul will be rejuvenated. You’ll leave feeling full—full of more joy, motivation and inspiration to carry you through the rest of your year. Find out more here.

Author Fest 2019 at the Waynesboro Public Library
On Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Waynesboro Public Library will host its 5th Annual Author Fest. The event is free for both authors and the public. Buddha Cat and friends will be there. More information and details to come!

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

Monday, Jan 7, 2019, 1045am ~ Intention & The Magic Moment~ AO Skydancing

Passing Through 5:19 Bob Holroyd
Journeyman – AO 6:41 Bob Holroyd
Takshaka 10:42 Makyo
Drumming Up a Storm 6:01 Bob Holroyd
Denmark 5:07 Chemical Brothers
Maha Lakshmi 5:19 El Cosmo Group
Adrift in Kerala 6:07 Bob Holroyd
Dark Waters 4:35 Bob Holroyd
Lavender Hill 4:33 Lex van Someren
Ascension 4:52 Lex van Someren

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2018 ~ Intention & The Magic Moment ~ AO Skydancing

Passing Through 5:19 Bob Holroyd
Journeyman 6:41 Bob Holroyd
Takshaka 10:42 Makyo
Drumming Up a Storm 6:01 Bob Holroyd
Denmark 5:07 Chemical Brothers
Maha Lakshmi 5:19 El Cosmo Group
Adrift in Kerala 6:07 Bob Holroyd
Dark Waters 4:35 Bob Holroyd
Lavender Hill 4:33 Lex van Someren

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2018, 11am ~ Intention & The Magic Moment ~ AO AY Dancing to AO Skydancing Choreography

Out Of Town 5:20 Cantoma (Passing Through choreography)
Leaving Babylon 6:42 Bluetech (Journeyman choreography)
Back Home 5:19 Fishtank (Takshaka Pt 1 choreography)
In This Love Together 5:12 Michael Bernard Beckwith (Takshaka Pt 2 choreography)
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System (Drumming up a Storm choreography)
Crosseyed and Painless 5:29 Angélique Kidjo (Denmark style freedance)
Gold Dust Woman 5:02 Fleetwood Mac (Maha Lakshmi choreography)
Hanuman Baba (Dub Farm Re-mix) 7:25 Krishna Das (Adrift in Kerala style freedance)
Gravity 4:06 John Mayer (Dark Waters choreography)
Miasma 4:35 Bill Mize (Lavender Hill choreography)
10 Questions for the Dalai Lama 3:15 Peter Kater

Thursday, Jan 10, 2018, 840am ~ Intention & The Magic Moment AO AY Dancing to AO Skydancing Choreography

Out Of Town 5:20 Cantoma (Passing Through choreography)
Leaving Babylon 6:42 Bluetech (Journeyman choreography)
Back Home 5:19 Fishtank (Takshaka Pt 1 choreography)
In This Love Together 5:12 Michael Bernard Beckwith (Takshaka Pt 2 choreography)
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System (Drumming up a Storm choreography)
Crosseyed and Painless 5:29 Angélique Kidjo (Denmark style freedance)
Gold Dust Woman 5:02 Fleetwood Mac (Maha Lakshmi choreography)
Hanuman Baba (Dub Farm Re-mix) 7:25 Krishna Das (Adrift in Kerala style freedance)
Gravity 4:06 John Mayer (Dark Waters choreography)
Unchosen 3:54 Jesse Cook (Lavender Hill choreography)

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!

socks on socks off wax on wax offIn Karate Kid, Daniel learned “Wax on. Wax off.” This week we learned “Socks on. Socks off.” How does the movement we do in the studio flow out into our everyday movement and how does our daily movement flow back to the practice? I invite you to dissolve the walls of the studio and play with embodying Principle 5 of the Nia Technique: Dance Through Life.

EnJOY, EveryBody!

Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

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Monday, May 19, 2014, 1045am ~ Socks on, Socks off

Wish You Were Here 6:12 Bliss
Nourah 6:51 Makyo
Beatbox 7:56 Crazy P
The Way You Move (featuring Big Boi) 3:56 Outkast
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
Open Sesame (G’s Talking Drum Mix) 6:10 Crosstown Traffic
Drop It Low 3:45 Kat DeLuna
In These Shoes? 3:39 Kirsty MacColl
Fly 3:33 Bart Hafeman
And She Was 3:39 Talking Heads
Serengeti (Bliss Mix) 5:30 Infernal

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 9am ~ Socks on, Socks off

North 6:49 Afro Celt Sound System
North, Pt. 2 3:01 Afro Celt Sound System
When You’re Falling [Featuring Peter Gabriel] 5:14 Afro Celt Sound System
Ma’ Africa 4:49 Mahotella Queens/Ulali
Braided Hair 4:03 Neneh Cherry/Speech
Lagan 4:05 Afro Celt Sound System
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
New Shoes 3:22 Paolo Nutini
Passion 5:46 Michael Franti
Persistence of Memory 4:29 Afro Celt Sound System
Onwards 5:27 Afro Celt Sound System
Shanti (Peace Out) 6:59 MC Yogi

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 1055am ~ Socks on, Socks off

Healing Senses 8:27 Parijat
Mulatica Mia (Cuba Remix) 5:32 The Tao Of Groove
Palais Mascotte 5:47 Patrick Duvoisin
No Quiero Nada Mas 4:46 Sancti Spiritus
The Sound of Sunshine 3:44 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
Dance Floor (Nu Brazilia Remix) 5:28 The Tao Of Groove
Boogie Shoes (KC And The Sun.. 2:18 Bee Gees
Love Somebody 4:00 Schuyler Fisk
Sara Smile 3:47 Jimmy Wayne
O’Connor: Butterfly’s Day Out 4:43 Yo-Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, Edgar Meyer

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 9am ~ Socks on, Socks off

Driver 4:12 Galen Butler
A Different Space 8:43 Bob Holroyd
Takshaka 10:42 Makayo
Journeyman – AO 6:41 Bob Holroyd
Drumming Up a Storm 5:59 Bob Holroyd
Maha Lakshmi 5:19 El Cosmo Group
African Drug [Original Tribal Mix] 6:02 Bob Holroyd
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes 2:46 Elvis Costello
The Sheer Weight of Memory 5:28 Bob Holroyd
Ascension 4:52 Lex van Someren

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!

THIS WEEKEND! TWO SPECIAL NIA EVENTS AT ACAC MIDLOTHIAN (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 planned in Charlottesville in September (see above) and lots of other places, too.

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