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This is a practice of both/and, y’all. It’s not black white, either or. It’s not all of anything and none of another. This mindful movement practice is one that allows and is present for everything. This is true on the micro/personal level as well as the macro/universal/cosmic level. But holy smokes, universal/cosmic seems like a bit much these days… so let’s practice with the body.

Today’s Dharma Dance Swirl practice invites us to both trust and entrust the body. Can I trust my body to guide me, give me information, take care of me? And can I entrust my body to my own care: to listen to it, respond to it and take care of it? Welcome to a practice of connection without comparison, judgment, criticism (but it’s ok if those show up!). Find the video here.

~~~ Music Credits ~~~
Title song for Dancing Water Daily:

Kate’s Waltz 3:44 Bad Snacks, YouTube Audio Library

Thu, May 21, 2020 ~ Dancing Water Daily ~ Dharma Dance Swirl: Connection without Comparison
A Trip Around the Moon 5:18 Unicorn Heads YouTube Audio Library
Rhodesia 4:27 Twin Musicom YouTube Audio Library
Essence 2 3:49 Audionautix YouTube Audio Library
Right On Red 3:49 Audionautix YouTube Audio Library
Rev 4:41 Eveningland YouTube Audio Library
Potato_Deal 2:45 Craig MacArthur YouTube Audio Library
Trouble 3:43 Topher Mohr and Alex Elena YouTube Audio Library
The Machines Dream 4:42 South London HiFi YouTube Audio Library
Hackbeat 4:02 Kevin MacLeod YouTube Audio Library
Morning Mandolin 3:39 Chris Haugen YouTube Audio Library
Beach Walk 6:21 Unicorn Heads YouTube Audio Library

THIS WEEK’S DANCING WATER DAILY PRACTICES ~ Connection without Comparison
Monday, May 18 ~ Nourishing Movement: Connection without Comparison (Courage + Encourage) ~ find it here
Tuesday, May 19 ~ Nourishing Movement: Connection without Comparison (Longing + Belonging) ~ find it here
Wednesday, May 20 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga: Connection without Comparison (Brace + Embrace)
~ find it here
Thursday, May 21 ~ Dharma Dance Swirl: Connection without Comparison (Trust + Entrust) ~ find it here
Friday, May 22 ~ All Out All You Dance Party: Connection without Comparison
Saturday, May 23 ~ Ajna (Self-Guided) Practice: Connection without Comparison
Sunday, May 24 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga: Connection without Comparison

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I love to hear from you about how you’re doing and what you need most. I read and respond to every single comment and email and I appreciate them all. Please do reach out with email (sjmnia@gmail.com) or a comment and let me know how I can help more!
Breathe deep. Shine bright. Show up.
Love

Dharma Dance is a blend of guided and unguided movement that is designed to break habit and long-held patterns while opening you to more awareness, presence and your true way of moving. Today’s class is in two parts Body as Student (guided) and Body as Teacher (unguided) resilience!

You can find today’s video here.

When you go to my YouTube Channel, remember hit subscribe and ask for notifications by clicking the bell ~ then you’ll always know when I post a new practice!

As always, I love to hear how it feels for you! Please reach out, let me know that you are there and leave a comment below or on the YouTube video.

Here is today’s playlist:
Dancing Water Daily: Dharma Dance ~ Friday, April 3, 2020
Marigold 3:54 Quincas Moreira, YouTube Audio Library
Marrionette 4:05 Letter Box, YouTube Audio Library
Cognative Dissonance – Electronic Medium 4:48 Kevin MacLeod, YouTube Audio Library
Cognative Dissonance – Electronic Medium by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100289
Artist: http:/ 0 3/31/2020 4:52 PM
Ubiquitous 3:57 Diamond Ortiz, YouTube Audio Library
Liberation 4:31 Asher Fulero, YouTube Audio Library
Bumba Crossing 4:37 Kevin MacLeod, YouTube Audio Library
Bumba Crossing by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1500031
Artist: http://incompetech.com/
The Machines Dream 4:42 South London HiFi, YouTube Audio Library
Come Get With Us 4:37 TrackTribe, YouTube Audio Library
Love Now 3:51 Eveningland, YouTube Audio Library
Temptation 3:52 Chris Haugen, YouTube Audio Library
Windswept 4:46 ann annie, YouTube Audio Library

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Help me sustain your Dancing Water Daily practices! No matter how far apart we are physically, we are all connected. The path that we all move along together is held by an Invisible Net of Love that is always there even if we can’t see it. The Dancing Water Daily practices is my thread in that net. Please support my work by offering a donation so I can keep creating these practices for you. With your generous support, I can continue to invest in making these classes available to anyone who can benefit. Please click here https://paypal.me/SusanMcCulley?locale.x=en_US to be part of the Dancing Water Daily Net of Love. And please “Send to a Friend” to avoid PayPal fees! Suggested donation: $5 a class or $15 a week.

Shout outs to this week’s generous donors: Howell Burnell, Kathie Anzalone, Zakira Beasley, Brenda Brumfield and Mable Kinzie! A thousand thanks, friends!
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As I continue to work on all aspects of offerings online classes, you might also check out NiaTV — 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.
You can help to increase community engagement (and assure me that you are out there)! PLEASE DO:
• leave comments on the Facebook videos and share them with friends
• subscribe to my YouTube channel (it’s FREE, of course), like, comment and share them
• subscribe, comment and share these blog posts
• email me at sjmnia@gmail.com with ideas and suggestions for what would be of the most help and support in these days

A reminder that YOU ARE THE BOSS OF YOU. Remember that you are responsible for knowing what your body needs. As with all exercise programs, use common sense and what you know about yourself. To reduce and avoid injury, check with your doctor before beginning any fitness program. By using this video, you are acknowledging that you are fully responsible for your own health and well-being. And by performing any movement exercises, you are performing them at your own risk. Susan McCulley, my website or associated online venues are not responsible or liable for any injury or harm you sustain as a result of what I offer here. Please listen to yourself and do what feels good.

THIS WEEK’S PRACTICES
Monday, Mar 30 9am ~ Dancing Water Nourishing Movement: Resilience on Susan’s YouTube Channel ~ find it here
Tuesday, Mar 31 9am ~ Dancing Water Nourishing Movement: Resilience on Susan’s YouTube Channel ~ find it here
Wednesday, Apr 1 9am ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga on Susan’s YouTube Channel and on the Focus Pocus Facebook Page ~ find it here
Thursday, Apr 2 9am ~ Dharma Dance from Dancing Water on Susan’s YouTube Channel ~ find it here
Friday, Apr 3 9am ~ Dharma Dance from Dancing Water on Susan’s YouTube Channel ~ find it here
Saturday, Apr 4 9am ~ Ajna / Self-Guided Practice on Susan’s YouTube Channel
Sunday, Apr 5 9am ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga on Susan’s YouTube Channel

AND in addition to the Dancing Water Daily practices next week, please join me for a Full Moon Restorative Yoga class with Shandoah Goldman on Monday, April 6 at 430pm on ZOOM! Register and get all the details here.

Please let me know if you have any questions, how I can help more and how you are faring.
Until soon, my friends!
Love

Dharma Dance is a blend of form and freedom. We move with guided and unguided movement, letting the body be both student and teacher. This integration cultivates resilience by helping us break habit and move into new possibilities. Today’s class is a weaving of the guided and unguided: the body learns a form and then we create something new from it. You can find the video here.

I always love to hear how it feels for you! Please leave a comment below or on the YouTube Channel!

Here is today’s playlist:

Dancing Water Daily: Dharma Dance Swirl ~ Thursday, April 2, 2020
Fonkee Ryde 4:15 Noir Et Blanc Vie, YouTube Audio Library
Hanging Out 4:52 Bruno E., YouTube Audio Library
Smile 2 4:43 Jeremy Blake, YouTube Audio Library
Slow Times Over Here 4:49 Midnight North, YouTube Audio Library
Cold Funk – Funkorama 4:48 Kevin MacLeod, YouTube Audio Library
Cold Funk – Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100499
Artist: http://incompetech.com/
Limo Ride 4:15 TrackTribe, YouTube Audio Library
Sugar Soul 4:53 Bruno E., YouTube Audio Library
Come With Some Funk 4:03 Max McFerren, YouTube Audio Library
Amazement 4:01 Freedom Trail, Studio YouTube Audio Library
Talky Beat 4:56 Twin Musicom, YouTube Audio Library
Talky Beat by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://www.twinmusicom.org/song/265/talky-beat
Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org
God Be With You Till We Meet Again 4:45 Chris Zabriskie, YouTube Audio Library
God Be With You Till We Meet Again by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://chriszabriskie.com/dtv/
Artist: http://chriszabriskie.com/

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Help me sustain your Dancing Water Daily practices! No matter how far apart we are physically, we are all connected. The path that we all move along together is held by an Invisible Net of Love that is always there even if we can’t see it. The Dancing Water Daily practices is my thread in that net. Please support my work by offering a donation so I can keep creating these practices for you. With your generous support, I can continue to invest in making these classes available to anyone who can benefit. Please click here https://paypal.me/SusanMcCulley?locale.x=en_US to be part of the Dancing Water Daily Net of Love. And please “Send to a Friend” to avoid PayPal fees! Suggested donation: $5 a class or $15 a week … any amount helps sustain my work.

Shout outs to this week’s generous donors: Howell Burnell, Kathie Anzalone, Zakira Beasley, Brenda Brumfield and Mable Kinzie! A thousand thanks, friends!
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As I continue to work on all aspects of offerings online classes, you might also check out NiaTV — 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.
You can help to increase community engagement (and assure me that you are out there)! PLEASE DO:
• leave comments on the Facebook videos and share them with friends
• subscribe to my YouTube channel (it’s FREE, of course), like, comment and share them
• subscribe, comment and share these blog posts
• email me at sjmnia@gmail.com with ideas and suggestions for what would be of the most help and support in these days

A reminder that YOU ARE THE BOSS OF YOU. Remember that you are responsible for knowing what your body needs. As with all exercise programs, use common sense and what you know about yourself. To reduce and avoid injury, check with your doctor before beginning any fitness program. By using this video, you are acknowledging that you are fully responsible for your own health and well-being. And by performing any movement exercises, you are performing them at your own risk. Susan McCulley, my website or associated online venues are not responsible or liable for any injury or harm you sustain as a result of what I offer here. Please listen to yourself and do what feels good.

THIS WEEK’S PRACTICES
Monday, Mar 30 9am ~ Dancing Water Nourishing Movement: Resilience on Susan’s YouTube Channel ~ find it here
Tuesday, Mar 31 9am ~ Dancing Water Nourishing Movement: Resilience on Susan’s YouTube Channel ~ find it here
Wednesday, Apr 1 9am ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga on Susan’s YouTube Channel and on the Focus Pocus Facebook Page ~ find it here
Thursday, Apr 2 9am ~ Dharma Dance from Dancing Water on Susan’s YouTube Channel ~ find it here
Friday, Apr 3 9am ~ Dharma Dance from Dancing Water on Susan’s YouTube Channel
Saturday, Apr 4 9am ~ Ajna / Self-Guided Practice on Susan’s YouTube Channel and on the Focus Pocus Facebook Page
Sunday, Apr 5 9am ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga on Susan’s YouTube Channel and on the Focus Pocus Facebook Page

AND in addition to the Dancing Water Daily practices next week, please join me for a Full Moon Restorative Yoga class with Shandoah Goldman on Monday, April 6 at 430pm on ZOOM! Find all the details here.

Please let me know if you have any questions, how I can help more and how you are faring.
Until soon, my friends!
Love

 

Today’s class is a Dharma Dance Do Over Do Over! Last week, as I was still understanding the copyright restrictions on YouTube, my first two recordings of this class were blocked. So I reworked the class with new music annnnd here is the Do Over Do Over!

Dharma Dance is a movement experience I created that combines guided and unguided movement with the idea of breaking habit and ingrained pattern to reveal our unique presence, true nature and clearest insight.

This true nature is what yogis call dharma. The sensation of living in alignment of our dharma is one of aliveness and flow state that is engrossing, fascinating and timeless. While all of us have at least had a few experiences of the aliveness of living our dharma, the intent of Dharma Dance is to explore how we can train ourselves to recognize the experience of flow and seek it out and sustain the sensation.

Today’s class, which you can find here, is in two parts: Body as Student and Body as Teacher.

Body as Student
The first half, Body as Student, is guided, choreographed movement designed to invite movement that breaks our conditioned patterns and burn new neural pathways that open more movement possibilities. Feelings of awkwardness or confusion (you’ll see me have those experiences while I’m teaching!) are totally normal and part of the process of releasing habit! It’s not about doing it right, it’s about finding new ways of doing it.

Body as Teacher
The second half, Body as Teacher, is when we think less and feel more, let the body lead and get out of our own way. I invite you to move to each of the songs with a different focus:
• the first song (Ready for Freddy) with an emphasis on your soft tissue, muscles, organs and fluid movement,
• the second (All I Can Do Is This) focused on bones and angular, rhythmic patterns,
• the third (Bloody Tears) move with energy, imagination, emotion and expression, as if you were the firings of your brain and nervous system (this one might be a little messy and that’s ok),
• the fourth song (Hypnothis) focus on air, lightness and space,
• the fifth (Simmering), play with gravity, up & down and ultimately grounding on the floor,
• and the sixth (There Are Many Different Kinds of Love) rest in stillness and let all the movement integrate.
My hope is that the combination of the two reveals new ways of showing up, connecting body and mind and being precious you.

~~~ Dancing Water Daily ~ Fri Mar 27, 2020 ~ Dharma Dance: Body as Student & Body as Teacher ~~~
Fonkee Ryde 4:15 Noir Et Blanc Vie YouTube  Audio Library Audio Library
No Good Right 4:20 Freedom Trail Studio YouTube Audio Library
Maroon Clock 3:32 Freedom Trail Studio YouTube Audio Library
El Magicia 4:06 Kevin MacLeod YouTube Audio Library ~ El Magicia by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100242
Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Ready for Freddy 4:31 TrackTribe YouTube Audio Library
All I Can Do Is This 4:10 Max McFerren YouTube Audio Library
Bloody Tears 3:09 Quincas Moreira YouTube Audio Library
Hypnothis 4:44 Kevin MacLeod YouTube Audio Library / Floorplay ~ Hypnothis by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100634  Artist: http://incompetech.com/
Simmering 4:20 Asher Fulero YouTube Audio Library
There Are Many Different Kinds of Love 4:41 Chris Zabriskie YouTube Audio Library ~  There Are Many Different Kinds of Love by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
)Source: http://chriszabriskie.com/vendaface/ Artist: http://chriszabriskie.com/
~~~ I do not hold copyright for this music ~~~ please support these artists ~~~

I continue to work on all aspects of offering online classes (new music! better camera possibilities! a cordless mic! Fingers crossed!). Another 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.

UPDATED PRACTICES THIS WEEK
In order to solve the music copyright issues on YouTube, to address the issues with internet streaming and the fact that not everybody is on Facebook (and in the interest of simplicity!), at 9am every day I will post a recorded practice. This will allow people to access classes whenever they can do them, whether they are Facebookers or not and will be less stressful to produce.

You can help to increase the interactivity and assure me that you are out there! PLEASE DO:
• leave comments on the Facebook videos and share them with friends
• subscribe to my YouTube channel (it’s FREE, of course), like, comment and share them
• subscribe, comment and share these blog posts
• email me at sjmnia@gmail.com with ideas and suggestions for what would be of the most help and support in these days

THIS WEEK’S OFFERINGS ~ REVISED!
Monday Mar 23 11am ~ Dancing Water Live ~ Nourishing Movement on the Focus Pocus Facebook page ~ find it here
Tuesday Mar 24 9am ~ Dancing Water Online ~ Nourishing Movement on Susan’s YouTube ~ find it here
Wednesday Mar 25 9am ~ Dancing Water Daily ~ Nourishing Movement on the Focus Pocus Facebook page ~ find it here
Thursday Mar 26 9am ~ Dancing Water Daily ~ Nourishing Movement on Susan’s YouTube channel ~ find it here
Friday, Mar 27 9am ~ Dancing Water Daily ~ Dharma Dance on Susan’s YouTube channel ~ find it here
Saturday, Mar 28 9am ~ Dancing Water Daily ~ Ajna (Self-Guided) Practice on Susan’s YouTube channel and on the Focus Pocus Facebook page
Sunday, Mar 29 10am ~ Dancing Water Daily ~ Restorative Yoga Practice on Susan’s YouTube channel and on the Focus Pocus Facebook page

Remember that movement is medicine. So is connection and gratitude, sunshine and fresh air, rest and kindness. Please take care of yourself. As always, let me know if you have any questions, how I can help more and how you are faring.
Until soon, my friends!
Love

Turns out, teaching classes online has a steep learning curve. After a week of teaching daily, I’ve bumped up against at least a dozen confounding issues that make me want to put my head on my keyboard. But I read something this week that has been helpful:

The most useful form of patience is persistence.
Patience implies waiting for things to improve on their own.
Persistence implies keeping your head down and continuing to work when things take longer than you expect.
~ James Clear

When things haven’t gone as I thought they would this week, I keep thinking about persistence. And yesterday, when I recorded the Dharma Dance class, uploaded it… and it didn’t work, I decided it was a chance to play with another version of the same class today.

SO, today’s class is a FRIDAY DO OVER: The Dharma Dance experience that nobody saw (except for Phoenix the cat who slept in the sun the whole time) was transformed into something new. As I said yesterday, Dharma Dance is a movement experience I created 10 years ago that combines guided and unguided movement with the idea of breaking habit and pattern to reveal our unique presence, true nature and clearest insight.

This true nature is what yogis call dharma. The sensation of living in alignment of our dharma is one of aliveness and flow state that is engrossing, fascinating and timeless. While all of us have at least had a few experiences of the aliveness of living our dharma, the intent of Dharma Dance is to explore how we can train ourselves to recognize the experience of flow and seek it out and sustain the sensation.

Today’s class, which you can find here, is in two parts: Body as Student and Body as Teacher. The first half, Body as Student, is guided, choreographed movement designed to take us into movements that break our conditioned patterns and burn new neural pathways that open more movement possibilities. The second half, Body as Teacher, is when we think less and feel more, let the body lead and get out of our own way. My hope is that the combination of the two reveals new ways of showing up, connecting body and mind and being precious you.

I shared a Compassion In The Time Of Coronavirus Meditation from Jack Kornfield on Insight Timer. You can find it here.

May you be held in compassion
May you be safe and well, healed and protected
May your struggles, fears and suffering be eased
May you live with a compassionate and peaceful heart

Please find the playlist is below. And you can find the video from today’s class here.

I continue to work on the technical side of offering online classes (new music! better camera possibilities! a cordless mic! Yay!). Another 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.

TOMORROW, Saturday, March 21, 2020, Ajna: A Do It Yourself Practice
After teaching every day for a week in uncharted territory, I am going to take a day off. Tomorrow, you will find a recorded offering of a DIY practice that you can do any day you need 30 minutes of movement to reconnect with you. I suggest putting together a playlist of 5-6 songs that you love for this practice. One great approach is to pick songs that you loved when you were in high school (and if you’re in high school now, pick songs from elementary school or middle school!) I’ll also suggest a playlist in the video notes. 🙂 The video will go up at 8am Eastern tomorrow.

Sunday, March 22, 2020, Restorative Yoga Practice
Movement is healing, yes. And we desperately need stillness and real rest. On Sunday, I’ll offer a calming, deeply relaxing restorative yoga class that you can do with props that you have around the house.

Remember, friends, movement is medicine. Connection is, too. Sunshine and fresh air and gratitude all heal in profound ways. Make sure you are getting healthy doses of them all.
Please stay in touch.
Until soon, my friends!
Love

 

 

 

 

Dancing Water Live: Dharma Dance
Friday, March 20, 2020, morning-ish

The Blower’s Daughter4:44 Damien Rice
Here With Me 4:15 Dido
Something To Believe In 4:44 Parachute
Yahoo 7:33 Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound
Higher Ground 4:46 Playing For Change
Snakefood 6:04 Safri Duo
Dzogene Ma 3:50 Biboul Darouiche Soleil Bantu
Solita Sin Solidad [Feat. Lila Downs & Carlos Santana] 5:29 1 Giant Leap
Flame And Circle 6:08 Tim Story

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do that. Because the world need people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

Apparently, our approach of gathering on a live stream is not unique since today the Internet was too slow and unstable to sustain our feed! Instead, I recorded our class from Dancing Water. [NOTE ON FRIDAY: ANNND that didn’t work! So I did DO OVER FRIDAY and retaught the class live. You can find it here.]

Today’s class was Dharma Dance: a movement experience I created about 10 years ago that is a combination of guided and unguided movement. I haven’t taught this form in a while and it was a treat to return to it.

One of the most essential human experiences is that of living our dharma: our true nature and purpose. The sensation of living in alignment of our dharma is one of aliveness and flow state that is engrossing, deeply fascinating and timeless. While all of us have at least had a few experiences of the aliveness of living our dharma, I endeavor to explore how we can train ourselves to recognize the experience of flow and seek it out and sustain the sensation.

Dharma Dance is an experience designed to help us identify, experience and sustain the sensation of aliveness that is associated with living in alignment with our true natures. The movements in Dharma Dance intend to break habit and repattern the nervous system — and reconnect you with You and your essence. Its intent is to give everyBody a chance to relax and trust in their own dharma or essence, and listen to the wisdom and guidance that is always available.

I shared a Compassion In The Time Of Coronavirus Meditation from Jack Kornfield on Insight Timer. You can find it here.

May you be held in compassion
May you be safe and well, healed and protected
May your struggles, fears and suffering be eased
May you live with a compassionate and peaceful heart

Please find the playlist is below. And you can find the video from today’s class here.

I am working diligently on the technical side of offering online classes with some better camera possibilities in the works and a cordless mic is on its way soon! Yay! Another 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.

When we are in scary times, sometimes it’s impossible to even KNOW what might be helpful or supportive. I’d love to hear what would be most helpful to you and if you just don’t know, breathe, it’s totally fine. I’ll just keep experimenting!

TOMORROW, Friday, March 20, 2020, Pop-Up Class?!
I’m not sure what’s going to happen tomorrow (when am I ever?) but my intention is to record a class and post it…sometime. If you subscribe to my Channel and ask for notifications, you’ll get a note when I put it up! And please leave a comment and tell a friend about what we’re doing together! I’ll also leave a link on the Focus Pocus Page here. See you soon!

The body is your student and your teacher. In both ways, the body is the gateway to your dharma.
Please stay in touch.
Until soon, my friends!
Love

 

 

 

 

Dancing Water Live: Dharma Dance
Friday, March 20, 2020, morning-ish

The Blower’s Daughter4:44 Damien Rice
Here With Me 4:15 Dido
Something To Believe In 4:44 Parachute
Yahoo 7:33 Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound
Higher Ground 4:46 Playing For Change
Snakefood 6:04 Safri Duo
Dzogene Ma 3:50 Biboul Darouiche Soleil Bantu
Solita Sin Solidad [Feat. Lila Downs & Carlos Santana] 5:29 1 Giant Leap
Flame And Circle 6:08 Tim Story

Whoa.  Spring!  In the past couple of weeks, things have sprouted, others have withered, I’ve felt cold to the bone, and I’ve gotten sunburned.  So much feels like it’s moving – and in lots of directions.  Last week alone, we played with cat-like tread and danced Firedance in honor of St. Patrick, I took two of the Nia 52 Moves classes with Jeanne Catherine, and the ACAC Nia Team went on a field trip to the PVCC Cadaver Lab with our friend and Nia student, Professor David Moyer.  I taught a Dharma Dance class that focused on noticing the sensation of living our dharma, cheered my step-son and husband on as they played soccer, and am now getting ready for a few days away in South Carolina.

The Spring Equinox offers a balance of light and dark.  The Earth gets to that balance one little micro shift at a time.  Every day just a few minutes in the morning, and nudging a few minutes toward balance in the evening.  And we’re the same way.  Stand on one foot for a minute.  (Come on.  Stand up.  I’ll wait.)  Our precarious upright posture is maintained by tiny muscle contractions and releases that keep us balanced.  Can you feel those little micro-movements?  Balance isn’t a static state.  Balance is a verb, not a noun.  Constant tiny little adjustments keep us aligned.

As we stepped cat-like steps in Firedance (again and again and again), and we practiced the Nia 52 moves (again and again and again), I was reminded that this is how the body does it.  One little movement, one little choice, one more repetition, over and over.  As I stood awe-struck over a body that someone had lived in for over eighty years, I could see how he had used his muscles over and over, how she had used her joints, how he had used his lungs.  The history of all those little choices was written in the tissue and bone of the body.  In Dharma Dance, as we moved and connected to the sensation of breaking habit, trusting the body and living on purpose, I could feel in my own bones the seduction of habit and the scariness of moving in way I haven’t before.  One choice at a time:  break the habit and face the fear.  As my two soccer players, ran and passed and kicked (to victory, I might add), I could see that their performances were a result of thousands and thousands of repetitions and choices and practice.

Now I’m getting ready for a little time away.  Five days for a break, a change of scenery.  This is the other side of balance.  Even today, on the Vernal Equinox, we are already moving toward the big shift toward “out of balance.”  At 1:14am, the earth was in perfect balance.  Immediately it began its shift toward the longest day of the year when the light far out lasts the dark.  We’re the same way.  Paradoxically, the best way to improve our physical balance is to take the body OUT of balance.  Playing with big movements and changes that throw the body out of equilibrium is what strengthens my sense of balance.

As we did explosive jumps and runs in Firedance and we shifted wildly off center in Cat Stance in the 52 Moves, I could feel my balance getting stronger as my core and legs adjusted to my shifting weight.  In the cadaver lab, I could see the dramatic shifts that happened in the body to bring balance:  the broken bone that actually leaves the bone stronger after healing, the hip replacement, and the sternum wired closed after open heart surgery.  (I’m conjecturing here, but I do note that it is possible that these last two “dramatic shifts” were imposed on the body after all the tiny adjustments were either not enough to bring the body into balance or were over-ridden by the mind.  The twisted posture or mis-aligned walk that wore down the hip made a big adjustment necessary.  The love of milk shakes and French fries made the open heart surgery needed to create more balanced blood flow.  And I really don’t know what the circumstances were.  Just sayin’.)  Dharma Dance invites big shifts in movement and thinking:  a big letting go to paradoxically help us relax and center more deeply.  The soccer team sometimes makes big surprising shifts — a little tap of a corner kick instead of the usual booming one, pulling the keeper out into the field, players switching sides or positions – all to shift the energy and strengthen the endeavor.

So as I take a little break to reset my own balance, I invite you to check in with your own.  Are you noticing the little changes and choices that are happening all the time?  Are you sometimes playing with shaking it up to strengthen your balance?  What do you need to pay attention to this week?  As always, I’d love to hear about it.  See you Monday!

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