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new chickens 031114 010The music from a week of learning from your best teacher (your body!) and also celebrating National Dance Like A Chicken Day (May 14 will never be the same, right?)!

Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

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Monday, May 12, 2014, 1045am ~ Your Best Teacher

We Are All Connected 7:07 Magic Sound
Calling 5:52 Bliss
Lovers House 4:49 City Reverb
One World, One People 4:43 Xcultures
City of Light (Reverso 68 Remix) 5:53 City Reverb
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Girl
I Know I’m Not Alone 4:04 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Shine 4:12 Joshua
Why Must I Feel Like This Today? [Feat. Baaba Maal, Michael Franti, Ulali, Radio Active & Krishna Das] 9:28 1 Giant Leap
Long Ride Home 3:52 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Any Other Name 4:10 Thomas Newman

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 9am ~ Your Best Teacher

Snakeroot 7:58 Lis Addison
Always Waiting (fest. Irina Milkhailova) 7:08 Kaya Project
Quero Saber (fest. Orieta Pines) 6:29 Rodney Hunter
Walk Into The Sun 5:21 Dirty Vegas
Moon & Sun 6:02 Dalminjo Fjörd Fusioneer
Deeper (Into Places) (Silk Spinner Mix) 6:23 Afterlife
Hey Hey Hey 3:47 Michael Franti & Spearhead
City Knows Your Name 4:59 Chris Coco
Sweet Little Lies 4:44 Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Unwinding 7:00 Parijat

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 1055am ~ Your Best Teacher (Dance Like a Chicken Day!)

Wonderwall 4:09 Ryan Adams (Oasis cover)
You Can’t Always Get What You Want 6:47 Rusted Root (Rolling Stones cover)
Love The One You’re With 5:03 Luther Vandross (Crosby Stills & Nash cover)
More Than This 4:07 10,000 Maniacs (Roxy Music cover)
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
Super Freak 4:04 Bruce Hornsby & Ricky Skaggs (Rick James cover)
Higher Ground 3:22 Red Hot Chili Peppers (Stevie Wonder cover)
Chicken Payback 3:14 A Band of Bees
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy (Feat. Rod Stewart) 4:22 N-Trance (Rod Stewart cover)
Sweet Child o’ Mine (Rick Rubin…) 3:56 Sheryl Crow (Guns ‘n’ Roses cover)
Train In Vain 4:44 Annie Lennox (The Clash cover)
The Joker 4:46 k.d. lang (Steve Miller Band cover)
Make You Feel My Love 3:34 Adele (Dylan cover)

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 9am ~ Your Best Teacher

Wish You Were Here 6:12 Bliss
Human Love 5:20 Dirty Vegas
Smokey Quartz 6:59 Shakatura
Sometimes 5:14 Kaskade
Born 2B Wild 7:59 Puff Dragon
Sexual Revolution 4:48 Macy Gray
Raag Trance 5:32 Biddu
Club Thing 4:25 Yoav
What Goes Around … Comes Around 5:11 Justin Timberlake
The Way I Am 2:13 Ingrid Michaelson
Coming Down 7:47 Rasiya

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!

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

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rainy evening light 002One step at a time, my yoga teachers remind me, and after a while, you’re doing Standing Bow. Whatever you’re looking at in your life these days, be a visionary ant: see where you want to go and step by step, little by little, move in that direction.

Here is the music from this week’s classes, the poem I used in Friday’s class, and a link to my latest piece in Elephant Journal. If you’re feeling it, pass on the love.

Dance on. Shine on.

Susan sig

Monday, April 28, 2014, 1045am ~ Be An Ant

Wonderwall 4:09 Ryan Adams
Marisi 6:33 Cantoma
Back to the Earth 5:27 Rusted Root
Smokey Quartz 6:59 Shakatura
Born 2B Wild 7:59 Puff Dragon
Wake Me Up 4:10 Avicii
Ghosts in My Machine 3:33 Annie Lennox
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free 4:09 Derek Trucks Band
Visions 6:14 Purekane
The Garden Song 3:51 David Mallett
Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: II. Allemande 4:36 Yo-Yo Ma

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 9am ~ Be An Ant

We Are All Connected 7:07 Magic Sound Fabric
Calling 5:52 Bliss
Lovers House 4:49 City Reverb
One World, One People 4:43 Xcultures
City of Light (Reverso 68 Remix) 5:53 City Reverb
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Girl
Rain 2:59 Terence Trent D’Arby
Shine 4:12 Joshua
Let’s Stay Together 3:17 Al Green
Manana 5:59 Christophe Goze
Evergreen 3:04 Barbra Streisand
Any Other Name 4:10 Thomas Newman

Weds, April 30, 2014, 1055am ~ Be An Ant

Snakeroot 7:58 Lis Addison
Always Waiting (fest. Irina Milkhailova) 7:08 Kaya Project
Quero Saber (fest. Orieta Pines) 6:29 Rodney Hunter
Walk Into The Sun 5:21 Dirty Vegas
Moon & Sun 6:02 Dalminjo Fjörd Fusioneer
Deeper (Into Places) (Silk Spinner Mix) 6:23 Afterlife
Rain 3:43 Rusted Root
City Knows Your Name 4:59 Chris Coco
The Unwinding 7:00 Parijat

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 9am ~ Be An Ant

Kecharitomene 6:35 Loreena McKennitt
Always Waiting (fest. Irina Milkhailova) 7:08 Kaya Project
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Praise You 5:22 Fatboy Slim
Desert Days 5:31 John Kelley
Lady Marmalade 4:25 Christina Aguilera
One Billion Hands 4:05 Lourds Lane
Raging Fire 3:45 Phillip Phillips
This 3:33 Brian Eno
Sacred Love 6:03 Sting
The Garden Song 3:51 David Mallett
Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: II. Allemande 4:36 Yo-Yo Ma

Friday, May 2, 2014, 9am ~ Brave: See Yourself, Be Yourself

Kecharitomene 6:35 Loreena McKennitt
Always Waiting (fest. Irina Milkhailova) 7:08 Kaya Project
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Praise You 5:22 Fatboy Slim
Desert Days 5:31 John Kelley
Lady Marmalade 4:25 Christina Aguilera
One Billion Hands 4:05 Lourds Lane
Raging Fire 3:45 Phillip Phillips
This 3:33 Brian Eno
Sacred Love 6:03 Sting
The Garden Song 3:51 David Mallett
Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: II. Allemande 4:36 Yo-Yo Ma

And the poem from Friday’s class…

Love after Love by Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

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 http://www.nianow.com/white-belt. There is one coming up in Richmond the week of May 17 and lots of other places, too.

wingtip clavicles woman open armsThis was the second week of a three-week series of foci on experimental anatomy: connecting the design and function of the body with imagery, sensation, and experience. This week, we played with the width of the body and in particular, the sensation of lengthening through the collarbones. This open posture allows deeper breathing and triggers the higher brain, the prefronal cortex, instead of the lower, lizard brain that a closed posture engages. It’s well worth noticing how we hold our bodies if only for the enhanced ability to respond to stress (not to mention the benefits of standing taller)! As I mentioned last week, one of my favorite experiential anatomy is Body Stories. It offers a different perspective on our relationship with the design and function of the body!

Registration is open for the Life As An Artist retreat on March 28-30, 2014 in Madison, Virginia (less than 40 minutes from Charlottesville)! Especially if you don’t think of yourself as an artist (or if you do!), this is the weekend for you, to deepen your practice, connect with super-cool people, learn powerful stuff, and, absolutely have a ton of fun. Supah Early Bird registration before October 10 offers the lowest price (or register with a friend and get that low price until January 2)! See more here.

Have fun. Dance on.
Xo
Susan

PS I have an unusual chance to teach on a Saturday this week, September 28 at 9am at acac Downtown! I’ve got a special playlist brewing, so do come and play!

Clavicles ~ Wingtip to Wingtip ~Monday, September 23, 2013, 1045am

The Rising – 4:47 – Bruce Springsteen
Luna – 6:04 – Ganga
Catu (Vienna Sub Mix) – 6:21 – Ikarus
Takshaka – 10:42 – Makayo
Work That Body – 5:35 – Rodney Hunter
Friday I’m In Love – 3:38 – The Cure
I’ve Got The Music In Me – 5:02 – The Kiki Dee Band
Hermes – 4:09 – Carlos Santana
Inner Membrane – 5:19 – Govinda
Sunsethighway – 4:00 – Kiln
Onwards – 5:27 – Afro Celt Sound System

Clavicles ~ Wingtip to Wingtip ~Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 9am

Éireann – 5:10 – Afro Celt Sound System
Dubuasca (with Michael Kang) – 6:55 – Bassnectar
Nostalgia Worship – 6:46 – Bassnectar
One World, One People – 4:43 – Xcultures
City of Light (Reverso 68 Remix) – 5:53 – City Reverb
Walk Into The Sun – 5:21 – Dirty Vegas
Friday I’m In Love – 3:33 – The Cure
Best Of My Love – 3:42 – The Emotions
Walk on the Ocean – 2:58 – Toad the Wet Sprocket
The Mummer’s Dance – 6:13 – Loreena McKimmet
The Space Between – 6:02 – Zero 7

Clavicles ~ Wingtip to Wingtip ~Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 1055am

We Are All Connected – 7:07 – Magic Sound Fabric
Down To Earth – 5:59 – Peter Gabriel
Lovers House – 4:49 – City Reverb
Keep On Searching – 5:08 – Kraak & Smaak
Dance Floor (Nu Brazilia Remix) – 5:28 – The Tao Of Groove
One World, One People – 4:43 – Xcultures
Breathe – 4:17 – Telepopmusik
Rhythm Is? (Marques Wyatt Mix) – 5:49 – Afro-Mystik
Wrap My Words Around You – 3:11 – Daniel Bedingfield
Fallin’ – 3:31 – Alicia Keys
Gravity (feat. Sara Bareilles) – 3:54 – Sonos

Clavicles ~ Wingtip to Wingtip ~Thursday, September 26, 2013, 9am

Snakeroot – 7:58 – Lis Addison
The Obvious Child – 4:10 – Paul Simon
Graceland – 4:51 – Paul Simon
I Know What I Know – 3:13 – Paul Simon
The Boy in the Bubble – 3:59 – Paul Simon
Walk Into The Sun – 5:21 – Dirty Vegas
Moon & Sun – 6:02 – Dalminjo Fjörd Fusioneer
What I Be – 4:45 – Michael Franti & Spearhead
Deeper (Into Places) (Silk Spinner Mix) – 6:23 – Afterlife
I’ve Got The Music In Me – 5:02 – The Kiki Dee Band
City Knows Your Name – 4:59 – Chris Coco
Hymn – 5:25 – Andrew McPherson

intention 2Happy New Year, Everybody!  Below are the playlists from the Intent classes this week.  If you haven’t already, I’d love to hear your intent or your One Little Word for 2013!  Do share it in the comments section!  (My word for the year is SPACIOUS.)

In several classes, I shared this poem by May Sarton:

New Year Resolve

The time has come
To stop allowing the clutter
To clutter my mind
Like dirty snow,
Shove it off and find
Clear time, clear water.

Time for a change,
Let silence in like a cat
Who has sat at my door
Neither wild nor strange
Hoping for food from my store
And shivering on the mat.

Let silence in.
She will rarely speak or mew,
She will sleep on my bed
And all I have ever been
Either false or true
Will live again in my head.

For it is now or not
As old age silts the stream,
To shove away the clutter,
To untie every knot,
To take the time to dream,
To come back to still water.

“New Year Resolve” by May Sarton, from Collected Poems 1930-1993. © W.W. Norton & Co., 1993.

May 2013 be happy, healthy and uncluttered.

Love, Susan

Intent – Monday, December 31, 2012, 1045am

Say – 3:51 – John Mayer

Living In The Moment – 3:55 – Jason Mraz

Africa Bamba – 4:45 – Santana

Corazon Espinado – 4:38 – Santana

Nungabunda – 6:20 – Ganga Girl

Shadowman – 6:36 – Afro Celt Sound System

Raag Trance – 5:32 – Biddu

Unwritten – 4:19 – Natasha Bedingfield

Free – 4:09 – Illumine

Where the Story Ends… – 5:44 – Shantel

What a Year for a New Year – 4:06 – Dan Wilson

Horizon – 4:00 – Garth Stevenson

Intent – Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 1045am

Use Me                – 3:44 – Bill Withers

Cookie – 5:03 – Candy Dulfer

Mr. Slim – 4:06 – Candy Dulfer

What Does It Take – 4:18 – Candy Dulfer

Soullala – 4:08 – Candy Dulfer

I’m the One – 3:51 – Candy Dulfer

Island Lady – 4:56 – Candy Dulfer

Dance Til You Bop – 5:10 – Candy Dulfer

Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) – 7:03 – Sarah Vaughan

2025 – 4:45 – Candy Dulfer

So Cool – 5:43 – Candy Dulfer

Because – 2:22 – Elliott Smith

What a Year for a New Year – 4:06 – Dan Wilson

Intent – Thursday, January 3, 2013, 9am

We Are All Connected – 7:07 – Magic Sound Fabric

Sun Is Shining (Out Of Sight Remix) – 7:30 – ReUnited

Lovers House – 4:49 – City Reverb

Find It (Featuring Farda P.) – 5:46 – Rodney Hunter

City of Light (Reverso 68 Remix) – 5:53 – City Reverb

Star Power (Rui Da Silva Remix) – 7:56 – City Reverb

Shakin’ It Up – 6:15 – Ganga Girl

Tamacun – 3:26 – Rodrigo y Gabriela

Bodyrock – 3:36 – Moby

Shine – 4:12 – Joshua

100 Billions Stars – 5:10 – Lux

What a Year for a New Year – 4:06 – Dan Wilson

Intent – Friday, January 4, 2013

Snakeroot – 7:58 – Lis Addison

Sun Is Shining (Out Of Sight Remix) – 7:30 – ReUnited

Mr. Slim – 4:06 – Candy Dulfer

Walk Into The Sun – 5:21 – Dirty Vegas

Moon & Sun – 6:02 – Dalminjo Fjörd

Deeper (Into Places) (Silk Spinner Mix)                – 6:23 – Afterlife

What I Be – 4:45 – Michael Franti & Spearhead

Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) – 7:03 – Sarah Vaughan

Bodyrock – 3:36 – Moby

City Knows Your Name – 4:59 – Chris Coco

What a Year for a New Year – 4:06 – Dan Wilson

Horizon – 4:00 – Garth Stevenson

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