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carlos 1Yesterday, I wrote about how Dr. Dan Siegel’s definition, Integration is health, sparked my imagination and inspired my flagging teaching practice.

In May 2012, at the same time that Dr. Siegel’s gem came to me, I was playing with Carlos Rosas’ Nia routine, Humanity, the last routine he created before he retired in 2011. I wasn’t really planning to learn it or teach it (I didn’t even know if I’d resume teaching) but I’d been dancing it in my living room to see if I could recapture my Joy of Movement. The focus of Humanity is yin and yang, in the sense of masculine and feminine but also polarity and opposites. “When you do this routine,” Carlos says, “you will find and create balance and unity.”

Two inspirations from two teachers merged into the routine I’ll be teaching this week. I call it Unity because, as Carlos points out, “unity” is contained within “humanity.” In Unity, I use a blend of Carlos’ music and mine, a combination of his choreography and mine. The focus of Unity is integration. The intent is to create healthy bodies, minds and relationships through that integration. Beyond that, this routine is meant to be a tribute to my beloved teacher, Carlos, and a launch of my teaching career without him.

As I wrote last week, this routine has been a long time a-comin’. I have worked on it and tweaked it and noodled on it (and looked at it sitting there on my desk) for months and months. Now I am ready to share it.

With this routine (and I dare say in my teaching henceforth), we’ll play with integration of body and mind in general and specifically:
• Right / Left brain – creativity, emotion, spontaneity, and sensation on the right; linear, logical and linguistic on the left
• Upper / Lower brain – the attunement, emotional balance, insight and intuition of the upper/prefrontal brain; and the direct, visceral experience of the lower/limbic brain
• Upper and Lower Body – allowing both parts to be active and engaged either doing the same or different movements
• Left and Right Body – noticing differences between dominant and non-dominant sides, keeping awareness in both
• Internal and External Sensation – taking in the direct experience of the body as well as the information coming from the five senses
• Rhythm and Melody – noticing the unique effect of rhythmic patterns on the body and mind in contrast to the more freeform sounds in melody and the felt sense of musical harmony
Notice that in all of these pairings, one side is not better than the other – in all cases, we need them both. In all of these realms, the intent will be to honor the differences and also open connection between both sides of the polarities.

Whether you are with me on the dance floor this week, or you’re dancing through life somewhere else, I invite you to notice these opposites and see how you might find integration. Whether it’s doodling with your non-dominant hand, or listening to vocal music (an inspiring one or one if you’re feeling a little bit silly) with your full attention, play with integration and feel the harmony and balance. Here’s to integration in all realms!

hard body cleansing punishmentAfter a week of playing with Soft Strength and the Power of Vulnerability (including teaching with my tummy showing!!), I’m ready for a weekend. So here are the playlist from the week plus three videos for your viewing pleasure:

(1) Brene Brown’s TED Talk on the Power of Vulnerability which I think should just be required viewing for everybody,

(2) Hallelujah by Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris because I love me some Justin and some Leonard Cohen (and a new student, Thomas, told me that Cohen wrote hundreds and hundreds of verses for this song!) and this version helps me breathe deeper

(3) And finally, Jimmy Fallon’s version of Ho Hey by the Chickeneers which has been making me giggle and snort all week (thank you, Susan Kaufman!!)

EnJOY!  Now get off your computer and go play in the sun! As always, let me know how I can help more,


Soft Strength – Monday, Apr 1, 2013, 1045am

On The Forest Floor – 5:05 – Bob Holroyd
Alhambra Pt 1 – 1:21 – Natacha Atlas
Duden – 6:41 – Natacha Atlas
Vision – 6:08 – Heldegard von Bingen
Desert Wind – 7:48 – Banco de Gaia
Amor Real – 7:26 – Jon Anderson
Fun Does Not Exist – 6:21 – Natacha Atlas
Through Cinemas – 5:55 – Loop Guru
I Am A Rock – 2:52 – Simon & Garfunkel
Sama – 10:01 – Ishq

Soft Strength – Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013, 1045am

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
Free Your Mind – 4:52 – En Vogue
Sweeter Love – 8:09 – Blue Six
Suddenly I See – 3:22 – KT Tunstall
Lagan – 4:05 – Afro Celt Sound System
Stay (Wasting Time) – 5:39 – Dave Matthews Band
Ghosts in My Machine – 3:33 – Annie Lennox
Love Somebody – 4:00 – Schuyler Fisk
Jolene – 4:20 – Mindy Smith with Dolly Parton
Downtown – 4:52 – Purekane
Hallelujah (feat. Charlie Sexton) – 4:16 – Justin Timberlake & Matt Morris

Soft Strength – Thursday, Apr 4, 2013, 9am

Sweet in the Mornin’Feat. Voicestra – 4:58 – Bobby McFerrin
touching the void – 9:08 – Banco de Gaia
Free Your Mind – 4:52 – En Vogue
Succumb to Me – 5:15 – Terence Trent D’Arby
Amor Real – 7:26 – Jon Anderson
Hard To Handle – 3:09 – The Black Crowes
Can’t Run But – 3:37 – Paul Simon
Ghosts in My Machine – 3:33 – Annie Lennox
Loves Me Like A Rock – 3:30 – Paul Simon
Love Somebody – 4:00 – Schuyler Fisk
Jolene – 4:20 – Mindy Smith with Dolly Parton
Early Till Late – 4:47 – Cantoma

Soft Strength – Thursday, Apr 4, 2013, 1215pm

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
Passion – 5:46 – Michael Franti
Persistence of Memory – 4:29 – Afro Celt Sound System
Onwards – 5:27 – Afro Celt Sound System
Spanish Dancer – 4:50 – Patti Scialfa

Soft Strength – Friday, Apr 5, 2013, 9am

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
Break The Chain – 4:32 – Tena Clark
One Billion Hands – 4:05 – Lourds Lane
Shadow – 4:28 – featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Loves Me Like A Rock – 3:30 – Paul Simon
Stairway To Heaven – 8:03 – Led Zeppelin
Sweet Child o’ Mine (Rick Rubin…) – 3:56 – Sheryl Crow
I Am A Rock – 2:52 – Simon & Garfunkel
Hallelujah (feat. Charlie Sexton) – 4:16 – Justin Timberlake & Matt Morris

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