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This week, the practice was all about the presence. I found myself tipping in and out of being in my body and in the moment and cascading into the future or the past. I wonder how it went for you?

As I mentioned in a couple of classes, I’m not much of a Christmas-y person but I do love the song Little Drummer Boy as it speaks to the gift of bringing our unique selves as the greatest gift of all. And I discovered a new version of the song that rocked my world. You can check out the video here.

Also helpful to me this week was Leo Babauta’s post about navigating stressful holidays (or any other stressful time). You can find that post here.

You can find our playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

acac Holiday Hours + Nia Classes
Monday, December 31
Albemarle Square & Downtown: 5:00am – 6:00pm
Susan teaching 1045-12noon at The Square
Tuesday, January 1
Albemarle Square & Downtown: 8:00am – 10:00pm
Susan teaching 840-940am downtown

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! Please do some of your holiday shopping at Cville Arts!

Buddha Cat Now 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!
Over The Moon Bookstore at 2025 Library Ave in Crozet, Virginia. It’s a beautiful store filled with great books, lovely things and chocolate and is well worth a visit. They also carry Buddha Cat postcards!
New Dominion Bookshop on the downtown mall at 404 E Main St in Charlottesville, Virginia. New Dominion is the oldest independent bookseller in Virginia, and carries books in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature, and a unique selection of architecture and landscape gardening resources…as well as Buddha Cat – the book, prints and cards. Please do go in, ask for Buddha Cat by name and support local artists, local booksellers and local cats.
Quilts Unlimited / J. Fenton Gifts on the downtown mall at 118 West Main St in Charlottesville. This is a great place to find contemporary American Handcrafts, artisan jewelry and whimsical (even Buddha-y) gifts.
Hot Yoga Charlottesville at 216 West Water St., Charlottesville, VA. The home of hot yoga since 2004, HYC offers a variety of heated yoga classes that heal body, mind and spirit.
The Elderberry at 1917 Commonwealth Drive in Charlottesville. A full service herbal shop, The Elderberry is a place to get expert advice, a full herbal apothecary and a supportive community.
PawPrints on the downtown mall at 201 East Main Street near the fountain. A locally owned shop, PawPrints offers unique items for both people and pets. You can find fun cat and dog themed toys, treats, gifts and apparel – and Buddha Cat!
Integral Yoga Natural Foods at 923 Preston Ave, IY provides the foods, supplements, personal-care products – and Buddha books! – needed to maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Pantops Veterinarian Hospital at 315 Winding River Lane, Suite 101
Charlottesville. PVH  is a full-service small animal veterinary facility, with practice for dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs and where they celebrate the Buddha in all of our fur babies.

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.

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

Monday, Dec 24, 2018, 1045am ~ It’s All About The Presence

What Child Is This 2:59 Dan Crary
Factor 30 9:34 Bjarno
When Doves Cry 4:04 The Be Good Tanyas
One Hundred Lights (Grouch Remix) 5:31 Kaya Project
Qalanderi 7:10 Cheb i Sabbah
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
Carol of the Bells Medley 3:25 Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Little Drummer Boy 4:16 Pentatonix
Greensleeves 4:29 Steve Erquiaga
When Comes December 4:04 Tim Story

Tuesday, Dec 25, 2018 ~ It’s All About The Presence

Happy Merry Everything…

Wednesday, Dec 26, 2018, 11am ~ It’s All About The Presence

Eireann 5:10 Afro Celt Sound System
Pavement Cracks 5:10 Annie Lennox
Mission of My Soul 4:09 Peter Himmelman
Fingerbeat 5:57 Drumspyder
Little Talks 4:28 Of Monsters And Men
Black Horse And The Cherry Tree 2:51 KT Tunstall
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Giri
Why Must I Feel Like This Today? [Feat. Baaba Maal, Michael Franti, Ulali, Radio Active & Krishna Das] 9:28 1 Giant Leap
Little Drummer Boy (Live) 4:38 for KING & COUNTRY
The Hounds Of Winter 5:51 Sting If
Peace 6:36 Ajeet Kaur

Thursday, Dec 27, 2018, 840am ~ It’s All About The Presence

Eireann 5:10 Afro Celt Sound System
Pavement Cracks 5:10 Annie Lennox
Mission of My Soul 4:09 Peter Himmelman
Fingerbeat 5:57 Drumspyder
Black Horse And The Cherry Tree 2:51 KT Tunstall
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Giri
Why Must I Feel Like This Today? [Feat. Baaba Maal, Michael Franti, Ulali, Radio Active & Krishna Das] 9:28 1 Giant Leap
Little Drummer Boy (Live) 4:38 for KING & COUNTRY
The Hounds Of Winter 5:51 Sting If
Peace 6:36 Ajeet Kaur

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