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Imagine your body and mind go out for coffee. What kind of conversations do they have? What kind of friendship is between them? Is that the relationship you want to be carrying around inside you every day?

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! Check out Michael Franti’s new album Stay Human Vol 2 – it’s full of goodness. In general, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

And friends, I am always ALWAYS looking for new music. Do you have a song that you love to move to or that moves you? I’d love to know what it is! Please respond in the comments below or email me at sjmnia@gmail.com!

Before the playlists, some announcements of things that are happening!

Buddha Cat Available at Local Stores!
I’m so grateful for the local stores who are carrying my book and art. New Dominion has both books and prints/cards! Over the Moon has books and cards. Cville Arts has books and art and this month, I’ll be featured in the front window! Please go check it out! And please go to my web site to find a complete listing of where to find Buddha Cat and more!

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!

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 28, 2019, 1045am ~ Your Body Hears Everything Your Mind Says

Cantus Inaequalis 3:18 Adiemus/London Philharmonic/Miriam Stockley
Beautiful (Radio Mix) 3:54 Audio Adrenaline
May all Beings 6:27 EarthRise SoundSystem
When the Sun Begins to Shine 3:37 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Born This Way 4:20 Lady Gaga
In Caelum Fero 7:49 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley
Stand Up 3:41 Sugarland
Cirrus 5:49 Bonobo
The Flower (feat. Victoria Canal) 3:52 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Amaté Adea 5:23 Adiemus/London Philharmonic/Miriam Stockley
Winter 5:43 Tori Amos
Plegaria para el Alma de Layla 3:19 Pedro Aznar

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2018 ~ Your Body Hears Everything Your Mind Says

Cantus Inaequalis 3:18 Adiemus/London Philharmonic/Miriam Stockley
Beautiful (Radio Mix) 3:54 Audio Adrenaline
May all Beings 6:27 EarthRise SoundSystem
When the Sun Begins to Shine 3:37 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Born This Way 4:20 Lady Gaga
In Caelum Fero 7:49 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley
Stand Up 3:41 Sugarland
Cirrus 5:49 Bonobo
The Flower (feat. Victoria Canal) 3:52 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Amaté Adea 5:23 Adiemus/London Philharmonic/Miriam Stockley
Plegaria para el Alma de Layla 3:19 Pedro Aznar

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2018, 11am ~ Your Body Hears Everything Your Mind Says

Cantus Inaequalis 3:18 Adiemus/London Philharmonic/Miriam Stockley
Beautiful (Radio Mix) 3:54 Audio Adrenaline
May all Beings 6:27 EarthRise SoundSystem
When the Sun Begins to Shine 3:37 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Born This Way 4:20 Lady Gaga
In Caelum Fero 7:49 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley
Complicated 4:07 Yonder Mountain String Band
Stand Up 3:41 Sugarland
Cirrus 5:49 Bonobo
The Flower (feat. Victoria Canal) 3:52 Michael Franti & Spearhead
I Won’t Give Up 3:59 Jason Mraz
Winter 5:43 Tori Amos
Plegaria para el Alma de Layla 3:19 Pedro Aznar

Thursday, Jan 31, 2018, 840am ~ Your Body Hears Everything Your Mind Says

Cantus Inaequalis 3:18 Adiemus/London Philharmonic/Miriam Stockley
Beautiful (Radio Mix) 3:54 Audio Adrenaline
May all Beings 6:27 EarthRise SoundSystem
When the Sun Begins to Shine 3:37 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Born This Way 4:20 Lady Gaga
In Caelum Fero 7:49 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley
Complicated 4:07 Yonder Mountain String Band
Cirrus 5:49 Bonobo
Sometimes 4:06 Michael Franti & Spearhead
I Won’t Give Up 3:59 Jason Mraz
Nobody Cries Alone 3:27 Michael Franti & Spearhead

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!


Taking the wheel in our movement and in our days can sometimes be scary and can also be empowering and freeing. We danced in the driver’s seat to the Inspired routine this week – with some songs about driving both old and new. You can find all the 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!

But first, here are some things I know you want to know about:

Locker Room Renovation at Albemarle Square starting soon
Renovations on the locker rooms at Albemarle Square are starting now and both the men’s and women’s locker rooms are now closed. For all the information, please click on the sidebar link on the right side: acac Locker Room Renovation 2018.

Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barf on the Bed … Second Printing Is Here!
Buddha Cat is in full swing and on sale at my site! If you haven’t yet, you can go to http://www.susanmcculley.com and sign up to be a Buddha Cat Backer. You will then have access to a discount code for free shipping that never expires for Backers!
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 Now Available at Five 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 two 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.
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.
Carlos Coalescence: Mary Linn & Susan Team Teaching Favorite Songs from A Favorite Teacher Tue, Oct 23 & Weds, Oct 24
Mary Linn and I are getting together to celebrate our favorites from Carlos Rosas’ choreography! Join us for these gems for three special classes:
Tuesday, Oct 22, 840am at acac downtown
Tuesday, Oct 22, 545pm at acac Albemarle Square
Wednesday, Oct 23, 11am at acac Albemarle Square
Blue Ridge Writer’s Annual Book and Arts Fair, Saturday October 27, 10am-4pm
I’m delighted to be participating in this annual event of 35 local authors of adult and children’s literature as well as artists and musicians. It’s going to be a great day! Join us at City Space, 2nd Floor of the Market Street Garage on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall from 10am-4pm. Talk with local authors, artists and poets and find delightful and inspiring gifts.
Buddha Cat Book Launch Party on Saturday, Nov 3, 2-3pm at New Dominion Bookshop
Come to the historic New Dominion Bookshop on the historic downtown mall for a book launch party! I’ll be signing books and you can do some early holiday shopping and there will be very cool people there (you!) and, of course, snacks! Please join us.
Thanksgiving Day Nia at ACAC Downtown — Thursday, November 22, 8:15am
Start the holiday with mind-full, joy-full, grate-full movement! Please join Susan for a special Thanksgiving class on Thursday, November 22 from 8:15-9:15am (NOTE TIME CHANGE!). Bring a friend or relation! Or take some space for yourself.
Nia Moving To Heal Classes at acac downtown Sundays at 315pm
Join Rachel H on Sundays at 315pm for Nia Moving To Heal: a joyful, restorative practice that combines dance arts, martial arts and healing arts.  It is designed to empower your body, mind, spirit, and emotions.  Participants are encouraged to work at their own pace and personalize movement to adapt to their health needs.

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

Monday, Oct 15, 2018, 1045am ~ Driver’s Seat

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Barely Breathing 4:15 Duncan Sheik
Good Life 4:13 OneRepublic
Drive My Car 2:30 The Beatles
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Everybody Got Their Something 4:23 Nikka Costa
Thank You 4:55 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Drivers Seat 3:59 Sniff ‘n’ The Tears
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Below My Feet 4:52 Mumford & Sons
Drive 3:53 Incubus
Breathe 3:37 The Makepeace Brothers
You Can Sleep While I Drive 3:16 Melissa Etheridge
Breathing Out 4:56 Shaman’s Dream

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018, 840am ~ Driver’s Seat

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Barely Breathing 4:15 Duncan Sheik
Good Life 4:13 OneRepublic
Drive My Car 2:30 The Beatles
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Everybody Got Their Something 4:23 Nikka Costa
Thank You 4:55 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Drivers Seat 3:59 Sniff ‘n’ The Tears
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Below My Feet 4:52 Mumford & Sons
Drive 3:53 Incubus
Breathe 3:37 The Makepeace Brothers
You Can Sleep While I Drive 3:16 Melissa Etheridge

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2017, 11am ~ Driver’s Seat

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Drive 3:53 Incubus
Good Life 4:13 OneRepublic
Drive My Car 2:30 The Beatles
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Thank You 4:55 Michael Franti & Spearhead
She Drives Me Crazy 3:39 Fine Young Cannibals
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Below My Feet 4:52 Mumford & Sons
Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot 6:44 Sting
Breathe 3:37 The Makepeace Brothers
You Can Sleep While I Drive 3:16 Melissa Etheridge
Breathing Out 4:56 Shaman’s Dream

Thursday, Oct 18, 2017, 840am ~ Driver’s Seat

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Drive 3:53 Incubus
Good Life 4:13 OneRepublic
Drive My Car 2:30 The Beatles
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Thank You 4:55 Michael Franti & Spearhead
She Drives Me Crazy 3:39 Fine Young Cannibals
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Below My Feet 4:52 Mumford & Sons
Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot 6:44 Sting
Breathe 3:37 The Makepeace Brothers
You Can Sleep While I Drive 3:16 Melissa Etheridge
Somehow Familiar 3:40 Fabrizio Paterlini

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!

Freedom and Form. In music it’s melody and rhythm. In the body, it’s muscles and bones. In a country, it’s liberty and justice. For health and sustainability, any system needs to have some of both freedom and form.

All the playlists from the week are below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Put the music we dance to into your own playlist!

And first the announce-y type things:

Invisible Net of Love for Antje Waxman
Our friend and Nia / Egoscue teacher, Antje Waxman’s husband is terribly ill and they could use some support and nourishment. If you’d like to offer a meal for them, please go here to sign up. http://www.takethemameal.com/meals.php?t=JHSX5292 Thank you for being part of the invisible net of love.

CHARLOTTESVILLE WHITE BELT TRAINING in September
Our friend, mentor and Nia Trainer, Helen Terry is coming to Charlottesville to offer a White Belt training! White Belt is the first level of Nia training, designed to provide body-centered training to anyone interested in living better in a body or teaching Nia. Helen is a First Generation Nia Trainer, chosen years ago by the creators of Nia to be one of the first Nia trainers. She’ll be retiring soon, so don’t miss your chance to learn from this amazing teacher and trainer! For more information and to register, please visit: https://nianow.com/node/1139984. Please feel free to contact Mary Linn at marylinnl@acac.com with any questions!

The Awesome Event sponsored by Divine Play October 27-29
Join us for the weekend of October 27-19 in exploring an understanding of the mind that will allow you to break free of limits, relate with others, and naturally ripple ease, resilience and FUN through your personal and work life. Get all the information, buy tickets at http://www.theawesomeevent.com or call Jeanne Catherine: 434-218-9500.

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

*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs . ***

Monday, Jul 3, 2017, 1045am ~ Freedom & Form

Sea Dreamer (feat. Sting) 5:40 Anoushka Shankar & Karsh Kale
Beauty & the East (Banco de Gaia Remix) 6:51 Bombay Dub Orchestra
I Shall Be Free 6:13 Kid Beyond
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
Ain’t No Man 3:34 The Avett Brothers
Sweet Freedom 5:14 Safri Duo feat. Michael McDonald
What I Be 4:45 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Summertime is in Our Hands 3:48 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Sorrento Moon 4:56 Tina Arena
Better Man 5:21 Playing For Change
Good to Be Alive Today 4:15 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Simple Gifts 2:34 Alison Krauss & Yo-Yo Ma
First Impressions 4:08 Yo Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, Edgar Meyer

Tuesday, Jul 4, 2017, 840am ~ Freedom & Form (Liberty & Justice)

Freedom 3:07 Madonna
Beauty & the East (Banco de Gaia Remix) 6:51 Bombay Dub Orchestra
I Shall Be Free 6:13 Kid Beyond
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
Ain’t No Man 3:34 The Avett Brothers
Sweet Freedom 5:14 Safri Duo feat. Michael McDonald
Freedom (feat. Kendrick Lamar) 4:50 Beyoncé Lemonade
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free 4:09 Derek Trucks Band
This Land Is Your Land 4:38 Little Feat
Same As It Ever Was (Start Today) [feat. Agape Choir] 3:56 Michael Franti & Spearhead
America 3:33 Simon & Garfunkel
Gentle Exit 4:15 The Happening

Wednesday, Jul 5, 2017, 11am ~ Freedom & Form

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
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
Dance Floor (Nu Brazilia Remix) 5:28 The Tao Of Groove
All People (feat. Gina René) 4:09 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Played A Live 6:46 Safri Duo
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free 4:09 Derek Trucks Band
Same As It Ever Was (Start Today) [feat. Agape Choir] 3:56 Michael Franti & Spearhead
America 3:33 Simon & Garfunkel
Gentle Exit 4:15 The Happening

Thursday, Jul 6, 2017, 840am ~ Freedom & Form

Sea Dreamer (feat. Sting) 5:40 Anoushka Shankar & Karsh Kale
Mulatica Mia (Cuba Remix) 5:32 The Tao Of Groove
Palais Mascotte 5:47 Patrick Duvoisin
No Quiero Nada Mas 4:46 Sancti Spiritus
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
All People (feat. Gina René) 4:09 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Played A Live 6:46 Safri Duo
Sorrento Moon 4:56 Tina Arena
Good to Be Alive Today 4:15 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Simple Gifts 2:34 Alison Krauss & Yo-Yo Ma
First Impressions 4:08 Yo Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, Edgar Meyer

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!

Every once in a while, my toes get painful little cracks in them. They always appear in the same place: at the base of my big toes. They hurt like the devil when they show up and given their vulnerable placement, it takes weeks for them to heal. The only way I’ve found to fix them is to tape my toes. It’s not a great look for a barefoot dance teacher but I’ve yet to find a better option.

For years, I couldn’t figure out why it was happening – was it the weather, when I danced on unfamiliar surfaces, what?? Finally, I turned on my witness – high caliber awareness – and paid close attention to what was going on when the toe tape came out. The witness revealed that these teeny injuries happen when I’m learning new choreography and stepping back onto my toes rather than the ball of my foot.

Even with the witness’s observation, I still have to tape up my toes now and again (as anyone in classes this week knows) but at least now I know how I do what I do…and what the consequences are. Without that information, no choice or change is possible.

All the playlists from the week are below or you can listen to them by going to Spotify! Dance for free at Spotify! Sign up, follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen!

And first the announce-y type things:

Marie-Therese Pain Obituary
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and long-time dancer, Marie Pain. You can find her obituary here. I will be attending the service on Saturday to deliver our community condolences (I have a card if you’d like to sign it) and welcome anyone who would like to join me.

Memorial Day Nia – Monday, May 29 from 11-12:15pm
For the holiday, acac has a slightly modified schedule so on Memorial Day (and all Monday holidays), Nia at acac Albemarle Square will be from 11am-1215pm! Come spend some of your day off with your body and with us!

dance.sit.create… Saturday, Jun 24, 2o17, 8:30am-5pm
Come spend a delicious day playing at the sweet intersection of movement, stillness and art. We’ll explore the creative magic of the number 7 and the power of play for inspiration and restoration. No experience in anything is necessary. All you need is a willingness to see what happens and eat delicious, healthy meals. The retreat provides everything you need for an uplifting, rejuvenating day. Susan offers the structure and guidance for movement, meditation, and creative jaunts. Rebecca caters extraordinary vegetarian, gluten-free, seasonal food (tea, snack, lunch). And it doesn’t stop with one day. Also included is a 6-week series of music, meditations, and prompts to keep you in the flow. Some scholarship is available ~ email me for more on that (sjmnia@gmail.com).
Early Bird: $100 if registered by May 24. Late Bird: $125 if registered by June 20
Limited to 20 participants.
Checks to SusaNia LLC and mailed to 1255 Sunset Avenue Ext., Charlottesville VA 22903 with registration form or at http://www.susanmcculley.com.

dance.sit.create… research question
Please help me prepare for the upcoming retreat by answering this question: Are you an artist? If you said yes, what is it about you and/or your life that makes you one? If you said no, what would have to be different about you and/or your life for you to be one? Please feel free to answer in the comments or PM me! Thanks, y’all.

CHARLOTTESVILLE WHITE BELT TRAINING in September
Our friend, mentor and Nia Trainer, Helen Terry is coming to Charlottesville to offer a White Belt training! White Belt is the first level of Nia training, designed to provide body-centered training to anyone interested in living better in a body or teaching Nia. Helen is a First Generation Nia Trainer, chosen years ago by the creators of Nia to be one of the first Nia trainers. She’ll be retiring soon, so don’t miss your chance to learn from this amazing teacher and trainer! For more information and to register, please visit: https://nianow.com/node/1139984. Please feel free to contact Mary Linn at marylinnl@acac.com with any questions!
As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs . ***

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 3pm ~ Love Warrior at the Quaker Friends Meeting House

I See Fire 5:01 Ed Sheeran
Beauty & the East (Banco de Gaia Remix) 6:51 Bombay Dub Orchestra
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
Mexican Chef 3:49 Xenia Rubinos
Ain’t No Man 3:34 The Avett Brothers
American Idiot 2:54 Green Day
Faith (feat. Ariana Grande) 2:43 Stevie Wonder
Freedom (feat. Kendrick Lamar) 4:50 Beyoncé
That’s What Makes Us Great (feat. Bruce Springsteen) 3:25 Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
Revolution 3:40 Coco Love Alcorn
This Land Is Your Land 4:38 Little Feat
Mercy 4:31 Dave Matthews Band
We Are the Ones 2:51 Sweet Honey In the Rock
Gentle Exit 4:15 The Happening

Monday, May 8, 2017, 1045am ~ Witness Choice Variety

Here We Go 5:59 Deep Dive Corp. Ft. Hush Forever
Sunday Morning, Up All Night 4:54 NYXYSS
One Hundred Lights (Grouch Remix) 5:31 Kaya Project
Heartbreaker 5:24 Crazy P
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Steal Drum 7:07 The Martin Brothers
Any Way You Want It 3:24 Journey
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
Empty Vessel 3:46 Bob Holroyd
Stillpoint 4:18 Oliver Shanti & Friends

Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 840am ~ Witness Choice Variety

Here We Go 5:59 Deep Dive Corp. Ft. Hush Forever
Sunday Morning, Up All Night 4:54 NYXYSS
One Hundred Lights (Grouch Remix) 5:31 Kaya Project
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Steal Drum 7:07 The Martin Brothers
#1 Spice 3:51 Young Cardamom & HAB
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
Empty Vessel 3:46 Bob Holroyd
10 Questions for the Dalai Lama 3:15 Peter Kater

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 11am ~ Witness Choice Variety

We Are All Connected 7:07 Magic Sound Fabric
Sunday Morning, Up All Night 4:54 NYXYSS
One Hundred Lights (Grouch Remix) 5:31 Kaya Project
One World, One People 4:43 Xcultures
Tala Odyssey (Drumspyder Remix) 6:07 Desert Dwellers
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Moon & Sun 6:02 Dalminjo Fjörd Fusioneer
Do Your Thing 4:45 Basement Jaxx
A Little Bit Of Riddim (Featuring Cherine Anderson) 4:19 Michael Franti
Give It Away 5:17 Zero 7
Witness 4:48 Sarah McLachlan

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 840am ~ Witness Choice Variety

We Are All Connected 7:07 Magic Sound Fabric
Sunday Morning, Up All Night 4:54 NYXYSS
One World, One People 4:43 Xcultures
Tala Odyssey (Drumspyder Remix) 6:07 Desert Dwellers
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Moon & Sun 6:02 Dalminjo Fjörd Fusioneer
Do Your Thing 4:45 Basement Jaxx
A Little Bit Of Riddim (Featuring Cherine Anderson) 4:19 Michael Franti
Give It Away 5:17 Zero 7
Let It Go 2:16 Jamie Catto & Alex Forster

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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This was the first week with the new routine, Inspired. Launching a new routine is always a little edgy and exciting…for me, anyway. I have a sense of aliveness and possibility that is almost effervescent. Thanks to all who came out to dance and be inspired.

Below are all the playlists for the week. Did you know that you can listen to all the playlists for free on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ ? Sign up for free, follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen! No matter where you are, we can listen and dance together!

TEDx is tomorrow! TEDx CHARLOTTESVILLE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2015. I’m excited for a whole day of inspiring talks about ideas worth spreading. The show is sold out but fear not! You can live stream the whole day via the TEDx Charlottesville live stream!  It’s really an incredible line-up of amazing speakers and worth checking out any time during the day (the show runs from 9am to 530pm). The two speakers I’m coaching, Elliott Woods and Leslie Blackhall, go on at approximately 2:40 and 3:05, respectively. Get inspired, tune in!

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.

Dance on. Shine on.

Susan sig

*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs . ***

Monday & Wednesday, Nov 9 & 11, 2015, 1045am & 11am ~ Inspired

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Barely Breathing 4:15 Duncan Sheik
Every Breath You Take 4:14 The Police
Good Life 4:13 OneRepublic
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Everybody Got Their Something 4:23 Nikka Costa
Thank You 4:55 Michael Franti & Spearhead
It’s All Been Done 3:26 Barenaked Ladies
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Below My Feet 4:52 Mumford & Sons
Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot 6:44 Sting
Breathe 3:37 The Makepeace Brothers
Breathing Out 4:56 Shaman’s Dream

Tuesday & Thursday, Nov 10 & 12, 2015, 840am ~ Inspired

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Barely Breathing 4:15 Duncan Sheik
Every Breath You Take 4:14 The Police
Good Life 4:13 OneRepublic
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Everybody Got Their Something 4:23 Nikka Costa
Thank You 4:55 Michael Franti & Spearhead
It’s All Been Done 3:26 Barenaked Ladies
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Below My Feet 4:52 Mumford & Sons
Breathe 3:37 The Makepeace Brothers
Breathing Out 4:56 Shaman’s Dream

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!

teachersstudents with text“The best way to get started on the path to sharing your work is to think about what you want to learn, and make a commitment to learning it in front of others.” ~ Austin Kleon, Show Your Work

So much of being a teacher, being a student, being a human being is to show up and do your work knowing that you don’t know everything and you can’t do everything and that sometimes you’ll be a spaz and sometimes you’ll be embarrassed and sometimes that is the greatest gift you can give…toward your own learning and your own teaching.

Below are all the playlists for the week (I’ll do a separate post tomorrow with the Fall Jam playlist!). Did you know that you can also find my playlists on Spotify? Sign up for free and listen to all the music for free! Follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen! No matter where you are, we can listen and dance together! Note that if you are using the Spotify app for mobile devices, the program inserts “recommended” music that is not on my original playlist. Also, Spotify doesn’t have all the music I have, so sometimes I’ll put up a different version of a song or skip it all together. Have fun with it.

A few announce-y things:

ACAC NIA JAM: FALL 2015 – FRIDAY, SEP 18, 2015, 545-7PM ~ Join Jeanne Catherine, Mary Linn Bergstrom and me for our seasonal celebration of mindful movement. We’ll play with our version of a classic routine, Fantasia, and focus on conditioning the body with simplicity. Everybody is welcome, no experience needed, and members (including the instructors ~ so ask if you want to come) can bring a guest for free! ACAC Downtown in the Group Ex Studio.

COME DANCE. SIT. WRITE. – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2015, 830am-5pm ~ Spend the day playing in the intersection of movement, meditation and creativity! No matter how much or little experience you have in any of the three practices, this day can create connections in your body, mind and spirit and let more of you out into the world. In the beautiful Parish Hall of Buck Mountain Episcopal Church, we will provide music, movement, stillness, inspiration and a very nice bell. Plus nourishing and delicious food by Rebecca George’s Dragonfly Kitchen. $85 for the day. Limit to 20 participants. Check out testimonials from participants and more details here or the basics here https://focuspocusnow.com/dance-sit-write-october-10-2015-details/ or email Susan at sjmnia@gmail.com.

TEDx CHARLOTTESVILLE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2015 ~ In its third year in The Ville, TED is an incredible event of ideas and inspiration. I’m delighted again this year to be coaching two of the TEDx speakers and – dang – check out the line-up, y’all. It’s going to be an amazing day. You can find out more here.

BREAKING YOUR SUGAR ADDICTION eCOURSE ~ My friends, Wendy and Megan have put together a delicious e-course about creating balance around eating sugar. They are both dietary professionals and offer all kinds of resources that have helped me look more carefully and kindly about when I reach for the chocolate. You can get more information here.

MY OTHER BLOG: A THOUSAND BEAUTIFUL THINGS ~ Words and paragraphs and essays and drawings and photographs (phone camera only!) about gratitude, beauty, mindfulness and art. Please join me there!

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.

Dance on. Shine on.

Susan sig

*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs – this was particularly true this week so enjoy both the versions I used in class below and the Spotify versions! ***

Monday, Sep 14, 2015, 1045am ~ Teachers & Students

Human 3:04 Dionne Farris
Clouds 6:33 Feuerhake
Africa Bamba 4:45 Santana
Smooth 5:00 Santana
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Black Or White 3:19 Michael Jackson
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
African Drug [Original Tribal Mix] 6:02 Bob Holroyd
Boogie Shoes (KC And The Sun.. 2:18 Bee Gees
You Learn 4:00 Alanis Morissette
When It Falls 5:31 Zero 7
Miniature 9 6:11 Matthew Robert Cooper

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015, 840am ~ Teachers & Students

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
One Way Road 3:06 The John Butler Trio
City Knows Your Name 4:59 Chris Coco
Lux Aurumque 4:16 Eric Whitacre

Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015, 11am ~ Teachers & Students

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
I Know I’m Not Alone 4:04 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Why Must I Feel Like This Today? [Feat. Baaba Maal, Michael Franti, Ulali, Radio Active & Krishna Das] 9:28 1 Giant Leap
Shine 4:12 Joshua
Long Ride Home 3:52 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Lux Aurumque 4:16 Eric Whitacre

Thursday, Sep 17, 2015, 840am ~ Teachers & Students

Wish U 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
Raag Trance 5:32 Biddu
The Way I Am 2:13 Ingrid Michaelson
Coming Down 7:47 Rasiya

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!

franti to cville prayer flags 012A week of Akhilanda, the goddess of Never Not Broken. In the playlists from classes, you might notice a number of interesting songs about brokeness, and riding and rolling on the crocodile of fear. I’ve also listed the Rumi poem I used on Monday and Tuesday.

The Michael Franti & Spearhead prayer flags are packaged up and Sara is leaving today to hand-deliver them! I made a little video invitation with images of the flags that you can find here. Please share it, pass it on, pay it forward and maybe the video will reach him as well as the flags!

As always, please let me know how I can help more.

Dance on. Shine on.

Susan sig

This Rumi poem found its way to me this week (thank you, Gina) and it speaks to this croc-riding power of Akhilanda.

BirdWings
by Rumi

Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror
up to where you’re bravely working.

Expecting the worst, you look, and instead,
here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see.

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.
if it were always a fist or always stretched open,
you would be paralyzed.

Your deepest presence is in every small contracting
and expanding,
The two as beautifully balanced and coordinated
as birdwings.

Monday, Jul 21, 2014, 1045am ~ Akhilanda Rides Again and Again and Again

Amazing 4:34 One Eskimo
Wounded In All The Right Places [Feat. k.d. lang] 4:33 1 Giant Leap
Never Goin’ Down [Ben Chapman Remix] [1991] 3:51 Adamski
Smokey Quartz 6:59 Shakatura
Broken (New Version) 4:15 Lifehouse
Some Kind Of Ride 3:45 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Everything Is Broken 4:52 R.L. Burnside
It’s Alright 3:28 Dar Williams
Broken Piano 2:36 Ben Folds
Ghosts in My Machine 3:33 Annie Lennox
Gonna Be [Ben Human Remix] 4:10 Mo’ Horizons
Closer To Fine 4:02 Indigo Girls
Broken 3:56 Jack Johnson
Broken 4:49 Helen Jane Long

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014, 9am ~ Akhilanda Rides Again and Again and Again

The White Spirit 5:20 Uman
Childhood [2000] 4:44 Dusted
Wounded In All The Right Places [Feat. k.d. lang] 4:33 1 Giant Leap
Broken (New Version) 4:15 Lifehouse
Nostalgia Worship 6:46 Bassnectar
Everything Is Broken 4:52 R.L. Burnside
Ghosts in My Machine 3:33 Annie Lennox
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Girl
Broken Piano 2:36 Ben Folds
Raag Trance 5:32 Biddu
Falling Into You 4:19 Céline Dion
Prayer Of St. Francis 2:02 Sarah McLachlan
When It Falls 5:31 Zero 7

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014, 1055am ~ Akhilanda Rides Again and Again and Again

Destiny 5:38 Zero 7
Wounded In All The Right Places [Feat. k.d. lang] 4:33 1 Giant Leap
Smooth 5:00 Santana
Broken (New Version) 4:15 Lifehouse
Everything Is Broken 4:52 R.L. Burnside
Roll With It 5:18 Steve Winwood
Pick Up The Pieces 4:03 The Average White Band
Lady Marmalade 4:25 Christina Aguilera
Mercy 3:41 Duffy
All We Are 3:37 Matt Nathanson
Fields of Gold 5:00 Eva Cassidy
Broken 4:49 Helen Jane Long

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014, 9am ~ Akhilanda Rides Again and Again and Again

Coming Back To Life 6:19 Pink Floyd
Living In The Moment 3:55 Jason Mraz
Never Know 3:33 Jack Johnson
Drifting Away (Paradiso Mix) 5:07 Faithless
Drive By 3:16 Train
Drop 4:56 Cornelius
Breathe (Extreme Mix) 4:04 Soulfood
Stairway To Heaven 8:03 Led Zeppelin
Why Must I Feel Like This Today? [Feat. Baaba Maal, Michael Franti, Ulali, Radio Active & Krishna Das] 9:28 1 Giant Leap
Everloving 3:26 Moby
Father I Know (Mix 1) 3:08 Jamie Catto

NIA TRAINER, JULIE WYLIE, COMING TO CHARLOTTESVILLE

We’re excited to support a weekend of classes and workshops with Nia Trainer, Julie Wylie now scheduled for September and a Nia White Belt early in 2015. 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.

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 (see above) and lots of other places, too.

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