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Fear and love are big emotions that can be downright unwieldy when they get intense. Mindfulness practice is a way of bringing an approach of friendliness and welcome to love, fear and whatever else arises.

In particular, restorative yoga invites us to learn how to relate to our habitual tension with that same sense of friendliness. This practice uses just a couple of props that you can find around the house to open and soften through the pelvis, chest and head – where our emotions reside. You can do this whole practice or any one of the poses whenever you need them. You can find the video here.

Props for the Practice:
~ 2 thick bath towels
~ eye covering (optional)
~ tea or water (optional)

As always, the Moon River Restorative classes use simple props and supports that you can find around the house. On Wednesdays, we will use minimal props – just a couple of towels or blankets, for example – for a practice that can be done anywhere at any time. On Sundays, we will use nesting props – still all things from around the house but more of them! Today’s practice is a minimal prop practice.

~~~ Music Credits ~~~
Title song for Dancing Water Daily:
Kate’s Waltz 3:44 Bad Snacks, YouTube Audio Library

THIS WEEK’S DANCING WATER DAILY PRACTICES ~ Fear, Love & Friendliness
Mon Jun 1 ~ Nourishing Movement: Fear, Love & Friendliness ~ find it here
Tue Jun 2 ~ Nourishing Movement: Fear, Love & Friendliness ~ find it here
Wed Jun 3 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga: Fear, Love & Friendliness (Minimal Props) ~ find it here
Thu Jun 4 ~ Dharma Dance: Fear, Love & Friendliness
Fri Jun 5 ~ All Out All You Dharma Dance: Fear, Love & Friendliness
Sat Jun 6 ~ Ajna: Fear, Love & Friendliness
Sun Jun 7 ~ Moon River Restorative: Fear, Love & Friendliness (Nesting Props)

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Breathe deep. Shine bright. Show up.
Love

The feeling that kept coming to me in the first restorative yoga class I took from my teacher, Shandoah Goldman, was that of relaxing into a soft raft that was floating on water. The simultaneous sensation of letting go deeply into the support and effortlessly floating is one that my body~mind comes back to again and again.

This short, simple series with just a few props* invites that dynamic of sinking and floating. I call it Lie Down with Logs (Towel Logs!) and you can find the video here.

Props for the Practice:
• carpet ~ blanket ~ yoga mat (or any combination so the floor is soft and forgiving)
• 2 thick bath towels
• 1 blanket
• eye covering (a small hand towel or thick scarf is recommended)
• a cat companion (optional)
• tea or water (optional)

If you like music while you are practicing, I recommend Floating by James Anthony Walker on Insight Timer.

* I’m exploring using fewer and simpler props and I’d love to know how these series work for you! Please let me know what props work best for you: what you do and do not have access to and what feels best. I’d love to create practices that address our practice-at-home needs!

~~~ Music Credits ~~~
Title song for Dancing Water Daily:
Kate’s Waltz 3:44 Bad Snacks, YouTube Audio Library

THIS WEEK’S DANCING WATER DAILY PRACTICES ~ Sink + Float
Monday, May 25 ~ Nourishing Movement: Sink & Float ~ find it here
Tuesday, May 26 ~ Nourishing Movement: Sink & Float ~ find it here
Wednesday, May 27 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga: Sink & Float ~ find it here
Thursday, May 28 ~ Dharma Dance: Sink & Float ~ find it here
Friday, May 29 ~ All Out All You Dance Party: Sink & Float ~ find it here
Saturday, May 30 ~ Ajna: Sink & Float ~ find it here
Sunday, May 31 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga: Sink & Float ~ find it here

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Help build the Dancing Water Daily Community! It is my hope to extend this Net of Love to anyone who needs it! Please do:

• Subscribe to my YouTube Channel
• Sign up to receive my Focus Pocus blog
• Join my email newsletter list
• Share a link with a friend and on social media!
• Like & Comment on the classes you love!

Help spread the word about all the Dancing Water Daily practices. Let’s all keep moving together while we’re apart.
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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

We all get lots of practice at comparing and rating ourselves to each other but how do we practice connecting with presence? Today’s super-simple restorative yoga series uses minimal props and any part of it can be done to help get us out of our think-y, comparing heads and into our wise, compassionate bodies.

I use variations on these poses when I’ve been on screens for a long time, I’m over-thinking, or I feel rattled or upset. Find the video here.

Props for the Practice:
~ carpet ~ blanket ~ yoga mat (or all three)
~ 2 big, thick bath towels
~ 1 bath mat or another towel
~ tea or water (optional)

I’m experimenting with fewer, easier-to-gather props and I’d love to hear what you think! What do you have in your house and what feels good in your body? Please leave a comment below!

~~~ Music Credits ~~~
Title song for Dancing Water Daily:
Kate’s Waltz 3:44 Bad Snacks, 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 (Cognizant + Recognize) ~ 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 (Member + Re-Member) ~ find it here 
Saturday, May 23 ~ Ajna (Self-Guided) Practice: An Approach to Connection without Comparison ~ find it here
Sunday, May 24 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga: Connect with Presence ~ find it here

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Help build the Dancing Water Daily Community! It is my hope to extend this Net of Love to anyone who needs it! Please do:

• Subscribe to my YouTube Channel
• Sign up to receive my Focus Pocus blog
• Send a link to a friend!
• Share videos on social media!
• Like & Comment on the classes you love!

Help spread the word about all the Dancing Water Daily practices. Let’s all keep moving together while we’re apart.
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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

Tension is different than tightness. While tight places come from exertion or some action, tension comes from long-held patterns of gripping and clenching. Those patterns can come from physical habits but they can also come from mental and emotional habits. When we are in a constant state of bracing against and holding it together, tension gathers.

Today’s simple restorative yoga series focuses on the sensation of embrace to release the brace. Using props from around the house to offer your body support, the bracing can unwind itself. Find the video here.

Props for the Practice
• carpet ~ yoga mat ~ blanket (or all three!)
• 3 firm pillows
• 2 towels
• 1 blanket
• eye covering (optional)
• tea or water (optional)
• cat companion (optional but recommended)

~~~ Music Credits ~~~
Title song for Dancing Water Daily:
Kate’s Waltz 3:44 Bad Snacks, 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 (Cognizant + Recognize) ~ find it here
Thursday, May 21 ~ Dharma Dance Swirl: Connection without Comparison (Trust + Entrust)
Friday, May 22 ~ All Out All You Dance Party: Connection without Comparison (Member + Remember)
Saturday, May 23 ~ Ajna (Self-Guided) Practice: Connection without Comparison
Sunday, May 24 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga: Connection without Comparison

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Help build the Dancing Water Daily Community! It is my hope to extend this Net of Love to anyone who needs it! Please do:

• Subscribe to my YouTube Channel
• Sign up to receive my Focus Pocus blog
• Send a link to a friend!
• Share videos on social media!
• Like & Comment on the classes you love!

Help spread the word about all the Dancing Water Daily practices. Let’s all keep moving together while we’re apart.
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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

Thinking is part of being human. It’s what our brains are designed to do. And sometimes, the mind gets so crowded and snarled with thoughts that it’s impossible to see anything BUT the thinking. Body~mind practices that invite us to drop into sensation and the present moment can give us some space between us and all the thinking.

Today’s Moon River Restorative Yoga series focuses on allowing space between us and our thoughts…and in the joints of ankles, low back, and neck. Find the video here.

Props for the Practice:
• carpet ~ blanket ~ yoga mat (or all three!) on the floor
• 2 bath towels
• 2 firm pillows
• 1 blanket
• eye covering (optional)
• tea or water (optional)

~~~ Music Credits ~~~
Title song for Dancing Water Daily:
Kate’s Waltz 3:44 Bad Snacks, YouTube Audio Library

THIS WEEK’S DANCING WATER DAILY PRACTICES ~ Thought Monsters & Other Dance Partners
Monday, May 11 ~ Nourishing Movement at Dancing Water: Thought Monsters & Other Dance Partners ~ find it here
Tuesday, May 12 ~ Nourishing Movement at Dancing Water: Monkey Mind & Hummingbird Thinking ~ find it here
Wednesday, May 13 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga: Noticing Thoughts ~ find it here
Thursday, May 14 ~ Dharma Dance from Dancing Water: Nancy & The Shitty Committee Take a Break ~ find it here
Friday, May 15 ~ All Out, All You Dance Party from Dancing Water: You Are Not Your Thoughts ~ find it here
Saturday, May 16 ~ Ajna (Self-Guided) Practice: Tracking Thoughts with Curiosity ~ find it here
Sunday, May 17 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga: The Space Between Thoughts ~ find it here

PLEASE CONNECT!
Keep the connective tissue of our community healthy! Please:
• 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

I love to hear from you and have been loving all the comments and emails I’ve been getting from you! Please keep them coming: reach out with email or a comment and let me know how you’re doing and how I can help more!
Until soon, my friends!
Love

“I noticed when I believed by thoughts, I suffered, but when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that.” ~ Byron Katie

This morning, I was caught in a thought storm. A deluge of perceptions, assumptions, judgments and stories dumped on me and took my breath away. Even with decades of body~mind practice under my feet, even with the awareness of how my thoughts were hurting me, even when I could see that (at least maybe) my thoughts weren’t true, the storm undid me.

What happens for you when you get caught in a thought storm? What helps you get under cover so you can look out at what’s pouring down with some perspective? For me, this morning, it was a combination of moving my body, being outside in the sun and wind and talking through what was going on in my head with a trusted friend.

Over and over, I’m reminded that the more I am present, the more skill and wisdom I have to get myself out of the storm.

Today’s practice is a series of restorative yoga postures that focus on the ankles, low back and neck…and on the space between you and your thoughts. Using supportive props from around the house, this practice will encourage your body to unwind and your nervous system to calm. Find the video here.

Props for the Practice:
• carpet ~ blanket ~ yoga mat (or all three!) on the floor
• 2 bath towels
• 2 firm pillows
• a stack of books or a yoga block
• a small piece of wall space near the floor (optional)
• a strap, long scarf or belt (optional)
• eye covering (optional)
• tea or water (optional)

If you find yourself in a thought storm, I recommend going from a restorative practice to exploring Byron Katie’s practice around parsing thought called The Work. I’ve found it to be healing and helpful. You can find it here.

~~~ Music Credits ~~~
Title song for Dancing Water Daily:
Kate’s Waltz 3:44 Bad Snacks, YouTube Audio Library

THIS WEEK’S DANCING WATER DAILY PRACTICES ~ Thought Monsters & Other Dance Partners
Monday, May 11 ~ Nourishing Movement at Dancing Water: Thought Monsters & Other Dance Partners ~ find it here https://youtu.be/2iQdIzAhuUc
Tuesday, May 12 ~ Nourishing Movement at Dancing Water: Monkey Mind & Hummingbird Thinking ~ find it here
Wednesday, May 13 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga: Noticing Thoughts ~ find it here
Thursday, May 14 ~ Dharma Dance from Dancing Water: Nancy & The Shitty Committee Take a Break
Friday, May 15 ~ All Out, All You Dance Party from Dancing Water: You Are Not Your Thoughts
Saturday, May 16 ~ Ajna (Self-Guided) Practice: Tracking Thoughts with Curiosity
Sunday, May 17 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga: The Space Between Thoughts

PLEASE CONNECT!
Keep the connective tissue of our community healthy! Please:
• 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

I love to hear from you and have been loving all the comments and emails I’ve been getting from you! Please keep them coming: reach out with email or a comment and let me know how you’re doing and how I can help more!
Until soon, my friends!
Love


When I feel overwhelmed, I either feel stuck and paralyzed or I kick into a scrambly busyness with the idea that that will help me relax. Instead, the opposite is true. It’s when I pause, stop and allow myself to disentangle from the overwhelmed feelings that I can skillfully make choices to respond to the feeling.

Today’s Dancing Water Daily is a Moon River Restorative Yoga practice that focuses on tucking and supporting the body to allow the overwhelmed, over-stimulated nervous system to let go and relax. We’ll use simple props from around the house to support the body from below and a blanket to wrap the body in the poses to offer support from above and around. Find the video here.

Props for the Practice:
• carpet ~ blanket ~ mat
• wall space or chair/sofa
• 2 towels
• 2 pillows
• 1 soft blanket
• eye covering
• tea (Dandy Blend Tea https://dandyblend.com/ )
• cat companion, optional

~~~ Music Credits ~~~
Title song for Dancing Water Daily:
Kate’s Waltz 3:44 Bad Snacks, YouTube Audio Library

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Help me to continue to create 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 ~ and truly, any amount helps enormously.

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A special heartfelt thank you to all who have offered financial support toward the continued creation of these practices. Your generosity makes classes available to even more people and that is a huge gift. I am deeply grateful.

This week, get a gift of gratitude: when you make a Dancing Water Daily donation of $10 or more, I will send you (or whoever you like) one of my books, Buddha Cat: Learning Presence, Awareness & Self Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barfs on the Bed or Octabusy: How To Let Go in a Sea of Doing. I can’t wait to put one in the mail for you!

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Shout outs to this week’s generous donors Susan Snyder and Lynn Pribus! A thousand thanks, friends! Together we can extend this Net of Love to reach everyone who needs it.

AND if, like me, your finances are akimbo, I get it. Another way to help is to share these video practices. Send a link to a friend! Post it on social media! Help spread the word about nourishing movement and moving together apart.
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PLEASE CONNECT!
Keep the connective tissue of our community healthy! Please:
• 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 DANCING WATER DAILY PRACTICES ~ Skillfully Navigating Overwhelm
Monday, May 4 ~ Nourishing Movement: Overwhelm Pause & Keep Going ~ find it here 
Tuesday, May 5 ~ Nourishing Movement: Simply Navigating Overwhelm ~ find it here 
Wednesday, May 6 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga: Space to Respond to Overwhelm ~ find it here
Thursday, May 7 ~ Dharma Dance: Overwhelm is a Habit ~ find it here
Friday, May 8 ~ All Out, All You Dance Party: Overwhelm…Be a Big Boat ~ find it here 
Saturday, May 9 ~ Ajna (Self-Guided) Practice: Overwhelm Inquiry ~ find it here
Sunday, May 10 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga ~ find it here

I love to hear from you and have been loving all the comments and emails I’ve been getting from you! Please keep them coming: reach out with email or a comment and let me know how you’re doing and how I can help more!
Until soon, my friends!
Love

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