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Research shows that play at all ages is what allows human beings to thrive. In Nia, we use play to train, condition, and heal the body. And we can also use play to help break habit, solve problems, heal relationships, and open creativity.

This week we used the No Words routine to play. You can find all playlists below or you can choose to listen to them by going to Spotify! You can listen for free at Spotify! Sign up for free, follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen!

And first a couple of announcements about upcoming happenings:

• AFRI-Cardio with Live Drumming on Friday May, 20, 4:25-525pm at acac Downtown, Group Ex Studio
Join instructor Christine Bostic and drummers Jason Epsie and Rosie McKay for AFRI-Cardio, a class that’s a fusion of West African Dance and a great cardio workout! The live drumming will amplify the energy and offer a more authentic, traditional dance-workout experience. There is no choreography. Instead the goal is to relax, groove to the rhythms and forget you are sweating. All are welcome!
Friday, May 20 at 4:25pm | acac Downtown Group Ex Studio
FREE for members! No preregistration required.

• Ageless Grace at Buck Mountain Episcopal Church in Earlysville with Sheila Queen ~ Every other Saturday, starting May 21, at 11 a.m. in Deese Hall
A wellness program for all ages and abilities, Ageless Grace combines physical activity, brain exercises, imagination, and a sense of humor with music to stimulate a sense of pleasure and well being. Movements address joint mobility, spinal flexibility, brain coordination, and more. The class is done seated, making it inviting for those who may have physical limitations or balance issues. There is NO choreography to learn. All you need are comfortable clothes and a willingness to try something new! Join us and bring a friend. Suggested $5 donations help pay for this class and support Buck Mountain’s Health & Wellness Ministry.

• Myofascial Release Workshop with Mia Hamza ~ June 19 at EDGE Studio
Mia Hamza is one of the best yoga instructors I have – and I have amazing yoga instructors – and her Myofascial Release Workshop is one of the best I’ve attended. In this 3-hour workshop, Mia will guide you on an exploration of your entire connective-fascia system. You will experience a complete, full-body myofascial release that will leave you feeling amazing. And I mean amazing. This workshop is open to all bodies who can lie down on a mat on the floor and may be especially helpful for yoga students and athletes who cross train. Please don’t miss this. $45 pre-register / $55 the day of the workshop. For more information, connect with Liz Reynolds at elizabethrey@acac.com

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, May 16, 2016, 1045am ~ Playing with Play (No Words)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 11am ~ Playing with Play (No Words)

Beach Drifter 4:02 Plazza
A New Day 4:03 Laya Project
The Great Unfolding 4:06 Quinn
Resolution (Rewound By Thievery Corporation) 4:02 Thievery Corporation
Look Up 5:56 Zero 7
Release It [Instrumental] 6:27 Afro Celt Sound System
Shisha 5:20 Naked Rhythm
Once Again (Live) 6:04 Hang Massive
Curried Ripples 5:03 Ganga Girl
Outro (Live) [feat. Mattias Windemo] 6:25 Hang Massive
Wishful Thinking 5:32 The Album Leaf
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 840am ~ Playing with Play (No Words)

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 840am ~ Playing with Play (No Words)

Beach Drifter 4:02 Plazza
A New Day 4:03 Laya Project
The Great Unfolding 4:06 Quinn
Resolution (Rewound By Thievery Corporation) 4:02 Thievery Corporation
Look Up 5:56 Zero 7
Release It [Instrumental] 6:27 Afro Celt Sound System
Shisha 5:20 Naked Rhythm
Once Again (Live) 6:04 Hang Massive
Curried Ripples 5:03 Ganga Girl
Wishful Thinking 5:32 The Album Leaf
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

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!

broken arm 051315Life happened this week. My beloved 13-year-old niece broke her arm and her mom had to be out of town and if I haven’t mentioned it before one of my best things is Being Auntie so that’s what I did the latter part of this week. A thousand thanks to the incredible acac Nia team that offered both subs and (needed) back ups in a heartbeat. I am so lucky.

In my classes, we focused on the energy of the eyes and using them consciously to affect our movement, alignment and energy. As always, I’d love to hear about your experience with using mindful eyes.

Below are all the playlists from the week. Go to Spotify and follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists there, too. I love seeing more and more people following and listening wherever you are! If you’re having trouble getting the site to work, please let me know ~ I’m learning some tricks and I’d love to figure it out with you. Just so you know, if you are using the Spotify app for mobile devices, the program inserts “recommended” music that is not on my original playlist. Please note also that 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. EnJOY, everyBody!

Before the playlists, some announce-y type things:
NEW CLASS TIME ON TUESDAY & THURSDAY DOWNTOWN STARTS JUNE 2! ~ Set your alarm! Mark your calendar! Staring June 1, get your acac downtown Tuesday and Thursday morning Nia at earlier! Class with Susan on both days will be from 840am-940am starting June 1! Come play and let your practice embody your whole day!

NEW NIA 101 SATURDAYS FROM 1230-1245 WITH MARY LINN STARTS JUNE 6! ~ Mary Linn will offer Nia 101 before her Saturday class: an introduction to Nia’s 52 Moves to refresh current students and help new students get a feel for the moves. Nia 101 will run from 1230-1245, and class will run from 1245-145, at Albemarle Squre, Studio A.

SAVE THE DATE: DANCE. SIT. WRITE. DAY SHOP HAPPENS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2015 ~ Mark your calendar for the next opportunity to spend the day playing in the intersection of movement, meditation and creativity! More details to come this summer but let me know if you have questions (sjmnia@gmail.com)

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. What you find below is exactly what I used in class. ***

Monday, May 4, 2015, 1045am ~ Eye Energy (Split, Ellipt, Blend)

Adiemus 4:02 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
The Fire From Within 4:12 Tryptamoon
Freedom 2:50 Tyrone Wells
Cotton Eyed Joe 2:50 The Chieftains & Ricky Skaggs
Shut Your Eyes 3:16 Snow Patrol
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For 4:39 U2
I’m Looking Through You 2:24 The Beatles
Doctor My Eyes 3:21 Jackson Browne
Suddenly I See 3:22 KT Tunstall
Brown Eyed Girl 3:06 Van Morrison
Carnival 5:59 Natalie Merchant
In Your Eyes 5:26 Peter Gabriel
Looking in the Eyes of Love 4:19 Alison Krauss & Union Station
Paris Texas 6:45 Gotan Project

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 9am and 530pm ~ Eye Energy (Split, Ellipt, Blend)

Beach Drifter 4:02 Plazza
A New Day 4:03 Laya Project
Biene Maya 4:06 Daniel Levez
Resolution (Rewound By Thievery Corporation) 4:02 Thievery Corporation
Look Up 5:56 Zero 7
Release It [Instrumental] 6:27 Afro Celt Sound System
Shisha 5:20 Naked Rhythm
Once Again (Live) 6:04 Hang Massive
Curried Ripples 5:03 Ganga Girl
Outro 6:24 Hang Massive
Wishful Thinking 5:32 The Album Leaf

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 1055am ~ with Loring

focus: heart
intention: bringing full attention & energy to what I am creating

Something Understood 4:24 Bob Holroyd
Sajanna 5:06 Badmarsh & Shri
Marisi 6:33 Cantoma
Air Batucada 4:40 Thievery Corporation
Victory Dance 3:49 Mystic Rhythms Band
Amma 6:26 James Asher & Sivamani
Butterfly Heart 5:11 Chris Coco
Speck of Gold 5:37 Afterlife
Sunsethighway 4:00 Kiln
Prayer for Protection 6:25 Xumantra

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 9am ~ with Kate

Relax by Deep-Dive-Corp.
Groove Is In The Heart by Barclay&Cream
In Love Again by Meital De Razon and Asi Tal
My People by Nadia Kazmi
Moonpie by Johnny Lectro
Welcome to the Journey by Cybertribe
Xiao Tshao Khoi San by Bob Holroyd
To The Skies by Kaskade (featuring Polina)
Space Boogie by Deep Dive (featuring Dennis Le Gree)
Ain’t No Sunshine (Rishis Short Mix) by Al Jarreau
Planetary Nebula by Sven Weisemann
Beautiful World (Instrumental) by MRJ

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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It’s been a big week of movement, music and magic for sure. Thanks to all who braved the weather during the week, to those who joined us for Helen Terry’s special class, and those who came to play with Mary Linn and me and Miracle.

Below is the music from the week ~ thanks to Helen for sharing her playlist!

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

Dance on. Shine on.

Susan sig

Monday, Feb 23, 2015, 1045am ~ No Words

Plazza [Base Mix] 4:02 Dust
A New Day 4:03 Laya Project
Biene Maya 4:06 Daniel Levez
Resolution (Rewound By Thievery Corporation) 4:02 Thievery Corporation
Look Up 5:56 Zero 7
Release It [Instrumental] 6:27 Afro Celt Sound System
Shisha 5:20 Naked Rhythm
Once Again (Live) 6:04 Hang Massive
Curried Ripples 5:03 Ganga Girl
Outro 6:24 Hang Massive
Wishful Thinking 5:32 The Album Leaf
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015, 9am ~ No Words

Plazza [Base Mix] 4:02 Dust
A New Day 4:03 Laya Project
Biene Maya 4:06 Daniel Levez
Resolution (Rewound By Thievery Corporation) 4:02 Thievery Corporation
Look Up 5:56 Zero 7
Release It [Instrumental] 6:27 Afro Celt Sound System
Shisha 5:20 Naked Rhythm
Once Again (Live) 6:04 Hang Massive
Curried Ripples 5:03 Ganga Girl
Outro 6:24 Hang Massive
Wishful Thinking 5:32 The Album Leaf
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015, 1055am ~ No Words

Plazza [Base Mix] 4:02 Dust
A New Day 4:03 Laya Project
Biene Maya 4:06 Daniel Levez
Resolution (Rewound By Thievery Corporation) 4:02 Thievery Corporation
Look Up 5:56 Zero 7
Release It [Instrumental] 6:27 Afro Celt Sound System
Shisha 5:20 Naked Rhythm
Once Again (Live) 6:04 Hang Massive
Curried Ripples 5:03 Ganga Girl
Outro 6:24 Hang Massive
Wishful Thinking 5:32 The Album Leaf

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015, 9am ~ No Words

Plazza [Base Mix] 4:02 Dust
A New Day 4:03 Laya Project
Biene Maya 4:06 Daniel Levez
Resolution (Rewound By Thievery Corporation) 4:02 Thievery Corporation
Look Up 5:56 Zero 7
Release It [Instrumental] 6:27 Afro Celt Sound System
Shisha 5:20 Naked Rhythm
Once Again (Live) 6:04 Hang Massive
Curried Ripples 5:03 Ganga Girl
Outro 6:24 Hang Massive
Wishful Thinking 5:32 The Album Leaf
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

Friday, February 27, 2015, 545pm ~ Special Nia Class: Rising with Helen Terry

Lift The Wings 2:04 Bill Whelan
Feeling Good 3:57 Michael Bublé I
Rise 7:37 Herb Alpert
Rise 4:21 Samantha
Womans World – Tribute to Cher 3:44 Heart Music
Rise Above [Remix] 6:17 Afro Celt Sound System
Rise Up 5:58 Karsh Kale
You raise me up 4:51 Josh Groban
Raise It Up 2:28 The IMPACT Repertory Theatre
Long Time Sun 4:00 Anatam Kaur
Holy Morn 2:25 Tina Malia

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9am and 1235pm ~ Miracle with Susan and Mary Linn

Miracle 7:30 Olive
This Time 4:44 Olive
Why 5:00 Enigma
Shadow in Silence 4:22 Enigma
The Child in Us 5:06 Enigma
Dancing is Important 5:37 Moodswings
Blind Television 5:23 Jammin’ Unit
Splendid 6:07 Marschmellos
Thank You 6:26 Sinead O’Connor
Bless This 7:21 Deseo Remixes (original by Jon Anderson)

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! 

zen circle 2
I love crafted words. Written or spoken or sung or poemed. In all forms they ignite my imagination and connect me to the writer and other curious, confused humans.

And yet. Words automatically narrow and confine. By its very nature, a description draws a border, however beautiful, around the described.

It can take courage to feel without words. My mind wants to tell a story, explain, define. But my spirit needs time hanging suspended, hovering in wordlessness. Whether wonder or love or grief or surprise or quiet, it nourishes an ancient place in me to spend time with no words.

zen circle 4It drives me crazy when a writer says something is “indescribable.” (This peeve is second only to any use whatsoever of the word “utilize.”) I guess it would be one thing for a plumber or an astrophysicist to say they can’t describe something … but a writer? A writer’s job is to describe things.

Utilizing the word “indescribable” is indescribably lame.

Lover that I am of words and writing, I deeply appreciate an articulate and artful description of an experience or a feeling or a flower. It can take my breath away to read something and feel a recognition of the familiar or an illumination of the unknown. I love the human connection of words that give me a feeling of YES, that is what that feels like or YES, I see that now.

And yet.

And yet, I do understand that the moment I choose one word over another, I have automatically narrowed whatever it is that I am describing. As soon as I put words to anything, it becomes a little more confined, a little more limited.

We’ve all had experiences that have left us speechless: from awe to surprise to shock to love to grief. There is an expansiveness in those experiences, a sense of suspension. In those times, there really are no words.  And those times have a distinct sensation.

It feels essential to be willing to spend time in those expansive, wordless moments. To really look at something beautiful, to hold someone you love, to lose someone you love and to hang suspended in that wordless place.  My mind will want to rush in and tell a story or distract me, but sometimes, I do my best to hold my focus on the wordless sensation.

In a day when news is instant and screens run with layers of ticker tape information, it feels nourishing to choose to feel without description. Breathing in and allowing my mind to float without words restores me.  As the cacophony quiets, spending time without words can lead to insight.

I sometimes choose to go without words not because something is “indescribable” but because to describe it changes it and makes it smaller. Going without words can clarify. Going without words can distill a sensation or experience to an essential understanding that may have been lost in a torrent of talking.

At some point, communicating and describing is important for connection.

Before then, it’s worthwhile to hang in the space of no words.

flength strexibility lionOne of the biggest criticisms of hot yoga practices is that in the heat, bodies over-stretch and lose joint stability. I think if hot yoga is practiced with Flength, drawing energy in as much as sending it out, balance will be maintained even in a hot environment.

Sometimes people say I’m strong but I don’t have the flexibility to do Nia or Yoga. I think it’s a matter of cultivating a state of Strexibility, allowing energy to move out as well as in, to optimize comfort, ease and health in the body.

That’s what we went with this week: Flength and Strexibility and below please find all the playlists.

But first…

Announce-y type things:

Join me for Sharon Salzberg’s 28-Day Meditation Challenge! It’s not too late to join meditation teacher and author, Sharon Salzberg for her yearly 28-Day Meditation challenge. I blogging every day about the experience on her site and you can follow me and the other meditator-writers here.

No Words launch at Buck Mountain Episcopal Church in Earlysville. I’m excited to be debuting my No Words routine on Friday, February 13 at 6pm at the Buck Mountain Parish Hall at 4133 Earlysville Road. Music and movement are human expressions beyond language. This routine combines all-instrumental music with wordless teaching to offer a meditative, energizing, and personal experience. Hosted by the Buck Mountain Health and Wellness Ministry, the class is free and open to everyone with the request for donations toward the committee’s work in the community.

– The most extraordinary thing is happening. Wednesday, February 18 would have been Chloe Rose Leong’s 7th birthday. After Chloe was killed in a car accident on December 22, 2014, her mother and our friend and Nia Teacher, Mary Linn’s fondest wish is to have Chloe’s life remembered by letting go of the to-do list and appreciating how precious our time is together. In that spirit, Mary Linn invites us all to celebrate Chloe’s birthday as Brownies for Breakfast Day ~ do brownies for breakfast, or find your own ways to slow down, spend time with, and truly be in gratitude for your family, friends, and especially any children in your life. As of this writing, over 17,000 people around the world are participating in this event. I’ll teach a special play-full, drum-full class that day, Wednesday, February 18, 1055am-12noon at acac Albemarle Square. How will you celebrate Brownies for Breakfast Day?

Jeanne Catherine hosts a Magic Nia event at Divine Play on February 21! Find all the details here.

Helen Terry returns to Charlottesville for a special Nia class on Friday, February 27 at 545pm at acac downtown! It’s a chance to dance with a gifted and experienced trainer to her routine “Rising.” Space is limited to early registration is strongly recommended. You can get details here. $20/members and $25/non-members. Please register with acac downtown member services ~ 434.984.3800

Mary Linn has been grateful for the simple meals the community has offered on the nights when she is teaching. We’ve added some dates, so please consider giving her some nourishment by going here.

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

Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sigMonday, Feb 9, 2015, 1045am ~ Flength & Strexibility

The Rising 4:47 Bruce Springsteen
A Different Space 8:43 Bob Holroyd
Resolution (Rewound By Thievery Corporation) 4:02 Thievery Corporation
Succumb to Me 5:15 Terence Trent D’Arby
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
Mafich Aravi 8:03 Banco de Gaia
Freek 7:16 Shakatura
Diavolo In Me (Devil In Me) 4:05 Zucchero & Solomon Burke
You’re the Ocean 3:49 Teitur
Long Bone 5:16 Sofa Surfers
Give Me Strength 4:03 Sally Taylor

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015, 9am ~ Flength & Strexibility

Streetcorner Symphony 4:09 Rob Thomas
Journeyman – AO 6:41 Bob Holroyd
When Doves Cry 4:04 The Be Good Tanyas
Short Skirt / Long Jacket 3:28 Cake
Drumming Up a Storm 5:59 Bob Holroyd
What I Be 4:45 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Start Wearing Purple 3:43 Gogol Bordello
Best Day of My Life 3:14 American Authors
Proud 4:30 Heather Small
Born At The Right Time 3:48 Paul Simon
Floater 4:51 Waldeck
A Day In The Life, Across The Universe 5:28 The John Lennon Song Project

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015, 1055am ~ Flength & Strexibility

Song for Olabi 6:07 Bliss
Fast Love 5:27 George Michael
Palais Mascotte 5:47 Patrick Duvoisin
Spinning the Wheel 6:24 George Michael
Dance Floor (Nu Brazilia Remix) 5:28 The Tao Of Groove
Up In Indiana 4:36 Lyle Lovett
Rhythm Is? (Marques Wyatt Mix) 5:49 Afro-Mystik
Waiting On The World To Change 3:21 John Mayer
Porcelain 3:55 Moby
Yu 9:59 Ishq

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015, 9am ~ Flength & Strexibility

Sacred Light 4:56 Bob Holroyd
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
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
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Played A Live 6:46 Safri Duo
Sunsethighway 4:00 Kiln
Give Me Strength 4:03 Sally Taylor
Lydia 5:58 Tim Story

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!

And if you’re a belt, Helen Terry is coming to the Charlottesville area for a Blue Belt training in February! An exciting opportunity to deepen your practice!

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