Listen More, Push Less
"Surrender but don’t give up.
Listen more, push less.
Accept and embrace rather than resist and reject.
Go for quality not quantity.
Go for refinement not achievement.
Less is really more.
It’s not how far you go. It’s how you go far." 

- Todd Norian

In my last newsletter I mentioned that my theme for September is Surrender. So I had to giggle when I opened my email this morning and found a lengthy e-newsletter titled "Surrender But Don't Give Up!" from one of my favorite yoga trainers, Todd Norian of Ashaya Yoga. Reading Todd's newsletter gave me some rich somatic concepts to work with: listen, push, accept, embrace, resist, reject, perform, refine, less is more, self-created boundaries, freedom, etc.

While much of Todd's article is about the resistance and limitations that come up with the aging process, it's ultimately all about surrender. The keywords he brought up reminded me of the movements we explored last night during session 1 of The Dance of the Dark Goddess: A Somatic Exploration of our Shadow. Dancing with the shadow can feel like a push-pull dance. We often want to push the shadow away but feel the pull of its desire to be expressed. The shadow doesn't give up desiring to be expressed and we don't give up the impulse to repress it. There's a delicate dance here of surrender and will. It takes effort to resist, repress and hold back. But what if we listen to what we resist and let it be our teacher? 

Tomorrow night, we go deeper into our shadow dance, allowing it to pull us safely into expression and release - into surrender. And then Friday evening, the class is extended for an additional half hour as we dance and befriend the shadow into greater lightness in the physical body. 

I love the invitation to accept what is, dance with limitation and embrace the expansive relief that comes when we open a clench hand.

There's still time to join us for A Tarot Mini-Retreat with the Hanged Man card: The Art of Letting Go. Registration is open until Friday morning (Sept 9) at 10:00am. Likewise, the two remaining Dance of the Dark Goddesses classes this week are open to drop-in's. 

Nia on Mondays and Thursdays in September - Important announcement!
  • No classes on Mondays, September 12 and 19, 2016. Classes will resume on Monday, September 26, 2016.
  • No classes on Thursdays, September 8 and 15, 2016. Classes will resume on Thursday, September 22, 2016.
Nia on Sundays proceed uninterrupted :). 
More upcoming classes and events:

The Dance of the Dark Goddess: A Somatic Exploration of our Shadow - Location: Embrace the Moon in Ballad.
Drop-in's welcome. 
Thursday, September 8, 2016 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm: Dancing with our unique shadow, $25
Friday, September 9, 2016 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm: Dancing our shadow into the light and healing ritual, $30

A Tarot Mini-Retreat with the Hanged Man card: The Art of Letting Go - Saturday, September 10, 2016, 11:00am - 5:00pm at a private residence in North Seattle (access from the 28 bus). 

Tarot Journaling with ArcanaDance - Saturday, September 24, 10:00am-1:30pm at a private residence in North Seattle.

Next ArcanaDance series in October!
The Dance of Death: A Somatic Exploration of Transitions - Sundays, October 16, 23 and 30, 2016 at 9:00am, Balance Studio in Fremont. Drop-in's are welcome! 

Save the Date for a road trip to Centralia, WA! 
Introduction to ArcanaDance workshop - The Dance of the High Priestess: A Somatic Exploration of Intuition, Friday, November 18, 2016, 6:00pm- 8:00pm.
Co-teaching Nia with Embody owner, Christina Wolf, Saturday, November 19, 2016, 9:00am - 10:00am

Huge thanks to Alexandra Sullivan for making this collaboration at Embody Movement Studio & Lifestyle Boutique in Centralia, WA possible!

See you on the dance floor <3
The Embodied Tarot
Class Schedule

Mondays: 6:00pm
(no classes 9/12 and 9/19) 
Thursdays: 6:00pm 
(no classes 9/8 and 9/15) 
Sundays: 10:30am 

Stretch and Fly
Yoga Dance 

Sat, October 1, 6:00pm
Sat, November 12, 6:00pm
at Embrace the Moon

Dance of Dark Goddess (Sept 8 and 9)
Next Sunday series begins October 16, 2016 
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