Interesting to me that 8 days have passed since my last blog post. Time is a-movin’ and there’s no time like the present moment…so here I am.
What is your reason for exercise? If it is guilt or shame, I’m offering an invitation to come out of that pattern of thought and/or feeling. If your reason for exercise does not contain the essence of joy, then I would suggest that it’s a deep and dark hole that has been dug (by no one other than yourself I might add quickly, lest blame be cast outside of one’s self).
I’ve experienced the ecstatic dance of Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms; I’ve attended the initial training of Eurythmy. Eurythmy is the movement form created by Rudolf Steiner, cultural philosopher who was way ahead of his time. Waldorf Schools and Biodynamic Farming are all aspects of Rudolf Steiner’s genius, as is Eurythmy.
I retired from the corporate world in 1998 and moved to a spiritual retreat center housed within 320 acres of an organic farm in Indiana. My dear friend and spiritual mentor lived there. Long story short, nine months after moving to Indiana (a birth cycle, eh?) I found myself moving to Wisconsin to marry my long time friend and newly discovered soul mate. My love of dance survived it all…I was of course, dancing through life! My soon-to-be husband knew of my love for dance. His sister, who lives in Texas, invited us to visit in the fall of 1999. She had been telling me about this exercise called “Nia”; she thought I would really love it. Understatement of my lifetime. She took us to the healthclub where we took off our shoes (really, an exercise done barefoot? Who knew?) and I found myself in a large room filled to capacity with excitement and anticipation. Fifty plus women (and my soul mate…perhaps another man or two as well) eagerly awaiting…the music started. Ahhhh, Kenny Loggins. Really? We’re going to exercise to the music of Kenny Loggins?
I tasted this thing called “Nia”. At that time Nia was an acronym for Neuromuscular Integrative Action (or as I remember someone telling me later in my Nia career, “No Inhibitions Allowed). Yes yes yes!!! This was for me. At the end of the class during the cool down we moved on the floor to Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love”. Wow. Powerful. I could sense the energy and passion from the dancers in the room. Or was it my energy and passion I sensed? Probably a bit of both. I was hooked. Oh, but I’m in Texas…is there anyone in Wisconsin teaching Nia?
Those of you who live in Wisconsin can have a major chuckle. Who knew that besides Texas, Wisconsin had the greatest number of Nia teachers? Well, maybe California, New York and Colorado were up there in numbers, too. But really, Wisconsin? HA. It took me another year and a half before my own Nia mentor kicked me in the butt one day by saying “You should really take the White Belt Intensive; Debbie and Carlos Rosas (the founders of Nia) are coming to Milwaukee.” Before I could muster up any resistance, I found myself saying “ok”. And, “the rest is history” as they say. I’ve now been teaching Nia for 12 years. I’m proud of my White, Blue, Brown and Black Belt experiences. I’ve never stuck with ANYTHING this long — including my marriage. Nia is “Now I Am.” I love that…those words contains spirit, confidence, bold and creative beingness.
If you haven’t sought out a Nia class yet, I would strong encourage you to do so. It may not be a household word (yet) like Zumba, but Nia has been around for 30 years now. There is a science, a craft and an art to Nia. There is a purpose and design to every move in Nia. Ahhhh, objectivity. And within the purpose and design, there is also the invitation to move “your body’s way”. Ahhhh, subjectivity!! I love it. Objective/Subjective. Yin/Yang. Sun/Moon. Day/Night. Batman/Catwoman.
You can check out http://www.nianow.com for classes near you. My classes are listed to the right of this blog post…an open invitation to experience body awareness, movement and dance as you’ve never before experienced it. There are 4 classes that I teach and 1 class taught by Kathy Rink, another fabulous Nia teacher and good friend. Five opportunities per week for you to get your groove on — your body’s way. It’s sublime. It’s creative. It’s expressive. Nia invites change. Nia creates the opening for you to fill your life with joy…not just for an hour in class, but in all aspects of your living. YES. Now I Am dancing through life. The essence of joy runs through everything I do. There is form and freedom. There is structure and improvisation. You choose. No guilt. No shame. Pure joy. Love your Body. Love Your Live. Right here. Right now. There is nothing like the present moment!