Way Down Deep

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My latest accomplishment has been to receive my certification as a Chakradance™ Facilitator.  I cannot express fully enough in words how grateful I am to have had this movement practice for the soul come into my life.  It was quite synchronistic that I found it actually.  I had noticed it several times on my Facebook newsfeed.  I’ve been facilitating meditation classes for quite some time and on most occasions go through the chakras.  When I taught Yoga back along the way, chakras were very much a part of my teaching.  I’ve been teaching Nia for 15 years and movement of the 3 body weights in Nia (the pelvis, chest and head) activate and open the 7 chakras.

I’ve been wanting to expand the offerings at Sacred Space Studio so when I logged on to my email one morning back in April, there was a message from “Jenny” of Chakradance™ letting me know that this day was the last day to register for the Facilitator training at a reduced cost.  All sorts of thoughts when through my head about not having the time or not being sure if this was exactly what I was looking for, yadda yadda yadda.  You know the drill.  But my intuition was much more open and willing than my mind, so I went for it.  And W.O.W. am I ever delighted that I followed my intuition.

The feedback I’ve received from the several one hour and 15 minutes classes I’ve taught has been encouraging and enlightening.  I finished my first of seven Workshops this past Sunday — starting with the Base Chakra — and the feedback from this workshop confirmed even further that I had made the right choice.

Spontaneous dance, specific music, creative visualizations and imagery, along with the wonderful Mandala-creating exercise contained in the classes and the workshops invites the participants to go way down deep.  It’s transformational.  It’s healing.  It’s truly a movement practice for the soul.

It is my pleasure to be offering Nia classes, Reiki classes and therapy sessions, Chakradance™ classes and workshops, Tarot readings and meditation classes at Sacred Space Studio.  If you find yourself compelled toward any of these offerings, please feel free to contact me.  You can find my contact information on the “About” page.

Good Vibrations

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Three years ago I had an extensive tarot reading done about what was to emerge in 2015 for me. I had it rocking around in my being somewhere that I wanted to blend Nia (a cardiovascular dance and lifestyle practice) with tarot. The guidepost words that came out of that reading were: Dream, Create, Study, Learn, Inquire and Prepare. What better words does one need than those in order to manifest one’s dream? The tarot reading I had done also indicated that 2016 was actually when it would all take place. I am not a patient person. Waiting is not something I do comfortably or easily. When the tarot/Nia blend didn’t immediately happen for me in 2015, I turned my focus to other things — in other words I became distracted from my original intent.

So, to make a long story short…in 2016 I stepped in to my dream. I’ve been teaching Nia for 15 years — if you’re not familiar with Nia, check out http://www.nianow.com — my interest in tarot goes way back. In order to read tarot, one must dream, create, study, learn, inquire and prepare. and hat is exactly what I’ve been doing in 2016. I’ve successfully blended Nia and tarot. I bring a reading I’ve done ahead of time into my Tuesday Nia class. I bring enlarged color copies of each card used in the reading that I lay out on the floor in the tarot spread. We discuss the reading. Then we “dance the cards”. I put music to each of the initial 6 tarot cards. I end with a meditation of the chakras.

My dream has become a reality for me.

By the way, my dream also includes being a Black Belt Nia Practitioner, a Reiki Master Teacher, and my goal before the end of 2016 is to become a Certified Chakradance™ facilitator.

So good vibrations can be found at Sacred Space Studio!

Nia classes are on Saturdays and Mondays at 9:00 a.m., Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.; Tarot Tuesdays are on…Tuesdays; Kathy Rink, Certified White Belt Nia Practitioner has a Nia class on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.

I Am Still Here

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It’s been a bit of time since I’ve posted on my blog…early January was the last post, shortly after I was offered (by spirit) the guidepost words of Gratitude and Forgiveness for moving into 2015.  Along with those two guidepost words, I was also given (as an invitation from spirit):  Dream, Create, Study, Learn, Inquire and Prepare, Infinity and Dance.

My journey through this invitation from spirit has been nothing less than amazing.  My dream was to create something new and exciting in my studio for those who are looking to expand, to grow, to manifest their own dream(s).  Shortly after this invitation was offered to me, I received a Facebook invitation to an event — a Long Distance Learning (my favorite kind since I don’t like to travel) Kai Earth Immersion.  Kai, developed by Kelly Atkins (who I’ve known since 2001 but have never met in person), is a fitness practice based on the elements of nature (Water, Air, Earth, Fire and Wood) using the architecture of authentic movement, a deepening of a relationship with one’s body — for me it’s a conversation with my own divine nature while moving through an internal landscape of sensations and emotions.

As those of you who have been following my blog know, I’ve been teaching Nia for 14 years.  My passion for sharing and teaching Nia has not dwindled one iota by adding Kai into my class offerings.  In fact, Kai has allowed me to deepen my own relationship with Nia.  The two practices, Nia and Kai, are both cardiovascular in nature (depending on the energy one wishes to expend); however I can also say that the two are as different as night and day — neither better than the other — both offering a wealth of body/mind/emotion/spirit information through movement.

You can find out more about Nia by checking out http://www.nianow.com. You can find out more about Kai by checking out http://www.kaimoves.com.  AND you can actually experience both of these unique fitness practices by attending my classes.  Nia is taught at my studio on Saturday, Monday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m., Wednesdays at 6 p.m.  Kai is taught on the first two Tuesday evenings of every month at 6 p.m.  As more folks become aware of and interested in my Kai classes, I will expand those offerings.

I am still here…awash in the creative waters of inspiration and movement.  I am dreaming, I am creating, I am learning and studying, I am inquiring and preparing. An infinity of dance awaits…

Moving into 2015

Choose Love

“You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.”  — Maya Angelou

The guideposts for me moving into 2015 are:  GRATITUDE AND FORGIVENESS

Within those two words my creative process will unfold as DREAM, CREATE, STUDY, LEARN, INQUIRE, PREPARE.  I found it interesting that the first new Nia (www.nianow.com) routine I selected to teach in 2015 is called “Dream.”  I love synchronicity.  So, I’m literally “moving” into 2015 with the first word in my creative process — Dream!!

In order for me to bring forth anything new, I have to let go of the old.  I’ve tried stuffing the old into the new, hoping that perhaps a few bulges here and there could be overlooked.  But not so.  The old has to be let go…completely.  My way, the only way I have found to do this, is to forgive and to be grateful.

And as Maya Angelou’s quote suggests, it takes courage.  Courage enough to stand up and say “this far and no further.”  It’s done.  I forgive and now I must move on in gratitude.  The two go hand in hand, gratitude and forgiveness.  They are the mother and father of liberation.

I am free to dream, create, study, learn, inquire and prepare.  My creativity has no boundaries. I am unleashed.

Smaller Movements

I seem to waffle between posting on my blog a lot or posting very seldom. Anyone else have that issue? I have the intention to blog every day, I just don’t do it. I’m going to reinstate the intention here that I would like to blog more often.

About a week ago, I started writing “morning thoughts” (yes, writing…as in longhand, cursive). Except for the weekend (do weekends count?), I have been true to writing down my thoughts without caring about proper punctuation or spelling — just stream of consciousness writing which pretty much amounts to getting all the buzzkill crap out of my head and onto paper.

A friend of mine posted on Facebook this morning about not always having to “push through” (relating to the fitness myth of having to push through pain or resistance in order to achieve greatness) but instead to use smaller movements, to even rest while moving.

Those words struck me deeply. As a Nia practitioner, my goal in every class is to bring a variety of movements and energies — but mostly I love the big movements — whether Tae Kwon Do kicks and punches or (Isadora) Duncan’s playful, freestyle of dance movements.

I’ve noticed that my physical stamina is not what it used to be. At the age of 30, I was doing amateur weightlifting (ala Arnold) and going to the health club EVERY day using all the machines and taking aerobics classes. My body was buff. At the age of 40, I gave the health club, machines and aerobics classes up and began to search for other types of dance exercise. I found Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms and Rudolf Steiner’s Eurythmy, which ultimately led me to Nia.

At the age of 63 (closing in on 64 — will you still need me?), I am committing to making smaller movements, slowing down, quieting down. That does not mean my Nia classes won’t be kick ass spectacular, they will be. But there will be a difference and it will be magical.

A Creative Life

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Recently I read the following quote by George Bernard Shaw”

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

My response to reading that quote is wow. How many people in my world these days recognize and acknowledge they are being used for a mighty purpose or that they are being a force of nature?  They’re out, no doubt about it.  I’m in communication with many of them through Facebook and through comments on my blog, my friends, my family.

However as I look at the tragic state of the world, this Country even, I observe a great many more who, instead of recognizing their purpose or instead of being a force of nature, truly find themselves as “a feverish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself” to making them happy. That is their identity. Their physical ailments, their aches and pains, their emotional outbursts, their mental fatigue.  

Nothing human is going to fix them — or fix anything in the world.  Only Spirit and a true change in consciousness, a change in identity, will lift them out of their feverish clod of ailments state of dying (as opposed to a state of being). 

My remedy?  Dance, Move, Express Spirit, Create Change.  Be the Source, Not the Seeker.  It’s all here.  Now.  

Be responsible for your world.  I watched a 3 hour movie, “Cloud Atlas” last night.  Hard to follow the 6 lives through the past, present and future, but the basic premise was that our thoughts, our words and our actions create our world and how we live our lives has a far greater impact on the world — this world and future worlds — than we can ever imagine.

BE.  LIVE.  LOVE.  SPEAK WITH INTEGRITY.  DON’T TAKE THINGS PERSONALLY.  DON’T ASSUME ANYTHING.  DO YOUR BEST.

If you do those things, any physical ailment, heart break, mental anguish is annihilated in the presence of your greatness.  Do it.

I practice Nia and I have a Nia practice…I am a Nia Practitioner.  I invite you to DANCE, MOVE, EXPRESS SPIRIT, CREATE CHANGE. 

 

 

Dance, Move, Express, Spirit, Create, Change

Someone asked me a few months ago if there were 6 words I would use for my memoir (ala “The Six Word Memoir Project”). At the time I struggled with coming up with 6 words to leave as a memoir.

However, a shift occurred recently (coinciding with the New Year) allowing for six words to emerge as my mantra for 2014…actually it’s a mantra for my life. Those six words are:  DANCE, MOVE, EXPRESS, SPIRIT, CREATE, CHANGE. As a memoir it would look more like: “Dance, Move, Express Spirit, Create Change”. These six words represent the truth of who I am…and they speak volumes about how I live my life. They have become my way of life…my path…my journey. I shared (and continue to share) these words with my students in my Nia classes since the beginning of the year. They could feel my passion…

I have a Nia practice…which makes me a Nia practitioner. Practitioners offer to and share their experiences with others…experiences of healing, growth, relaxation, consciousness and so much more. I offer and share with my students my experiences of dancing, moving, expressing spirit and creating change. My birthday was last weekend. At a lovely birthday dinner, I was honored to receive so many wonderful gifts from my friends (many of whom are also my students).  One gift, a framed painting with the words “DANCE, MOVE, EXPRESS, SPIRIT, CREATE, CHANGE in gold lettering nestled amidst splashes of turquoise and purple (my favorite colors); and another, a beautiful card with DANCE, MOVE, EXPRESS, SPIRIT, CREATE, CHANGE in hand calligraphy. Both of these gifts are now hanging in my studio.

This is the life of a practitioner. I am so enjoying this journey.