Letting Go



I’ve written several times about letting go.  I’ve let go of behaviors and attitudes and old books and papers that I’ve had filed away for 10 years.  Recently I let go of one of my Nia classes.  If you’re a reader of my blog, then you know how passionate I am about sharing Nia, so this was not some airy-fairy decision; the decision was made fairly quickly, however, having checked in with my inner Goddess I knew it was the right thing to do.

When I first started teaching Nia, Tuesday night was my biggest class.  For the past year though, Tuesday night has dwindled in attendance…not for the fact that my students have forsaken Nia for some other form of exercise — there is truly none better than Nia — but simply due to the hectic lives that we all lead these days.  (As an aside, I cannot believe it is actually November already…where the heck did this year go?)  

So it with a titch of sadness that I let go of my Tuesday night class.  I was sensing a shift and this is what manifested.  I rolled with it and it feels right.  My last Tuesday class found several of my regular students in attendance to say farewell…it was bittersweet.  We all understood.  We all acknowledged a shift was necessary.  We all celebrated and gave thanks.

And now I get to see what falls into that open space…”sometimes things fall apart in order for other things to fall into place.”

So adios to Tuesday night Nia and welcome the dancing through life with the creative process!!!


Transformational Movement


Nia is transformational movement.  Was it my subconscious that led me to Nia?  Perhaps it was through the wisdom of the Universe that I found Nia.   I originally thought I was drawn to Nia because it is done barefoot … or maybe it was the music … or perhaps the invitation to express creatively while moving.  Whatever the case, I am infinitely grateful for the opportunity to teach Nia…to share the wonderous benefits (which go waaaaay beyond the physical realm) and to become part of a world-wide community of people who share the love of dance…who actually embody conscious transformation.

Marilyn Gordon, Director of Life Transformation Associates, says, “The divine art of conscious transformation can happen in the flash of a moment and can change the entire outlook of our lives. Even though we set ourselves free at one moment, doesn’t necessarily mean that we set ourselves free the next. We have to keep working on it, keep at it, keep on remembering the transformational work we came here for and keep on bringing the light to every aspect of ourselves.

It is for this reason that I found Nia.  To be a shaman, a healer, a catalyst for others to find their way in this crazy world; to invite others to “remember the transformational work we came here for” — and what better way to bring that invitation than through the expressive, creative art of dance and movement.

A Nia class is not just a cardiovascular fitness practice — although it is definitely that!!  Nia is a lifestyle practice as well.  One begins to feel good about themselves and begins to notice the little things in our lives that keep us from stepping fully into our greatness.  We have within us an inherent “greatness” gene.  It’s always there…sometimes it gets hidden or tossed to the back recesses of our beingness; nevertheless, it is there.  

In a Nia class — at least in MY Nia classes — there is an hour filled with love and laughter and moving the body in ways that perhaps it has never moved in before and in moving the body, the mind and heart awaken to a different voice…a unique and expressly personal voice that beckons the invitation to rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.  So many people in the world have a less than divine sensing of who they are, yet the divine self waits for the layers of self-denial, self-doubt and low self-esteen to fall away, revealing the beauty and grandeur of Being.  

This is my purpose…my sacred livelihood.  To engender change, to be a transformative force in my world…and thus in THE world.  Nia is my platform, my mode of transportation…transformation is an ever-moving destination — one that brings me much joy as I dance through life.  My Life As Art.  Won’t you join me in the fantastic journey?  The first stop along the way is “Love Your Body.”