So this will be a new series on Slow but Steady…blogging about Nia.
Nia is a completely unique mind-body-spirit fitness practice. It avoids high-impact injury-resulting aerobics, it does not subscribe to the ‘no pain no gain’ ethic of workouts, it does not make you feel bad about your body or how you do Nia. What it does do: make you feel great, allow you to find joy and health through movement, give you one hell of a workout while you have more fun than you ever have had working out. I found Nia several years ago in Charlottesville, VA at Studio 206. Since then, I’ve also taken classes here in St Paul. While still in graduate school I thought about what it would be like to teach Nia. But I wasn’t quite ready to let go of academia and my dream of being a professor. Once I did make that decision, I knew that teaching Nia would be in my future.
This last week I went to StudioNia in Portland, Oregon. This is where the co-creaters of Nia, Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas, hold intensives- week-long trainings for teachers. I attended a white belt intensive, which is what you need in order to teach Nia.
The white belt focuses on the body (Nia incorporates body, mind, emotion, and spirit bodies) and all the things we learned started and came back to the body- and the sensation you feel in your body. For example, how joy is found in your body through moving. It was pretty cool and very intense (after all, it was an intensive!).
So now that I have my white belt, I need to start what Nia calls “continuing education” – listening, learning, and sharing a routine. The first routine I am going to start listening and learning is DreamWalker, which was choreographed by Carlos. I have already started listening to the music and tomorrow I will take my first ‘class’ (i.e., watching the DVD and moving along) of DreamWalker, although I have done the routine a couple of times with one of my Nia instructors, Brian. Wish me luck!