Cathy R. Keith
Cathy R. Keith
For as long as I can remember the one thing that brought me heartfelt joy was moving my body to music. Whether that was on a dance floor, in the aisle of a grocery store, or on a walk ... whether it was Mowtown, disco, R&B, or country ... moving my body made me feel alive. And as much as I cherished this sensation, I never believed that it was possible to experience it every moment of every day.
That was until 2011 when I began a journey of significant life-changing events. Physically and emotionally hurt, mentally and spiritually exhausted, I eventually moved to Boulder, Colorado where the Flatiron Mountains beckoned me to rest and recover from all of the upheaval and change.
On January 23, 2013 I stepped into my first Nia class and experienced something that had been missing for a very long time ... the Joy of Movement!!! I could barely contain my excitement as I queried the instructor about the practice. One thing led to another and less than 3 months later I had my White Belt. I was also working at a beautiful movement studio, surrounded by a fabulous nurturing community of Nia friends and guest instructors, and moving to a routine nearly every day.
I'd like to say that my life was now hunky-dory and groovy ... but it was not. Like many women I had disconnected from my body at a very early age. All I could see were imperfections and all I could sense was shame. And although I loved how I felt when I danced, it was safer and easier to remain disconnected from my body and to live in my head. I could talk the Nia talk, but I (literally) wasn't walking the Nia walk. And the more I tried to hide this secret, the more I felt like a fraud.
Everything came full circle a year later during the last day of my Blue Belt training. I experienced a complete meltdown as I realized how much I would miss if I did not listen to, move with, and be in a wholehearted loving relationship with my body. I discovered that I truly could live in joy every moment of every day. But to do so I had to fully embody the practice (body, mind, emotion and spirit) and walk each day, one step at a time, as the Sacred Athlete that I yearned to be. It was a pivitol moment in my life and one I will cherish forever.
Nia has blessed me in so many ways and I look forward to sharing the Joy of Movement and creating magic with others. Come join me as we explore the power of this powerful somatic practice called Nia.