Marybeth Grinnan

  • mbgrinnan@verizon.net
  • 804.814.9187

My Credentials

  • Nia Black Belt; University of Virginia 1990; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MS - Information Science 1995

Marybeth Grinnan

Nia Black Belt Teacher
Richmond, VA, United States

I attended my first Nia Class in Chapel Hill, NC in 1998.  I had joined a gym and was “working” out regularly to become more fit.  I didn’t enjoy anything I was doing, but I knew it was good for me.

A few months later, I noticed a new class coming to the gym.  From the very beginning, I knew there was something special about Nia.  The class was exhilarating and I actually had fun.  I was exercising, conditioning my body, and enjoying myself at the same time!  I could “dance like no-one’s watching” in a room full of people; there was absolutely no judgment or comparison.

I decided to become a Nia teacher so I could share the Joy of Movement with others. In 1999, I attended the White Belt Intensive with Denise Medved in Hendersonville NC.  I returned to Chapel Hill and started to share my passion for Nia.

In 2001, I travelled to Portland OR to complete the Blue Belt Intensive with Carlos and Debbie, the founders of Nia.  After years of practice and teaching, I received my Green Belt in 2009 from Stephaney Robinson Abilon.  In 2012, I returned to Studio Nia in Portland and completed the Brown Belt Intensive with Debbie and Ann Christiansen.  My next step on this journey was in 2013, once again with Debbie and Ann in Portland, where I earned my Black Belt.  We’ll see what the future holds for me now……

As I immerse myself in the Nia lifestyle practice, I continue learning through my body’s way.  I have become calmer, more content, stronger, and more centered.  The depth of Nia has kept my interest for the last 14 years and I am still learning with every class.  Through Nia, I have gained awareness of my body and the messages it sends me….especially when the messages are mere whispers. I love the music, the movements, and the magic that happen with each class.  During class, I step into sacred space and leave behind my hyperactive inner judge.  Nia invites me to engage my personal witness rather than a judge and for that I am truly grateful.

As a teacher, I LOVE watching my students grow and change as they practice and embody the Nia Principles.  I started offering retreats a few years ago and my dream is to lead international Nia retreats and trips.  I love sharing the revelation that fitness can be fun for people of all ages, sizes, and levels of fitness. Nia has transformed my life and I invite anyone and everyone to share the pleasure that Nia can offer.

I am incredibly grateful to the beautiful Nia community in Richmond VA.  We have an amazing group of women (and a few men) who are willing to open up and let go.

Check us out at https://www.facebook.com/RichmondNia

ROCK ON Richmond!

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My Locations

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ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center • Midlothian
11621 Robious Road, Midlothian, VA, US
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Chrysalis • The Gathering Space
3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, VA, US
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ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center • Short Pump
2201 Old Brick Road, Glen Allen, VA, US
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Blue Spirit Retreat Center
Blue Spirit Costa Rica Guiones sur, Playa Guiones Nosara, Guanacaste Costa Rica
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Sevenoaks Retreat Center
403 Pathwork Way, Madison, VA, US
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My Nia Classes

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Wednesday 8:30am - 9:30am ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center • Midlothian
11621 Robious Road, Midlothian, VA, US
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Friday 8:30am - 9:30am ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center • Midlothian
11621 Robious Road, Midlothian, VA, US
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Monday 8:15am - 9:15am ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center • Midlothian
11621 Robious Road, Midlothian, VA, US
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Monday 7:00pm - 8:15pm Chrysalis • The Gathering Space
3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, VA, US
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My Events

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Escape & Energize - Weekend Retreat for Women 10/10/2014 - 5:30pm Sevenoaks Retreat Center
403 Pathwork Way, Madison, VA, US
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Dive In! 01/10/2015 Blue Spirit Retreat Center
Blue Spirit Costa Rica Guiones sur, Playa Guiones Nosara, Guanacaste Costa Rica
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Dive In! 01/10/2015 Blue Spirit Retreat Center
Blue Spirit Costa Rica Guiones sur, Playa Guiones Nosara, Guanacaste Costa Rica
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