By: Kathy deWet-Oleson
Published February 27, 2012
Kathy is a Black Belt certified Nia teacher and Nia 5 Stages teacher. She has an M.S. in Exercise Science, a B. A. in Psychology, and currently teaches a variety of group fitness classes, including Nia, at Moorpark College and the Ventura Nia Center.
My first week since the Nia 52 Moves Training has been full of sensational experiences. I cherish the way my Nia practice crosses over into multiple aspects of day-to-day life as well as into the sports and recreational activities I enjoy. I started the sport of standup paddleboarding in 2009 when I learned my father had cancer. It was a wake up call not to put off fulfilling my desires. I now paddle long distance races as...
By: Jeanne Catherine, Nia Trainer
Published February 14, 2012
Jeanne Catherine is a Nia teacher and trainer based in Charlottesville, Virginia. She earned her BA in Dance & Theater from Antioch College and began her personal journey with Nia in 2003.
From the time I was 11 years old until I was 21, I spent a lot of time in physical pain. I distrusted my body and hated myself. It was through Nia that I found respite from this way of viewing my body and was able to begin a new conversation with myself. Now, free of chronic pain, I find that I want my physical conditioning to be filled with love, support and the actualization of my full potential.
So when Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas, 5 trainers, 25 part...
By: Randee Fox
Published February 8, 2012
Randee Fox, pictured right, is a Nia trainer and equestrian educator located in Sammamish, Washington. She is currently creating Nia for Equestrians®. (Photo credit: Chris Sollart)
Dance has been an important element in my life for over 30 years. I dance for self-expression, artistry, release, wellness, joy, and to inspire others. I also dance to be a better equestrian. I practiced African dance before owning my first horse in 1991, after which I soon began to show horses.
On the morning before horse shows I’d dance in my living room to Miriam Makeba music with a strong focus on my center or “hara” and breath – releasing pre-show jitters and tightnes...
By: Karen Talboys
Published January 30, 2012
My name is Karen Talboys. I had gastric by-pass surgery at Lowell General Hospital in Lowell, MA on November 24, 2008. When I registered for surgery, I weighed in at 343 pounds.
As you can imagine, at 343 pounds, walking was a chore. I couldn't even walk from my car to my desk at work every morning without stopping to find a place to sit down to rest my back. I couldn't walk through an airport without resting at every gate I passed. Life was very difficult physically and my activity level was decreasing daily.
As I started to lose weight after the surgery, I looked around for some activity that I would like. I'd never been much for exercise, even as a kid, so what could I possibly find that I...
By: Holly Nastasi, Nia Trainer & Teacher
Published January 30, 2012
The year 2011 started with a tremendous rush of Nia excitement for me. The Next Generation Trainer (NGT) Program was being launched, and a great expansion of Nia was beginning. I was there, part of it, on many, many levels. This expansion also meant advancement for me, as I prepared to begin teaching Green Belt and Blue Belt Trainings. Alongside the next generation of Nia trainers, I was studying and preparing to step forward and up.
My studio in Santa Fe was also expanding. Classes were full, teachers were developing their craft, and relationships were being cultivated. It was, and still is, a rich Nia environment. I had a vision of...
By: Wendy Rappaport, Nia Teacher
Published January 10, 2012
This article is written by Wendy Rappaport, who is a Green Belt certified Nia teacher in Rhode Island. Deidre Sharp is owner of Horse Play, a non-profit horse rescue and sanctuary in Sunderstown, RI.
One morning one of my students brought a friend to class. After class she was so happy with her experience she just came out and said, “Would you do this with the horses?”
Well, I knew Deidre had something to do with horses and a farm where she took care of them, but that was the last comment I was expecting to hear that Monday morning. With no fear in my heart I immediately answered, “YES, how ‘bout this Saturday!”
By: Rachael R. Resch, MS PT, Nia Trainer
Published December 5, 2011
Rachael R. Resch, MS PT/LMT, is a certified Nia Black Belt instructor, Nia trainer and holistic physical therapist whose practice is devotion to the sacred body for healing, fitness, play and prayer.
As a physical therapist and a Nia movement educator, I’m passionate about both movement and healing. I’ve always believed Nia's philosophy, “through movement we find health.”
Having just competed the Nia Next Generation Trainer program, I’m thrilled to announce that all my White Belt Intensives now qualify for 50 hours of physical therapy (PT) continuing education in the state of Oregon!
The American Physical Therapy Association calls PTs &ldqu...
By: Julie Flygare
Published November 16, 2011
Julie earned her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from Boston College Law School. At age 24, she was diagnosed with narcolepsy with cataplexy during her second year of law school.This story first appeared on Julie Flygare's REM Runner website.
“One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum.”
- Sir Walter Scott
Out of Habit:
Like most mornings, I awoke a creature of habit. I had no intention of stepping out of my comfort zone on this day. Nor did I plan to t...
By: Teresa K. Myers
Published September 19, 2011
This post is written by Teresa K. Myers, who is a Brown Belt certified Nia teacher based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She discovered Nia six years ago after an exhaustive search for an exercise routine she could do following an extensive surgery to remove cancer. View her profile or visit her website.
At the beginning of September 2011, Nia Black Belt and NGT Sophie Marsh hosted a week-long Nia retreat at the Daku Resort in Savusavu, Vanua Levu (Fiji Islands) – a beautiful location made all the more magical by our daily Nia practice. We basked in the beauty of the space where we danced each day, nestled into the side...
By: Jule Aguirre
Published August 30, 2011
Jule Aguirre, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, is a Nia Next Generation Trainer and Nia 5 Stages practitioner who has been facilitating movement for body-mind integrators, urban athletes and adventurers in wellness for over 26 years. To learn more about Jule, visit www.juleinthelotus.com.
Let’s start with a metaphor from the movies. In the final scene of Zorba the Greek, the intellectual, uptight writer, Basil, asks the exuberant older man to teach him to dance – and thereby learns to embrace life.
Dance is one of the oldest art forms, and depends on the body to communicate feeling and emotion through movement. In anci...