It’s that time of year again when I give thanks for all that has happened and cast the future of Nia into the next year. I love this part of the year. It’s a time when I go into the office, light a candle and put my fingers to the keys, sensing and feeling from my heart what I want to say.

2010 has been an extraordinary year for me and for Nia. Every day has been filled with opportunities to keep my heart open, to stay focused on my work and craft Nia as if crafting an elegant diamond. Some personal challenges ripped my heart apart this year—and therefore wide open to the possibilities of stepping into my greatness. I’ve been telling everyone, “Debbie is now getting to do what she tells Nia teachers to do: 'Sell yourself and share what Nia has done for you, for the most powerful tool you have for attracting people to your classes and trainings is your story and experience.” This is a very scary step for me, as I am really the one who likes to hide behind the scenes and send others out on stage. For years, Carlos played this role, and now with his retirement, well let’s just say: I’m coming out! So as a way to say goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011, I’d like to tell you my story about what Nia has done for me.

It’s January 2010, and for the first time since 1981 I find myself alone as the primary leader of Nia. My mind and emotions are rampant and I can think of nothing but “how did I get here—what happened?” I view 2010 as “the year of closure” for many reasons. I ended my relationship with Carlos as a business and creative partner. Because the closure was painful, it gave me the opportunity to reclaim my creative spirit and my love for community—for working with individuals and communities to share Nia in more fun and enjoyable ways. I found my groove and my laughter. As I began to do things the way I believed I needed to do them, the depth of Nia—her education, message and face—began to be expressed in the way I feel Nia. Hence, I created the new White Belt Intensive Learn book, the 13-chapter White Belt Embody and Share manual, lesson plans and resources to help teachers and people transform their bodies and lives. Yes, it was a lot of work, but the reward to my spirit has been immense. I got to fulfill my purpose: To inspire people to feel to heal. I got to share the voice of Nia and I got to learn about myself.

I discovered I can lead Nia. I can stand for myself and for Nia, because I am destined to lead her—and I am not alone. I discovered that Nia still wants me to listen and to share my wisdom through the gifts I must bring to bear. I've experienced a deep sadness and disappointment in the way a chapter of the Nia story ended, but I also found a new level of faith, commitment and love for all of you, for myself, and for the work I am truly blessed to do. I discovered how to remain graceful and loving, even in the face of pain, as on the other side of pain is great joy, and this is what I choose to focus on—this is what I choose to use to cultivate the next culture and generation of Nia people.

I discovered a new level of trust in myself, in my relationship with my partner and with my team; and I learned to listen more deeply to both myself and others in a more respectful and harmonious way. I found my voice—a new voice, stronger and wiser, clear and focused, void of the need to apologize for my power. I grew in the process of creating an 8-month "Next Generation Trainer" training course (NGT). Creating this program deepened my own self-knowing, along with my understanding of the depth, methodology and scientific value of Nia, in ways I never imagined. I awakened through NGT, discovering a new generation of talent lying within the Nia organization, waiting to be unleashed through the expansion of our training faculty. (Did you know? In 2011, we’ll be growing from 16 trainers to over 50, all of whom will share the White Belt Intensive around the world!)

I fell in love with, and in awe of, the current Nia trainers, through co-training with each of them in 2010 (something I've wanted to do for years), and I made the decision to unleash their greatness by not taking Carlos’ place as the lead trainer, but rather inviting these amazing people to become trainers of all belt levels—to step into their greatness. I was reminded of the very first meeting I had with Jeff ten years ago, when began working for Nia. Jeff said, “You need to have trainers for all belts, to carry this work on once you no longer can!”

I reconnected to the gift of routine collaboration, something I had not experienced for a very, very long time—and something I missed. I have never liked working alone and believe two heads are better than one. I created the first collaborative teacher-trainer Nia routines ever, Velvet and R1, sensing the future of Nia as we did so—of me working with other teachers and trainers to create routines, educational content and special application programs. And finally, I enjoyed the process of creating a routine on my own—Vibe—for the first time in many years. Even though I asked Helen to help me with the bars, I loved what I created and managed to reduce my self-criticism to a minimal.

Also this year, for the second year in a row, I presented Nia at the Inner IDEA conference, getting my feet wet and sensing what it means to say “I” and not “we,” a training process I am undergoing after being so accustomed to saying “we” for everything I do. 

And as a way to end 2010, my thanks goes out to each and every one of you who sent me and Jeff well wishes as we move forward…

To Carlos for the journey.

To the Nia Trainers who have helped create the foundation for a next generation of trainers, and who have been so caring and supportive to me in scary times…

…to Karri Winn, for becoming my muse and for endlessly telling me, “Debbie, you can.”…

…to Jessica, my daughter and assistant, for supporting me in ways that remind me of the gift she is in my life—an amazing support and guide, personally and professionally…

…for Aydika and her life-force energy spent editing and re-working this year’s White Belt educational material and Nia newsletters…

…to Laurie Bass and Carol Gonzales, who transcribe, edit, write and format the Nia 5 Stages materials…

…for Andy, who continues to make Nia available in such amazing ways through the website…

…for Patrick, who is the calm of the Nia waters, keeping us on track to deliver on our promises…

…for Philip, who packages and ships Nia orders and materials, making sure you get what you want and doing it in such a caring way…

…to Yamuna for the support she gives Jeff and for all her work in the development of NiaWear…

…for Marlene and the abundance of joy she shares through her voice and personality as she helps people all over the world over the phone…

…for Allison Wright, who rocks our world with clarity as she helps develop Nia’s new pre-training and training materials, and whose strength and impeccability provides such excellent guidance to teachers and people who require assistance…

…to Julia, whose love and passion ooze abundantly as she helps all of the Nia trainers to do what they do—including me…

…to Alex, for assisting with all of HQ’s shipping, NiaWear, and at the StudioNia desk in such an elegant way…

…to Miranda, for organizing and managing Nia’s music royalties, video and audio shoots; and for assisting Jeff so elegantly and with such tenderness…

…to Kristen, for managing the thousands upon thousands of Nia photos, making it possible for us to locate images of hands, feet and people of all kinds…

…to Colin, for his humor, for the endless stream of Christmas music (all year long), and for his creative talent in video editing, shooting and just about everything imaginable regarding technology…

…to Jessica W., who—at the HQ front desk, over the phone, and on camera modeling NiaWear as the most rock’n best model you can imagine—blows my mind with her enthusiasm and positive spirit, no matter what’s going on in her life…

…to Siere, who regardless of what comes, takes it all in and uses it to grow—to transform herself and StudioNia into a magical space for dance and movement…

…to Shawna X., for expressing the vision of Nia so beautifully through her artwork and graphics, sharing Nia as an art with the world…

…to Shawna H., who brings grace to the language of Nia, giving Nia an intelligent voice in the press and in the world that can be received by all people…

…to Maria Skinner, for being our amazing Nia Forum moderator, helping assure all of your thoughts and questions are heard...

…and finally to Jeff, my partner and visionary, who has always seen the greatness of Nia—and my greatness. Thank you!

To everyone in the Nia community: May you find love and joy deep within your heart; and may you feel the love, gratitude and appreciation I have for you this year.

Love,
Debbie Rosas,
Nia Co-Creator
December 2010


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