Presented to Mario Reinthaler 
Nia Black Belt Teacher

The close of 2010 marks the third year Nia has presented the "Nia Teacher of the Year Award." In 2008, we presented this to Trainer Ann Christiansen, for her dedication to the depth of the work and her astounding perseverance in building the Nia business in and across Europe. Our second award in 2009 went to New York Nia student Joanne Edgar, who, while not a professional teacher, was chosen because she teaches us all through her choices and actions—by modeling what it means to live as a sacred athlete. (She ran her first marathon at age 62!)

This year, our award recipient was inspired by his deep and powerful commitment to be the best he can, navigating the Nia path with elegance and grace. Thus, it is our joy to announce the Nia Teacher of the Year for 2010 (drumroll please...)—Nia Black Belt Mario Reinthaler, from Vienna, Austria.

Mario took his White Belt Intensive Training in Hamburg, Germany, with Trainer Ann Christiansen in June of 2005. He has since been a leader in his widespread European community, which extends through all of Austria, Germany, Switzerland and beyond. Mario's commitment to sharing Nia led him to volunteer for a series of (desperately needed) translations of Nia educational material. Thank you, thank you, Mario—on behalf of Nia and all those in Europe who will benefit from your contribution for years to come!

Debbie and I recently received a personal letter from Mario, in which he shared some of the many transformations he has experienced in his life since adopting Nia as a lifestyle and professional practice. Needless to say: his letter left a powerful impact on our hearts. His Trainer Ann Christiansen wrote:

Mario is a tremendous support for the entire Nia community. He actively supports the German-speaking Nia community in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, translating educational material such as the booklets for all Nia routines, Nia manuals and more. He sets a great example of teaching Nia for all age groups, including seniors, and bringing Nia into remote areas of Austria. His teaching style is so charismatic, his students call him 'Herr Mario'—Mister Mario. Congratulations Mario! I am very blessed to have your support and friendship.   —Ann

All of us in the Nia faculty and family wish to publicly thank Mario for his dedication, passion and support—for his local communities and the Nia community at large. Congratulations Mario. From the bottom of our hearts: We thank you.

Love,
Jeff, Debbie and everyone at Nia HQ