Self-care and self-love are touchstones of the Nia practice that support us in taking steps to protect our health. The Nia Technique has a strong healing component, especially when we are in need. The body awareness and acceptance we gain through Nia, along with the Joy of Movement, encourages us to make healthy choices and be well. Around the world, women create a deep connection with their bodies on a regular basis as they step into their Nia classes.

Women managing breast cancer benefit hugely from Nia classes by reconnecting with their bodies in a meaningful and freeing way.

October, Breast Cancer Awareness month, brings an important reminder to women about self-care through screening and early detection. Take time this month to make a difference to yourself and schedule a screening.  Make a difference to someone else who may be recovering from breast cancer by following some of the simple suggestions below: 

Start by getting informed. 
They are many existing organizations with great support and community outreach online.  Get educated and take better care of yourself!
http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-monthhttp://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-risk-factors

Visit Local Organizations
Breast Friends affiliates can be found in Florida, Oregon and Pennsylvania.  Start an affiliate office of your own. 
http://www.breastfriends.org/ways-to-give/
http://www.breastfriends.org/affiliates/starting-an-affiliate/

Make a $5 donation
Use your mobile phone to make a donation to the American Cancer Society by texting HOPE to 20222:
http://www.cancer.org/involved/morewaystogive/fight-cancer-with-your-mobile-phone

Shop for Gifts
You can buy gifts that directly benefit the Breast Cancer Organization.
http://www.breastcancer.org/community/gift-shop

Get a Low Cost Screening
Schedule an exam today!
http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/dcpc_Programs/default.aspx?NPID=1

Want to do more? 
Set up your own fundraising event in the office or amongst friends.  Bake sales or ticketed events to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.  With easy use apps on their site, you can pull it off like a pro:
http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-fundraising

Download an app
Schedule your early detection plan:
http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/nbcf-programs/breast-cancer-edp

Advocate on Facebook
“Like” and “Share” the National Breast Cancer Foundation Page.  Learn about upcoming events and fundraising opportunities:
http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-volunteer

Go Pink
Put a badge on your blog, facebook page or website to create awareness. 
http://pinkforoctober.org/go_pink.html

Take Care of a Loved One
If you have a friend or loved one recovering from breast cancer, reach out and ask how their treatment is going.  Deliver a home-cooked meal to them, or take them out for a manicure.  Show you care this month by doing something special for someone else, and for yourself as well.