Nia Testimonial: Alexandra Kunz, Nia Teacher
I've been dancing for as long as I can remember. My greatest wish at the age of 16 was to dance professionally. But life presented other career options; I worked as an export merchandiser while training almost every evening in modern and jazz dance until I got pregnant with my first baby at 23 years old. For about 10 years, I stayed home and often subbed as a dance class instructor. This was the first step towards drifting slowly into my deepest wish. At 30, I had all the certifcates to teach dance and fitness.
Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?
Nia is more than training; it is life at its purest. I love to dance Nia for myself, and to share the great gift of the practice with all my students.
Where and with whom do you take Nia classes and/or trainings?
I took my first Nia class with Myrta de Nia seven years ago. Myrta was the one who brought Nia to Switzerland ten years ago. In the 2003, I took the White Belt with Ann Christiansen. In 2005, I had to honor of meeting Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas in Hamburg for the the Blue Belt. They then showed me the dept of Nia with their Brown and Black Belt Trainings in Portland.
What is one thing most people don't know about Nia?
It is more than just an exercise; it is a lifestyle.
What tip can you give someone who is considering trying Nia for the first time?
Just jump in without thinking, judging or wondering, "Am I good enough?" Enjoy the moment!
How has Nia changed your life?
I have gained deeper awareness of my body as a professional teacher in class, as well in my daily life. My dream came true, and I teach twelve Nia classes per week. As of August 2010, I am the happy co-owner of a beautiful Nia studio – along with my Nia friend Esther Thürlimann.