Nia Testimonial: Beth Desotelle, Nia Teacher
White Belt Nia Teacher
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
I have a musical theatre and tele-communications degree from St. Catherine's University. Teaching fitness throughout my college career and beyond helped me pay for my education and degree. I am a working professional actor, singer, and dancer in the Twin Cities – and have complemented my arts career with a certification in Swedish Massage Therapy (at New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts in 1997) and three certification levels of Upledger CranioSacral Therapy. I love to dance, especially freedance and Nia. Both have brought freedom back to my dancing.
Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?
Because I love it and it calms my soul. It goes to a different level of true fitness and self-awareness that I have never experienced anywhere else. And I believe it will help me and nourish me as I age. What a beautiful thing to be able to dance into this ever-changing world!
Where and with whom do you take Nia classes and/or trainings?
I was first introduced to Nia at TimeOut Pilates Studio in Minneapolis. Jeanne Schmit, an amazing teacher/owner of TimeOut, was the one who encouraged me to be an accomplished, professional Nia instructor and continues to inspire me every time we dance. I am grateful for her guidance. I took my White Belt with Stephaney Robinson in South Carolina. She is a wonderful, delightful soul who truly believes in the spirit of Nia.
What is one thing most people don't know about Nia?
That it is NOT just another aerobics class! That it dances your body and your spirit in a way no other form of exercise does.
What tip can you give someone who is considering trying Nia for the first time?
Ask questions, have an open mind, and do it just for yourself.