Nia Testimonial: Bing, Nia Graduate

Nia Testimonial: Bing, Nia Graduate

Garrett Park, Maryland, United States

About me:

While growing up, I was the largest of my peers, clumsy, unable to read and unwilling to learn. My life involved getting into trouble and acting out. I found out that I wasn't dumb in the Navy, and had many different jobs that allowed me to have fun, drink and make money. I retired in 2005 and continued swimming (which I had been doing for 20 years). My shoulders hurt constantly. I saw doctors and therapists with not much relief. Then my masseuse told me about Nia in September of 2009. I started dancing and found much more comfort. Then when training for meet season, my shoulder got really bad. I had signed up for the Nia White Belt Training – and while doing that for a week and not swimming, I felt self healing begin to take place.

Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?

I practice for self-healing and self-learning. I hope to be able to know a routine well enough to teach it in the near future.

Where and with whom do you take Nia classes and/or trainings?

I take classes in Boulder, Colorado with Jill Factor, Jackie and Marty Diner, and occasionally some of our other fine teachers.

What is one thing most people don't know about Nia?

I get the feeling many people are into aerobics, and do not know or understand the 7 cycles in a class (these are important and to teach!). Too many new students come and never return because the class was "too hard." I was lucky to be taught by great Nia teachers like Jill, Jackie and Marty.

What tip can you give someone who is considering trying Nia for the first time?

Come and listen to your body needs. Most importantly, enjoy the music and follow your own lead.

Why did you wait until you were 69 to start Nia?

I do not question why. I had to live the life I've led in order to have Nia find me – and entice me into her fold. Tomorrow I will not be the person I am today.