Nia Testimonial: Catherine Ehret, Nia Teacher
Downers Grove, Illinois, United States
I began ballet at age three and I've never stopped dancing! I began teaching movement when I was 13 in a gymnastics camp. I've lived several lives, and have re-invented myself so many times. I am a Southern woman. I am a mother. I am a teacher. I have been a wife. I have been a secretary, sales woman, animal nurse, fitness coordinator, wellness center manager, and school volunteer. I am fighter and a survivor. I am and always will be a dancer.
Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?
Nia brings peace and quiet strength to my body, mind, spirit and emotions. Nia is my "happy place." Nia keeps me gentle when the world is not. Nia has invited me to be more than I believed I might be, answered some life questions, and told me to pull up my big girl panties and step into my Sacred Livelihood NOW.
Where and with whom do you take Nia classes and/or trainings?
Most of the classes I take are my own, but I also dance with Kim LeClair, Barbara Allen, Myrna Weinman and my DVDs. I took my White Belt with Denise Medved, Blue Belt with Carlos AyaRosas, Green Belt with Carlos, Ken Gilbert and Britta Von Tagen, Brown Belt with Debbie Rosas and Carlos and FAB with Carlos, Debbie, Kevin VerEecke, Caroline Kohles and Britta. I also re-took my White Belt with Debbie, Ken, Stephaney Robinson and Roberta Mohler.
What is one thing most people don't know about Nia?
Nia is more than 25 years old.
What tip can you give someone who is considering trying Nia for the first time?
Relax. Breath and let your body tell you how fast, how slow, how high, how low, how soft, how hard. Nia was designed to invite your body to move with ease and comfort. You will get strong, mobile, agile, flexible and more stable. Stay with it and you will love the way your body will love Nia.
What is the meaning of Life?
To love and be loved.