Nia Testimonial: Dana Rittich, Nia Teacher

Nia Testimonial: Dana Rittich, Nia Teacher

MA Anthropology
Hamburg, Germany

About me:

I have a background in anthropology, bodywork, and traveling (I've lived and worked abroad all over).

Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?

Nia appeals to me because it combines many different elements. I can "do" Nia in front of a class, sitting in an airplane or walking across a crowded market in Vietnam – and it's great! My life has become so much richer and more diversified since I started Nia when I was only 20 years old. I do not ever want to be without it!

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

I take classes wherever I go, but most of the time I take from Ann Christiansen (who also taught my White Belt Training) or my lovely mom Andrea Rittich.

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

The great thing is that anything and everything to do with the body and the person has its place in Nia. The longer I practice, the more I become aware of this. The details of Nia expand like a gigantic spiderweb that constantly unfolds itself to me, even when I'm not consciously looking for it!

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

Try it out – and make up your own mind about what Nia stands for!

What was my eye opener for White Belt Principle #1, The Joy of Movement?

In 2005, I was kidnapped in Bolivia. I was sitting in a dark room, blindfolded, with my legs tied together, tape across my mouth, and handcuffs on – not knowing what would happen or if I would get out alive. I asked myself, "What can I do to feel better in this situation?" I became aware of my body and started to feel The Joy of Movement in my shoulders. My skin tickled and the sensation of Joy started to flush through my body. The situation was s***, but I could – and did – choose Joy. It kept me going and livened my spirit. Now I know that Joy is more than just an emotion. It goes much deeper. Wherever I am, whatever I do, I can choose Joy through the movement choices I make. It can be a source of constant high!