Nia Testimonial: Jessica Edwards, Nia Graduate
Santa Barbara, California, United States
I grew up in the Ventura/Santa Barbara area. I have one son, Willi, who is a photographer on the North Shore of Oahu,Hawaii. I love the ocean and paddle boarding. I rescue and love animals. I have 3 dogs and 2 cats. I have worked in schools as a preschool teacher for 27 years, and I have a B.A. in Child Development. I hope to teach children and adolescents Nia.
Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?
To balance through movement.I balance mind-body-spirit and heal aches and pains every time I come out of a class. To grow through my journey of life. To be in "JOY."
Where and with whom do you take Nia classes and/or trainings?
White Belt with Ken Gilbert-Santa Barbara,CA, 2007
Blue Belt-Debbie, Winnelee and Carolyn in Hawaii at Still and Moving Center, March 2012
Teaching Children Nia- Britta at the Still and Moving center, July 2012
Ken at Yoga Soup,Santa Barbara
Gaby at the Montecito YMCA
When in Oahu visiting my son,Willi, at the Still and Moving Center
What is one thing most people don't know about Nia?
That it is very self-healing.
What tip can you give someone who is considering trying Nia for the first time?
Focus on the parts of the body you want to stimulate and intergrate Nia into the whole body. Stay out of your head, meaning, when you can't get the steps right, it will all come slowly when you stop the "thinking" mind. When I first started, I let the music sweep me off my feet. Sometimes I would get in trouble and be sore. Once I allowed my body to go inward and sense all the 13 joints, I relaxed more.