Nia Testimonial: Judy Cates, Nia Teacher
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
I was introduced to Nia about six years ago. I was in my early 50's, overweight, stiff, and full of pain. I also suffer from chronic migraine headaches, have had thyroid cancer, skin cancer, and some other stuff. I am a mother of one grown daughter, and a grandmother of one boy and one girl.
Once I became engrossed in Nia, things changed drastically in my body. My stiffness gradually went away to the point that I now only have a little reminder of the pain in my neck and shoulders – but even that is no longer constant. I regained my sense of balance, and I now feel balanced on both feet, and sometimes even on one foot. I dropped five sizes (FIVE!) while practicing Nia every day and eating a restricted diet. I now eat a better daily diet than I did before, and I feel much more satisfied. Practicing Nia every day gives me the energy I need to complete some of my more daunting tasks, as well as the joy I need to remind myself to express gratitude to my body, my life and all who help me enjoy it.
Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?
Nia is fun to practice, so I get the workout my body needs to stay healthy and also have fun. The Body's Way practice of Nia brings alignment to my body without my even realizing it. I just listen to the voices of my body (through Debbie and Carlos guidance) telling me where to place my feet, my weight, my core. Learning to move safely and creatively at the same time is exhilarating, and I love sharing this suff with my students.
Where and with whom do you take Nia classes and/or trainings?
What is one thing most people don't know about Nia?
I do not think most people realize the depth of healing that comes from a regular practice of Nia.
What tip can you give someone who is considering trying Nia for the first time?
Relax and do not worry about "doing it right." Look for the fun.
Do you think you would have continued exercising with your previous program?
I might have, but exercise has never been something I enjoyed until I found Nia. Honestly, I sometimes have trouble getting through the whole routine, but because I know there is always something different around the corner, I stay involved and active. With other forms of exercise, I get bored, my lungs hurt and I have a tendency to give up after a couple of years. I decided to teach Nia since it was so great for me, and I realized committing to teaching would give me the incentive I need to continue even when I think I don't want to (silly me).