Nia Testimonial: Lynett Putterman, Nia Teacher
M.A., English Literature
Chicago, Illinois, United States
I spent eight years teaching high school English, during which time I also worked as a bartender three nights a week and as a belly dance teacher once a week. Then I spent 21 years teaching English at Roosevelt University, where I created the first Men's Studies course. Since 2001, I have been teaching Nia and working towards attaining my black belt. I now teach in a high-rise in downtown Chicago, at the East Bank Club, and at Gilda's Club for people living with cancer. I also teach at the Duneland Health Club in Chesterton on Saturdays with my husband, Allen.
Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?
For the joy that it gives me and my students; for the increased power and assertiveness I've gained; for stability and increased softness; for the appreciation of beauty everywhere around me – in music, nature, buildings, people, in the terrible things as well as the sweet things; for the healing it has brought to my back, shoulder, and heart.
Where and with whom do you take Nia classes and/or trainings?
Whenever I travel, I take Nia classes. At East Bank, I take class with Myrna Weinman.
What is one thing most people don't know about Nia?
That you do not have to be a "good dancer."
What tip can you give someone who is considering trying Nia for the first time?
Just "be" with the music and with your body; continue seeking pleasure.
What distinguishes Nia from other workout forms?
Nia is a practice of the mind, body, emotions, and spirit. There is more to fitness than just conditioning the body.