Nia Testimonial: Maggie Magdaleen Joubert, Nia Teacher

BA Degree, HDE
Kommetjie, South Africa

About me:

I attended my first Nia class about six years ago in a small dance studio on a farm outside of Kommetjie on the peninsula, after my Nia teacher announced that she was relocating to the UK. I didn't doubt for a second that I had to continue with Nia. I was working full-time then – at a Middle School in Fish Hoek as a school teacher – so I could only do the White Belt Training during the school holidays. I then started instructing one Nia class per week. The next year, I upped it to two classes per week. In 2006, I started a family and resigned from my school teaching. Now, even with two small children, I teach five Nia classes per week (still in the same beautiful little studio). I'm saving to do my Green Belt Training in Cape Town in February of next year. Nia gives meaning, joy, depth, and exhiliration to my life. To me, my Nia classes are vibrant, energetic, joyous, meaningful and profound – as I'm sure all Nia classes should be and are. The practice is more than I've ever really been able to formulate in words. Although it's sometimes quite hard juggling being a full-time mom of two young children, a housewife and a Nia teacher (and even though I sometimes wish I had more time to focus on Nia), I know that this, now and here, is all part of my journey. I'm in love with my life, with Nia, and with every class I go to. I can pour myself into my dance. And it keeps on giving back to me. I believe my Nia journey is synonomous with the journey of becoming a mother. It fills me, nurtures me, keeps me sane, healthy, fit, positive, rejuvenated, and energetic. It's all giving and receiving. Thank you Nia.

Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?

I simply cannot imagine my life without Nia. I have always loved music, singing, and dancing – so Nia makes sense in every way. It feeds my soul and spirit. It has changed my body and my relationship with my body. Nia has become a soulmate. I LOVE SHARING THE JOY OF NIA!

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

I trained with Kathy Wolstenholme in Cape Town in June 2005.

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

Nia is more than I can ever explain to you in words... or rather, it would take a very long time to really tell you what it's all about. Just try it ONCE, before making a judgement.

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

Dance like no one is watching. Turn off the inner voice that tells you that you can't do this. Taste the Joy.