Nia Testimonial: Marie Root, Nia Student

Nia Testimonial: Marie Root, Nia Student

Arva, Ontario, Canada

About me:

I am a retired office administrator, and have been taking Nia classes since 2004. I have always loved to dance, and when I saw a Nia class being offered at the Kiwanis Seniors Center in London Ontario, I decided to try it because it was different from anything I had ever done before and I was ready for a change. My first instructor was Juna Guenther and she set me on a path of self-discovery. I went from being uptight and afraid to a person of freedom, confidence and fluidity of movement. After four years with Juna, she decided to pursue something else and I thought my world had ended. I had lived for Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Luckily, Juna found an amazing replacement: Susan Meehan. Susan is one of those people who is so full of life and vitality that you find yourself transformed after dancing with her. I found myself smiling through all of her classes and when she had to leave us, after almost two years, I was once again wondering how anyone could replace her. I still go to some of her Nia workshops at the Wortley Wellness Center where she works, because she is so amazing. The one thing I have learned though all of this is that Nia will always be a part of my life, whether I go to classes or do it at home. 

Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?

It soothes my body, mind and spirit.

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

At the Kiwanis Senior's Center in London Ontario, Canada. My teacher right now is Jill. 

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

How much fun it is.

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

Don't be intimidated. It takes time to learn all the steps, but the main thing is to just relax. After a while you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner.

What is Nia?

Nia is a journey which never ends.