Nia Testimonial: Tegre, Nia Student

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

About me:

At heart I am an artist and a dancer. I have taken many styles of dance and am currently mastering the art of Flamenco. Up until my marriage breakdown, I was a dance instructor teaching children beginner's Flamenco. I am also a calligrapher. My income job is working at a financial planning firm as a branch adminstrator.

Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?

I am a dancer, and having struggled through a painful divorce, I had lost all interest in anything I used to be passionate about. I had gained over 40 pounds and was sinking into depression. Though I knew excercise was what I needed, I simply couldn't even face climbing the stairs at work. I happened to come across an article on Nia and found a class locally. after the first class I knew it was for me.

I needed the freedom to be me. I needed what Nia was offering: a chance to work my body without stressing about whether or not I am doing it perfectly. With three intensity levels, a Nia class is not threatening. A person of any shape, size or age can do it. The class has provided cardio exercise, peace of mind, and increased flexibility – plus I feel this class is simply good for my spirit. I have only been taking classes for just over a month, and I am now taking the stairs at work. I have picked up my paint brushes, and my eating habits have simply become better without me even trying. Nia has inspired me to get out of my funk and start living my life.

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

Patti Tennessy at Motionworks Fitness West Kelowna, BC Canada.

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

That classes cater to both the physical and mental realms.

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

To just go with it. Give it a couple of classes before making a decision. My first class I was worried it might be a little "out there," but after my third class I was hooked. I got what Nia is trying to teach me, or at least I realized that I needed to relax and just be, to learn to love myself, my body, my life – flaws and all.