Fifteen years ago I would not have believed you if you had described my life today. When I first met Brian in California, I was nowhere near a path to greater wellness or personal growth. In fact, I had no interest in starting something new. Yet there was something so engaging and intriguing about him that I soon found myself dating this guy unlike anyone I’d met before. It was immediately apparent that Brian is incredibly passionate about his work and that if I was serious about our relationship, it would be important to receive his care. I was a willing but skeptical client.
Anyone who knew me then would say that it is a miracle that the cynical and bitter girl I was then suspended all disbelief and let herself be led by her heart. My personal journey with Network Care has been very much about waking up to and trusting my body’s rhythms, wisdom, and intuition, and shedding the armor around my heart.
Not long after meeting in California, Brian and I moved to Seattle together. While he was working away at starting his first solo practice, I found a job at an exciting company in a downtown office with a gorgeous view of the bay and the city. It was challenging work but stressful and ultimately unfulfilling. I was ready to move on but not yet ready to partner with him in business. The practice was Brian’s thing, and I wanted so very much to find MY thing. Another crappy job and further growth and awakening with Network Care reminded me of something I used to say when I was younger, “I don’t care what I do for a job as long as I feel it is making a positive difference in the world.” And then I was flooded with all the fantastic stories Brian shared with me of his Practice Member’s transformations and realized he had been asking me to be a part of the practice all along.
I began working in the front office of Brian’s practice and felt so honored and awed to witness and share in our Practice Member’s blossoming. And wouldn’t you know it? Somewhere along the journey I found and fell in love MY thing.
I fell in love with Nia at my first class. The way the instructor invited me to make the movements my own, make them feel good. The way she said I could not do it wrong. It was all so inviting and encouraging. I found a new way of being in my body, of being in the world. Now I recognize it as the Nia principle of Dancing through Life. There are so many aspects of Nia that I love, but my favorite is that all parts of me get to come out and play with Nia. The parts that are fiery and those that are flowy, quiet and loud, hard and soft.
One of the things I love most about Network Care is the focus on amplifying what works. Finding a similar approach in the realm of fitness with Nia was like finding the piece of the puzzle that completed the picture. In 2006, I went to Nia Headquarters in Portland, OR and received my White Belt training from co-founders of Nia, Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas. I furthered my training with Carlos AyaRosas with the Green Belt in May 2010, with Helen Terry with the Blue Belt in May 2011, and with the Brown and Black Belts with Debbie Rosas and Ann Christiansen in August 2013 and September 2015. It has been my absolute pleasure to share The Joy of Movement in classes I have taught in Seattle, New Hampshire, and now Asheville as well as in hotel ballrooms full of people at healing retreats around the country. I invite you to join me for a class and discover Nia for yourself.