Nia Tips

May My Life Be My Prayer

This past weekend was quite an auspicious one as the last time my birthday fell on a Saturday prior to Labor Day was in 2004 – the first time I was invited to be on the Wise World Seminars staff as one of the entraining chiropractors.  I’ll never forget Donny Epstein, the developer of Network Spinal Analysis and Somato Respiratory Integration, calling me at home and asking me how I would feel about working on my Birthday.  I jumped up ...Read more

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The Joy of MovementRelaaaaaax.  Exhale.  There is no wrong way to do Nia!  First learn the basics of the move, then when you are ready, add more details.  Enjoy the opportunity to be a beginner… to learn… to explore.  Capture the rhythm with your feet, then slowly add your groovy core and arms.

Make the sole to soul connection.  Nia is traditionally practiced with bare feet.  This way you can experience the 7000 nerve endings in each of your feet, there to help you move in safe and efficient ways from the ground up.  If you experience any discomfort, that is a sign to pay very close attention to how you are stepping.  Let your feet gently touch the earth with every move.

Explore levels of intensity.  Movements can be danced at any intensity level, allowing you to honor how your body is feeling on any given day.  You are invited to play with a variety of levels.  For Level 1, keep the movements basic and close to your core.  For Level 2, explore a greater level of intensity and complexity.  For Level 3, dance your largest range of motion, seeking your edge.

Keep your curiosity up and your criticism down.  Nia can sometimes be challenging.  It is meant to teach you about You.  Be gentle and patient with yourself.  Instead of judging, comparing, liking, disliking, succeeding, failing, blah blah blah… just play, explore, and go on an adventure! See what Nia can teach you today!

Breathe and make noise.  Use your voice to blend your body motions with your breath.  Inhale the moment and exhale with sound to condition and engage your core.  Yawn, sigh, shout, and giggle your way to a stronger, more confident, and more freely expressive self!

Make the movements an expression of you.  This is your dance.  Let your own unique rhythm and body language come out.  Be jazzy, luscious, intense, lyrical, snappy, focused, powerful, playful… Most importantly, be yourself.