Pivoting for Positive Shifting.
I am so glad to rediscover that I have the ability to pivot under any and all conditions. But I realize that throughout the day, I am habitual in nature, and my patterns are so well entrenched. So I am noting that at times the fastest path to the joy I seek is for me to take my pivot as I sleep. By reaching for good-feeling thoughts before I drift off to sleep and then experiencing the benefit of my quiet mind that occurs while I sleep (cause it’s certainly busy and full of chatter while I’m awake) —and then upon awakening, I practise immediately turning to good-feeling thoughts—”I” can accomplish the ultimate Pivoting experience much easier and quicker.
YEAH. Of course I already knew this, as I already know everything I need to know. I just need to find the answers that lie deep within me… AND you know some of this powerful stuff isn’t really that deep within, it’s right there at the surface, just waiting for me to drop the resistance or blindness to the answers.
I love life. My iPhone should be charged up again by now and I’m off to listen to “Fly” by Nia Sounds as I shovel off my roof. Walkways are all done and Phil is using the ATV for the rest. Where are our 4 teenagers, you may ask. Three are SLEEPING with dead quite minds and zero stress, as it’s a snow day and exams are cancelled. Erin is at Phil’s office (State Farm Insurance) No doubt taking all the accident claims that I’m sure are coming in, as Halton Hills is seeing it’s first real sign of winter this morning. Snow, freezing rain, rain, sleet. We are getting it all. Love it!
Time to FLY
Bring It On
Intermission at The Mirvish Theatre. WOW Bring it on it being taken to Broadway… I now know why! WOW
My interview about being a Nia Teacher by Denis Karda
I worked as an X-Ray Technologist for 20 years, and have a full background in dance (though this has proved to be more of a hurdle than an advantage when it comes to doing Nia). I began teaching Nia in January 2008, and quickly realized that my Sacred Livelihood was to share this passion. I quit working at the hospital at the end of that year. Boy oh boy, my “hospital ego” did not want to lose that title (and put up such a fuss), but Nia won hands down. I began to ready myself to go full tilt at my studio. I’ve taken both the Nia White Belt Training, Nia Blue Belt Training, Nia 5 Stages of Self Healing, Nia Green Belt Training and also my Nia Brown Belt Training. All this training has given me the tools to pursue my passion of living healthy and communicating clearly with my family. I also believe my training will help me to achieve my goal to 100% purely love my body with no exclusions – a goal that is a work in progress, since I suffered with severe anorexia and bulimia from the ages of 12 - 24.
I am now a mother of four teenagers. Through all the challenges that come with motherhood and relationships, I have remained focused on practicing all of the Nia Principles. Nia keeps me at the hub of my wagon wheel of life. All is good as long as I don’t ride on the spokes or somehow end up ‘beside myself’ riding out the rim! Nia is the hub of my life! I think I’ll hang out with Nia for the rest of my long life. Why do you practice and/or teach Nia? It’s my birthright to experience Joy. I have much gratitude for the balance this brings to the chaos of my life situations. Nia is my lifestyle choice that continues to transform me. All of my closest friends and family members have shifted without even realizing it. Just being in my presence as I live my Nia lifestyle has impacted them like a ripple on a calm body of water. It’s so amazing to witness this transformation happen within and throughout my family and community of friends and beyond.
Students often ask if they can get fit doing Nia. I let them know that the visual physical change is just an added bonus (the icing on the cake) to a holistic transformation that happens without effort. The physical image that appears is the fabric that lays over the heart of the matter.
Where and with whom do you take Nia classes and/or trainings?
I started taking classes with Judith Thompson in 1999 in Ballinfad, Ontario Canada. I was not OPEN to receive Nia. I had my dancer’s eyes “ON” and was so full of judgement. But for some reason I kept coming back. One day, Judith invited us to pick someone to share the next freedance with. Before hearing the music, I choose to dance with my father, who had been promoted from his earthly role about five years earlier. A fast song came on. I closed my eyes, I could smell his scent and sense the warmth of his lips pressing on my forehead. I swayed back and forth in natural time with tears of pure JOY streaming down my face. Now I continue to frequently dance with my dad whenever I so choose. That day my receiving light for Nia was turned “ON.” In December ‘07, I took my White Belt Training with Martha Randall in Toronto and began teaching in January ‘08. I travelled to Texas to take my Blue Belt Training with Helen Terry. I have had the wonderful opportunity to audit several White Belt Training sessions with Roberta Mohler and Martha Randall. I rallied the Canadian troupes and drove down to New York to represent Nia at the Dance Parade. I danced down Broadway and on stage with Winalee Zeeb and Kevin Verecke.
I took Nia 5 Stages with Debbie Rosas in June ‘09. I had the pleasure of experiencing Carlos AyaRosas’ Heart of Nia in Toronto in June ‘09. I attended NiaPalooza in London, Ontario with Winalee Zeeb three years in a row. I had fallen in love with the pulsations of love, peace and gratitude that Nia had to offer.
In December ‘09 I travelled to Israel to experience the White Belt Training with my Blue Belt eyes, all the while soaking up as much of Winalee Zeeb as possible. In March ‘10, I traveled to Boston to take Green Belt Training with Carlos while Debbie transcribed what I believe to be every breath of this training. This was a wonderful experience with 43 other teachers and six amazing trainers. I recently produced a Canadian Blue Belt with Helen Terry as the trainer in August for 2010. I selfishly planned this to prepare myself for Brown Belt Training in October 2010. AND I have only just begun. I continue to take classes far and wide with teachers anywhere I can.
What is one thing most people don’t know about Nia?
Nia provides the best ‘holistic being’ extended warranty package with an endless supply of high test fuel on this planet. Love your body! It’s your earthly vehicle. How you choose to maintain and fuel it will directly affect its function and longevity.
What tip can you give someone who is considering trying Nia for the first time?
#1. Observe your teacher. Move the base of the body first, then add the core. Spice it up with the upper extremities of the body.
#2. If it seems awkward, blame it on your central nervous system. Learning New movement patterns challenges your CNS and keeps your brain highly functioning.
#3. If the movement isn’t full of JOY, tweak it ‘til your heart’s content. Nia is a Pleasure based healing fitness experience.
#4. Take more than one class, withholding judgement of self, others and the teacher. All will unfold the way it should. Nia IS for everyBODY. #5. Invite the mind to empty. Observe the movements and let your body move you. Your mind is the middle man and can tend to muddle, deceive and interject negative chatter. Listen and let it go. Move on.
I love Nia! It is so empowering.