|Photograph provided by Nia Technique (www.nianow.com).
Out of Habit:
Like most mornings, I awoke a creature of habit. I had no intention of stepping out of my comfort zone on this day. Nor did I plan to throw a temper tantrum. Yet, a temper tantrum was exactly what I needed.
In one step sequence, our feet touched the four corners of an invisible square, outlining our personal space. “Remember, you are the center of your own world,” Stacey said.
This was a refreshing reminder. All too often, we prioritize the hopes and expectations of others. Sometimes we lose touch entirely with our own needs. Outlining my square, I re-claimed my position at the center.
Losing My Temper:
Towards the end of class, the practice moved to the floor. Not wanting to expose myself – I followed along from a seated position in a chair. Some of the movement was organic and interpretative. And then, we stretched our legs and arms out.
“Shake it out! Yell! Have a temper tantrum!” Sue instructed.
Did I hear her correctly?
According to my older siblings, I was an expert temper-tantrum thrower as a kid. It had been a while… Yet, I’d already stepped out of my comfort zone more in the past 45 minutes than I had in the last 6 months. Why stop now?
So, I joined in – flailing my arms and legs aggressively and letting out a childish loud “Ahhhh!”
|Shaking it Out: Photograph provided by Nia Technique (www.nianow.com).
My inner child emerged quickly – bringing me back to a time before I found the words to express frustration and before I learned to seal this frustration neatly behind my lips. After a long busy conference weekend, this temper tantrum was right on time.
Dancing Through Life:
In conclusion, I loved Nia because it was FUN and easy to pick up. Nia IS for every body.
The Nia website describes: “Every class offers a unique combinatino of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities. Stiff beginners and highly fit athletes alike can adapt Nia to meet their needs by choosing from three intensity levels.”
Yet, trying Nia was still taking a risk for me. Risks are scary, but certainly not boring or sleep-inducing! Since returning home, I’ve taken a second Nia class at a local studio. Classes are offered in over 45 countries all over the world.
I hope to continue practicing Nia, and most of all, I hope to remember the feeling of stepping out of my comfort zone, throwing a temper tantrum and walking away a little more alive than ever before.
Short video clip (I am the one in the dress and Sue D. is leading us):
A big thank you to Sue and Stacey for facilitating our Nia sessions at the NN Conference 2011.
Stacey Hall’s Bio:
Stacey Hall is a certified Nia(tm) Technique Brown Belt instructor. When she attended her first Nia class more than 16 years ago, she suffered asthma and debilitating pains in her legs, which kept her from running and walking long distances. Both conditions are now part of her history because of the body awareness she received through the Nia Technique. Stacey is the creator of “Chi-To-Be! Achieving Your Ultimate B-All” Program.
Sue Dambrauskas’ Bio:
Sue Dambrauskas is a Nia(tm) Blue Belt and has been practicing Nia since 2007. She works as a health communications professional for the federal government. Nia brings her great joy as she dances through life, while helping her stay fit. The NN 2011 conference was her first taste of stepping in as a Nia instructor, and it was delicious! She hopes to keep serving up Nia at future conferences and beyond.
Learn more: www.nianow.com