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The Power of the Playlist

One of the great gifts, and responsibilities, of being a Nia teacher is being able to bring music into people's lives, in a powerful way. Music touches the whole being, directly mapped upon the brain. It's a tool we use to bring physicality, emotional tone, mental fascination, and the mystical quality of the spirit into a Nia class. The playlists for classic Nia routines are carefully curated from a large library of music. The songs are drawn together to create a movement experience that travels through 7 cycles, each with it's own intent and affect on the body and being. We call it a soundscape. It should be cohesive, blending from song to song, as the routine develops in intensity an

Expanding Nia

I've had many wonderful opportunities to expand Nia into Lincoln these last few weeks. It began with taking on a class at the new Firethorn Resort back in August. A new venue means new people, and I love introducing new people to Nia. Although classes are small, there is an enthusiasm that's growing. I then added two Nia Moving to Heal classes at an independent living complex called Van Dorn Villa. We have a small, but mighty, core there as well. It's so fun to dance with them. Last week I had the amazing pleasure to teach a class to the students at Nebraska Wesleyan University. It's a departure for me to have students in my class under 40. This was a room full of 20 year-olds! They

My Birthday Gratitude

It's pretty safe to say I have had a birthday celebration every birthday of my life. There have always been people around me who love me, with gifts, good wishes and warm hugs. On the eve of my 62nd birthday, I am awed by the sweetness of my life and the good fortune I've had to celebrate this special day as long as I have. I'll be teaching Nia on my birthday this year, as I have many times. Nia is always a gift for me and my body, and sharing it with others is the icing on the birthday cake. It would be impossible for me to teach a class with my favorite songs because we would be dancing for hours. But you can be sure my playlist will be taken from that longer list of songs that hav

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