Today we had a Nia Jam. I would have written about it right after and posted it, if I hadn’t of had theater tickets. There is a little theater in San Jose that I love (Click here for City Lights Theater) and tonight they were doing the Rocky Horror Picture Show and — wow! The singers/actors were all amazing, but wait, I digress, must be the time warp! The Nia Jam was at Stanford, the awesome Nancy Hoebelheinrich orchestrated it all—as usual. The focus was sound and movement. There were seven teachers. This was a unique Nia Jam because they decided to tie in some Kivo, which is “An Empowerment Practice that activates Voice and Body so you can do the Work you came to do.” The creator of it is also a Nia Teacher. You can learn more about it here. I really go to the Nia Jams to fill my Body, Mind, Emotional Self, and my spirit with Nia. I always have a great time. I love that I get to both teach and be a student. I am not a student enough so I really enjoy my time being a Nia student. I learn a lot as a student. I know I have shared on my blog before that I often want to just stop dancing and take notes. Often times the pearls used are ones I would love to use in my class. Today there were a few dances I would love to bring to my students. Nia Jams are such a good time.
Nia Jams are jammed packed with energy. With so many teachers leading so many different dances it is just one big cosmic burst of energy. I do think that adding the other modality changed the tone and energy a bit, but everyone loved it and had great time. The weather here in the San Francisco Bay Area and particularly Stanford — where the Nia Jam was held — was fantastic. One whole wall of the space where we get to dance is doors so it is open and lovely. There are huge fans on the ceiling and several time during the hour and half that we danced, I sensed the air the fans were moving around the room and I was grateful. It was a beautiful day.
I will continue to shout from the rooftops that if you ever have a chance to go to a Nia Jam — go. I don’t just mean ones that I am a part of or ones that are in my area, I mean ANY Nia Jam. I KNOW that ALL of them are infused with the same HIGH energy and fantastic music so I know that any one you attend would give you a GREAT taste of what Nia is.
This month also happens to be the 30th Anniversary of Nia so it was very fitting that we had a Nia Jam this month.
Thank you, Nia Teachers and Nia students for coming to the Jam and making it jamming.
What song would you love to hear at a Jam to get you moving with all you have?
(I will have more pictures from the Nia Jam on www.HelpYouWell.com shortly, so check it out! Thanks!)