Posts Tagged ‘teaching Nia’
Posted by terrepruitt on June 13, 2013
I have been teaching Nia in San Jose for four and a half years. I have been teaching Nia in the same studio in Willow Glen. I drive down Lincoln about twice a week. There are many stores and businesses on the street. There are also many pedestrians. For those of you that don’t know, Lincoln Avenue is very pretty. They have trees and bushes and flowers . . . very nice landscaping, however, the lovely foliage HIDES the pedestrians and those flashing lights (the ones that flash to call attention to pedestrians crossing the street). So you have to really pay attention. Sometimes people just dart out from the bushes. I am always concentrating on the pedestrians so I don’t notice all the stores that come and go. When I do walk down the street I am always amazed at a new shop that has popped up or one that has closed. One of the new ones is Glow. It is a build-a-candle candle shop. When I first saw it I was so excited. I kept squealing with each new thing I saw as I walked through. There are colors and fragrances and little trinkets you can add to the candle. I couldn’t wait to go!
This week I have my niece visiting and I thought it would be fun for us to go make a candle. It is something we can do and visit at the same time. Plus it is creative and then we will have a candle to show for it. First you choose your mold. What size and shape you want. Then you choose your colors, any pips, and if you want any trinkets. Then you choose the scent you want to have. Then you set about putting it all together.
The pips are plastic pieces that you stick to the side of the mold. They have all different kinds of pips: butterflies, birds, flowers, stars, guitars, martini glasses, crosses, letters, lipstick, dresses, shoes, you name it, they probably have it. After you stick the pips to the side, then you break up the sheets of wax. You get to choose from a variety of colors. Once the candle is poured and set, the pips show through on the sides of the candle.
When you are done filling the mold with the pieces the shop keep pours hot melted wax into the mold over the broken pieces. Then it sets. The store keep puts a wick in it and polishes it and you have a cool candle that you made.
There is “studio fee” of $9.95 and then the cost of the candle which is determined by the size and shape you choose. All pips are included as well as the poured wax and fragrance. The little charms and other things are priced per piece and the costs vary from less than a dollar all the way to at least $4.00. I believe there might be ones that cost more than $4.00 but that was the one I saw.
The day we went back to pick up our candle we were being helped by the assistant manager, Laura, and she was a wealth of information. She shared some tips and tricks that my niece and I wished we had been privy to the day before when we were making our candles. But now we know and we are anxious to go back again to make more candles.
The experience is not an inexpensive one, but as I said, it is an EXPERIENCE. It is an activity. It is a fun thing to do with people who you want to be with. Once you pay the studio fee you can buy as many candles as you want to make. So it could be a great way to kick out some gifts for Christmas. Pay the studio fee then make a few candles. Do it with friends and you have a great time. I think an activity that results in a wonderful smelling candle makes for a great day. My niece and I had a great time.
I thought it was great fun to build a candle. I also thought is was pretty exciting to wait for the candle to be ready for pick up the next day. I really love this activity and can’t wait to go back. The candles we made, while not perfect, look pretty nice, smell great, and burn well. This was definitely a fun time with wax.
Do you like candles? What color candle would you make?
Posted in Misc | Tagged: candle shop, candles, do-it-yourself candles, fun activity, fun thing to do in San Jose, fun with wax, Glow, Lincoln Avenue Business, Nia Classes, Nia San Jose, Nia Teacher, pips, San Jose Nia, teaching Nia, Willow Glen Business, Willow Glen Workout | 4 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on December 31, 2012
WOW! The last day. The last day of 2012. The last day of the 2012 December 30 Minute Movement Challenge! So much excitement, who can handle it?
How do you feel? Do you feel good having done a month worth of moving for at least 30 minutes? Do you think you can continue? Do you need to check in? Talk to me.
I am teaching Nia this morning. We will see if I get an additional 30 minutes in! I don’t know that I will, but I do know that I will make certain to get in at least 30 minutes on New Year’s Day. There is a Nia class . . . . maybe I will go to that?
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I wish you a spectacular 2013. I look forward to seeing you back here next year!
Posted in December 2012 30 Minute Movement Challenge | Tagged: December 30 Minute Movement Challenge, Happy New Year, last day of 2012, Nia, Nia class, teaching Nia | 10 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on December 18, 2012
The Nia Blue Belt Principle #6 is hilarious. Ok, the principle itself is not hilarious it is just funny – to me – that it identifies something and names it. But that is what some of the principles do for me. The principles identify something that we do in everyday life. Or they connect dance, Nia, teaching to something that is commonly known or done. This is one of the principles that we – you, me, everyone – do all the time. We – you, me, everyone – probably didn’t call it “Split, Ellipt, Blend” with a tagline of “Crafting With Attention”. Basically the principle itself (Split, Ellipt, Blend) refers to attention. As I was writing this post, I typed that the tagline in this case refers to teaching Nia, but then I realized that, while yes, the whole principle is designed to enhance our Nia practice and teaching, – as do many of the Nia principles – it can apply to everyday life. So what is Split, Ellipt, Blend?
Well, as I said it has to do with attention, so in an everyday situation you split off your attention from others and focus on yourself, you focus 100% on another, and you blend it so your attention is on both. So sometimes you might be doing something and completely focused on yourself and what you are doing. You might not even notice other people or other things around you. You are 100% concentrating. Then you hear a loud voice and it is someone, your boss, your spouse, your child, coming towards you. They have something to tell you. So you stop what you are doing and you are 100% focused on them. You are listening. Once you understand the situation and realize that it is not an emergency requiring you to stop what you are doing you go back to what you were doing yet you carry on a conversation with the person talking to you.
Split into self. Ellipt into others. Blend with.
This is something we do in class as Nia teachers. We might completely concentrate on ourselves. Waiting to receive a pearl. Thinking about the moves. Sensing our body. Then we might focus on the class. Giving all our attention to what they are doing and how they are doing it. Doing a Joy check. Asking for sounds. Then our attention could be on both. We could be receiving information from the class as well as ourselves. The “Crafting With Attention” is us being aware of the split, ellipt, and blend. And how we use it.
A few things I have mentioned before, but will repeat again, “other” does not necessarily have to be another person. You could be splitting, ellipting, and blending with your own body, with the music, with the movements, with many things. And . . . this is just barely a scratch on the surface of the principle. This is just the broad overview and it is what I understood it to be about. There is ALWAYS deeper to go in Nia and the Nia principles. And sometimes the more I do, the more I see it differently. Sometimes, not always. So keep that in mind when I post again about The Nia Blue Belt Principle #6: Split, Ellipt, Blend, Crafting With Attention. (For a list of Nia Blue Belt Principles see Terre’s post The Joy of Being In Relationship With The Nia Blue Belt Principles .
With that quick explanation, can you see how split, ellipt, blend applies to more than just a Nia Teacher teaching a class? With an awareness of it, can you see how you can use it in different ways?
Posted in Blue Belt, Nia | Tagged: attention, Blend, dance, dance class, Ellipt, Nia Blue Belt, Nia class, Nia Dance, Nia pearls, Nia principles, Nia Teacher, SEB, Split, teaching Nia, The Nia Blue Belt Principle #6 | Leave a Comment »
Posted by terrepruitt on June 9, 2012
Before I started teaching Nia, I had always had corporate jobs. I remember learning about jicama when I worked at my first “real” job. So that had to be between . . . . well, let’s just say it was a long time ago. I remember being amazed at how it tasted like nothing, but had a little hint of sweet and dryness about it. I love it. When I see it on vegetable trays and in salad bars I always get some. Even though I love it, I have only bought one once. I don’t know how to pick it out and I always forget that is what the people who work in produce can help you do. They can help with picking out produce. My dad always has jicama. My dad always has a container of raw, cut and washed vegetables in the fridge and often jicama is in that container or one of its own. Next time I go to the store I am going to buy one. Jicama is considered a root vegetable, but is actually a legume.
It actually looks like root and tastes like a root. Very plain, but with the slightest hint of sweetness. I have always eaten it raw. Cut into pieces and just eaten it raw, but in my quest for nutritional information on it I saw that people do cook with it. I will have to write another post for that because I have never even thought of cooking it!
One suggestion I saw . . . and if you’ve eaten jicama you will agree . . . said that jicama can replace water chestnuts in recipes. And, of course, they seem exactly the same!
It is pronounced HEcamuh. I have always thought it was HICKamuh. I will work on that!
Some nutritional information on jicama:
-low in calories; 38 calories per 100 grams
-high dietary fiber; 4 grams per 100 grams
-contains the anti-oxidant vitamin C; 33% of the RDA’s Daily Value (DV)
-contains vitamin B
-contains 1 gram of protein per 100 grams -contains 150 mg of Potassium (about 6% of the DV)
-no fat per 100 grams
Additional details (per 100 grams):
Cholesterol 0 mg / Sodium 4 mg / Total Carbohydrates 9 g
According to WiseGeek:
“When choosing jicama at the store, look for medium sized, firm tubers with dry roots. Do not purchase jicama that has wet or soft spots, which may indicate rot, and don’t be drawn to overlarge examples of the tuber, because they may not be as flavorful. Jicama will keep under refrigeration for up to two weeks.”
But information on Wiki says to never refrigerate. So I guess you will have to decide that for yourself. I guess if you refrigerate your other root veggies you might as well refrigerate this one too. I think I might not refrigerate it until I cut it.
The outside skin needs to be peeled or cut off, then you can cut up the vegetable anyway you would like to eat it. I tend to like it in long pieces of about an 1/2 inch around. Usually you can only get that out of the middle as it is a round veggie so you end up with some odd shaped pieces.
Are you familiar with jicama? Do you eat it? Do you cook with it?
Posted in Food, Vegetables | Tagged: antioxidant, carbohydrates, corporate job, jicama, legumes, Nia, Nia Teacher, Potassium, produce, protein, root vegetable, salad bars, teaching Nia, tubers, vegetable, vitamin C, water chestnuts, WiseGeek | 2 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on May 8, 2012
After teaching Nia a couple of weeks ago I realized I had a knot in my back. It was one of those things that felt fine while I was moving. So in my Nia class I didn’t notice it. When I was moving about the house I didn’t notice. When I stopped moving is when it starting hurting. It was one of those body issues that is so uncomfortable it is painful. I mean no matter which position I sat in, stood in, lied in, it was there. It was painfully annoying. I believe I tend to hold my stress there. I have posted about this “spot” before. I tried using a ball to rub it out. I asked my husband to massage it. Both helped but it came back the next day. It even kept me awake the next morning. I just wanted a few more minutes of sleep but my muscle was saying, no.
I had noticed when my husband was trying to work out the knot I had the strangest sensation. The spot of the pain was right beneath my shoulder blade but when he was pressing on it a tingling poking kind of sensation travelled up my entire shoulder blade. I thought that was very odd. I thought the muscle must contain a lot of nerves that run along the scapula. I thought it was odd that I had this disbursing sensation over my shoulder blade.
That was over the weekend and after Nia class on Monday one of my Nia students, a physical therapist, said she would look at it. She found the knot - as it was easy to feel and she began working on it. She said it was fascia! Ahhhhh! That explains why when my husband was trying to rub it out think it was a knot in the muscle I was sensing it all over my shoulder blade. (Wiki: “A fascia is a structure of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, binding some structures together, while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other.”) She pressed on both ends of it and was able to work it out. The next day it was sore, but I used the ball and it has been fine since. Fascia is fascinating. Fascia is the yellow stuff that is sometime still connected to chicken breast. And I am sure if you work with whole chickens you can see it too.
Here is a video about “fuzzy” fascia. Below the video on YouTube, Gil Hedley has noted that since the video was made in 2005 he has somewhat changed his ideas a little bit. But the video itself is still fascinating as it shows you the fascia in the body.
WARNING this video is of a cadaver. Mr. Hedley is using it to show what fascia is. He stated in his updated write up “ . . . it is normal for there to be “fuzzy” tissue between “individual muscles” within the muscle layer. As with all tissues of the body, all the matter of which it consists is transitioning at various paces, some quicker, some more slowly. “Fuzzy” tissues indeed cycle more quickly then some more dense tissues.”
As we know it is not just keeping our fascia mobile as the reason for moving, but it is interesting to see another part of our bodies that benefit from movement. I knew about fascia before discovering Nia, but I was introduced to Gil Hedley via Nia. Nia often makes the scientific connections in our continued education. There is a lot of continuing education material that deal with anatomy. Moving our fascia is just one reason why we dance.
Posted in Misc | Tagged: cadaver video, chicken fascia, connective structures, connective tissue, fascia, Gil Hedley, Nia class, Nia continued education, Nia on Monday, Nia students, Nia Teacher, physical therapist, sore back, teaching Nia | 6 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on January 28, 2012
I spent a large portion of the day practicing Alive, it is the Nia routine I am starting to teach. I debuted it Friday, but I need to practice and practice. In Nia we say, “tight but loose”. So I need to know the music and choreography to perfection which allows me to dance with it and play to it is loose and flowing and fun to my Nia students. So practice and play is the key. I was so busy having fun with it I didn’t have a lot of time to come up with a blog post. Because I also spent some time in the kitchen making a different version of my Baby Bok Choy and Spinach Soup recipe. The people I made it for convinced me that it was good enough that I could use my adaptation of my Baby bok choy and spinach soup recipe as a post. So here goes.
Parsnips, Broccoli, Baby bok choy, and Spinach Soup
–1 medium sized onion chopped (save some for garnish)
–2 parsnips (chopped)
–1 bunch of broccoli (chopped)
–4 bundles of baby bok choy (bottom portion separate from leafy portion, chop both and leave separate, they are added to the soup at different times)
–2 or 3 tsp of minced garlic
–1.5 tsp granulated garlic
–1.5 tsp garlic salt
–48 oz of chicken broth
–a half of bottle or can of beer
–shake or two of teriyaki
–small piece (3/4 of an inch) of ginger, chopped
–3/4 of a 6-oz bag of spinach
–1.5 (ish) wooden spoonful of cream cheese spread whipped with chives
Sautee chopped onion in the olive oil. When the onions look tender add in the chopped parsnip, add granulated garlic and garlic salt. Cook parsnip until it seems a bit tender, then add the bottom portion of the bok choy and broccoli. Let it cook a minute, then add the minced garlic. Sautee until tender. Then pour in the broth. Add about a half can or bottle of beer and the few splashes of teriyaki. Stir it as you feel necessary throughout the entire process. Bring to boil. Add the cream cheese if you are going to use it. Add the ginger. Add leafy portion of the bok choy and bag of spinach. Let cook for a few minutes or until the veggies are wilted. Once the veggies looked wilted use the blender to mix it all up. (I use the immersion blender so I can keep it all in the same pot. Please remember to be cautious of the steam.)
The parsnips give this a little difference flavor and the broccoli leaves little green specks in the soup no matter how much you blend it. Actually when you look at it, it looks the same as all the other soup I make. But it tastes different.
I was trying to make something easy to eat for someone with a sore throat. This soup is kind of thick yet easy to swallow and it packs a punch with all the vegetables it contains. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and let me to continue to share my soup experiments and at the same time put spending time with friends and family at the forefront of life!
Posted in "Recipes", Food | Tagged: baby bok choy, beer in soup, broccoli, family time, garlic, immersion blender, Nia Music, Nia routine, Nia routine Alive, Nia students, Nia Teacher, parsnips, soup recipe, spinach, teaching Nia, vegetable soup, veggie purees | 6 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on July 2, 2011
I have been teaching Nia in the San Francisco Bay Area for two and a half years. So far every Holiday that falls on one of my regularl class days, I have taught. I keep seeing postings on Facebook, Twitter, and other places on the internet about how classes are suspended or cancelled over the Holiday weekend. The classes will resume normal schedule on Tuesday. I understand this because some of the places where the classes are taught are closed over the three-day weekend. Also, a lot of people do go away during Holidays, but a lot of people stay home too. I find that because I have morning classes, my holiday classes are bigger. People that are normally at work get to come to a morning exercise class. I love it.
I also understand that holidays are family time so it is nice to be with the family. Especially since most of the time people are having to get up and rush off on their separate ways. I am fortunate that my Monday and Wednesday classes in San Jose are at 9:00 am. Often times people can come take the class and be back with the family before the family is even up and ready to go about the day. AWESOME!
It seems as if the actual independence day was July 2, 1776, when the actual legal separation from Great Britain occurred. The document clarifying and explaining what the meant was finalized on July 4th so it seems that was adopted as Independence Day. In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday. This is all according to Wiki.
I feel it is nice to take a moment to remember why we have a day off. Usually we are so excited by the fact we have an extra day to play we might forget why. I know I do. It really is my blog that helps me stop and remember. On Holidays I often look up them up to see if I should or could post about them. Today I decided to post a bit about it and about the fact that Help You Well / me has not taken a Holiday yet. I post the information on my site too, so that my students know I will be there and people looking for a class will know. Some people like to try a new class when they have the day off.
I am fortunate to rent the studio where I teach on Monday so I am not subject to a “company” being open or closed. So I am there. You can find me at the studio in San Jose. Even though that is the one day when my hubby might be home and I have to get up and leave him, I am motivated by my students that show up that normally can’t attend on regular work days. Come join me.
At the time of this post there is a Free Class pass on my site. Print it out. Use it. Come dance with us. Come celebrate freedom, barbeques, fireworks, picnics, and grilling. Yeah, dancing can be like that a celebration of it all. Come see.
Happy Fourth of July regardless of where you live!
Posted in Nia | Tagged: 4th of July, 4th of July fireworks, exercise class on Holidays, Federal Holiday, Fourth of July, freedom, Independence Day, July 4th, July 4th 1776, Nia Class in San Jose, Nia San Jose, Nia Teacher, San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area exercise, San Francisco Bay Area Nia, San Jose Nia, teaching Nia | 2 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on June 4, 2011
I subbed a Nia Class this morning. Nia is a lot “about” the music. We dance to the music. Today while I was teaching I really just let the music take me and I danced. I didn’t hold back much because of my foot. I don’t put my weight on my right foot when I am in ball of foot position or bow stance, but I was DOING ball of foot (a GREAT step forward in my healing process). During the class once or twice I wobbled or missed a beat because my foot kind didn’t want to support me. At another point I realized I was on the EDGE of my right foot (another HUGE step forward in my healing process). I had enough time in which to think about that and while it seemed ok, I was glad when the music told me it was time to move again because it didn’t seem like I should be doing that for much longer. I really worked my foot this morning. I went all out in Nia class. That led me to not wanting to do my Ten Minute Workout. I was really dreading the lunges because I am not ready to put weight on my right foot in ball of foot position—-and that is what a lunge is!!!
I came upstairs to do it. Then I sat down at my computer, did an e-mail or two and I decided my foot really was too tired to do it. I logged onto my blog to post that I was skipping Terre’s Ten Ten in Ten today, but when I saw the picture of my “gym” I thought, “It is really only 10 minutes. And it is really just the first exercise that you are dreading. So . . . do it LESS. Even more “less” than you have been.” So . . . . I did it. It is obvious to me that I spend a lot of time in my long lunges — when I do them fully on a stable foot — because I thought that I was not going to make it two times through and when I looked at my timer I had plenty of time left and I was on the stability ball pass for the second time. When I do lunges little it takes me less time.
I did my little workout, how about you? What are you finding while you do these exercises?
Posted in Ten Minute Workout check-in | Tagged: 10 minute workout, Ball of foot, exercise, healing process, lunges, Nia, Nia Dance, Nia exercises, Nia Music, stability ball pass, teaching Nia, ten minute workout, workout | Leave a Comment »
Posted by terrepruitt on May 19, 2011
Today I taught Nia. It was not a Nia class, but a one-on-one session. No matter what I am teaching, a class, a playshop, a move, a song, an individual, I always learn things myself. It is amazing. Sometimes I am reminded of something. Today I was reminded of how fun it is to teach someone something new. To explain something in a way that allows them to understand. In some instances it might be the information is received and then there is still learning or “mastering” to be done, but they have the tool you gave them. In some instances they just have it. It just depends on what it is. But it is amazing.
When I am learning a new routine I would love to be able to take a perfect “product” into my class. But there is often a point where I know it is not perfect, but I can’t learn anymore by myself. So I take it into class and usually that first time in that one hour I learn more than (or just as much as) I had learned in the time it I spent getting to the point I where I took it into the class. Amazing. I might have actually said this very thing before in a previous post, so it might sound familiar to you. Or it could sound familiar because you have experienced something similar. Learning as you are teaching. I love that!
Well, it is May and for the past week, maybe two it has been cold and raining here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I don’t mind it so much. Especially since, as you may know, I have a new found love . . . making soups with my immersion blender! The last one I made I made it too spicy and I couldn’t eat it. I was very sad. But my husband loved it which was great because he was stuck eating the whole pot. I was thinking it would be the last batch before the warm weather comes in and I might have been right. The past two days have been pretty warm and very beautiful.
It seems like spring might actually finally be here.
During the cold one of my friends posted a picture of some of her flowers. She had cut them and brought them in the house and posted “At least it’s springtime inside the house.” She inspired me. It took me a few days, but I cut these from a tiny rose bush we have in our yard. These are VERY small roses. The bush is probably not even two feet high.
I just wanted to share. I wanted to share the beautiful flowers, the beauty in a sign of spring, the excitement of learning as you teach, the wonder and beauty of the world. I wanted to share and I wanted to say I am looking forward to living in the beauty that is, and learning as I go.
Posted in Flowers, Misc | Tagged: Bay Area Nia, beautiful flowers, beauty, emulsion blender use, Flowers, immersion blender, learning as you teach, May 2011, Nia, Nia Bay Area, Nia class, Nia Playshop, Nia routine, Nia Song, rain in May, rose bush, Roses, San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area Nia, soups, spring, teaching Nia | 2 Comments »