Terre Pruitt's Blog

In the realm of health, wellness, fitness, and the like, or whatever inspires me.

  • I teach Nia, yoga and stretch! SIX group classes a week!

    Nia: Tues and Thurs at 9 am, Fri at 10:15 am

    Yoga: Tues at 10:30 am and Thurs at 6:00 pm

    Stretch: Thurs at 10:15 am

    Please see my website for details! I sub for the City of San Jose and the YMCA so check my website for dates and times!

    I am also available for private Nia / yoga / Personal Training!

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Day Twenty-Three Of Your Daily Ten Minute Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on February 23, 2017

Including today, only six day left for the Daily 10 Minute Practice.  Are you hanging in there?  Are you feeling good about it?  I know that, depending on what you are doing, ten minutes might not be enough so perhaps you took advantage of the practice and extended the time on a few occasions.  I know I did.  But then again, the next day when I thought, “Oh, I should do at least twenty minutes.”  Then it seemed more difficult to fit into my schedule.  Then I reminded myself that really, the “deal” was for ten minutes . . . then all of a sudden it seemed more do-able.  Crazy, huh?  Any of you feeling or have any of you felt that way?

 

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Chop Cut, One Of Nia’s 52 Moves

Posted by terrepruitt on February 22, 2017

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFitWell, it looks like I haven’t posted a Nia move from the Nia 52 Moves in a long time.  When I started my blog and website I wasn’t actually planning on posting about each and every move, but with only nine left that I have not posted about, I really might as well finish the list.  It might not be done quickly, but I will get to them all.  Why not, right?  Only nine, well, eight after this one, to go!  So today I am posting about the Chop Cut.

As with most, if not all, of the 52 Moves of Nia there is a specific way to do it, but then a lot of different ways it is done.  I will go out on a limb to say this move, the chop cut, is a common move.  I am sure many, many people have done this move whether they are dancing, practicing martial arts, or not.  It is just a common move.  Or at least I think of it as a common move.

To practice it as a Nia move, one of 52, we chop the air with the edge of our hands.  The edge of the hand we refer to as the blade side.  Using one hand at a time, raise the arm from the shoulder and bring it down.  Slice, with the blade, from up to down.  Allow the elbow to be slightly bent.  All fingers are extended.  Keep the hands active and engaged even the one that is not doing the slicing.

The Nia Technique book states the benefits as:

an excellent exercise for affirming your personal power.  This move is effective for building strength in the arms and shoulders, and it is superb for releasing stress.

The move itself can release stress but when combined with sounding it can be really effective.  The book recommends saying, “because.”  I usually have my class say, “HA!”

The ideal Chop Cut is using the whole arm and the blade of the hand.  Sometimes we might use straight arms.  At times while we are dancing, we might just make the movement from our elbows.  Just letting our forearms move, chopping at the air in front of us fast.  That kind of movement can be done faster than using the entire arm.  At times the chop can just be from the wrists.  So just the hands move.  It requires loose wrists.  This move can be done really fast.  Sometimes when we chop with our hands, we move them in the space around us, so we are moving more than just our wrists.  So the chop is coming from the wrists so it is more of “just a chop” than a “chop cut”.  The Chop Cut when done according to “specs,” is a power move.  The other ones are great and sometimes they fit better into the dance.

So, am I right?  Have you done a Chop Cut before?  Were you dancing?

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Day Twenty-Two Of Your Daily Ten Minute Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on February 22, 2017

Ahh, Wednesday, normally the middle of the week, but for some, this week, it is the second work day.  Either way, for many it feels like a long week.  It is always so odd how a four day work week after a three day weekend feels longer than the regular five day week.  Have any of you ever experienced that?  Well, hopefully you still have enough energy to keep up with your Daily 10 Minute Practice.

How is it going?  How is your week going?

 

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Day Twenty-One Of Your Daily Ten Minute Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on February 21, 2017

Tuesdays I teach.  I am a SJCity Fit Instructor and a Leisure Class Instructor.  I have two classes on Tuesdays.  Nia and Gentle Yoga.  So I get to my Daily 10 Minute Practice after my classes usually.

How about you?  When did you do yours?

 

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It’s A Bird, It’s A Cat, It’s A Dog, It’s A . . .

Posted by terrepruitt on February 20, 2017

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFitHave you ever wanted to fly?  Or lie around all day in the sun like a lizard?  Or jump six times higher than your height like a cat?  Or see what it is like to be the opposite sex?  Have you ever imagined any of this?  Have you ever just looked over at something and taken a moment to image being that?  Have you ever wanted to just see what it would be like?  If you could be a bird, dog, cat, boy, or girl for just one day would you?  If it was guaranteed that you would be safe and cared for would you want to see what it is like to be a house pet?  Would you like to experience – just for a day – being in the body of the opposite sex?  I have always been curious about flying.  I would be interested in seeing what it was like to be a large bird of prey.  And I would love to see how it is to really be a cat.  When I asked my husband he said he had never had any desire.  I found that very surprising.  So it made me wonder.  I thought I would ask.

Now, this is not about being happy or unhappy with who and what you are.  This is just a do you wonder kind of thing.  Have you ever wanted to just be a bird or a cat or a dog or a fish OR – just to see what it was like, not permanently?  Would you do it – just for a day or a few hours – if you could?  What would you be for a day or a few hours?

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Day Twenty Of Your Daily Ten Minute Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on February 20, 2017

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Some people had today off work, some didn’t.  Which are you?  Here where I live it has been storming all day.  I use the term “storming” loosely, there has been rain, some hard, and a little wind, so it has been somewhat storming.  Hopefully whether you have the day off work or not, you are still getting in your time with your Daily 10 Minute Practice.

Check in here!

 

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Day Nineteen Of Your Daily Ten Minute Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on February 19, 2017

Here we go, Sunday and still getting to our Daily 10 Minute Practice.  This is a three day weekend for many here.  Hopefully you can still squeeze in the ten minutes.  So how about it?

 

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Day Eighteen Of Your Daily Ten Minute Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on February 18, 2017

Oh, so I don’t know what the weekend weather looks like, but I will say – yesterday – WHOA!  I think I have mentioned before that we have a VERY SMALL yard.  It is narrow and small.  So when the things in the yard blow around it is usually very windy outside.  Well, yesterday our tall grass/weeds were lying FLAT.  It was sooooo windy.  As I drove to Nia I saw so much debris in the streets. On our street it looked like snow because all of the blossoms were stripped off the tree.  On some streets I saw strips of palm trees.  On another street the street sign was barely hanging on the stop light.  It was crazy windy here.  We also received a lot of rain.

With winter weather still upon us perhaps it makes it easier for you to get to your Daily 10 Minute Practice.  Unless it has to do with gardening or being outside.  Well, check in here!

 

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Beautiful Blue Sky

Posted by terrepruitt on February 17, 2017

This was taken on a beautiful day in Los Gatos.  It was a super hot day, but it was still a beautiful day.  It was at a festival and we were sitting on the grass enjoying the band.  We were celebrating a friend’s birthday.  I laid down to enjoy the sky.  It was so blue and so beautiful.  Here’s for those who might want to see some blue sky.

Friday Photo.

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Day Seventeen Of Your Daily Ten Minute Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on February 17, 2017

It’s Friday.  Hopefully you will accomplish your Daily 10 Minute Practice today and it will send you into the weekend on a high note.  It is also Friday Photo day so I need to make sure to post that, too!

Have a great weekend!

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