My Cootie Catcher For Nia
Posted by terrepruitt on April 22, 2016
In my last post I told you how I was recently reminded of the Cootie Catcher. I explained how you can make your own. Did you? What did you use it for? Well, I also mentioned that I would be using mine for picking a focus and an intent for Nia class. Well, I used it today and I liked it. It worked. In Nia we set a focus and an intent for each class, which allows us so many different things. It could help us move differently to a familiar routine, it could allow us to help work out some kinks in the body and mind, it can do many things. It is a powerful tool in the Nia tool box. Most often I ask my students if they have anything they would like to focus on. Then we go from there deciding an intent. One of the most requested focuses is shoulders. So many of us hold tension in our shoulders. Rarely is there a time when no one has something they want to focus on, but I thought it would be fun to mix it up giving us an alternative for picking the focus of the class. Plus I thought it would be a good way to get some focuses in use that we don’t use that often. So I made a cootie catcher to assist us.
I wrote four of the seven Nia Class cycles on the outside. I used the number of the cycle. Warm-up is cycle 3, Get Moving is cycle 4, Cool Down is cycle 5, and Floorplay is cycle 6. I could have just used numbers but I wanted to remind people that Nia has cycles. I wish I could have used all seven. So we have someone pick the cycle, then we open and close the catcher that number of times. Then someone picks a focus or I might have them choose a number . . . that way they won’t really know what focus they are picking. Ha, I will probably do it both ways. Anyway . . .we now have our focus. Then the catcher is opened and closed as many times as the corresponding number. Then someone picks another number and we open that triangle and read the intent that is behind it and that is our intent for the class.
Today in class we picked Natural Time . . . to empower us to connect with our body. NICE!
Each focus can work nicely with each intent. So no matter what combination is picked it will work.
You may notice the underlining on the focuses (Joints is underlined, Extension is underlined), originally I was going to use the words, spelling them out to open and close the catcher, but I decided to go with the numbers. But again, I might try that way, too. There are so many ways you can do it. That is one thing that makes it so fun!
There are many ways we can decide on a focus and intent, this is just one. If you are going to make one to use to help with a focus and intent you need FOUR things for the outside (that is where I put the cycles). Then you need EIGHT focuses and EIGHT intents. So that would be the same formula for anything you are going to use the catcher for. Four, eight, eight.
I would love to make more and have all kinds of different focuses and intents. So, you Nia teachers and Nia students, share with me your favorite focus and intent!