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  • I teach Nia, yoga and stretch!

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    Yin Yoga: Mons at 11:30 am

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

    Stretch: Thurs at 10:30 am

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Posts Tagged ‘community center’

Six, Five, Three . . . Let’s Just Keep On Going!

Posted by terrepruitt on July 22, 2019

Last Thursday while I was teaching the Thursday evening yoga class I realized that I had been teaching at the Willow Glen Community for six years. Then I looked at my How Long Have You Been Teaching Here? post and realized it was six years to the day! I started teaching gentle yoga at that community center on July 18 in 2013. It was supposed to be a temporary gig.

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I’ll also have been teaching Nia on Thursdays for six years this year, but in September. The original time we started back in 2013 was 8:45. I understand the necessity for classes starting on the quarter hour, but sometimes that is not as standard as on the hour or half hour so we were able to change it to a 9:00 am start time in 2015.

Then we even changed locations in January of 2019. The program under which Nia was offered with the City of San Jose was cancelled. The feedback I received from the participants was that they wanted a class that they could drop into – which was not going to be allowed under the new program. So I found a new place to have Nia on Thursdays. We were so lucky that it happens to be right down the street from the community center AND it is on the same day AND it is at the same time. I am so happy that I was able to keep it so close to the same as to make it very convenient for the students. So, as I said, come September 2019, I will have been teaching Nia on Thursday for six years!

In February it had been five years that I have been teaching gentle yoga at the Cypress Community Center. At the time I was teaching Nia before the yoga class so I wasn’t able to step into the original class time when they called to ask me to teach it, but the students that had been signed up for that session agreed to move the class to 10:30. So the class has been at 10:30 on Tuesdays since February 2014.

Our stretch class has been going on for three years. This one is the one that have changed the most. First of all before I started teaching the class it was held at noon. But when I took over we moved it to 10:15 (that weird start time) because I was teaching Nia from 9:00 to 10:00 and when I took over teaching stretch we had to relocate from one room to the next so we needed time to do that. Plus it is always nice to have at least 10 minutes in between classes so that students can exit and enter and those wanting to take both classes can take care of any needs they might have (the instructor too!). Stretch was at the community center, but again, when the city changed programs the students wanted to have class passes and drop-ins so we moved stretch to the same place we moved Nia. Not enough people attended the stretch class though, so the studio could not support it.

So, we moved stretch to the park. The park is great. It is a very nice park. It suits our needs just in fine. There is a huge tree under which we can put our mats. Most of the time the students start off with their mats in the sun and after about 15 minutes they move into the shade. But even though we have great weather in California, we will not be able to stay outside through the winter so we are moving back to the community center. If you want to join us for stretch at the community center, please register. Here is a link to my site that will have the links to register. I don’t want to put the links here as they will die eventually and I rather not have dead links on my blog. (I try not to.)

When we moved stretch to the park we adjusted the start time so that we would have time to get from the studio to the park. It starts at 10:30. When it moves to the community center it will start at 10:30 because I will still need the time to get from the studio to the community center. It actually only takes about 5 minutes to get to either place from the studio, but I can’t guarantee that I can leave right after class. Sometimes I have to talk to students and/or attend to other things so it is safest to start class when I can guarantee for the most part that I can be there.

Well, this post just start out because I was excited that I had been teaching gentle yoga at the Willow Glen Community center for six years to the day and wanted to share . . . the other info just seemed a logical follow.

Do you take any group exercise classes?

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Little Duckling

Posted by terrepruitt on July 5, 2019

Oh, I have a couple more pictures of some watercolors that hang in the community center where I teach yoga. This is cute little duckling. Sweet little guy for today’s Friday Photo.

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Colorful Giraffe

Posted by terrepruitt on May 24, 2019

I have three photos left of other water colors not including this one. I check every week at the community center before I teach yoga to see if there are new ones. I would like to let the artists know that I have posted their pictures and give them credit but I don’t know how to get in touch with them. I especially like the ones like this one with the different colors making up the animal face.

This giraffe makes me go, “Awwww!” when I look at it. I thought I would share it with you for today’s Friday Photo.

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Colorful Kitty

Posted by terrepruitt on March 8, 2019

Ooooo! I found this kitty at the community center where I teach Nia. I love it. It was behind glass though so there is a lot of reflection. But she is still beautiful.

This is the latest watercolor animal for my Friday Photo.

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Colorful Elephant

Posted by terrepruitt on January 25, 2019

In September of 2018 I posted a watercolor painting that hangs on the wall of the community center where I teach yoga on Thursday evenings. It was a painting of a flamingo. It is gorgeous. I have snapped a few photos of some of the paintings. I want to share them as my Friday Photo. Here is a gorgeous elephant.

 

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Super Fun

Posted by terrepruitt on August 19, 2016

Earlier this month I taught a yoga class.  I was subbing for someone at a community center that I don’t teach at very often.  In the past when I taught there I was usually subbing a Zumba class with Nia.  I don’t care what class you are going to take, when you show up and it is not that class, it kinda is a bummer.  Some people get very upset.  Some people leave and even though they made all the effort to get to the class, they decide not to stay.  Some people shrug their shoulders and say, “Well, I am here.  I might as well give it a go.”  I don’t blame anyone for being upset.  As I said, it is kind of a bummer when you show up for one thing and there is another.  Oh, I digress . . before the yoga class a woman asked me if I taught Nia.  When I said yes she asked if I could do some Nia.  I told her that I would be happy to lead her through a song AFTER the yoga class if she would like.  The demo was awesome.  I was amazed.

After the yoga class, I asked a few of the members that regularly come to Nia if they would mind dancing a song with me and the student who asked about Nia.  So a few of the woman who dance with me regularly stayed to help out.  But others stayed too.  It was really cool.  I did one song and they were so enthusiastic, I did another song.  I bet I could have done an entire routine and they would have stayed for it.

It was really cool to have people who were new to Nia . . . who had never even heard of it . . . dance so enthusiastically.  And, the most amazing part to me . . . they sounded.  They shouted and whooped and hollered.  That was really amazing.  It is a challenge for so many of us to make noise while we exercise.  So many of us were taught to be quiet.  You weren’t supposed to grunt or huff-n-puff or even breathe loudly.  So not a lot of people are used to making noise.  These women jumped right in on it!

As I wrote in my post, One Person Making A Lot Of Noise, it only takes one person to help encourage the others.  I think the members that were from the regular Nia classes helped a lot.  It was really fun.

I am always happy and grateful when I get to introduce Nia to someone.  So this really made me super happy and grateful because I was able to introduce it to a handful of woman.  It helps a lot that the members that come to the Nia classes regularly talk about it to other students.

The members are really good and generous in talking about all the classes they like. They share with others all the information about each class and they encourage others to attend.  Somewhat like the sounding . . . they make noise and others join in.

I was sitting here wondering what to write about.  Needing to go make dinner and I thought of that class and it made me smile.  And I thought I would share.  While it might not make you smile . . . it will make me smile again, in the future when I read this post.  You know most of this is for me anyway.

I’ve talked about Sounding in Nia before.  Do you go to an exercise class where you make noise?  Perhaps a yoga class where you chant?  Perhaps another type of dance class where you hoot and holler?

 

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Remove Green To Be More Green

Posted by terrepruitt on April 1, 2016

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No April Fool’s joke here.  Actual live trees, green trees are being removed so we can be green.  Places that birds and bugs live and feed will be removed so we can have shade for our cars.  Makes me sad.

The center is quite large and so I am bummed that trees have to be removed instead of some type of roof top installation of solar panels.  I mean, solar panels are great to help with energy.  It makes sense: sun, power — good.  But it is so sad that the trees have to go.  It is so sad that they will be replaced by metal and concrete.

It was even more prophetic that when I got in my car the radio was playing, “It’s The End Of the World as we know it.”  I am not even certain that a more appropriate song would have been Big Yellow Taxi, ya know the one that says “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”

Sigh.  Good-bye pretty tree-lined parking lot.  I’ll miss you.

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More Street Dancing

Posted by terrepruitt on October 2, 2014

Nia is a dance exercise . . . dare I say it?  It is much more if you want it to be.  Otherwise you can keep it just as that, an exercise class that you attend where you dance.  That is fine.  When you attend regularly you will more-than-likely experience more, but you do not have to take it any farther than that.  But . . . since I love dance and I teach a dance exercise class, I am going to post AGAIN about dancing.  I am not writing about dancing in an exercise class at the gym, community center, or dance studio, I am talking about dancing ON THE STREET!  My last post was about dancing on the street.  It was the fun idea of dancing while you are waiting for the crosswalk signal to change.  You can check it out HERE!  This post is highlighting yet another video about dancing on the street.  This time it is about dancing WHILE you are crossing the street.

Now it did cross my mind that some of these people looked almost as if they were doing Free Dance in Nia as they were very absorbed in their dance.  Some looked as if it might actually not be a safe thing to do.  But then I remembered that many people don’t pay attention when they cross the street as it is.  Many people have their face down and they are looking at their phone.  So I don’t feel that dancing while crossing the street is any more dangerous than the “phone-walk”.

This looks just as fun as dancing while waiting.  I think they should come up with a crosswalk sign that is ALL dance.  Dance while you wait, then dance across the street.

I do love how so many people seemed to dance while crossing the street.  So many people seemed to get into the moment and just go for it.  So fun.  I love the girl at the end.  She was completely surprised.  I was thinking that some of these people were “planted” and were dancing as part of the people filming the video.  And that could be true, but that girl’s shoe flying off her foot was not planned.  She was surprised.

Not everyone is into dancing or be what you might call a dancer.  That is one great thing about Nia you don’t have to be experienced in dance you just have to be willing to move.  Could be that you don’t have to dance while waiting for the crosswalk sign to change or you don’t have to dance while crossing the street, but you still could take a moment during your day to enjoy life.  That really is what all of this dancing is about.  The people who like to dance get enjoyment from it so they do so while waiting or crossing.  If dancing is not your “thing” that is fine, take a moment to do something that is.  Do something — if just for a moment — that brings you joy.

I love all this dancing!  Thanks, SoulPancake!  A friend of mine post this one on Facebook.  Have you seen this video yet?

(click the pic to watch the video)

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Dancing Close

Posted by terrepruitt on September 16, 2014

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One benefit of dancing in a close bundle is to practice our proprioception.  In close proximity to other Nia Dancers we want to be aware of where our arms are, where are feet are, where are hands are.  Are our limbs close to our body or are they out as far as they can go?  Are we going to step on someone’s toes?  Are we going to bump into someone?  While the goal is not to step on nor bump into anyone, it is understood there might be some contact . . . but not often.  For those in my classes that participate in the Nia bundles we do a good job being aware and moving in a close group.

Also dancing so close to each other helps us be aware of each other. Not just the physical presence of the other students, but there is eye contact, there is giggling, there is connection and a sense of community when you are brought really close together.  No one is in their own space, we are sharing space.  We move as one in space.  We move as individuals in a shared space.  We learn to dance together.

Another benefit could be that we – as individuals are pressed into moving in different ways.  Finding a new way to move our body in dance because we are so close to someone.  How can we move our elbows without elbowing someone?  How can we dance to the music and express our spirit in such close proximity to others?  Ahh . . . yes . . . new-to-your-body-moves just might be discovered.

I always laugh at the thought of someone looking in the dance studio at the community center and seeing all of the space with 12+ of us all clumped together in the middle or in a corner.  I imagine them thinking that odd.  I imagine them thinking, “WHAT are they doing?”  Then we throw our hands up in the air and sing.  It is quite fun!

So despite some people’s misgivings about dancing really close in a Nia bundle there are those who join in with gusto and reap the benefits.  Does your dance exercise class have a bundle?  What would you think if you were to peek in a class and see it?  Would you be a bundle dancer?

 

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Goodie Jar – Check In #27

Posted by terrepruitt on August 9, 2013

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Hey we are INTO August!  WOW!  And we are at our Friday Check-In.  So?  How is it going?  I have a lot of Good Things to add to my Goodie Jar.

I have one thing I should put in my jar because every time I use it I am so very grateful.  I love showers.  They are one of the best privileges on earth . . . I think.  I need to put that in my goodie jar.  I think they are damn good things.  Aside from that I had some good things go in that jar this week.

One of the good things I had happen this week was something amazing by my Nia Students at the community center where I teach on Tuesdays.  I shared this on Facebook, but I will share it here too.  After class one of my students mentioned to me that the class that was being held on Thursday mornings was being cancelled so she asked if I would want to teach Nia in that time slot.  I said yes.  So she asked how to get it as a class.  I told her she needed to talk to the person in charge of the classes at that San Jose City community center.  I told her to write a note for her or send her an e-mail.  She wrote a note and had the students sign it.  I thought that was so cute.  She said she thought it would prove that the students really wanted an additional Nia class to be on Thursdays if they all signed it.

Before I got home the person in charge of the classes at the community center called me to let me know we can give it a go!  So awesome.  This is definitely a good thing for my jar!

How about you?  Do you have good things to add?  Well, here is your reminder . . . ADD THEM!

Cheers!  Have a GREAT weekend!

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