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Posts Tagged ‘Developmental Anatomy’

Nia Blue Belt Principle #4 and Nia 5 Stages

Posted by terrepruitt on December 13, 2012

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI don’t know the Nia Blue Belt Principles by heart yet.  I think I should, but I don’t.  I will work on that.  I was doing my 30 minutes for the December 30 Minute Movement Challenge, while I was doing it I was wondering if I could get ready to go teach the Nia class tonight, make a salad, straighten up the room, and write a blog all in the 30 minutes I had left before I had to leave.  While I realized that was not possible I thought I could at least come up with a topic for my post.  I thought about posting the fourth principle of the Nia Blue Belt, but I couldn’t remember what it is.  At the end of my 30 minutes for the December 30 Minute Movement Challenge I did the Nia 5 Stages.   As I was doing the Nia 5 Stages I thought I could post about them, then I thought not because I would want to spend more time writing about that.  I decided to see what the Principle #4 is.  When I saw it, I had to laugh out loud.  Nia Blue Belt Principle #4 is Developmental Anatomy.  The tagline is Reaching Your Ideal.  I find this too funny.  The reason it is funny is that the Developmental Anatomy used as a tool to assist in reaching your ideal is the Nia 5 Stages.

The Nia 5 Stages are the stages we go through in development.  The stages are:  Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing, and Walking. In the womb we are embryonic, we move with comfort through fluid, we are safe, comfortable, and warm.  Once born most infants creep.  Creeping is not crawling, but it is getting us around, but not very efficiently.  At one point there is crawling.  We are much more mobile and active.  We see a lot more and often we go after it in this stage.  Then there is that stage where we “stand”.  The standing usually starts out with the help of something or someone.  While in life this stage for a child involves a lot of sitting . . . get wobbly and fall on their butt, it does not in the Nia 5 Stages.  The standing in the Nia 5 Stages is more of a low to the ground squat.  Then there is the stage of walking.  The Nia 5 Stages is actually a movement practice.  It is based on science.  It is a tool to help the body move more efficient.  As I previously stated, I would love to do a more in-depth post or even posts on it, I will do that at a later time.

What Nia did for the Nia Blue Belt Principle #4 was allow us to use this movement, the practice of the Nia 5 Stages as a tool to reach our ideals.  It is very interesting how Nia uses the body for this.  If you have a goal in mind, the idea is to think about it and go to the body to find out where you are in reaching it.  Again, to me, another brilliant connection made by Nia.  It really makes sense to find out where you are in the stage of reaching your goal so you can work on what you need to work on to complete it.  Are you in the embryonic stage of the goal?  Maybe just thinking about it?  Are you are far as the standing stage?  Doing the movement to find out really helps the entire process.  There is no triad for this principle as it uses the Nia 5 Stages pictographs.  If you are at the point of taking the Nia Blue Belt you would be familiar with the 5 stages and the pictures so they work as the symbols for Nia Blue Belt Principle #4.

So, it was funny to me that I was thinking about posting about principle #4, but couldn’t remember what is was.  Then I thought I would post about the Nia 5 Stages.  And it turns out they are very much connected.

Do you see how there could be stages of a goal?

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The Joy of Being In Relationship With The Nia Blue Belt Principles

Posted by terrepruitt on November 27, 2012

The Nia Blue Belt has 13 principles as does the Nia White Belt, Nia Brown Belt, and Nia Black Belt.  The principles for the Blue Belt were created to layer onto or weave through the Nia White Belt Principles.  The 13 Nia Blue Belt Principles are:

1. The Joy of Being In Relationship
2. The Power of Two
3. Awareness, Insight, Clarity
4. Developmental Anatomy
5. The Power of Three
6. Split, Ellipt, Blend
7. Nia Class Format
8. The Power of Silence & Sound
9. Form and Freedom
10. FloorPlay
11. Music, Movement, Magic
12. Observe, Listen, Guide
13. Vertical Routines

Even though I have been introduced to 13 new principles, I can still work with the 13 Nia White Belt Principles.  I still have a lot I can learn through them.  Nia actually made practicing them easy by creating the Blue Belt principles to weave into the White Belt Principles.  The Nia White Belt Principle #1 is The Joy of Movement.  http://www.helpyouwell.com/nia-information.htmlWhen Nia creates the principles they create catch phrases and other things to help explain what the principle is about and help people remember the principle and what it is about.  One of the things they use as a tool is a triad with words or phrases.  The triad for principle #1 in the Nia White Belt is the same as the triad for principle #1 in the Nia Blue Belt.  The triad is choose, sensation, and universal joy.

The Nia Blue Belt Principle #1, The Joy of Being In Relationship, the catch phrase is “with”, so you choose, sense the sensation, experience universal joy.  You are in relationship with all three in addition to “the other” you are in relationship with.  The “other” does not have to be a person, it can be a movement, a body part, a person, a thought, an idea . . . . anything.  As an example, you can be in relationship with your hips as they move when you walk.  You are not just aware of them, but you are in relationship with.  There is communication going on.  It is not just you moving them, you are listening, sensing, aware . . . in relationship with.  They move and you receive information from them.  Maybe you sense them tilting forward.  Why?  What is that the result of?  Can you move them so they are not tilting forward?  You ask.  They say yes.  You move in a way that adjust them.  You move on.  Energy and information going back and forth between you and “the other”.  This is applied to dancing Nia.  This is applied to teaching Nia.  This is applied to everything.  This is applied to life.  We choose.  We sense.  We have the opportunity to experience Universal Joy.  We have the opportunity to be in relationship with.

So this is a new idea for me.  This is how I am perceiving it today.  This is how I am understanding it today.  I welcome others who have taken the Blue Belt Intensive to comment.  I believe this principle is one of the things that takes practice.  It is something that can be played with and experienced.  And I actually feel as if my relationship with this principle changes.  So, yeah, there will probably more on this as I explore the Joy of Being In Relationship With!

Do you somewhat understand how you can be in relationship with?

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Communication, Relationship, and Intimacy

Posted by terrepruitt on November 15, 2012

I recently participated in the intensive that is the second level of training in the Nia practiceNia trainings are called intensives which is a great thing because it gives you an idea of what the training will be like —– INTENSE!  The second level is Blue Belt.  Nia borrows from other practices and uses belts and colors to signify levels.  The levels are White, Blue, Brown, and Black.  There is a Green for teachers that can be taken at anytime after white.  Part of the reason the trainings are intense is that they are over 50 hours of instruction.  The instruction includes lectures, dancing, participatory exercises, and workout classes.  Each level of the practice has its own focus, intent, and principles (except Green).  The Blue Belt focus is Communication, Relationship, and Intimacy.  While the concentration is on how these things relate to Nia it is probably easy to imagine how lessons involving these three things can be related to everyday life.  Since the training CAN be related to life outside of teaching Nia there are many people who take the intensives with no intent of teaching.  You might also be able to imagine how the focus can apply to many things in relation to Nia.  One way is how a Nia teacher communicates with a class, the teacher’s relationship with the choreography, and intimacy to the music.  This is just one little facet of the focus.  I am sharing it to give you an idea of what the focus of “Communication, Relationship, and Intimacy” means.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaThe intent of the focus is to energize personal connection through self-discovery and communication by following The Body’s Way.  Since Nia is a body based practice we do our learning through the body.  As I mentioned in my I’m Blue, But No Tears Here post we were shown how to use the Nia 5 Stages or the Developmental Anatomy to answer questions about what stage we are in when learning something new.  Very amazing.  This is the part that I need to practice — really listening to my body and believing what it is telling me.  The believing part will take examination time . . . I’ll have to really figure out why my body says I am in one stage where I might THINK I am in another.  I might think I am in the beginning stage, embryonic, but my body might say I am in the crawling stage.  For me this means I need to pay attention to the details of what I actually know and what I still need to learn.  I could know 11 out of 15 things, but since the 15th thing seems to be so big to me, I might think I am just beginning whereas it turns out I know over 73%.  All part of the communication, relationship, and intimacy!

Also this training has familiar things you might have heard of in other trainings, for instance:  pay attention to what you sense, feel, think, and have within you then communicate accordingly.  I know that this type of idea has been taught in corporate trainings as an effective way to communicate.  A Nia related example would be:  Knowing the choreography and really know how to do the 52 moves, then having an intimate relationship with the music which will allow you to clearly communicate to the Nia participants.

I can almost talk myself into circles because it is all relates so well and ties in together and just connects.  The more I type the more things I think of so I really have to concentrate on just a tiny portion so my sharing does not get so confusing.  I am trying to share to clarify.  I want you to want more.  I want to understand that in addition to a great workout, Nia has stellar training and continued education.

Can you see how Communication, Relationship, and Intimacy is important for a teacher?

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I’m Blue, But No Tears Here

Posted by terrepruitt on November 13, 2012

Last week I cancelled my Monday and Wednesday Nia class and got a substitute for my Tuesday Nia class with the City of San Jose.  I decided to take the next level of Nia training.  I was a White Belt, now I am a Blue Belt.  Nia calls their trainings intensive.  I cannot assume to know why, but I am glad they do.  They are very intense.  The training is part lecture and part moving.  The moving can be dancing or types of exercises to further the learning process.  People tend to learn better when they are doing, so there is a lot of doing.  In my rough calculations it was about 53 hours of instruction, including the Master Classes.  It was Saturday through Friday.  It was exhausting.  It was energizing.  It was incredible.  As I have mentioned before and I will continue to mention Nia is a cardio dance exercise.  Come to a class.  Move.  Have fun.  Sweat.  Get your workout in.  But Nia is also a practice.  I compare it to yoga in that a person can go into a yoga class and work out and do the exercise and then leave and not give it a second though.  Or they could give it a second thought.  They could take on some of the aspects of yoga, they could practice breathing and/or meditating or anything else that might be attached to their yoga class on a deeper level.  That is what a person can do with Nia too.  So some people take the intensives for self-growth with no intention of teaching at all.  Even if they are not planning on teaching or are not currently doing so, the training is just as intense.

Each belt level has its own focus and intent.  Blue Belt focus is Communication, Relationship and Intimacy with the intent to energize personal connection through self-discovery and communication by following The Body’s Way.  Sounds like a lot.  Ok, it IS a lot.  LOL!

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaIn addition to a focus and intent, each belt level (aside from Green) has its own set of principles.  With the Blue Belt, the principles were made to layer onto or over the White Belt Principles.  Some of the information is very close to being the same, but with a little more added to it.  It is very interesting the way Nia does things.  It is very amazing the training they come up with and the delivery of it.

In this training we were shown many things, one was an enlightened way to use the Nia 5 Stages or the Developmental Anatomy to measure all types of things and where we might be in a process.  It is a pretty cool tool.  It is part of the Body’s Way.

I am 100% positive I will have more posts regarding the Blue Belt Intensive, the Blue Belt Principles, and my thoughts on it all.  I am still processing it right now.  My mind is racing with thoughts, ideas, things I learned, things I didn’t learn, just a lot of things.  There is so much that I want to share.  There is also a lot I don’t want to share.  Nia is not a secret society by any means.  There are no secrets to the intensives, in fact most of the information is things that have been around for as long as I can remember.  The information is stuff you have probably heard before.  It is just the WAY they deliver it.  And the way it is connected to the body that is somewhat unique.  If I decide not to share something or talk vaguely about some things it is because I don’t want to ruin the surprise of some things for those of you that will be taking the Blue Belt.  Since the Blue Belt Principles are layered onto the White Belt Principles I will probably write more post about them too.  And we will see what comes up.  I have chosen to participate in Nia as a practice.  For now, I will revel in Blue!

Is there something that you have in your life you consider a practice?

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