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  • I teach Nia, yoga and stretch!

    Nia: Thurs at 9 am

    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 ‘Nia fun’

Messing Up Is Fun

Posted by terrepruitt on October 24, 2013

After Nia class once a month we meet for a visit.  We walk to a coffee house and get a beverage.  Some of us have coffee, some of us have tea, some of us have nothing, but that is not the point.  The point is that we visit.  It took almost two years for me to learn one of my students is a Naturopathic Doctor. As the teacher, often times I am busy with “teacher/business” duties.  I miss some of the interaction and conversations that my students have.  It is so fabulous to see friendships formed and conversations happen.  But I wanted to be in on some of the conversations and I wanted my students to be able to share with each other as a group.  I love when I can make a connection . . . when one person can meet the needs or desires of another.  So, so, so fulfilling.  It is difficult to learn about people while dancing . . . so an after-class visit is just the thing.  Students can share what they do and what is going on in their lives and we can get to know each other a bit off of the dance floor.  Also, I learn a lot of other things about my students and what they like about Nia.

I was sharing with one of my students something about the moves.  I was using a specific example and I said, “You know when I am talking about because you were giggling.”  And she said, “I was giggling because I messed up.”  She said after we did the move over and over and over she was still getting it wrong and so she was laughing.  She said messing up is one of her favorite parts of Nia.  I LOVE that.  I love that she “gets” that part of Nia.  Nia is not about doing it right.  Nia is about moving.  Nia understands that sometimes for so many reasons, you just don’t get it.  It could be a move you can normally do in your sleep but for some reason at that moment it is escaping you.  Instead of getting upset and frustrated with yourself and STOPPING, embrace the mistake and keep moving.  Use the opportunity to do the move in a totally different way.  If you are still able to move with the count, but the choreography is escaping you for the moment, move in a different way but with the same count.  If you are able to do the movement, but it is the count that you are having issues with, vary your speed even MORE.  Go faster or slower . . . what have you got to lose, not the count because you’ve already lost that!  Just IN JOY it, be in joy.  Have fun.

I love, love, love that my student loves messing up.  She embraces so much that is Nia.  She takes that as an opportunity to play.  To “be a kid again” and just not care.  You know how kids are — before they are taught differently — they just move and dance in their own way and they don’t care what opinion people have.  Also in the messing up and going with it, it is a lesson in letting go . . . . letting go of judgment, letting go of feeling you have to be perfect, letting go of making your body do something it is clearly not doing well – at the moment.  It is freeing to just move the best you can.

Now this is different from Nia Free Dance.  I mean Free Dance is where we are purposefully dancing to stimulate movement creativity, not dancing in a choreographed way.  Where we don’t think and we just move.  This, when you just can’t get a move and give into NOT getting it, is you dancing what you are capable at the moment in the choreography.  Get through it then join back in.  I would think you would keep trying to do it or continue with the modification you made, but it is not free dance.  It is more of a embrace-the-mess-up-and-have-fun kind of dance.

I was just very happy to hear that she was ok with messing up.  She was ok with allowing herself the freedom to not be perfect.  She was embracing and celebrating movement for Joy and not for moving exactly like the choreography.  She was having fun.  Awesome!

So do you enjoy messing up in a situation like an dance workout class?  Can you laugh it off and keep going?  Can you allow yourself to dance your way and get back on track when you are able?  Can you see the difference between this and Free Dance?

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Can I Do Nia?

Posted by terrepruitt on August 31, 2010

People can contact me about Nia through my website at HelpYouWell.com.  Here is a communication that transpired:

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A consumer has submitted the Contact Terre Pruitt form on your website.
The details are given below:

I am looking to: obtain information about Nia classes

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Comments: How does one learn Nia?  If the classes are drop in but if I have never done this before how will I    know the moves?  Do you have classes for beginners?  If so, when do they start?  How many classes must one attend in order to learn all of the moves? What is the nearest cross street to your location on Lincoln Ave.?

My reply:

Dear Lovely Spirit Interested in Nia:

Do you like to move?  Do you like to dance?  Do you care what others think of you?  You are a Lovely Being and I invite you to let go of caring about that.

Nia is not about “the moves”, Nia is about fun.  And moving and learning and not caring what others think.  Do you think you might like something like that?  Do you think you might like to remove your shoes and just get down and shake your groove thing?  What makes Nia different than other exercise classes (well, ONE of the things that makes it different) is that we don’t judge.  If you are not causing yourself or others harm then it is ok.

If one person goes left, and the other person goes right—as long as there is not a collision—it really does not matter.  We are not performing.  Nigel, Mia, and Adam are not there.  It is just us.  Those who want to move.  We have fun.  We don’t mind if and when we don’t do it “right”.

You, Lovely Spirit, will know the moves because you will be listening to the best, most perfect, most honest teacher there is—-YOU!  YOU will be in charge.  You will be the one that tells you what to do and how much to do.  I might say, “raise your arm” and your arm might say, “No Lovely Spirit, not today.” And you will be moving PERFECTLY because you will have listened, and I and everyone in the class will know that you respected yourself and did what YOUR body needed.  That is part of what makes Nia great.

ALL of my classes are for beginners.  All of my classes are for experts. Because all of us are beginners and experts.  Nia is about YOUR BODY’S WAY!

Come and see.  Try not to be concerned about learning the moves.  If you have looked at Nia’s 52 Moves, and are thinking about having to know all of them—don’t!  We move as the body was designed to move so when you come you will be amazed at how your body just moves on its own.  And because of that,
it will feel fabulous!

The NEAREST cross street is Garfield (it is where Rotten Robbies is), the “biggest one” with a light is Coe.  The studio is between Coe and Willow in Willow Glen.  Does that help?

I want you to come and feel comfortable.  Nia is about JOY and comfort and feeling good.  It is not about “moves” and “perfection” and performing.  We listen to the music and I lead a routine, but you are not required to do exactly what I do.  You are encouraged to move as YOUR BODY WANTS TO MOVE!

Sorry, my reply was so lengthy, but I was hoping to help you understand that it is more fun than form.  Our bodies were designed to move, in society we sometimes restrict movement, so when you participant in Nia . . . it is
fun!

So, when can I expect to see you?  🙂

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Nia In The Mirror

Posted by terrepruitt on January 12, 2010

I went to San Carlos today to teach my first Nia class for the City of San Carlos Park and Recreation Department.  I wanted to get there at least 30 minutes early.  I was late, not for the class but for my getting there 30 minutes early.  The man at the desk was on the phone when I arrived and there was a woman in front of me needing assistance.

He was kind enough to get off the phone since he wasn’t able to help the person.  Sounded like a co-worker he said he would call back.  And he asked us if we needed help. The woman that was before me asked where the Nia class was and he asked her if she was the instructor at which time I pointed to myself.

So he took us to the room, helped with the music and the people started coming in.   (Thanks, Nick!)

There is always “business” to handle in a class.  Either signing in, or making sure everyone is signed up, or checking passes, or something.  So we handled that as people were coming in.

This class room was different as it has no mirror.  I have talked to a lot of people who prefer the teacher to face away from the students as we do in Nia, but I was not certain about that without a mirror to look at my participants in.  So I started off facing them.  Then when we got to a point when we would be moving right and left, I turned.

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Nia is so fun and amazing because even though I could not see the people in the mirror I could sense they were there and moving as I was.  When I turned around to look they were doing it just beautifully.  Was every doing it exactly the same?  No.  Was everyone perfectly on step?  No.  But it is so beautiful because when I turned to make sure everyone was ok, they would smile.  They would laugh.  They were ok, they were doing Nia.

Most of them were new to Nia.  We had a good time.  When we did some moving around the room using the space people were smiling and sounding.  It was good.  I felt as if even though I didn’t have a mirror in which to see my own face and my own body, I was still seeing my reflection.  I was seeing joy in movement.  Fun in exercise.  Happiness in the workout.  Nia.

Will all nineteen people come back?  Well, some of them will because they had registered.  Will the all thirteen that came for the “Try It”?  No, probably not all of them.  I know for a fact that one won’t because she has signed up for school with a class on that same night and she just came to try it.  And other people will not have the time, but at least we danced together.  We had fun.  I shared Nia with some people who didn’t know about it.  I am sure that even though they might not be able to make my class, they will be at others in the future.  I think that is good.

Next week I will leave San Jose a few minutes earlier and get there 30 minutes early!

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