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Running, Lifting Weights, And Nia

Posted by terrepruitt on January 25, 2014

Nia is a body/mind type of practice.  Or mind/body . . . however you want to say it.  I tend to say body/mind because the first step is to get into the body.  But it is different from a lot of other exercises.  It is much more like yoga and Pilates then say . . . weight lifting or running.  I recently taught a class where a woman told me afterwards that she really loves it because she is very athletic, she runs, she plays other sports, but she wanted something that was more freeing and more connected so she decided try Nia and now she is hooked.  She still does all of the other stuff and continues to love it, she is just rounding out her workouts and exercise with Nia as a body/mind addition.  Nia is really great to add to any type of workout regime you have.

Since Nia focuses on allowing the participant to participate at their own level it can easily fit into your workout schedule.  I have had many people who love more traditional sports tell me that Nia is a great addition for them.  They all love that body/mind connection and the way it allows them to feel like a kid.  They love the play of it.

I have had people come up to me before class and say, “I can’t dance are you sure I can do this?”  The answer in The Nia Technique is “if you can walk you can do Nia.”  And that is true.  In a Nia class you might even fine tune your walking a bit.  We might train you to do that Heel Lead that often gets lost in a high heeled or runner’s gait.  Get that flex and extend back in the ankle.  But really anyone can do Nia.

I would bet that you have noticed the increase in the popularity of yoga . . . well, it is that mind/body connection that draws people to it.  Many people are understanding that even a regularly scheduled exerciser benefits from having that mind/body connection.  With Nia there is also the Emotions and Spirit.  The whole enchilada.  BMES.  Body, Mind, Emotions, and Spirit.

I’ve posted about Spirit before.  It is one of the things that many people really enjoy about Nia.  It can be compared to the “feeling like a kid” again.  The play in the exercise or workout.  The “Wooohooo!”

So the intention of this post is just to remind people – because I am sure I have said it before – that Nia is for everyBODY.  To remind you that people who like the more traditional exercise and workouts, the more athletic type of stuff, as in running and weight lifting, find they really like to add in Nia to the mix.  It actually helps them in their other type of workouts.  They claim — the ones that talk to me — they are more focused when they do run and/or lift weights.  So if you are one of those people who prefer the more traditional exercise, maybe break out of that for a Nia class and see how it works for you.

Check out my schedule on my website Nia Class Schedule or if San Jose is too far for you look at the Nia Classes on the main website.

Do you ever find yourself wanting to try something different for a workout?  Do you want to add something new to your exercise regime?

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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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Alien Vegetables

Posted by terrepruitt on February 26, 2013

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, ZumbaHave you seen this stuff before?  Doesn’t this look as if it is a vegetable from another planet?  The first time I saw it I was at a farmers market and I asked the vendor if I could take pictures.  This vegetable made me laugh.  I thought it was one of the funniest vegetables I have ever seen.  I thought she had called it an Italian Cauliflower.  She had me believing it tasted like cauliflower.  I am not really a fan of cauliflower so I wasn’t interested in buying it and trying it.  But lo-and-behold I received some in my organic produce box that I have delivered.  Yay!  AGAIN, I received something that I would not have bought.  Often times I don’t think about somethings so I don’t buy them, but this particular vegetable I was once faced with buying but declined because I didn’t know what it was!  So here I had some delivered and so I “HAD” to try it.  Well, I actually received two.  One head on one delivery and another head the next.  Yeah, that is kind of long for vegetables to sit in the fridge, but . . . sometimes even though I get it delivered I am still not all that enthusiastic about trying it.  Plus, I am still trying to get my new schedule down.  I have just started teaching Nia classes two nights a week and so I need to have my cooking schedule down and when I don’t know how to cook something a night I am rushing off to teach is not a good night to experiment.  So, I received a new bunch just this past delivery.  Plus I still had the first bunch.  So I decided to cook them both at once.

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 bet you know how I cooked them . . . . you got it.  I chopped it up and put it on a pan with olive oil and garlic salt and I roasted it.  I decided to cook it a little later than I normally would have started my roasted veggies – meaning the rest of dinner would be done really quick –  so I really cranked up the heat.  I started it off at 450.  I cooked it for about 10 minutes.  Then I turned it down to 400 and cooked it for about 10 minutes.  Then I think I turned it off and cooked it for about 10 minutes.  It seemed to cook faster than both broccoli and cauliflower.  It browned very nice.

I thought it would take a long time because it seems dense like cauliflower.  Well, it seemed to cook up faster.  Yay!

Well, I was very surprised at the sweetness of it.  It tasted really sweet.  It was very funny having that cornucopia shaped veggie on my tongue.  It is pokey.  It has a mild flavor.  A little sweet.  Well, I have to say that I like it.

Here is what Wiki says about it:  “Romanesco broccoli, or Roman cauliflower, is an edible flower of the species Brassica oleracea, and a variant form of cauliflower. First documented in Italy . . . ”

I am unable to find nutritional information on it.  Maybe as it gains popularity the nutritional information will start showing up on the internet?

Have you seen it?  Have you tried it?  What do you think?

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December 30 Minute Movement Challenge – Day #12

Posted by terrepruitt on December 12, 2012

Yay!  Here it is day 12!  Thank you for being here.  I know it is a busy month.  I know it is a busy time of the year.  Even if Christmas is not YOUR thing there are others who are off doing theirs so you might be busy because of other people taking vacations and time off.  So getting that 30 minutes in is a challenge.  The reason I called it a challenge is because I know it is a busy time.  But it is so worth it.  So, again, thank you for participating and being here.

I am teaching Nia this morning.  Then with nothing else on my schedule, I am going to do more Nia.  I want to review a routine I have been doing for four years and finish learning one that I am in the middle of learning.  I am presently teaching two different routines.  In my morning classes we are ready to move on.  Nia routines are so rich it is easy to keep learning with them.  So that will be my 30 minutes.

I will be back to check in.

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Marketing Things I Have Learned

Posted by terrepruitt on June 28, 2012

I am not a marketing expert or guru or anything, I am just a Nia teacher trying to get the word out about Nia to as many people as possible.  As I go I realize that my past experiences have helped me learn a lot.  Plus I learn a lot as I go.  I have a lot of people who encourage me, and help me learn even more.  Here are a few things that I have learned that maybe you don’t know.  Or maybe you forgot, or maybe, like me, you need encouragement to do/use.

1–When posting a flyer or a poster make certain there is contact information on it.  Make certain the information stands out – whether it be a phone number, an e-mail address, or some other way to communicate.
Recently I received a call from someone wanting to take a different class (not Nia), but she claimed there was no phone number for the instructor she wanted to take a class from.  I took her name and number, looked up the instructor on the internet, called the instructor and gave her the prospective student’s name and number.  When I was able to look at the poster myself I saw the phone number on it, but it was somewhat camouflaged.  It blended in with the other text on the flyer.  Make your contact information stand out.  Make it bold, make it a different color, make it a different font, make it larger than the rest, or circle it.  Something that makes it the first thing people see.  Flash a sample at a friend and see if the contact info is the first thing they see.

2–Send e-mail.
I am hesitant to send out e-mails because I don’t like to “bother” people.  I don’t like to clog their in box with a lot of stuff.  I know we all get a lot of e-mails and I don’t want mine to be the one you don’t read because there is an e-mail from me all the time.  I try to keep my e-mail down to “need-to-know” stuff.  I work to only e-mail once a month.  With this past e-mail I sent out a handful of my students thanked me for the updates.  That made me feel better.  People appreciate being updated.

3–Use the subject line (when e-mailing) to get the info across.
When a fellow Nia teacher told me she sends e-mails reminding people to come to class, I shared I didn’t like sending out too many e-mails.  She gave me a great tip.  She said to put the information in the subject line.  If it is just a quick reminder of one thing then the subject line can hold all the info and the recipient doesn’t even have to open the e-mail.  “See you at class tomorrow.”  I thought that was brilliant.  I have employed that method and I love it.  Otherwise, I use my subject line to announce all the items contained in the e-mail.  As an example my last e-mail subject line was:  “Monday Evenings are cancelled / Subbing classes for City of San Jose / Fourth of July”  I bet you can guess without even having received the e-mail what it was about.  Big important news – class is cancelled.  Then exciting news – I’m subbing classes.  Then a note about Fourth of July.  This gives the recipient a chance to decide if they need to open it right away.  I know that sometimes I don’t have time to read all my e-mail in one sitting so I prioritize.  I usually have a few I have to come back and read.

4–Remind people.
In the e-mail I mentioned above, I did take the time to remind people of my regular class schedule, since I was sending out an e-mail anyway.  People get busy, people forget, people need to be reminded of what is happening.  I can keep track of MY schedule, I can have that in my head, but I can’t have other people’s too.  So when they remind me of what classes they have and when I appreciate it.  The same goes with blogs.  I have a few blogs I read consistently, but sometimes the ones I want to read don’t have consistent postings so I need to be reminded that they are there.  This is another thing I need to work on because, again, I don’t want to “bother” people, but when I DO post a link to my blog on FB people read it and they thank me for reminding them.  It’s ok to remind people.  If it truly bother’s them they will let you know.

5–Send Thank you Notes.
One Nia teacher I know would send out a thank you e-mail every once in a while after class.  Made me happy.  I was thankful to be able to attend her class, but she would send an e-mail thanking us all for attending.  Since it made me so happy, I figured it made others happy too.  Of course, you can also send an actual note via the US Post Office.  So many of us seldom get actual mail a thank you note would be a nice surprise.  I appreciate that my students take the time to come dance with me every week, sometimes twice a week.  So sending a note letting them know is important to me.  I didn’t even think of this as a marketing tool until I was writing this.  People liked to be thanked.  Clients deserved to be thanked.

So this is just a short list.  It is not trail blazing information, you probably already know these things.  It is just a reminder or maybe a little encouragement.  I have learned that I write and post things as much for me as for you.  I will probably stumble across this in the future and say, “Yeah, that’s right, sending an e-mail is not as bothersome as you think.”

So what do you think?  Even if you are not a business owner you are probably a customer on the receiving end of some of these things.  What do you think?  Do you have ideas you can share?

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Stuff Happens In Life As Do Moments

Posted by terrepruitt on June 5, 2012

I had to rearrange my Nia Classes this week and next week because stuff happens in life.  You know that right?  You have a plan, just cruising a long and something happens.  Sometimes it is just a little quirk that maybe changes your schedule a bit.  Sometimes it might be something bigger that changes a lot of things.  Either way, there is stuff.  We all have stuff.  Even if it doesn’t happen directly to us, it happens to someone who affects us.  Stuff.  Good stuff, bad stuff, stuff that can’t be qualified as either . . . but stuff.  Sometimes you gotta drop what you are doing and deal with it.  Sometimes you get a little prep time.  Whether you can actually get prepared in that time is another story, huh?  There are also moments when you might be able to forget the stuff and enjoy the moment that is.  Recently I was able to enjoy a moment.  I took a few pictures of it.  Since there is “stuff” I am using my moment to fill in.

I love when animals drink out of the bird bath.  My husband and I try to keep it clean and full.  I am really particular during the hot days.  Even though I am sure the water gets really hot, I still want to make sure there is water in there for them.  I like to see them drink out of it.  The blue jay are funny because they put their heads back and move their heads as if that is how they have to get the water down.  Is that how they have to do it?  Do you know?

Dance Exercies, Nia, Nia Campbell, Campbell Nia, Nia classes in Campbell, evening Nia, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, NiaWhat I love more than animals drinking from the bird bath is birds taking a bath.  They seem as if they really allow themselves to really enjoy it.  They seem to love to get to splish and splash around.  I love that.  I really love when I have my camera or phone close by so I can take some pictures.  I posted a long time ago (in 2009) about the baby blue jays taking a bath.  They were so funny to watch because each one was so different in how they took their baths.  One would barely get wet, while another would just go crazy in the water.  You can see from the pictures how he would just splash around really big.  He became a big blur.  It was fun to see the different personalities of the birds.

Dance Exercies, Nia, Nia Campbell, Campbell Nia, Nia classes in Campbell, evening Nia, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, NiaThe other day, I just happen to look up as a bird hopped in the water.  He would jump in splash around, then jump out, then jump in splash around, then stop, then splash, then stop.  Just having a good old time.  He was not a big blurry splasher like that one baby blue jay was.  Whenever I think of that blue jay it makes me laugh because he would just get so crazy.  It does make me happy to see the birds actually taking a bath in the bird bath.  Although I am fine if they just drink out of it.  It is a nice break, either way, especially where there is “stuff”.

All this splishing and splashing reminds me of the Duck Walk.  🙂  Thanks for letting me take a little break and share a bird’s bath with you.  It was a nice moment.

How are you doing?  Have you had any moments lately?  Got any stuff?

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Posted by terrepruitt on May 6, 2010

Ok, not a typical health, wellness, Nia post, but I am changing sheets today and it had me wondering.  How often do you change your bed sheets?  I try to do it once a week and I have been pretty good.  The schedule has been Thursdays.  It just works out that Thursdays has been the day it seems to work into my schedule.  Sometimes I miss a Thursday so it might turn into a Saturday or a Sunday and then depending on the schedule for the week following I might do it on Thursday or wait until the following Thursday but that is usually it.

I vaguely . . . .I say vaguely because I purged the “who” and the exactly “how often”, from my mind, but I vaguely remember someone telling me their schedule and I was kind grossed out.  But since I don’t know yours and I am not sure if that person’s schedule was more to the norm, I am not going to say how “not-often” his/her sheets were changed, just in case that is your schedule to, I don’t want to offend.

So?  How often or not do you change your sheets?

I guess how often you sleep in your bed would help determine how often you change your sheets.  Or if you have pets that sleep with you.  I would imagine that sheets would get changed more often if there are animal butts involved.  Also, activities, I would also imagine that if the bed sees a lot of “activity” there might need to be a more rigorous changing schedule.  That brings to mind more questions, like “when?”  Do you change your sheets before the weekend or after the weekend?  Or more accurately before the more frequent “activities” or after?

When you do change your sheets, do you put on sheets out of the linen closet or do you wash the sheets and put them back on?  I hate folding sheets (although, for the record, I am not ALLOWED to fold the sheets in our house because I can’t do it well.  They are never flat enough to fit in the cupboard.  My husband is a MASTER-sheet folder . . . so the job falls to him.  Since the job falls to him, I try not to leave the sheets for him to fold.)  I try to wash them and put them back on the bed.  And I say “try” because I am famous (did you know, do you want my autograph?) for putting stuff in the washing machine and forgetting about it.  So it could be all day until I go back upstairs and realize that I didn’t put the sheets in the dryer and it is time to go to bed so I end up having to get sheets out of the cupboard.

So, are you a wash and fold or wash and put back on the bed person?  I guess this could depend on how many sets of sheets you own and if you have to go to a laundry mat or you have your own washing machine.

Whew!  A lot of questions running through my head about sheets.  Will any of you help answer them?  I am curious.  What are your thoughts on bed sheets?  What is your changing schedule?  How do you do it (wash and put back on? wash and fold?)

I recently heard from someone who hangs their sheets outside to dry, they like the fresh air dried smell (they don’t live in San Jose because they wouldn’t smell very fresh dried outside here).  I can’t remember who that was.  I wonder how they do their sheets.  Hmmm?  So many questions.

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