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Posts Tagged ‘Peet’s coffee’

After Nia Visit

Posted by terrepruitt on February 26, 2015

Have I ever told you that one of my students is a Naturopathic Doctor?  Yeah, I have, I looked it up.  I told you in the post about messing up, Messing Up Is Fun.  I told you about how she had been my student for years before I even knew she was a doctor.  Before class I am busy setting up — because there are things that need to be done — just normal things like taking off my socks and shoes, turning on the music, greeting new students, moving things away from the mirror, sweeping the floor, etc.  Sometimes even deciding what to teach.  Often times reviewing in my head what I am going to teach.  And then after there is the cleaning up . . . putting on my socks and shoes, and PAYING ATTENTION to where I put my phone and just the general wrapping up of class, I don’t always get in on the conversations.  Not only do I not get to be a part of them, but often times other students miss out on good stuff, too.  I had always wanted to gather as a group after class, but when I learned she was a Naturopathic Doctor and I hadn’t know for years then I decided we all HAD to meet after.  So there is a day for each of the venues that I teach at where we meet for coffee.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose,  Nia at the San Jose Community Centers, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex City of San Jose, San Jose Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYoFor the Wednesday class in the area of San Jose called Willow Glen we meet on the second to the last Wednesday of the month.  We meet at a Peet’s coffee shop down the street from the studio.  Period.  I always tell my friends and students that is where we will be.  They can join us whether they come to class or not.  And we have had people do that.  It is very nice.  There are many reasons why people can’t make it to class, but some have stopped by.

For the Thursday classes we meet on the last Thursday of the month.  We meet at a Peet’s coffee shop around the corner from the community center.  It was really cool today because we had ten people.  That is awesome.  That is a big group to have visiting for coffee.  More than half the class came to coffee!  While we were there, a person we all know showed up because she was planning on meeting someone else at that very spot.  She showed up a few minutes early to meet us because she knew we would be there.  So the ten turned into twelve for a bit.  It was fabulous.  So fun.

Not only do I learn about my students and their personal lives, I also get feedback from them.  It could DIRECT feedback or just something I pick up from the conversation.  Sometimes they mention something that they might not know about Nia and I love that I can take the time to explain it.  It is not always possible to get out all the information that can be shared about Nia WHILE you are teaching.  So I love to be able to explain.  Also, it reminds me that if the person talking doesn’t know that other people probably don’t know either so I can try to find away to let them know in class.

Often times it could be that people didn’t hear what I said, during class.  There can be a lot going on in an exercise class, as you may be aware.  Sometimes there is a fan in the room that might make it difficult for some to hear.  Or there might be people outside that distract us.  Or there might be someone walking through class just as I am explaining about something.  Could be that one is just so involved in their own dance that they miss something.  It is all fine.  But I love the opportunity to be able to provide some clarification during our visits.I also really love to hear what is doing on with them.  So many stories out there.

It is great to have NiaNow.com because I get a lot of people who are visiting the are that come to my classes.  I love that.  I always encourage ALL Nia teachers to put their classes on the site.  A lot of people like to keep up their movement routine while they are traveling so it is nice for people to be able to find a class near where they are staying.  I have a out of town student dancing with us now . . . she came to coffee with us.  So fun to experience this!

I have always wanted to have visits after my classes and today I was just so amazed to have such a large group!  I am so happy to be so blessed to have such great people in my classes as Nia students.  They are definitely people you want to have coffee with.

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Good Things And Not-So-Good Things

Posted by terrepruitt on February 15, 2014

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, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaWell, I am not doing a weekly post to check in on your Goodie Jar, but I do hope you are still doing it or some variation there of.  Are you?  Are you taking time to recognize the good in life?  I hope so.  I am.  I believe I mentioned that I wanted to us something else to hold my notes regarding the good things.  I have a lot of beautiful bowls and plates.  I decided to use this beautiful blue bowl shaped like a flower.  I think it will be good for another month or so.  I love having this little gem on the counter.  I started off the year using Christmas wrapping paper scraps.  I have other wrapping paper scraps to use and little pieces of paper.  It all adds to the “goodness of the jar” to me.  So far the year is a good one in which to focus on the good things.  As with life there are good things and not-so-good things and that is why we have a good things jar.

I have been teaching Nia at a studio in San Jose where I rent the space.  I have been renting there since January 2009.  At first I rented an hour on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  But after six months I decided to just rent Mondays and Wednesdays.  Well, after five years, I have decided to just rent Wednesdays.  So it has been five years of teaching on Mondays at the studio.  Monday, February 24, 2014 will be the last one for now.  Mondays are a great day to teach because on Holidays people who work are able to attend, but we don’t have enough holidays.  It could be that something else will come up for Mondays or it could be that one day I start teaching there again on Mondays, but for now, we will not be dancing on Mondays.

The classes at the community center is growing.  I love that more and more people are coming to Nia there.  Also I enjoyed my short time substituting a Nia class at the YMCA in Mountain View.  I am teaching a Gentle Yoga class on Thursday evenings.  And have been asked to teach another Gentle Yoga class on Tuesday mornings.  So while one class ends a new one begins.

We are going to have to move our after-Nia-Class-visits to Wednesday.  We have one more Monday that we are going to meet.  We have been going to Peet’s on the second to the last Monday of the month for about a year now.  So we will have to move it to the second to the last Wednesday.  I love that our little Nia community gathers after class.  I need to get this type of gathering going with the community center Nia group.

So, I am still putting things in my goodie jar.  Still looking for, finding, recognizing, seeing those good things.  I hope that no matter what is going on in your life you are able to find something good.  Something you want to make a note of so that you can read it later on.  I really enjoyed reading my good things at the end of the year.  Much of it was about Nia but not all of it.  Most of it had to do with love.  People showing ME love and that is MORE than a good thing, that is GREAT.  I hope you have a lot of moments of love that you can jot down and put in your jar.

Well . . . . how is it going?

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