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Posts Tagged ‘San Jose Nia classes’

Drink Smart and in Moderation

Posted by terrepruitt on February 20, 2014

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in 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 YogaThe various surprising health benefits of wine

For centuries, people have derived pleasure from drinking many different varieties of wine. Whether it’s a sensuously versatile Pinot Noir or a divine Chardonnay, drinking wine in moderate amounts has proven to be one of the more effective ways to unwind, relax and allow the stresses of the day to just slowly fade away into the ether. Various studies have emerged throughout the years espousing the health benefits of drinking a glass or two of high-quality wine.

Experts from the world-renowned Mayo Clinic have stated that there are certain substances in red wine called phytochemicals (specifically, flavonoids and resveratrol) that may help prevent heart disease and failure by performing two critical functions: increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (also known as the “good” cholesterol) and protecting against artery damage. It is worth noting that both resveratrol and flavonoids are also recognized as antioxidants (not all phytochemicals are antioxidants, though).

Resveratrol, in particular, is markedly more prevalent in red wine than in white wine; after all, red wine is fermented with grape skins for a longer period of time compared to white wine. Additionally, resveratrol has gotten a lot of attention due to possibly playing an important part in maintaining healthy cardiovascular function. Some of the existing research has linked resveratrol to reduced blood vessel damage, prevention of blood clots, and a decreased amount of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol). Dr. Eric Crampton, a highly respected University of Canterbury academic, has also opined that based on his interpretation of the current studies available, moderate drinking reduces mortality risk. Furthermore, according to Paul Jaminet of the Perfect Health Diet, animal studies have shown that the harmful effects of alcohol on the liver – fatty liver disease that inevitably leads to a scarred and damaged liver (cirrhosis) – occur only when it is combined with excessive intake of polyunsaturated fats.

Clearly, judicious consumption of red wine not only calms the senses; it’s also a healthful habit in moderation.

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This post is a guest post.  The conclusion reached is that of the guest author.  My approach would be more from a “COULD be” healthful.  Many things we eat, drink, and do have the appearance of being healthful, but it always boils down to moderation AND the individual, so to me it is not so clear.

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The Nature In And Of Nia

Posted by terrepruitt on March 7, 2013

At the present time I am fortunate enough to be holding Nia classes at four different locations in San Jose.  Each location allows me to meet different people.  At one of the locations I have been teaching for four years and some of my students have been coming to my classes that long.  At three of my locations I am a new teacher and Nia is new.  Most of the people are new to me.  It is exciting to met new people and discover new relationships.  There is the relationships between my students and me and there is the relationship between Nia and the students.  One of my students told me after one class that she loved the part of Nia where we compare things to nature.  The specific example she stated was “tickling the clouds”.  She said that the mention of nature in Nia reminded her of one of her favorite poets, Mary Oliver.  She asked me if I had heard of Mary Oliver or if I was familiar with her.  I said no.  I also said that I would look her up.  Well, the following week, my student came into class and handed me a copy of two poems.  As soon as she held out the paper, I remembered that I had said I would look up the poet and that I had forgotten.  I gratefully took the paper without reading the poems because class was about to start.  After our class there is another class so I did not stop at that time to read the poem either.  It was not until today I picked up the paper to read the poem.  On the second line I realized I HAD heard this before and I laughed.  This very poem or at least a portion of it is in the Nia White Belt Manual.

I thought it was funny that my student related Mary Oliver’s work to Nia and obviously so did the creators of Nia, Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas, because they put this poem in the manual.  Only the first few lines are in the manual, but I recognized it right away.

The lines are:

“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.”

From Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese poem.

That portion of the poem is at the very beginning of the section which is Principle #1, The Joy of Movement.  The last line of that section really struck me.

I want to continue to share with my students that a Nia class is not just about learning the moves and doing a routine.  It is about doing what the body loves.  It is about their relationship to their body.  It is about their relationship to Nia.  To me that is why we do a routine over and over.  That is also HOW we do a routine over and over and not get bored with it.  If we move and let our body do what it loves then it is moving in a different way.  Once we have done a routine a few times we can play.  We can move lower . . . if that it what the body loves . . . we can move higher . . . if that is what a body loves . . . all the time moving in the general pattern of the routine.  It is when we are not in tune or when we cannot let go, that the routine is tiring or boring.  If we are only moving the way it was choreographed and not putting our spirit into the moves it is as if we are walking through a desert on our knees.  Suffering through a workout.  UGH!  Repenting for the cream we had in our coffee, the workout we missed yesterday, or the cookie we had at lunch.

I used to do a different routine every class.  I thought people would get bored with the same routine.  But then I realized that the more I knew the music and the choreography the more fun I had and the more playful I could be.  I asked my class and they said they liked the fact that after doing the routine a few times they, too, could be less concerned with the choreography and more aware of their own spirit, dance, and play.  So it is a relationship with Nia and the body that we are building and experiencing in a Nia class, we are not just learning a routine, we are not just moving through choreography.

I have been thinking about this a lot lately as I work on a routine schedule, playing with it to see what works.  I want to ensure my students don’t get bored, yet I want them to build a relationship with Nia.  I want them to be able to dance and play with the routines.

I love that my student shared her thoughts with me.  To me that is me being able to witness her budding relationship with Nia.  I love that because of my thoughts about repeatedly doing a routine, I was able to look at this poem and relate it to that.  Like many things I might look at it sometime from now and have it relate to something else.  My relationship with it might change, just as my relationship with my students and with Nia will change and grow.  That is the nature of it all.

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Some April 2012 Backyard Happenings

Posted by terrepruitt on April 21, 2012

To me life is about learning.  I have learned a few things since I started my Nia Class on Monday in Campbell in the evenings and my Nia Class on Saturday.  It is much better for me to have Monday’s dinner cooked on Sunday.  So I have been planning my weekend meals so that I have leftovers on Monday.  You may have noticed that I didn’t post anything last Saturday . . . . lesson learned:  I need to make sure my Saturday post is done on Friday.  I have too many other things to do when I get home from my 10:00 am Nia Class.  It ends at 11:00 so I don’t get home until 11:30 (at the earliest) or noon!  So I really need to have my post done because the next thing I know it is 1:48 am on Sunday morning and I am just noticing I forgot to post on my blog.  😦  Well, it was only the second time I forgot.  The first time also was a Saturday.  This past week the weather has been gorgeous here in San Jose.  I haven’t spent much time lately getting any pictures of our yard happenings.  This past week while the weather was cool and nice I took a few.  I thought I would share some with you.  It has been awhile since I have shared some fun pictures on my blog.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, Nia

This guy has an injured foot.  I noticed his injury about the same time I hurt my foot.  I try to keep an eye on him and make sure he gets some nuts.  And he makes sure I know he wants nuts.  He will find a spot where he can look in a window at me and stare.  He will stare at me until I go outside and give him some peanuts.

He is doing that now.  Staring.  Of course, I went outside and gave him some nuts.  Did you notice how clear the sky is?

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, NiaSometimes the squirrels drop whatever it is once they get it up to the roof.  There is often fruit in our yard that doesn’t blog to any tree we have.

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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 blue jay was getting some nuts.  I took a few shots “through” the chair then I went out and turned it so I could get a clear shot.  And of course I sat there for a long time waiting.  I got bored with staring at my camera at a peanut filled chair so I started taking pictures of the cat.  What happens?  The blue jay sneaks back while I wasn’t paying attention.  But I managed to get a few.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, Nia

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, NiaOf course the squirrels wanted some too!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, Nia

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, NiaI wanted to get some shots of our blooming rose bush.  A while back I was unhappy with the wilderness that was out the window so I went outside and did some pruning.  It was completely “Edward Scissorhands” style as I just took the saw and went right and left and left and right and up and down and down and up and all around.  I just wanted all the wildness gone.  So I was very concerned that I wrecked the bush.  So when I saw one rose I was very happy.  And now that the whole bush is blooming I am really happy and wanting to share.  I’ve posted about how weird our roses are.  But I still like them, even though they start out really sunset orange and then fade to a washed out peach.  They SMELL really good. 

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Well, thank you for stopping by and visiting our yard.  We enjoy the entertainment the wildlife offers and the beauty that the flowers share with us.  I hope you did too.

Do you have a flower garden?  Do you have a vegetable garden?  Fruit trees?  Does any wildlife visit your yard?

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Halanda Studio Holiday Party 2011

Posted by terrepruitt on December 13, 2011

Nia Studio, Dance Exercise, Cardio Dance, Aerobic Exercise, San Jose Nia, Halanda Studio, Willow GlenI teach Nia at a studio in San Jose.  The studio is in a part of San Jose called Willow Glen.  In January (2012) I will have been holding Nia classes there for three years.  It is a studio that is owned by two women who teach and perform belly dancing.  One woman is named Hala and the other Amanda.  The name of the studio is Halanda.  See how they did that?  Well, every year they have a Holiday Party which is like Christmas Parties at offices once were, a BIG thank you.  The teachers come together to display their talent in front of the audience made up of students, other dancers, and neighborhood people.  It was an awesome show and a great party.

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As I mentioned in a previous post, this is the first year that I have been able to attend.  I was very amazed and impressed.  I am going to spend from now until the next party telling my students they really want to attend next year.  It is a busy time of the year, but it is so great to come and see all the beautiful dance we have going on in the studio.

There was a lot of food.  As you can see there were vegetables, fruit, meat, and cheese.  There were several types of crackers.  Someone brought sandwiches.  Someone brought spanakopita!  There were trays of cookies.  You can see the huge trays of turkey wraps.  There was so much food.  As one dish was emptied something else would replace it.  The table was like the never ending table of food.

As you may know it is difficult to watch something AND take pictures at the same time.  So I really rushed through taking pictures.  I was using my phone and my camera.  I was taking pictures on my phone and posting them to various social networks, like Facebook, Twitter, and Streamzoo.  In addition to this being a “thank you” party, it is also a networking party and a way to try to get people interested in taking classes at the studio.  So I was trying to watch at the same time I was Facebooking, tweeting, and posting to Streamzoo.  All of this in addition to the fact that the subject(s) are shaking, shimmying, bouncing, and jittering caused me to have mostly very blurry shots.

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The first dance shot is of Farima and her Students performing a Silk Road Fusion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Then there is Marie Manila showing us what Hot Hula is.  It appeared to be hula dance, with her telling you what muscles you are working.  Maybe they repeat some moves more than they would in a typical hula dance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Then there is a picture of Farima and some more of her students.  They are doing a Persian Dance and they are dressed like princesses.  I think the costumes are one of my favorite things about belly dancing.  They can be very sparkly and shiny.  I love that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is a shot of my friend Laura Thompson.  She is multi-talented.  Here she is dancing under her stage name, Setareh , with a sword.  I have known here for years and I have never seen her dance.  It was awesome.  Her other passion is jewelry making and her talent lies not only in the beautiful pieces she creates, but in the way she can tweak one of her creations to match you perfectly.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is Amanda, a co-owner of the studio, doing a Turkish Dance.  dance exercise, Nia teacher, Nia class, Halanda Studio, Nia studio, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is photo of Vy performing an Egyptian Oriental Dance.

 

 

 

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Next is Hala, the other co-owner, doing Egyptian Bellydance.

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And then a shot of Michelle and her students.  Michelle teaches something called No Rules Dance, which I believe is for belly dancer who have belly dancing experience, but want to learn new things and “break” the rules.Dance Exercise, San Jose Nia, San Jose Nia classes, San Jose exercise classes, Nia teacher, No Rules Belly Dance

 

I didn’t take pictures of all the performers, plus some that I did take were too blurry to post. Every dance was a delight to see. So much talent at the studio!

I did a two song Nia demo and many people joined me. It was awesome. We had a great time. I was so happy to be able to share Nia with so many people.

 

Well, I will probably point you to this post as NEXT December nears so that you can be reminded of what a GREAT time the party is and maybe (if you are around) you will attend.  It really is a treat to be able to see so many different types of dance and belly dance all in one show.  Thanks always to Hala and Amanda for having such a great little place we all can dance!

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Fresh and Easy

Posted by terrepruitt on March 8, 2011

Yay!  There is a grocery store in Willow Glen in the neighborhood where I have my San Jose Nia Classes.  This means I can pick up some things on the way home.  I can anyway because my regular grocery store is not that far past my house, but sometimes I take the exit for my house before I remember I wanted to go to the store because I start thinking of all that I have to do.  Once I am off the freeway and I actually have to pass my house to get to the store, I can easily talk myself into NOT going to the store.  Ya know?  So this store is pretty much right on my way home.

It is a tiny little market.  The isles are so small two carts can barely fit down the same row.  Just like the bigger stores they have so many extra bins and displays in the aisles (on the ends) there is no way to have two carts going down that way either.  So it is kind of  a place where you can actually run into your neighbors.  🙂  I was excited when I saw that there was no added trans fat and high fructose corn syrup.  I had walked by the sign quickly so I had thought that all products in the store were like this.  But as soon as I saw some products I am familiar with having those ingredients I realized that the sign said that Fresh and Easy products don’t have those ingredients.  But they DO have Canola Oil so depending on what you believe in regards to that oil you will have to take that information with a grain of salt.

I did have a yummy sample of vanilla yogurt and granola.  I was going to buy some of the granola because it tasted really good in the yogurt.  Even though it didn’t have HFCS in it, or any partially hydrogenated oil, it did have canola oil in it so I didn’t buy it.  Canola oil is not easy to avoid so when I don’t need the product I am not going to buy it.  I am not going to buy a product new to me that has Canola oil in it.

They do have their own brand of Teryaki without HFCS.  YAY!  I have had teryaki in months because I’ve only seen kind with HFCS in it.  It doesn’t taste very “teryaki-y”.  Its first ingredient is soy sauce and that is pretty much what it tastes like.  But it is not bad.

I think they have a lot of interesting looking prepared food.  I didn’t look at all of them to see the ingredients, but I will check it out as I have the need.  They did have water crackers about $3.00 cheaper than my regular store.  I was excited to try them.  The box I open is very crumbly.  They are dry.  They are not as good as the water Crackers at Trader Joe’s that are the same price.

One thing that will keep me from filling up my cart and doing ALL my shopping at this new little neighborhood market is self-check out.  I don’t want to spend my time shopping and checking out the ingredients, looking, deciding, menu planning and thinking—-just to have to spend even MORE time checking myself out.  I only had a few items and it took me what seemed like forever to just find the bar codes on the items.  I understand that this is one way that a store can keep the prices down, but I did notice and I heard other people say that many items in the store were MORE expensive than other stores we frequent.  I don’t have to check my own groceries at the other stores.

And I don’t need to mention how great the checkers at Trader Joe’s do I?  I love the checkers at Traders Joe’s.

Anyway . . . I am excited to have a little market to stop in on my way home to pick up a few things.  As I said, I won’t be doing the bulk of my shopping here but it really is a great thing that this area of Willow Glen has a grocery store.

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I’ve Been Here Before

Posted by terrepruitt on September 14, 2010

Presently I live in San Jose and teach Nia Classes in San Jose.  I have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area all my life.  When I was growing up I used to tell people I lived in Santa Clara and they had no idea where that was.  So I would say, “San Jose?” and if I still received that look then I would say “San Francisco?” and most of the time I would then see a spark of recognition.

When the dot com boom happened that kind of helped put “Silicon Valley” on the map and is comprised of a few places most notable cities are Cupertino, Santa Clara, San Jose, and Mountain View.  A lot more people had heard of Santa Clara and San Jose after that.  We weren’t known only in the shadow of San Francisco any longer.  It was nice to not have to go through the entire San Francisco Bay Area to explain where I lived.

Now I find myself in that same exact “place” with Nia.  I tell people I teach Nia and I get a look back.  Most have not hear of it.  So we go through the, “Is it like Zumba?”  and I want to say:

Yes, Nia is EXACTLY LIKE Zumba: we get a workout via dance,we exercise to music, we sweat, we have fun, we work our muscles, we shimmy, shake, and gyrate, oh, except we do it in bare feet, to a variety of music, participants are encouraged to do it as their bodies allow, and there is a body-mind connection.

But most often say:  It is sort of like a Zumba class and sort of like a Jazzercise class in that we move to music.  Nia is a cardio workout with no impact. It is fun and unique because Nia incorporates moves and concepts from nine different movement forms a few being Tai Chi, Jazz Dance, and Yoga.

When they hear that, then they ask, “So it is Yoga?”  🙂

I was just reminded of the explaining-where-I-lived portion of my childhood when I was with a group of Nia Teachers recently.  Made me laugh when I thought about the going through the same type of thing when talking about Nia.  Yay, at least I am in a familiar place.  😮

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How I Found Nia

Posted by terrepruitt on May 15, 2010

People always ask me how I found Nia. Here is my story: I had just begun exercising. I had found Turbo Jam and I liked it. I did the DVDs in my living room before work. At the time I worked in San Jose not too from where I lived so I would get up early in the morning and do it before work. The women I worked with always told me that they loved to dance, but they couldn’t get their partners to dance with them. They also would tell me that they wished they could find a dance exercise.

I was also seeing a lot of people — at that time — that were my age or even younger that couldn’t walk up the stairs or sit on the floor and get up again. Plus there were some young people around me that were going on High Blood Pressure Meds and experiencing other health issues.

So I started looking online for an exercise that was dancey. I thought maybe I could find something that I could learn to teach others. I found trance dance, but from what I saw and what I read, it said that you closed your eyes and just danced. It didn’t sound like there was ANY rhyme or reason. I sounded as if you were in a trance and you danced. The information talked of having people watch so the people dancing didn’t run into or hit each other. So that didn’t sound like what I would be interested in.

Somehow I stumbled . . . . literally, I don’t know how, just clicking on this link and that link . . . .I found Nia. I checked out the main site and it sounded interesting. I found a class that wasn’t too far. I went. I liked it. I bought the book. I went to another class. Then months later, I found another class at a different time and I tried that. Then months later, I talked my friend into going with me one more time*.

In between the second and third class I was thinking about taking the training that would enable me to teach. But I wasn’t sure. Nia sounded a bit “woo-woo” to me. So I kept reading. I really focused on the fact that it is based on science. It is based on research. The movements are movements that our bodies were designed to do. The movements tie into the way it is taught. Some of the words that are used might give the impression that it is really “woo-woo”, but it is not. There are also some elements of Nia that are like ancient practices. I kept thinking that some of these practices have been around for hundreds of years and they really have a basis in health and wellness. It was all very intriguing.

*My fourth class I attended was my “deciding” class. I went to make a final decision. I decided to do it. I decided to get sign up for the intensive that would allow me to teach. It took me so long to decide I was signing up within 30 days of the training.

I had NO idea what the training would entail. And that my friends is what another post is made of.

Nia. It is awesome. It IS an exercise. It IS a cardio workout. But I will not lie to you to try to keep you interested, it IS so much more. For some reason I cannot (nor can anyone else I talk to) put my finger on, it makes you happy. Try it and see for yourself. Try MY classes, or try someone else’s. Get a DVD, I don’t care. Just try it and then let me know what you think.

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Bay Area National Dance Week 2010

Posted by terrepruitt on April 20, 2010

Some of the reasons behind Bay Area National Dance Week is the hope that the Bay Area will celebrate all the different forms of dance; to have the Bay Area be a place where people who love dance can learn, enjoy, and participate in all types of dance; to show that the Bay Area understands that dance is a part of an area’s identity and pride; to let the Bay Area demonstrate that dance is more than just fun and exercise, it is a large part of humanity, a part that helps define us.

The dance community in the San Francisco Bay Area, being one of the country’s largest, is offering hundreds of free classes and events.

There are going to be free Argentine tango classes, jazz dance classes, hip hop classes, hula classes, fire dance classes, Samba classes, modern dance classes, aerial classes, belly dance classes, Zumba classes, ballet classes, yoga classes, Nia classes, and more!  There will also be performances and many other events.

The studio where I teach in San Jose will be celebrating Bay Area National Dance Week 2010.  Several instructors are welcoming students to attend for Free, from April 25 – May 1.***

Sunday, April 25:
    Three separate classes are free

Monday, April 26:
Six separate classes are free* including Nia

Tuesday, April 27:
One class

Wednesday, April 28:
    Three separate classes are free* including Nia

Thursday, April 29:
  Four separate classes are free*

Friday, April 30:
  One free class

Saturday, May 1:
  Two separate classes are free

*some classes are free to new students only, please see my site for more information, or contact me if you have any questions.

I hope you can make it to one of the free classes being offered.  Plan your week.  Get your workout on!  Get your dance on!

***(04/21/10) Some classes have actually been added and the end date at the studio now matches the National Dance Week, Sunday, May 2, please see my site for the added classes.  Thank you.

2013: (My site no longer contains information regarding the 2010 Bay Area National Dance Week, but you can see my site for Nia Class Schedule).

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Daylight Saving Time

Posted by terrepruitt on March 16, 2010

First of all I thought it was Daylight SavingS Time. It is Daylight Saving Time. I am not a fan. I don’t know if they have ever done studies on it, but I don’t think it is good for our bodies to just up and change the time. And I REALLY don’t think that after 21 years it was a good idea to change the times of year that we adjust the time. I honestly believe that for the past four years I have had a VERY difficult time adjusting to the new times of year.

Let me share with you why I am not a fan and I do not think that changing the time is good for a body — at least mine. I am a night person. I am “more awake” at night than in the morning. Around 9:00 at night is when I begin to get my energy. When it is light later . . . it takes me even longer to wind down. It is very difficult to convince my body that it is night time when it is light out still.

A little history:

Daylight Saving Time had been observed in the United States spottily since 1918. From February 9, 1942 until September 30, 1945 it was observed all year long.  Daylight Saving Time was not consistently observed for 21 years (from 1945 to 1966) because there was no federal law.

In 1966 the law stated DST ran from the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, but states could pass a law of their own if they didn’t want to follow DST.

Then in 1974 an emergency act was passed setting the clocks ahead on January 6, 1974. It was amended on October 27, 1974 returning the clocks back to Standard Time. Then DST was observed from February 23, 1975 through October 26, 1975.

Then from 1986 to 2007 the United States observed DST from 2:00 am on the first Sunday of April until at 2:00 a.m. on the last Sunday of October.

After 21 years in 2007 it was changed to:   DST beginning 2:00 am. on the second Sunday of March to 2:00 a.m. on the first Sunday of November. So for over half my life, my body has been operating on a specific time frame for the time change and I can tell you that after four years, it is still not used to the change.

Hawaii and Arizona are among the states that do not observe Daylight Saving Time.

I was very fortunate that people love Nia and don’t let this time change affect them. The first morning of the time change I had a Sunday Nia class in San Jose as a follow up to a health fair I attended in Cupertino the day before. It was fabulous the students that showed up to get in their first workout of the DST! We had a great time.

What do you think about Daylight Saving Time? What do you think about the change? Or more accurately, what do you FEEL? How are you feeling when we change the time? 

Or better yet, I wanna know, are you one of those people who efficiently goes around and changes all your clocks?  Or do you do the math on a few until you just get tired of that and change them?

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A Little Bit of Aya

Posted by terrepruitt on November 19, 2009

As a Nia teacher there are prescribed steps we are to take to learn a routine. It is easy to skip steps in the interest of time. We all learn in different ways and as humans we tend to follow the easiest path. No matter what we are doing our tendency is to do it the easiest way possible. So some of the steps might be skipped.

I recently attended a FAB*, it was short workshop that covered some of those steps. Being in a workshop with everyone focusing on the same thing made it a lot easier to learn. At home, when I set about working on learning a routine, I get very distracted by things. So being in a room where there was no cat, no computer, no dirty dishes, no laundry, and no cleaning that needed to be done was awesome. It really enabled me to focus.

The routine that we were working on is called Aya (one of Carlos AyaRosas, FKA Carlos Rosas). It is very Latin based–it has both Latin music and Latin moves allowing for a lot of hip swaying and sexy moves. One of the songs that we reviewed was not in English and someone translated it for us. I have to say that sometimes when you know the words of the song it can make the movements different.

This workshop was a shortened version of another workshop that was recently held in Concord. That was a two day workshop where they reviewed the entire routine. The one I attended in Nevada City was only four hours. We reviewed two songs. I will be honest and tell you that I could not do the songs without seeing them again. But I am confident that once I purchase the routine and set out to learn it, these two songs will be a snap.

I also returned to San Jose with a renewed sense of knowledge. I might KNOW something, but it always helps to review and to look at it from different angles. I enjoy hearing how information filters into people differently.

Nia is so wonderful because it is so many things. It is a workout, it is a practice, it is exercise, it is something that brings people together, it can be the basis of a workshop, it is just fabulous.

*FAB = For all belts. Nia White Belts, Blue Belts, Brown Belts, and Black Belts.

NOTE: The pictures are actually from the little birthday acknowlegement we had for the owner of the studio.

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