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Posts Tagged ‘the joy of being in relationship’

Relationship Joy With

Posted by terrepruitt on December 4, 2012

I posted about me having attended a Nia Blue Belt Intensive in the beginning of November.  I am still processing that.  I am reading the manual here and there.  I am thinking about the principles.  I think a lot about Principle #1 – The Joy of Being In Relationship.  I think I understand it and then I feel I don’t.  I think I got it, then I lose it.  One day last week I was walking up my stairs and as my foot landed on the last step I thought, “I got it!  I know why I think I don’t understand it!”  I even replied to a comment on my blog from a Nia Black Belt that I would be writing more about it.  At that point I thought I had it.  What I decided as I was walking up the stairs is that I feel as if the principle is elusive to me because I am looking for something new.  I have been told a new principle so I am looking to experience something new.  But my trek up my stairs had me thinking that I AM in relationship with and I have been.  As I was walking up my stairs something was aching (I can’t remember whether it was my hip or my knee) and as I was taking steps I was listening to my knee. I was checking in with my knee.  We were in an exchange.  Both my knee and I decided that it was not truly my knee that was the issue, but my foot.  But I was in relationship with.  I was not just sensing, as I picture The Joy of Movement (Nia White Belt Principle #1), I was in the Joy of Being In Relationship.  It was an exchange, it was relationship with.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

With The Joy of Movement there is the tweaking, sustaining, and increasing all for sensation.  With Nia Blue Belt Principle #1 – The Joy of Being In Relationship the tweaking, sustaining, and increasing is for relationship. I think that ever since I injured a toe on my right foot I have been in relationship with, but I have never really thought of it like that.  I am discovering the joy portion.  I feel as if I am practiced at this principle in regards to my body.  It is different “others” that I am eager to connect with.

Now that I feel that I have a better idea of it, I can practice it on “others”.  It is not something entirely new that I couldn’t grasp, it was something I had a hold of already.  In my first post about the Nia Blue Belt Principles I stated that it was new, but now I see it is not.  Now I can just apply it elsewhere.  The other principles can help with principle #1.  The principles are not necessary things that have to be worked on individually.  In fact they probably all work better together.  And as I have stated the principles are not necessarily new (to me) ideas.  The way they are applied to Nia could be new to me.  We will see.  It is all a very exciting process!

So . . . here I am sharing about Nia and processing it out loud on my blog.  ANY thoughts and comments are welcome.  Especially information from Nia Blue Belt Graduates.

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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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