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Posts Tagged ‘the joy of movement’

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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Nia Or Nia Technique Is A Specific Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on April 11, 2009

I want to remind everyone that Nia or Nia Technique® is a specific practice.**  It was created in 1983 by Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas.  They were married and now they are not, but Nia is such an important part of their lives and so important to them, that they continue to work together.

Nia has different belt levels; White Belt, the newly added Green Belt, Blue Belt, Brown Belt, and Black Belt.  Each Belt has its own set of principles, except for Green.  You must wait a year in between belts before you can take the next intensive.  (Except for green because it a newly added in the system to assist teachers.)

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I am a White Belt, so I continue to work with the thirteen White Belt Principles:

1–The Joy of Movement
2–Natural Time and the Movement Forms
3–Music and the 8BC System
4–FreeDance
5–Awareness – Dancing Through Life
6–The Base; Feet and Legs
7–The Three Planes and the Three Levels of Intensity
8–The Core of the Body; Pelvis, Chest, and Head
9–Creative Arm and Hand Expressions
10–X-Ray Anatomy
11–Business and Marketing
12–Continuing Education
13–Dance What You Sense / Teach What You Sense

When I talk about Nia it is based on what Debbie and Carlos have created.  They have been working and growing with Nia for 25 years.  And if you look at their work and information you will see that it has morphed a little.  It is the same basic practice but I believe it gets refined as they grow and change.

So please keep in mind when I talk about Nia, I am talking about something wonderful and specific and it is entirely based on the work of Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas.

Please join me in San Jose for a Nia class.  Visit my website for the schedule http://www.helpyouwell.com/

**This post is to explain that “Nia” and “Nia-things” I talk about are primarily from the creators of Nia BUT please keep in mind . . . . Nia is also a workout that can be experienced, just like a Yoga, Zumba, Jazzercise, or any group exercise class.  One can show up to class and just move and get a great workout.  One does not have to participant in the intensive and the belt levels.

Visit Nia’s main website at:  www.nianow.com

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