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Posts Tagged ‘White Belt Principles’

I’m Blue, But No Tears Here

Posted by terrepruitt on November 13, 2012

Last week I cancelled my Monday and Wednesday Nia class and got a substitute for my Tuesday Nia class with the City of San Jose.  I decided to take the next level of Nia training.  I was a White Belt, now I am a Blue Belt.  Nia calls their trainings intensive.  I cannot assume to know why, but I am glad they do.  They are very intense.  The training is part lecture and part moving.  The moving can be dancing or types of exercises to further the learning process.  People tend to learn better when they are doing, so there is a lot of doing.  In my rough calculations it was about 53 hours of instruction, including the Master Classes.  It was Saturday through Friday.  It was exhausting.  It was energizing.  It was incredible.  As I have mentioned before and I will continue to mention Nia is a cardio dance exercise.  Come to a class.  Move.  Have fun.  Sweat.  Get your workout in.  But Nia is also a practice.  I compare it to yoga in that a person can go into a yoga class and work out and do the exercise and then leave and not give it a second though.  Or they could give it a second thought.  They could take on some of the aspects of yoga, they could practice breathing and/or meditating or anything else that might be attached to their yoga class on a deeper level.  That is what a person can do with Nia too.  So some people take the intensives for self-growth with no intention of teaching at all.  Even if they are not planning on teaching or are not currently doing so, the training is just as intense.

Each belt level has its own focus and intent.  Blue Belt focus is Communication, Relationship and Intimacy with the intent to energize personal connection through self-discovery and communication by following The Body’s Way.  Sounds like a lot.  Ok, it IS a lot.  LOL!

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, ZumbaIn addition to a focus and intent, each belt level (aside from Green) has its own set of principles.  With the Blue Belt, the principles were made to layer onto or over the White Belt Principles.  Some of the information is very close to being the same, but with a little more added to it.  It is very interesting the way Nia does things.  It is very amazing the training they come up with and the delivery of it.

In this training we were shown many things, one was an enlightened way to use the Nia 5 Stages or the Developmental Anatomy to measure all types of things and where we might be in a process.  It is a pretty cool tool.  It is part of the Body’s Way.

I am 100% positive I will have more posts regarding the Blue Belt Intensive, the Blue Belt Principles, and my thoughts on it all.  I am still processing it right now.  My mind is racing with thoughts, ideas, things I learned, things I didn’t learn, just a lot of things.  There is so much that I want to share.  There is also a lot I don’t want to share.  Nia is not a secret society by any means.  There are no secrets to the intensives, in fact most of the information is things that have been around for as long as I can remember.  The information is stuff you have probably heard before.  It is just the WAY they deliver it.  And the way it is connected to the body that is somewhat unique.  If I decide not to share something or talk vaguely about some things it is because I don’t want to ruin the surprise of some things for those of you that will be taking the Blue Belt.  Since the Blue Belt Principles are layered onto the White Belt Principles I will probably write more post about them too.  And we will see what comes up.  I have chosen to participate in Nia as a practice.  For now, I will revel in Blue!

Is there something that you have in your life you consider a practice?

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Dance Exercise

Posted by terrepruitt on December 8, 2011

I was talking about Nia with my Nia students recently after our Nia Class.  They were telling me what they think Nia is.  They said that Nia should come up if they were doing a search on the internet using the term dance exercise.  I was really happy to hear that.  I always get stuck when people ask me what Nia is because to me it is a lot of things.  If you have read any of my posts on this blog about Nia you know how its principles can be applied to life and how at its very basic level it is a workout.  But way beyond that it is a practice.  When people ask me about it my enthusiasm takes over and I want to tell them ALL about Nia, when I could just stick to the basic level –  it is dance and dance is exercise.

Even though it is exercise and it is a workout it is fun.  I love that “Dancing With The Stars” really helped show people what a great workout dancing is.  Dancers have always known that dancing is a great workout–both aerobic and strength.  I think people have always known to some extent that PROFESSIONAL dancers get a workout, but I think that show opened the door to more people understanding that dancing even if you aren’t a professional is a workout.  Yes, the “stars” do end up dancing as much as professionals to learn the dances, but still for some reason it seems like it enabled people to see that dancing is exercise—but it is fun!

As with any workout the participants can put what they want into it.  If you really want to get a workout you can move bigger, farther, higher, lower, faster . . . whatever works for you to get the workout you need and want.  The possibility to move small, slow, and just be mellow is always there.  It is very versatile.  It is cardio but if you really move — especially during floorplay — it can be a great strength training workout.

I actually started teaching Nia because it was a dance exercise.  I don’t know if I have mentioned that before in this blog, but I was looking for something to teach that was very dance-y yet was exercise.  I knew a lot of women who said they loved to dance and they would like to dance but their partners didn’t like it, so they thought that a workout that was dance would be great.  It is.  It is very fun.  We dance to all types of music.  There is a lot of opportunity for self-expression.  Even when we are doing specific steps there is a lot of room for one’s own movements.

Nia was created to be fun, to address the entire being.  Debbie Rosas-Stewart and Carlos Aya-Rosas brought us this wonderful movement practice through years of hard work and research, that started in 1983.  Carlos retired at the end of 2010, and Debbie is moving Nia forward in a great direction.  Body-centered, spirit-filling, and mind-blowing.  We are dancing up a storm and loving it.  It is dance, it is exercise, it is dance exercise and if you try it you will love it.

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