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Monday
Aug042014

Nia brings Freedom

A friend of mine said to me a few years ago, "Cim, there is a thing called Nia, have a look at it online, I think it is for you.

I went home, searched on YouTube, found a clip and watched it - and YES it certainly was for me! I saw something that moved me deeply, I didn't know why.

I've been thinking about it ever since then, what it was that touched me and still does, and now I know what it is.

It's Freedom. Moving and dancing with Nia, moves something inside me, to be the free-spirited soul that I am.

Freedom, to me, also brings Passion, Inspiration Wild and Crazy Humour, Sensuality and Self-Expression.

But apart from me, I realise that my purpose as a Nia "teacher" is to is to bring sense of freedom to my Nia classes and so into the lives of those who take the classes, including YOU!

This is the clip I found that touched me deeply, and is the reason I'm teaching and practicing Nia.

Tuesday
Jul292014

Dance and move into summer 

I'm back from my Nia Brown Belt training and graduation in Hamburg. It was an extraordinary experience, and I'm very proud of myself for the achievement.

What Nia promises is Personal Growth and Self-Healing, and the Brown Belt has continued that promise, for me. I am going to bring that into my focus even more, and my intention is to make that available to you in my classes.

I'm really looking forward to seeing you and dancing with you from this week. 

Cim*

 

Saturday
Jun282014

Move in Your Body's Way

Why would you choose Nia Technique, rather than other dance movement fitness classes? 
 
You should choose Nia if you want to learn to move in a way that IS good and feels good for you and your body!
 
In Nia we teach you to move to sense pleasure, it you don't sense pleasure but pain, you will learn to change the move to respect your body's limitations in your movement. This is what Nia means by "move in your body's way". 
 

When you exercise and move in a way that respects your body, your body tells you what's right and what's not. This makes it easier for you to keep up your exercise and improve your health.

Here is a video clip where Debbie Rosas, one of the founders of Nia, explains Nia's benefits for you:

Monday
Jun162014

Do you wish you could dare more?

Take a minute and think about all the things that you wished you had said, done or tried over the years, but didn't because something was holding you back, most likely because of lack of confidence. 
 
It could be something like giving a wedding anniversary toast to your life partner in front of all your friends, or speaking your thoughts in a community meeting (if you dare to speak at all), you manage to mutter a few words and feel that you were useless and didn't make your partner or the cause of matter justice.  
 
You probably noticed I'm talking about confidence again! And specifically, not having, or thinking you don't have enough.
 
It is so human to lack confidence, and lacking confidence can really hold you back in life, from things you would love to do, to achieve.
 
Here is a thing to think about - and to act on, what about feeling that you haven't got the confidence and take actions anyway!
Cim*

Nia Playshop with Confidence 22 June

Yes, it's time for the Playshop (a playful workshop with some fun) at Cafe Mila in Godalming. 

Here is a perfect opportunity for you if you haven't been to my classes yet - on the 22nd June at 11:30 - 13:00. 

We'll chat a bit, I'll show you some Nia steps and moves and then we are going to dance and move with the focus on building your confidence. It's about the process and effort rather than doing the perfect steps. 

To register, email cim@rediscoversparkle.com

Tuesday
Jun102014

Are you a perfectionist?

Did you know that when we (especially women) strive for being and doing things perfectly, we are really setting it up so it's difficult to accomplish things in our life? Why? - because we can never be as perfect as we want to be.

Girls are very often taught to be a "good girl".  When they do things "right" they get praise for being a good girl, so we grow up believing that it's the only way to do things. The effect of this is it becomes hard to be confident when anything, anything you want to do is based on wanting to be a good girl, and having to do things right. Whatever that is...
 
So if being a perfectionist undermines confidence, something that helps you feel confident is when you get praised for making an effort, daring to do something that you haven't done before, even the smallest thing.
 
When you dance or move about, do you feel confident? Perhaps you haven't been to a Nia class yet because you don't feel confident dancing? Think about it. Do you think that you are not ready yet (not good enough)? It might apply to any area in your life, not just coming to a Nia class!
 
So what can you do about it? The first step is to be aware of that this is what you are doing -wanting to be perfect. Instead, focus on the effort you are putting in by doing something that you have been postponing doing. After you had a go, praise yourself for the effort. Don't let perfectionism stop you!
 
Cim*
 

Nia Playshop with Confidence 22 June

Here is a "perfect" (tee hee) opportunity for you if you haven't been to my classes yet - on the 22nd June at 11:30 - 13:00. I will run a Playshop (a playful workshop with some fun) at Cafe Mila in Godalming. 
 
We'll chat a bit, I'll show you some steps and moves and then we are going to dance and move with the focus on the process and effort rather than doing the perfect steps.