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  • Vagina: A New Biography
    Vagina: A New Biography
    by Naomi Wolf
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The Sound of Music

Many of us listen to music on some sort of level. Sometimes it might be some music in the background, to more or less keep you going, tidying up for example, and sometimes it might be that you are lying down and the music takes you away somewhere nice in your imagination.

Here is another level to listen, connect and relate to the music on a deeper level. In terms of moving and dancing to music, this level of listening creates a different and more intimate relationship, which can make the dancing experience more intimate and joyful.

Here is how you do it:

  • Relax all your senses, body and mind - no thinking. (sitting, standing or lying down).
  • Stay alert/awake, like something nice is going to happen.
  • Listening with presence for the silence and the sounds. Listen to the instruments and voices coming in and going out. 


An educational and moving TED talk, 'The Voice of The Natural World'.


Here is what Nia 5-Stages looks like

Below is a full version of what a 5-minute Nia 5-Stages morning practice looks like.

Nia 5-Stages is an integrative practice based on five stages of human development. When you practice theses stages every day, it will help you to improve Flexibility, Agility, Mobility, Strength and Stability.

Watch out!  I'm in the middle of taking the Nia 5-Stages teacher training which means that you will soon have the opportunity to come to my monthly 5-Stages class(es) to learn how to practice this at home on your own.

I'll keep you posted.

Nia 5-Stages to keep you and your body more relaxed, focused and really feeling good!



Dance to "feel this moment"

Moving and Dancing for someone else who might need a cheering up, will cheer you up as well.

In this clip (1 min. 40s) from "So you think you can Dance Australia", one of the dancers shares about his experience putting on a little routine for the children's cancer ward. "It's not about dancing in a professional way it's about connecting with others". And as the song says, "feel this moment"

You can dance like that too. Yes I know, they are professional dancers but I think you get my drift. When you dance, you can be in the moment.

A wonderful and moving clip what music and movement can do to others.



Dads Dance for Father's Day

This clip from Britain's Got Talent shows a group of dads who love dancing. I saw them on BBC Sunday Breakfast and their lovely spirit makes me smile.

Woooo Hoooooo - Dancing Dads grooving and moving.


How Nia helps you find your true beauty through movement

I see beauty in two different ways, one is artificial, and the other one is true beauty.

Every day we are bombarded in the media with pictures of the so-called perfect beautiful body (and face). Even if a woman or girl looks Photoshop attractive, I can see immediately if she is 'outside her body'. That's not a full picture of a woman, and to me that is artificial beauty.

True natural beauty, is when I see when a woman walking with a relaxed body, certain of how she moves and moving with sensuousness and Sparkle.  She is IN her body. It applies to men too.

Nia gives you true beauty. I seriously mean that. When you practice Nia regularly, you will be more IN you body and therefore move with more freedom and sensuousness.

Inspiring talk by Nia Technique trainer and teacher Lola Manekin.