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Are you an 'Introvert' or 'Extrovert'?

I did the Introvert/Extrovert test about ten years ago, and the result came out that I'm an extrovert person. I felt really proud of myself, to me it meant that I'm an outgoing and fun person. 

But deep down I knew that I hadn't answered the test honestly...

I did the test again years later, and the result showed that I'm scoring very high on the introvert, and it really made sense! I know that I love being in my own space, on my own, to think and create, to recoup. I also know that I love being around other people, talking, creating things together. 

But where I recharge my battery is when I'm on my own. It's not better to be extrovert, nor worse to be introvert, both have a role to play, but being introvert is widely misunderstood. 

I found this TED talk again on the subject. It's very well worth watching, whatever part of the spectrum you are on!

Susan Cain talks about 'The Power of Introverts' An inspiring and moving talk by Susan Cain about being an Introvert and how important it is to include us in the world.



Nia is for all ages - starting very young, keep young

Yes - it's so true. In this e-mail I'd like to focus on the younger age group: children. I say that all of us have it in us to move freely and express ourselves, not caring about what other people think. We all of us have it from when we are very, young. Can we get it back?

There are soooo many reasons why that sense of freedom fades away and often totally disappears. How can we keep that freedom of moving and dancing as we grow older?

One BIG answer to keep that freedom and expression going is (of course) to practice Nia as often as you can.

A beautiful clip of an adult and young girl totally giving in to the rhythm of the live drums - In a Nia session!


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.