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Tuesday
Sep162014

How Agile are you in your movement?

This week we'll focus on your Agility. Agility is the second out of the five areas of fitness that are part of Nia, FAMSS:
  • Flexibility (how bendable you are, can you touch your toes etc. See last week's message.)
  • Agility
  • Mobility (how easily you can move).
  • Stability
  • Strength

According to Collins English Dictionary Agility means: the ability to move quickly and be light on your feet.

Since I started to practice Nia and improve my agility, I feel more alert and awake in my day-to-day life. Sometimes I play a song on the iPod and move around with agility, it really perks me up!

So how do you improve your agility?

By practicing start/stop. How fast you can start and stop. For example, a little jump to the left and then quickly stop and change to a little jump to the right. Repeat this a few times.

Also, how agile are you in your hand and eye movements? The ability to control the movement of the body in co-operation with the body's sensory functions e.g. catching a ball is a good test of hand to eye co-ordination.

As we grow older, this is a particular good exercise to practice daily so that we can avoid injuries from tripping and having a fall, for example.
 
As always - be safe, take it easy - it's not a competition!

 

Tuesday
Sep092014

How (un)-fit are you?

In Nia we focus on 5 areas of fitness and wellness, (FAMSS).

  • Flexibilty (how bendable you are, can you touch your toes etc.)
  • Agility
  • Mobility (how easily you can move
  • Stability
  • Strength

What would you score yourself doing a 'Down to the floor and up again test'? Between 1 and 6 (1=very low, 6=very high).

IMPORTANT! Do this with awareness and be careful not to injure yourself.

How was it to get down and up again? Did you feel flexible in your joints? Did you move with agility and grace? How mobile were you in the move?

How stable and strong did you feel moving down to the floor and then up again? 

If you scored yourself a full score, great, keep doing what you are doing, I would say that there is always room for improvements though.

If you scored yourself low (between 1 and 3), there is room for improvements for you too! Ha!

My suggestion is that you set yourself a goal to move up one notch in whatever your scored in one or more areas. Then decide to take action, to start to practice some sort of movement exercise. Here are some examples: (all based on mindful practices).

Nia Technique, Tai Chi, Tai Kwon Do, Aikido, Jazz Dance, Modern Dance Duncan Dance, Moshe Feldenkrais, The Alexander Technique, Yoga.

The brilliant thing is that Nia incorporates all of the above. 

 

Tuesday
Sep022014

Dancing like children do - Freedom

One of the BIG reasons that I love practicing Nia is that it encourages and inspires me to move freely and to have fun, like when I was a child.

If you watch how children dance, up to a certain age, they move freely, skipping around, it doesn't even has to be in time to the music. To me that is freedom.

I had a wonderful opportunity this week to dance  at an event called Woodland Art Festival, in Milford. I danced with some children aged between 7-14 to a Nia song that I'm currently teaching in my classes.

It was amazing to observe the children who had absolutely no intention to look a certain way, no right or wrong, just expressing themselves. It allowed me to consciously get into what it use to be like when I was a child. Very moving. 

Then we grow up and one day we start get more conscious about how we look when we dance etc. and we get separated from something within us that I call our drive, our life force. Some people stop dancing with the excuse 'I can't dance' or something similar. Where did that come from?

Or we do dance, but feel so conscious about how we look that we don't really enjoy it.

But it doesn't have to be like that! If we practice Nia, and use "no right or wrong" or "dance from a child's view", as an intention, We can move and dance with something like the freedom of a child.

This video reminds me when one of our now grown-up nieces danced in front of the TV just like this.

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*