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We’re gearing up for the next Nia White Belt Training in Dallas, July 13-19. Let me know….did I hit all of your questions in the blog? If not, just message me & I’ll answer any questions you have, clearing the way for YOU to step IN to this magnificent week dedicated to YOU!

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by Jule Aguirre, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, Nia Black Belt Somatic Educator + Trainer

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You may have seen it… flyers posted throughout the studio… or announcements posted on Twitter and Facebook over the last several months…

You may have wondered… ”what is this thing called Nia White Belt…and why do I want to become one?”

You may have heard it… announcements after Nia class of upcoming trainings or conversations with classmates who have said, “I’m a Nia White Belt!”

Great observations!  Great questions!  Now I am here to dispel any questions or misconceptions you may have about the Nia White Belt Training!

So, let’s begin with the beginning!  What is Nia?   (for those who have yet to step IN to your first Nia class experience).

Nia is the “Love Your Body Workout!”  A powerful, unique, and inspiring, cardiovascular-based movement practice that stimulates and conditions body, mind and spirit! …

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Over the last several months, we have explored Nia Technique as a movement and life practice that conditions the body, amplifying cardiovascular conditioning, building strength, flexibility, mobility, stability, and agility for optimal health and wellness at ALL ages and fitness levels!  We explored how Nia conditions the mind and it’s ability to go from “Monkey Mind to SUPER Brain” through engaging conscious awareness, imagination, creativity, directed focus, neurological cross-patterning and mind/body synchronized movement that delivers balance to both the physical brain and the conscious mind.  We even tapped in to Nia’s way of using emotional expression to take your fitness to the next level.  But one of the (many) things that makes Nia Technique truly extraordinary, is it’s appreciation of the individuality of each and every participant who steps into the Nia Class.  Every person in the room is ‘unique’!  Just like a snowflake, no two are alike!  Each, with gifts, talents, and ways of BE-ing, that are only inhabitable by that one, unique individual!  Nia ignites a call to the spirit of each participant, to be unfolded, let out, revealed in it’s uniqueness, pure potential, and ‘greatness’.   
 
When considering the word, “spirit”, depending on one’s frame of reference, it would  be easy to jump to the conclusion that Nia is “woo-woo”,  wondering, “is this some kind of new-agey-metaphysical-spiritual practice?”  No!  It’s much simpler than that!
 
TheFreeDictionary.com defines ‘spirit’ as:  
  1. The vital principle or animating force within living beings.
  2. Incorporeal consciousness. 
  3. The essential nature of a person or group.
 
YES!…not woo-woo at all!  Essentially, spirit defined as “life-force”.
 
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Nia defines spirit simply as, “uniqueness”.  The spirit/life force that resides in each of us is Unique, like no other, one-of-a-kind!  Spirit is the elemental energy that allows you to be you!  And when you connect to your spirit, that in you which is unique, there is a sense of intimacy, meaning, and purpose that allows you to feel existentially YOU….whole and complete.  How you move, how you express yourself, how you exert your own personality in the class is how you “do YOU”!   Now IMAGINE it!  A room full of people, each honoring, moving, and expressing their unique light!  A room full of people moving in their own way…in their own time…radiating their uniqueness!  Well, imagine no more!  Just get yourself to a Nia Class, STAT, and experience for yourself, how Nia Technique is the vanguard fitness practice that acknowledges, engages, and ‘conditions‘, not only your body and mind, but your Spirit, as well!
 

So many in our society (and fitness classes) are striving to ‘fit in’, or pushed toward conformity…but Nia invites us to ‘stand out’, shine our light, and radiate our essence self…because, out of all the humans who have ever lived…or who will ever live in the future, there is NO ONE like YOU!  Like Bono, from U2, says in the song, Original of the Species, “YOU are the ONLY ONE of your kind!”  I say, “Behave accordingly! (especially on the dance floor!)”.   

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5 Ways to Cultivate Your Spirit with Nia:
  1. Recognize your uniqueness!!  Make a list of all the ways you are unique!  Noting, what makes you, YOU?!!   Include everything…no matter how big or small!  All that matters is “uniqueness”!
  2. Say goodbye to ‘cookie-cutter’ methods of living/moving/BEing!  Say hello to your unique radiance!  You, doing YOU…in YOUR own way…and in YOUR own time. 
  3. Find the courage to ADORE all that is unique within you!  Have the courage to live, move, and BE, without analyzing, criticizing or judging yourself!  Just BE! 
  4. Find opportunities to experience community!  (you will find it every time in a Nia Class!)  Uniqueness is best explored in the environment of community!
  5. Become ‘spellbound’ with the uniqueness of every thing!  Not only are YOU unique, but so is EVERYONE (and everything)!   Enjoy the process of discovering uniqueness everywhere…and find bliss in acknowledging and interacting with spirit.
 
Want more? Bring Jule to your community for experiential workshops, masterclasses, and Nia Trainings and ignite your uniqueness, and  spirit!   Learn more at http://www.juleinthelotus.com!  Find Nia classes near you at http://www.nianow.com.

  

resources:  

The Nia Technique:  The High-Powered, Energizing Workout that Gives You a New Body and a New Life by Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas (2004).

 

You may be moving in your fitness program….but are you “Being Moved”?  Taking your fitness to the next level requires you to bring more of YOU to the experience!  While most exercise programs have you pushing your body with more reps, more resistance, more speed, more duration…being a purely physical experience, you are left feeling dry, stagnant, bored, forced, and watching the clock for it to be over.   Without stealth willpower, this workout regime is not sustainable.

But what if…what if your movement practice was FUN?!! …more embodied with ‘You”?!!  What if, in addition to pumping your heart, strengthening your muscles, burning calories, trimming your waistline…you felt ALIVE?!! THIS is how we roll in Nia! 

Nia post 2Nia is a LIVING, INTEGRATIVE-WHOLE-BEING experience!  When you bring the dynamic of expression to your workout, movement, and LIFE, you exponentially amp EVERYTHING ..making every movement more real, more authentic…using more dynamic force, burning more calories, breathing harder, sweating more, and feeling more vibrant!

By employing emotional expression to your movement practice, you create uniquely personalized, whole-body engagement!  Try it now!

  • Make a fist and punch forward.
  • Now, make a fist, punch forward, and dynamically  express a Jackie Chan, “Hai!”  Feel the difference?  Notice how  MORE of you and your body was engaged?
  • Now, thrust your fist to the sky.  Do it again and proclaim to the world, “YES!”  Wow!  Now how would you like to be able to consciously bring more “YES!” into your body and life?

Expressing yourself seems like a really simple concept…and it is…but so many people have stopped ‘getting emotional’!  Logic, propriety, ‘not making a scene’, has taken over ever since we stepped in to our first grade school class where we were told to sit still, be quiet, speak when spoken to, etc.  But all emotions live inside us and their only way out is through expression!  When we stifle them, the emotions become energetic blocks that create imbalance and sometimes even disease!

Nia 12-6-13 take a cue from Nia Technique and express yourself to gain, not only a more vigorous workout, but to experiment, explore, and experience YOU fully embodying YOU through emotional expression (not only on the mat, but in your life too)!

Here are 8 ways to activate emotional expression into your fitness and life practice!

  1. Test your emotional vocabulary.  At any given moment, ask yourself, “what am I feeling right now?”  Tag it.  Name it….and move on (or in my world…put on some music and dance it out!).  Being present enough to be able to identify your emotions at any given moment is a strong indicator that you are in touch with your relationship to your feelings and emotions.  Your ability to express your feelings creates intimacy…you with yourself…and you with those around you.
  2. But what if you get stuck in one, two, or just a handful of emotions with vary little variety….or are not able to even identify how you feel?  Worry not, my friend!  This happens to many people!  The way we condition our relationship to our emotions is to play with them!  Try using an Emotions Chart like this one shown on Pinterest. Use this chart to either identify your feelings…or simply choose an emotion from the chart and ‘play’ with trying it on and expressing it.  Try this… walk across the room, or dance, using the emotion of ‘anxious’.  Now try on ‘bashful’.  How about ‘confident’ or ‘excited’?  Do you sense how infusing your movement with emotional expression really amplifies the energy dynamics of the experience?  Notice how you are able to use just the movement quality to express the emotion…and other times you use vocalization!  This practice helps you to condition what we call, “emotional pliability”….the ability to access, activate, and express a wide range of emotions without getting stuck on a single one.  Children are naturals with emotional pliability…being able to go effortlessly from happy, to sad, to agitated, to curious very naturally.
  3. Consciously know that there are no “bad” emotions.  All emotions represent vital life-force energy  and should be expressed, not repressed, to instill a healthy body, authentic movement, and emotional well-beingness.
  4. Nia Man your arms, hands, and fingers to express.  (In fact, try NOT using your arms, hands, and fingers to express and notice how challenging it is!)  This is one of the gifts of our upper extremities.  They are designed to communicate feelings, emotions, and expression!  Say, “I love you” without using your arms and hands.  It’s flat, isn’t it?  Now say, “I love you” and use your arms and hands to express what you are feeling.  Much better, right?  Now try, “I won!” without using your extremities.  Now again, WITH your arms, hands, and finger expressions!  Totally authentic, yes?  Integrating this kind of expression within your movement practice will prolifically condition your upper body, authenticate your movement to reflect what is real with in you, and instill integrated health in the physical and emotional realms.
  5. Pair vocalizations such as, “yes”, “no”, “ahhhhhh”, “hai!”, etc. with your movement to engage and integrate both the physical and the emotional body.
  6. LAUGH out loud for 60 seconds.  Sense the physical engagement of the core of the body (yes your abs)…and, likewise, know that the act of laughing also releases neurochemistry that literally makes you feel good!   So the next time you sit down and get ready to do 100 crunches…instead, just LAUGH OUT LOUD for a minute…you’ll have more fun….and feel GREAT!
  7. Pay attention to your physical posture…it ‘speaks’ of your emotional status.  For example, slumped shoulders are indicative of a depressed mood….a barrel chest communicates over(false)-confidence…eyes down, shy….shoulders scrunched to ears, fear…  Consciously choose your body posture to express how you want to share yourself with the world.
  8. FEEL to HEAL.  Having a healthy relationship to your emotions is THE JUICE of living fully and authentically in your body and life.  You are here, now, on this earth to live totally and completely into your greatness.  Part of what makes you, uniquely ‘YOU’ is your authenticity, your emotional expression, your essence!  Recognize, feel, and express all that is in you as a means to be free…to be full-on YOU…to not hold back your multidimensional, kaleidoscopic  life force…and to fully express the authenticity of each and every moment…on the dance floor…and off…

So there you have it!  Eight ‘toys’ to play with to enhance your emotional expression, pump more ‘juice’ into your life, and going from just ‘moving’…to ‘Being Moved’!.

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**As with any new activity, or if you are having joint or bleeding problems, make sure you check with your physician or therapist to be sure you are ready to get started.

Want more? Bring Jule to your community for experiential workshops and masterclasses…or consider taking the Nia White Belt Training to actualize the Nia Practice into your body and life!   Learn more! 

Find Nia Technique classes near you!

*Jule presented The Nia Technique at HFA’s Symposium in Dallas, Texas!  Check us out next year at the 2014 Symposium in Tampa, Fla!

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About the Author

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Jule Aguirre, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, is a member of the International Nia Training Faculty as Black Belt Somatic Educator + Trainer. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Jule MOVES body-mind integrators, urban athletes & adventurers in wellness with her unique approach to blending conscious movement, body-mind awareness, and integrative psychotherapy to dynamically stimulate change and transformation through her trainings, classes, workshops and private sessions!

As a Licensed & Nationally Certified Psychotherapist, Jule’s gift is being able to integrate the wisdom of Nia with her counseling techniques to form an integrative, therapeutic program of wellness, healing & personal power for participants of her work. Jule works privately with individuals seeking personal growth, self-actualization, transformation & integration of all parts of the self.

 

reblogged from Jule’s contribution to the Dec. 2013 FitFactor/Hemophilia Federation of America Blog:http://www.hemophiliafed.org/news-stories/2013/12/want-take-fitness-next-level-express/

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Last month, I presented a ‘user’s manual’ for taking care of your body the Nia way!  But The Nia Technique conditions MORE than just your body!  This holistic, integrated movement practice also conditions and stimulates your MIND by engaging conscious awareness, directed focus, mind/body synchronized actions and neurological cross patterning, imagery, meta-perception (how one perceives oneself), etc.

ImageMany in Western societies, with our constant connection to TV, smart phones, iPads, and laptops, are training their brains to constantly be ‘entertained’, seeking stimulation outside of our SELF, rarely taking time away to ‘unplug’ from digital media and ‘plug IN’ to our own inner landscape.   We see it all the time!  Runners, cyclists, gym-goers mentally “check out” during their exercise activities with TV’s, texting on smartphones, rocking out to music or being taken on a mental journey via digital books on their iPods to distract them from the act of working out…detaching from their body and the multitude of sensations that happen as the body exerts, conditions, and trains itself.  In other words, many people go into “monkey-mind” mode, or as Deepak Chopra calls it, ‘baseline brain’ ..where mind is unsettled, unfocused, and unconscious, merely fulfilling the tasks of everyday life.

Nia offers a better way of moving, living, and truly BEing in a body!  With buzzwords like “neuroplasticity”,”Super-Brain”, ‘integrative’, ‘holistic’, etc, Nia is THE wellness program that delivers health and balance to both your physical brain and your conscious mind!

 But much like the credo, “use it or lose it”,  our brains are designed to ‘think’, be aware, focused, and engaged.  When we fail to exercise those abilities, we lose it.

Here are 9 ways that Nia conditions the mind and develops the body-mind connection: 

1.     AWARENESS:  Nia invites, engages, and stimulates conscious awareness of being IN one’s body by paying attention to body sensations…not just in class, but ALL the time!

ImageLet’s do it now!  Right now, as you read this blog post, direct your attention to your feet.  Sense your feet and notice what you notice!  What sensations are you aware of in your feet? (ex. I sense my feet inside my shoes; I sense pressure as my feet stand on the floor; I sense my toes wiggling; etc.)  Now, sense your spine…How about your hands…breathe….elbows…and so on.  This feedback loop between body (sensation) and mind (awareness) communicates to your 75+trillion cells that you are ‘in there’, consciously aware of your body.  Awareness trains the mind towards ‘presence’…being HERE now.

2.   Sharyn 2013 DMN Article5    VISUALIZATION, IMAGERY, and IMAGINATION:  Nia stimulates the mind by pairing suggested visual images with movement to trigger authentic, functional movement and conditioning the imagination.  Notice the difference in lifting your arms out to the sides and above your head as you inhale, and lower your arms as you exhale.  Now, imagine your arms as wings..lift and lower your ‘wings’…do you notice a difference in the quality and sensation of the movement?  Now, walk around the room…then, imagine ‘stepping stones’, or a HOT FLOOR… did the quality of your movement change as you engaged this imagery?  This pairing of visual imagery with physical movement engages MORE of your body…and has you moving from ‘the inside-out”!  It resembles the way children move and play, stimulating creativity, functionality, and authenticity.

3.     brain rt lt graphicRIGHT/LEFT BRAIN ACTIVATION:  The human brain has two hemispheres, the right and the left, each with different capacities and functions.  The left brain, manages language, logic, critical thinking, numbers, reasoning, linear/forceful/precise movements while the right brain governs creativity, intuition, imagery, color, expression and interpretation of emotions, fluid/continuous movements, etc.  Nia engages BOTH the right and left brain by utilizing both linear and fluid movements, choreographed patterns and freeform/creative movements, cross-patterning left and right sides of the body, and more to balance and optimize the functioning and performance of the two hemispheres towards “Super-Brain” status.

4.     highres_1768639WITNESS:  Nia encourages participants to ‘witness’/observe themselves, noticing (without judgement) their thoughts, choices, actions, habits/tendencies, etc.  This practice conditions insight, self-acceptance, and non-judgement, igniting a different way to perceive self and others with respect, compassion, and love.  Do you witness what you tell yourself about your body?  What are the messages you give it?  Do you focus on your self-perceived ‘flaws’ or do you celebrate your body and self?  Do you focus on what your body can’t do…or do you celebrate what your body CAN do?  These meta-perceptions are important in training your mind for optimal, whole-being functioning!

5.     NEUROPLASTICITY and TRAINING YOUR BRAIN:  Nia shakes things up…breaking up the ‘ruts’ of neuropathways, creating NEW paths for maximized usage of the brain and conscious mind.  As we witness our thoughts, choices, actions, etc., noticing certain tendencies…Nia invites us to ‘CHANGE!!”

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If I notice that I always lead with my right foot when I move…I can choose to change and lead with my left!  If I tend to dance to the rhythm of music, I can choose to experiment with dancing to the melody!  If I set the table a certain way, I can choose to change it to a different way!  Every time I choose a different way of doing things, I condition the neuroplasticity of my brain, thereby staving off brain degenerative diseases like dementia and altzheimers!

6.     FOCUS:  Every Nia class begins with a focus…something you will be aware of, observe, experiment with…as you move your body!    Having a set focus throughout the Nia class experience, ensures that you are IN your body, consciously aware, and purposefully directing all of your movement choices and actions, thereby keeping you safe, diminishing the chances for injury, as you move.

7.     MOVING MEDITATION:  Nia’s way of using directed focus, breath-work, consciousness, and mindful presence in the NOW, gives every Nia experience the sensation of being a ‘movement meditation’, achieving an alpha-state relaxation response, sensed as a calmer, saner way to move, live, and BE in the body, while countering the fight/flight stress response that gorges the body with streams of cortizol,inflammation, and stress.

8.     SelfHealingMENTAL HEALTH:  It is a well-documented fact that exercise helps to balance brain chemistry, positively impacting mental health.   The Nia Technique delivers MORE than just ‘exercise’…Nia’s holistic approach to addressing the body AND mind with awareness, insight, positive messaging, presence, healing music, gratitude, self-direction, meaningfulness, and many other tools for transformation…positively impacts mental health, balanced brain chemistry, and overall positive regard for self and others.

9.     CURIOSITY + BEGINNER’S MIND:  Nia encourages every participant to enter the experience with ‘beginner’s mind’…a state of consciousness to become fully present in the moment, leaving behind past learning, as well as expectation towards outcomes, entering the current experience with ‘new eyes’ and empty, readiness to experience, practice, learn and grow, creating a sense of relaxation, consciousness, and curiosity about the experience.

So, there you have it!  Nine tools that The Nia Technique delivers to ensure, not only a heathy, vital body…but a razor-sharp, calm mind and ‘Super Brain”!

Want more? Bring Jule to YOUR community for experiential workshops and masterclasses…or consider taking the Nia White Belt Training to actualize the Nia Practice into your body and life!   Learn more at http://www.juleinthelotus.com

find Nia Technique classes near you at http://www.nianow.com/find/classes

resources:  

The Nia Technique:  The High-Powered, Energizing Workout that Gives You a New Body and a New Life by Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas (2004).

Super-Brain by Deepak Chopra, M.D., and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D. (2013)

**As with any new activity, or if you are having joint or bleeding problems, make sure you check with your physician or therapist to be sure you are ready to get started.

This is a Reblog of Jule’s recurring blog contribution to The Hemophilia Federation of America:  http://www.hemophiliafed.org/news-stories/2013/11/go-monkey-mind-super-brain-nia/#.UnsStigGZYI.facebook

FAB blog with Dawn Montefusco at Nia Technique re: the intelligence of your TWO BRAINS! click the link & read on! if you want to learn more, I have a few spaces available at my next Nia White Belt Training (Dallas Dec. 7-13), where you can explore deeper, the Art of Sensation of your ‘Gut Instincts”…and MORE! 

“Nia White Belt training, The Art of Sensation, is designed as a living system to allow you to know things instantly and to connect to the gut, the body and all of sensation. Nia respects the natural intelligence of the body and who you are. It’s made to adapt to your own energetic fingerprint composed of a body, mind, and unique spirit. It is through this investigation that you get to know yourself, learn to make better choices and live a fuller and healthier life. As Nia says, “The practice is over, the game has begun.” Choice-to-choice, moment-to-moment, it’s the game of life defined by each day, by each choice, that guides us all. We are only using half of our potential to figure out choices if we rely only on our mind. We have to feel our way through life, not think it.
This system of combining the body and the mind is vital to the successful operation of your entire life. Nia is key to getting into the body, using it as your leader, and having the body be your guide.” 

via Think Twice: Brain and Gut Power.

by Jule Aguirre, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, Nia Black Belt Somatic Educator + Trainer

(reblogged from MoveStudio’s Move+BeMoved Blog) Image

 

You may have seen it….flyers posted throughout the studio…or announcements posted on Twitter and FaceBook, over the last several months…

You may have heard it…announcements after Nia class of upcoming trainings or conversations with classmates who have said, “I’m a Nia White Belt”!  

You may have wondered…”what is this thing called, Nia White Belt…and why do I want to become one?”

Great observations!  Great questions!  Now I am here to dispel any questions or misconceptions you may have about the Nia White Belt Training!  

 

So, let’s begin with the beginning!  What is Nia?   (for those who have yet to step IN to your first Nia class experience).

Nia is the “Love Your Body Workout!”  A powerful, unique, and inspiring, cardiovascular-based movement practice that stimulates and conditions body, mind and spirit!  Through its conscious engagement of 52 Moves, 9 Movement Forms (from the martial arts, dance and healing arts) and focused attention, not on only on the outcome of fitness, but the SENSATION of “functional fitness”, Nia delivers a multidimensional body-mind workout that no other movement program can match!  More than ‘working-out”, Nia moves you from the “inside-out”!  Students are guided to “personalize” their movements toward what feels right for them, allowing each individual to ‘do it their way”.  Mindfulness, imagination, and expression, are interwoven for a holistic, integrative, body-mind experience that leaves participants feeling energized, happy, healthy and WHOLE!   And the BEST part?  Anyone can do it!  Nia is ageless and limitless, transformational and effective for every person everywhere, from athletes, dancers and fitness aficionados, to children, special needs groups and the elderly…most of all, Nia is exhilarating, creative, transformational, and fun!  learn more at www.juleinthelotus.com and www.nianow.com.  

 

OK…now I know what Nia is…and I LOVE the classes, but what is the Nia White Belt Training?   

The Nia White Belt Intensive is a 7-day training that takes the passionate Nia student deeper into self-mastery through the Nia Movement & Life Practice!  It’s one thing to come to class, follow the teacher, sense your body, connect with community, and vibe on really great music!  For some…this is enough…but for those who are really, REALLY passionate about what the Nia Technique practice is doing for them…well…THEY WANT MORE!  The Nia White Belt Training is THE best, and most practical way to learn how to go from Nia Student, to Nia PRACTITIONER (sounds kinda technical…but what I mean by ‘practitioner’ is learning Nia from the inside-out and transitioning from someone who simply ‘takes class’, following the teacher’s directions….to someone who can direct their body and life with purpose, power, and self-determination…what we call in Nia, a ‘Sacred Athlete’!)  

The primary focus of the White Belt Training is aimed at helping participants “get IN their body”, embodying the sensation of 

  • Joy
  • moving, systemically, in your own way, and in your own time
  • movement & energy variety from the martial arts, dance & healing arts
  • Nia’s unique and exclusive way of listening to, appreciating, and mapping music 
  • techniques to stimulate movement creativity
  • methods for awareness and self-healing
  • anatomy–the makeup, design and function of the body and the Nia Moves that directly condition, energize and activate each body part
  • natural, organic, personalized methods to condition your body
  • structural anatomy/alignment/sensory awareness 
  • working, living, moving as a sacred being, with purpose, and intent, living into your highest potential
  • body & life tools for transformation 
  • communication using the body’s language of sensation
  • and more!

 

This seems like alot to learn!  I’m afraid I won’t be able to absorb it all! 

Everything we share with you will be translated in a way that makes learning personal, using body-centered methodologies, imagery, poetry, movement and metaphors to turn cognitive information into something you sense, feel and think about. Nia training is designed to give you the time and space to arrive to personal understanding in your own way and in your time, subjectively creating your own “knowledge map.”  You will develop knowledge daily by exploring Nia’s tools for body & life mastery.

 

How is the Nia Training structured? 

the Nia White Belt Training is typically offered in a 7 consecutive day format (usually Saturday through Friday, but days can vary)… and sometimes over 2 weekends (for those who are not able to take a full week off from work).  

 

What are the hours? 

Most trainings (dependent upon the trainer and location) start on a Saturday and end on a Friday evening. 

  • Day 1 of the training typically lasts 4- 6 hours depending on the training layout.  
  • Days 2-6 begin as early as 7:00 AM and generally end by between 5-7PM.  
  • Day 7 begins between 7-8am and ends near 3pm.  

  

But I’m too _____ (old, out of shape, low on energy, uncoordinated, yada-yada-yada…) I don’t know if I am able to sustain this type of training…

The hours may seem intensive…but it is TOTALLY DO-able!  We’ve had trainees as young as (mature/focused) 8 years old and others on in to their 90’s!  Just like in Nia class, we say, “listen to your body”…”do it your way”… “do your best”…”take care of your body”…. While we do cover an extensive amount of material, the intensive setting itself is an exercise in self-awareness, self-care, self-love, self-direction.  EveryBody…whether old or young, fit or not-so-fit, men, women, dancers and non-dancers alike, can and DO get through the White Belt Training week with elegance, grace, Joy, fun….and their body, mind, & spirit intact!  Every day of the Nia training is exhilarating!  Stimulating!  Transformational!   All Nia experience levels are welcome, and THRIVE in the training!

 

What’s the breakdown of movement/lecture/interactive discussion ratio?

All Trainings involve approximately 60% experiential movement participation and 40% lecture/interactive discussion. Self-paced, everybody is encouraged to do their best, and find the structure of the training perfectly balanced for learning, embodying, and flourishing.

 

Is there anything that would limit me from participating in a Nia Intensive Training? 

Only illness (mental or physical) or acute injury can get in the way of full participation.  If you are unsure, speak to your trainer for clarification on individualized accessibility.  I’ve seen people participate with all sorts of injuries, where the trainee participates while “listening to and taking care of their body”.  

 

I do not intend to teach Nia… I’m not sure the training is for me. 

EveryBODY steps into the Nia White Belt Training, first for THEMSELVES for personal development…to learn about their body, learning techniques for amplified awareness and transformation through Nia’s unique body and life practices.  Some (roughly 40%) decide they would like to share Nia by becoming a Nia Teacher!  Either way, whether for personal or professional development, the Nia White Belt Training will TRANSFORM you!

 

I’ve heard people in class state different colored belt levels.  What is this?  What does it mean? 

The 5 basic levels of Nia education are fashioned after the martial arts, with people advancing through White, Blue, Brown, Black and First Degree Black Belt levels.  Each belt level is built from the foundation of the White Belt, the first level of training.  Here’s the breakdown of training for each of the belt levels:

  • White Belt Focus: Physical Sensation & embodying Nia’s 13 foundational principles  
  • Blue Belt Focus:  Relationship, communication & intimacy
  • Brown Belt Focus:  Managing Energy
  • Black Belt Focus:  Creativity and The Unknown
  • First Degree Black Belt Focus:  Non-thinking/beginner’s mind
  • Green Belt is an optional belt for teachers to hone their mastery of teaching skill.

  

What is the cost of the training? 

more than a ‘cost’, The Nia White Belt Training tuition is an INVESTMENT …and investment in your SELF…your body….your life…your health.. The financial investment the 7-day training is $1599.00.

 

That seems like alot of money!  I’m not sure I can afford it.  

We spend money on the car, snagging that latest fashion handbag, gourmet coffee, designer clothes, dinner out, stuff for the kids, stuff for the dogs….STUFF!   Why not invest in ourselves?  Speaking personally, I have invested in Nia training during some of the most financially devastating years of my life.  I prioritized.  I saved.  I made & sold jewelry, taught extra classes…asked for money instead of presents for my birthday & Christmas holidays…all to fund my Nia Training.  And, yes, I am a Nia Teacher, Trainer and Therapist…but even if Nia was not my livelihood, I would STILL invest in the training…as I consider it one of the BEST investments I have ever made in my own development that will guide me through the rest of my life!  Whether I teach, or not, I still want to ‘be IN my body’, cultivate Joy–every movement and every moment of my life, navigate my life path with purpose, passion, precision, creativity, intimacy, curiosity, sacredness, and grace.  For all of this….I’d call it a BARGAIN!!!

 

SO… how did I do?  Did I miss any of your burning questions about the Nia White Belt Training?  If so, I’d like to hear from you!  Send me YOUR questions! (juleinthelotus@me.com)    I’d love to help clarify, and create dialogue to help YOU step IN to this phenomenal, training…igniting a body and life you LOVE!  

Get your Nia White Belt and discover more than a deeper Nia practice. Discover YOU, fully inhabiting YOU!

Jule Aguirre offers Nia White Belt Trainings at MoveStudio, throughout the North Texas Metroplex and across the globe!  Join her next training at MoveStudio is December 7-13, 2013.  Learn more and register at www.nianow.com/jule (click ‘my trainings’)

 

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Jule Aguirre, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, is a member of the International Nia Training Faculty as Black Belt Somatic Educator + Trainer.  

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Jule MOVES body-mind integrators, urban athletes & adventurers in wellness with her unique approach to blending conscious movement, body-mind awareness, and integrative psychotherapeutic techniques to dynamically stimulate change and transformation through her trainings, classes, workshops and private sessions!

As a Licensed & Nationally Certified Psychotherapist, Jule’s gift is being able to integrate the wisdom of Nia with her counseling techniques to form an integrative, therapeutic, program of wellness, healing & personal power for participants of her work.    Learn more at http://www.juleinthelotus.com.

Jule was named in 2012 by ORIGIN Magazine as one of the TOP 124 people in the United States that INSPIRE!  

 

link to the original blog for MoveStudio’s Move + Be Moved Blog:  http://moveandbemovedwithmovestudio.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-nia-white-belt-training/

A fab reblog of this insightful blog post from one of my most delightful Nia Students & writer, Megan Kincade! Read it…and then exercise YOUR voice!!

http://mekinkade.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/exercise-your-voice/

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