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Moving with Purpose

What does the name Nia mean? 

I hear this all the time. Sometimes I laugh and give the long answer, and sometimes I just say, “Dancing with Purpose.”

When Nia was birthed, it was an acronym for Non-Impact Aerobics. Hmmm… that didn’t work. Nia does have impactful pressure on the body, specifically the bones (as does walking itself,) and gentle stress on the bones keep them stronger.

Then Nia was known as Neuromuscular Integrative Action… wow. A mouthful. While Nia does access neurons, muscles, and many other processes of the body in an integrative way, the LONG name brought some raised eyebrows.

Nia in Swahili means ‘with purpose.’ In Hebrew, Nia means ‘to move.’ While there are many ways of describing Nia,  (9 Movement Forms, 7 Cycles, 52 Moves, FreeDance, etc.) I love to say, “We move with purpose.”

As Madisyn Taylor writes below, nothing happens in our lives and in the world without purpose.

Everyday, I purposefully move my body to feel better, for health of my emotions, mind, and spirit. It is a choice as human beings that we make everyday.

What do you choose?

Now I Am… moving with purpose. Join me in class this week!

Check out the MANY special events, classes, trainings and loads of FUN that are on the horizon! CLICK HERE! 

Love, Adelle

Nia: Tuesday 7:30am, Wednesday 9:15am, Friday 9:15am

Nia FreeDance: Thursday 9:15am

Read more from Madisyn Taylor…

The path that speeds us toward our dreams can be a challenging and complex one, so it’s easy to get bogged down in confusion and insecurities. We often hesitate at the start of that path, questioning our purpose or our capabilities. Yet we should be moving forward joyously, eager to discover what destiny has in store for us. The universe has plans for us that eclipse anything we have dreamed of thus far. Though we must work diligently to fulfill our potential and to accomplish our individual missions, the universe is aware of both the quests we chose before birth and the goals we have formulated in adulthood. If we accept that it us watching over us and believe that it will facilitate our eventual success, the universe will provide us with the assistance and opportunities that enable us to make significant progress on our journeys of ambition.

Nothing happens without a purpose. Whether we attract success or repel it depends on our willingness to stay open to a wide range of possibilities and to embrace concepts like synchronicity. The universe is always ready to care for our needs, but we must not write off its loving attention as mere circumstance or chance. Likewise, we must endeavor to ensure that our egos do not become a barrier that prevents us from recognizing that even perceived mistakes and strife can be profound lessons that smooth the progress of personal evolution. When we understand that we only need to enthusiastically try our best to realize our objectives, the universe will take care of the details, propelling us forward in its unstoppable current. We may not always immediately understand the significance of certain experiences, but our trust will help us choose wisely at each crossroads.
The universe wants to see you accomplish your goals. No matter how long you’ve dallied or hesitated, it will always be there to put its plan for you in motion at the first sign of your faith. You can make the most of this aid by acquiescing to it rather than fighting it–nurture your dreams but do not attempt to micromanage every detail along the way. The universe will provide you with guidance and, if you heed that guidance, you will find your formerly stressful quest for success will become a journey of great joy. ~Madisyn Taylor, Daily Om

 

When Spirit gives a mandate…

Happy wet Monday friends! How about the rain?!

Yesterday in the 4:00 Nia class, I was teaching CELL-ebrate, and decided to put in another song from Spotify, giving the class a ‘mini’ Nia FreeDance class experience. We were dancing along, and I was giving pearls from Body, Emotions… and BOM! The music auto-magically changed.

I knew it was a mandate from Spirit when the song started out with, “Hokahey (Sioux for ‘Let’s do it’)” and then continued, “This Earth does not belong to us, WE belong to this Earth… We must take responsibility to make sure everything is healthy for the future of our children…”

Pearls came in from Body, Emotions, Mind and Spirit, as we danced a rain dance for the Earth. It was palpable and POWERFUL.

Guess what??? It POURED rain this morning, giving our spot on Earth relief, here in sun-baked San Antonio, Texas.

Do you listen to your heart and intuition? To Spirit mandates that say, ‘Let’s do it!’? What if we lived from our heart brain and intuitive knowledge that is coded in our body… how would life change? What would we manifest?

Some say it’s ‘woo woo.’ It IS some ‘woo woo’ with a whole lot of truth… its the power of positive thinking. The power to change the energy that greets us everyday, with a positive affirmation. By starting the day with a positive affirmation, as if it has already happened, we set it into motion. Manifestation.

Now I Am… Powerful, Strong, Flexible, Peaceful, Happy, Agile, Mobile, Accepting, Inclusive, Flowing, Present, Grateful… the list is endless!

Bring your affirmation to class and let’s manifest! 

SEE you in class… Adelle

Nia: Tuesday 7:30am, Wednesday 9:15am, Friday 9:15am

Nia FreeDance: Thursday 9:15am

Rock Your Emptiness

Empty hallway to Laughter Studio

“Rock your emptiness”… hmmm…

When I read these words written by Danielle LaPorte, they resonated with me, Adelle, the introvert who craves space. That is how Danielle answered the question posed to her about emptiness when she said, “You’re full of space, which means you can walk around feeling like anything is possible.”

That is how I feel about flexibility, the sensation that moves energy out, and gives me space… space in my body, my emotions, my mind and my essence, my spirit. I know it is THE sensation that brings healing to me, Adelle, the introvert. Being an extraverted-introvert means I have to be OUT, I have to be ON, and I HAVE to allow myself time to rejuvenate, let go, be silent and rock my emptiness.

Space is waiting for YOU!

What if we made friends with the peace that is always waiting for us? What if we waved our arms around our chest, our torso, our heart space, and said, “This is spaciousness, this is powerful… this is the space I need!”

Let’s do it!  See you in class this week!

With love from my spacious heart, FULL of possibility…  Adelle

My classes this week:

Nia: Tuesday 7:30am, Wednesday 9:15am, Friday 9:15am, Sunday 4:00pm

Nia FreeDance: Thursday 9:15am… all at The Synergy Studio!

Yoga: Thursday 12:00pm, Sunday 8:45am

*Read more from Danielle LaPorte*                                                                               “Can you speak about emptiness?” a young woman asked at my talk. As those words came out, she circled her hands in front of her stomach, as if she was rubbing a hollow belly.

Is it numbness or emptiness that you’re feeling?” I asked. A key distinction. Numbness is the result of being overloaded—too much pain, too much information, too much medication. Emptiness is very different.

Her response was poetic. She wasn’t stressed, or heavy about it, she was truly curious about her experience, “I feel this emptiness when I walk through the world, like the wind is blowing right through me.” Ohhh. I know that gusting.

“Well, I could be wrong, and this may sound perverse, but I’m excited for you. Because this…” and I waved my hands around my torso, “THIS is spaciousness. And it’s a powerful thing.”

“Sunyata” is a Sanskrit term for emptiness. It speaks to the concept of not having a “self”, the voidness of being. You could say it’s one of the aims of enlightenment itself, a supremely big deal. But most of us are terrified of going there.

Much of our personal and global (same thing) problems are a result of trying to stuff our emptiness—with food, power, noise, gadgets. We cram our lives with people—virtual, in-person, strangers on screens, so we don’t have to be alone. We’re raised to fill the void. Like little robots. Fill void, fill void.

But what if we rocked our emptiness? Felt the perimeter of ourselves. Relished the silence. Made friends with the peace that’s always waiting for us. What if we got off on the discomfort of our emptiness and let it be creative tension?

Maybe we’re just one mental reframe away from turning our universal emptiness into personal power.

“Because, you’re not empty. You’re full of space,” I said to the girl who was feeling the elements of life moving through her core. “Which means that you can walk around feeling like anything is possible.”

“Ohhh. I like that,” she said. “Empty, but full of possibility.”

SO full. Danielle LaPorte

 

The Great Teacher

Water is a precious commodity. In San Antonio, this time of year proves challenging due to our heat. With heat comes water restrictions, and we are now in Stage 1.

Water is also a great teacher. Madisyn Taylor, of Daily Om, wrote a beautiful post about water showing us how to move through the world… with grace, ease, determination and humility.

As I’m reflecting on the week ahead, teaching Nia, Nia FreeDance and Yoga, I also see a wonderful metaphoric teacher in water, a metaphor for the 5 sensations that keep our body healthy. Daily feeding our body with Flexibility, Agility, Mobility, Strength and Stability, we can move through the world with grace, ease, determination and humility.

Madisyn writes, “The journey of water as it flows upon the earth can be a mirror of our own paths through life. Water begins its residence on earth as it falls from the sky or melts from ice and streams down a mountain into a tributary or stream. *Agility* In the same way, we come into the world and begin our lives on earth. Like a river that flows within the confines of its banks, we are born with certain defining characteristics that govern our identity. We are born in a specific time and place, within a specific family, and with certain gifts and challenges. Within these parameters, we move through life, encountering many twists, turns, and obstacles along the way just as a river flows. *Mobility*

When a river breaks at a waterfall, it gains energy and moves on. As we encounter our own waterfalls, we may fall hard but we always keep moving on. Water can inspire us to not become rigid with fear or cling to what’s familiar. *Flexibility* Water is brave and does not waste time clinging to its past, but flows onward without looking back. *Strength* At the same time, when there is a hole to be filled, water does not run away from it in fear of the dark; instead, water humbly and bravely fills the empty space. In the same way, we can face the dark moments of our life rather than run away from them.*Stability*

Eventually, a river will empty into the sea. Water does not hold back from joining with a larger body, nor does it fear a loss of identity or control. It gracefully and humbly tumbles into the vastness by contributing its energy and merging without resistance. Each time we move beyond our individual egos to become part of something bigger, we can try our best to follow the lead of the river. *Sacred Athlete, Living with Purpose, Potential, Possibilities*

Join me this week, as we focus on the 5 Sensations that keep our body healthy, while also appreciating the great teacher that is present in every sip that we take.

Loving you!

Adelle

My classes this week:

Nia: Tuesday 6:45am, Wednesday 9:15am, Friday 9:15am, Sunday 4:00pm

Nia FreeDance: Thursday 9:15am

Yoga: Thursday 12:00pm, Sunday 8:45am

Stone Soup~ Share your gifts and Be the Change!

 

Stone Soup~~~ A beautiful story and metaphor for BE-ing the Change. “The reward is a banquet that can nourish many.” Read on and have a blessed day! Adelle

Imagine a world in which we all shared our gifts and bounty with each other              rather than focusing on self preservation.

There are many variations on the story of stone soup, but they all involve a traveler coming into a town beset by famine. The inhabitants try to discourage the traveler from staying, fearing he wants them to give him food. They tell him in no uncertain terms that there’s no food anywhere to be found. The traveler explains that he doesn’t need any food and that, in fact, he was planning to make a soup to share with all of them. The villagers watch suspiciously as he builds a fire and fills a cauldron with water. With great ceremony, he pulls a stone from a bag, dropping the stone into the pot of water. He sniffs the brew extravagantly and exclaims how delicious stone soup is. As the villagers begin to show interest, he mentions how good the soup would be with just a little cabbage in it. A villager brings out a cabbage to share. This episode repeats itself until the soup has cabbage, carrots, onions, and beets–indeed, a substantial soup that feeds everyone in the village.

This story addresses the human tendency to hoard in times of deprivation. When resources are scarce, we pull back and put all of our energy into self-preservation. We isolate ourselves and shut out others. As the story of stone soup reveals, in doing so, we often deprive ourselves and everyone else of a feast. This metaphor plays out beyond the realm of food. We hoard ideas, love, and energy, thinking we will be richer if we keep to them to ourselves, when in truth we make the world, and ourselves, poorer whenever we greedily stockpile our reserves. The traveler was able to see that the villagers were holding back, and he had the genius to draw them out and inspire them to give, thus creating a spread that none of them could have created alone.

Are you like one of the villagers, holding back? If you come forward and share your gifts, you will inspire others to do the same. The reward is a banquet that can nourish many.

~MADISYN TAYLOR~ Daily Om

#BeTheChange #IAmTheChange #NiaFreeDance #NiaNow

 

Dem Bones… Da Noggin’!

Happy Tuesday Friends!

Did you know your head weighs between 8 and 10 lbs?  Imagine holding a 10 pound weight in one hand… for a LONG time. That is the weight that bears down on our spine whenever we are upright!

Our head is important in our daily activities and plays a vital role in our alignment and health. In Nia, we integrate our head in all our movements, keeping our spine healthy, flexible, and strong.

Through Head and Eye Movements (HEM), we organically move our head by using our eyes to follow our hands, or an imaginary butterfly through the room.  This allows us to learn and sense the design and function of our head and help us move with mindfulness and pleasure.

One of Nia’s 9 movement forms is the Alexander Technique, with the catch phase “Movement From the Top”.  The Alexander Technique teaches us to be in relationship with our beautiful head, and to connect with electromagnetic energy from above as we initiate our movements to keep the energy upward.  It is a gravitational force that lifts us up!

We can do this by imaging a feather is connected to the base of our neck, lengthening upwards toward the sky. Imagine that the feather is so tall you can tickle the belly of the clouds. This image draws attention upward, gently lengthening our neck and all seven cervical vertebrae.

We have 8 bones in our head, or cranium. EveryBody release your jaw, the only bone in the cranium that moves, and say ‘AHHHHH” and then SMILE!! Guess what? You have 14 facial bones that just moved!

Dem Bones… Da Noggin’! Bring em to class and let’s dance!

Love, Adelle

Tuesday 7:30am, Wednesday 9:15am,  Thursday 9:15am for *Nia FreeDance, and Friday 9:15am

A few pics from our FABulous weekend teaching in Dallas!

 

If you are an anatomy geek like me, check this out… Da Noggin’!

Bones of the head: There are 29 bones in the human head. They consist of 8 cranial bones, 14 facial bones, the hyoid bone, and 6 auditory (ear) bones.

  • The 8 cranial bones are the frontal, 2 parietal, occipital, 2 temporal, sphenoid, and ethmoid bones.
  • The 14 facial bones are the 2 maxilla, mandible, 2 zygoma, 2 lacrimal, 2 nasal, 2 turbinate, vomer and 2 palate bones.
  • The hyoid bone is horseshoe-shaped bone at the base of the tongue.
  • The 6 auditory ossicles (little bones) are the malleus, incus and stapes in each ear.

 

CELL-ebrate Your Bones!

Good morning friends!

This week, we are going to CELL-ebrate our Bones! Bones are the 206 structural parts of our body that create form and freedom, so we can dance through our day.

If we move from the bones, vertical/horizontal/rotational, then we are moving all of our muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons and connective tissue… YUMMY!

The new Nia routine that I choreographed, CELL-ebrate, was released internationally on Friday. I just returned from a FUN long weekend in CaliforNia, premiering CELL-ebrate on Saturday morning, at the beautiful studio of my dear friend Kate Nash, Cosmotion. It was a true celebration of life itself, with the wonderful CaliforNia community coming together to sing, sound, and dance.

I have attached the YouTube promotional video from Nia HQ about CELL-ebrate, as well as a few Cali-Nia pics. FUNtastic to be in our amazing worldwide commUNITY!

Join me for Nia FreeDance, Nia, and Yoga, as we CELL-ebrate our Bones!

LOVE! Adelle

Thursday: Nia FreeDance 9:15, Yoga 12:00… Friday: Nia 9:15… Saturday: Nia 9:30 Sunday: Yoga 8:45, Nia 4:00pm, all at The Synergy Studio!

 

FUN weekend ahead, as Joanie and I team-teach the new routine Sacred on Saturday at 9:30 and Sunday at 4:00. We will celebrate our bones in the dance!

CELL-ebrate video, Click here!

 

 

Be The Change… CELL-ebrate!

Good morning Friends,

I write a lot about BEing the change. Today, I read the following excerpt from Madisyn Taylor, of DailyOm, about The Ripple Effect. THIS is BEing the change.

I am anticipating the release of the new Nia routine CELL-ebrate on Friday, June 30, 2017. I choreographed this routine with the intention and courage to ‘BE the change’ in my heart.

I believe we can each BE the change that we want to see. Mahatma Gandhi was wise beyond this world.

Connection to others, BEing of service in community, with the courage to BE the change will shift the energy.

Read on and have a BEautiful day!

Adelle

The Ripple Effect

BY MADISYN TAYLOR

The impact you have on the world is greater than you could ever imagine, and the choices you make affect the whole.

In a world of six billion people, it’s easy to believe that the only way to initiate profound transformation is to take extreme action. Each of us, however, carries within us the capacity to change the world in small ways for better or worse. Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives, and their reactions in turn affect others. As the effect of a seemingly insignificant word passes from person to person, its impact grows and can become a source of great joy, inspiration, anxiety, or pain. Your thoughts and actions are like stones dropped into still waters, causing ripples to spread and expand as they move outward. The impact you have on the world is greater than you could ever imagine, and the choices you make can have far-reaching consequences. You can use the ripple effect to make a positive difference and spread waves of kindness that will wash over the world.

Should the opportunity arise, the recipient of a good deed will likely feel compelled to do a good deed for someone else. Someone feeling the effects of negative energy will be more likely to pass on that negative energy. One act of charity, one thoughtful deed, or even one positive thought can pass from individual to individual, snowballing until it becomes a group movement or the ray of hope that saves someone’s life. Every transformation, just like every ripple, has a point of origin. You must believe in your ability to be that point of origin if you want to use the ripples you create to spread goodness. Consider the effect of your thoughts and actions, and try to act graciously as much as possible.

A smile directed at a stranger, a compliment given to a friend, an attitude of laughter, or a thoughtful gesture can send ripples that spread among your loved ones and associates, out into your community, and finally throughout the world. You have the power to touch the lives of everyone you come into contact with and everyone those people come into contact with. The momentum of your influence will grow as your ripples moves onward and outward. One of those ripples could become a tidal wave of love and kindness.

 

Time to breathe! Time for Prana!

Good evening Nia Friends!

Ahhhh!!! Smelling the moment of right here, right now. It has been a marvelous two weeks of learning, experiencing, and celebrating our amazing community, and four new Nia White Belts who graduated yesterday!

 Joanie and I are thrilled for you!

Karen, Loretta, Trish and Todd… Congrats!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this moment, notice your breath, your PRANA, your life-force energy…

When your breath is deep, steady, and rhythmic, do you feel strong, calm, energized and secure?
When your breath is shallow, nervous, erratic, or rapid, do you feel uneasy, insecure, stressed, weak?

By bringing awareness to our breath as we dance through our day, we can relax, slow down, and bring ourselves to the present moment. Breath is our life force and has the power to heal us by simply doing what our body is designed to do.

Take a deep breath right now, and as you exhale sense how your shoulders and jaw slowly release. Take another deep, full, cleansing breath, and exhale using sound, ‘u’… ‘o’… ‘e’… ‘a’… ‘i’ What do you sense in your body? Is your mind more clear? More quiet?

Our breath is a wonderful tool we have available to us all the time… a tool that can still our mind, relax our body, and quiet our emotions.

We’ll focus on our Breath this week in our Nia class.  Just bring your body… your breath will come along too!

Time for PRANA!

Breathing with love, Adelle

Nia:  Tuesday 6:45am, Wednesday 9:15am, Friday 9:15am

Nia FreeDance: Thursday 9:15am

Celebrating with our new Nia White Belts!

 

Living Meditation in the midst of…

Good evening! An evening of Living Meditation…

There is something about the sunrise and the first few hours of the morning that make me feel cleansed and rejuvenated, ready to move forward enthusiastically. As the day wears on, I tend to lose some of this dynamic energy and the inspiration it provides. With multiple tools to draw from, many times I turn to the practice of Living Meditation.

In Nia, the practice of Living Meditation comes to us through Principle #5, Awareness. Through awareness of where our body is at rest, even when in class or moving through our day, we can find peace in every moment, and rejuvenate ourselves with inspiration.  Finding peace in the chaos brings our body closer to homeostasis, where our energy is balanced within and without.

Join me in class this week, as we focus on Living Meditation. By cultivating that rising sun energy inside ourselves and finding Living Meditation in every moment, we can carry it with us to light our way through any time of day or night, drawing on its power to awaken and renew our spirit.

Tuesday 7:30am, Wednesday 9:15am

Thursday 9:15am*Nia FreeDance

Thursday 12:00 Yoga

Sunday 8:45 Slow Flow Yoga

AND… My classes teaching with Joanie resume this weekend, as the White Belts complete their training! Yipppeee!

I hope you will join us on Friday 9:15am, Saturday 9:30am and Sunday at 4:00… when we celebrate with their graduation dance!

In peace, reflection, and love,

Adelle 

 

 

 

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