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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 

 

 

 

Pineal Gland, Third Eye, Light, Dark, Wow! Sooo cool

Have you heard the term third eye, or intuitive center ?

At the YogaFit MBF Conference that Joanie and I attended in Minneapolis, I was intrigued by something I learned… the Pineal Gland, which lies between the two hemispheres of the brain, is made of the same genetic structure as the eyes. It is considered a dormant photoreceptor, and its primary responsibility is to produce melatonin, a hormone we need to sleep.

It is literally located between the our two ‘seeing’ eyes.  The third eye is actually an eye, responsible for absorbing light and dark to turn on and off our body.

How cool is that???!!!

One of the 52 Moves in Nia, called Head and Eye Movement, means using three eyes?! I LOVE this!

Bring all three eyes to class this week, and dance the intuitive ‘seeing without seeing’, ‘knowing without knowing.’ Our bodies have sooo much intelligence. We call it Body Wisdom, Body Literacy.

Wise body indeed.

I have more copied below. Read and learn about your fascinating third eye, the principle seat of the soul.

SEE you in class!

Tuesday 7:30am, Wednesday 9:15am, Thursday 9:15am, Friday 9:15am, all at The Synergy Studio!

Adelle

From MindBodyGreen: When sunlight hits your eyes, a message is sent to your brain’s pineal gland to slow down producing your sleepy-time hormone melatonin. As the sun goes down it signals your body to ramp up melatonin for you to get a good nights rest. During darker, winter days the sunlight can’t shut off the melatonin mechanism as much during the day, leading to lower production at night, causing poorer sleep

From Wikipedia: The pineal gland, also known as the pineal body, conarium or epiphysis cerebri, is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain. The shape of the gland resembles a pine cone, hence its name. The pineal gland is located in the epithalamus, near the center of the brain, between the two hemispheres, tucked in a groove where the two halves of the thalamus join. The pineal gland produces melatonin,a serotonin derived hormone which modulates sleep patterns in both circadian and seasonal cycles.

From the point of view of biological evolution, the pineal gland represents a kind of atrophied photoreceptor. In the epithalamus of some species of amphibians and reptiles, it is linked to a light-sensing organ, known as the parietal eye, which is also called the pineal eye or third eye.

René Descartes believed the pineal gland to be the “principal seat of the soul”.

 

Adaptability… what does it mean to you?

Good morning!

Adaptability… what does it mean to you? 

When I think of adaptability, I think of flow, movement, mobility as well as stability. In my physical body, I relate adaptability to my joints, the movers of energy.

Joints allow us to release the stillness of the night, opening to possibilities with each yawn and stretch, reaching out with flexibility and becoming bigger. They also allow us to draw in closer, to engage our muscles with strength and pull them to the bone, becoming smaller. I am fascinated at the multiple directions that different joints are designed to move. Elbows and knees hinge, shoulders and hips rotate, wrists and ankles circle, hips shimmy, and our spine undulates in all directions. How lucky we are to have these wonderful parts of our body that are metaphors for adaptability!

Join me this week as we hinge, rotate, circle, shimmy, and undulate, dancing our joints to health and well-being.

Joanie and I have a Nia White Belt starting this coming weekend! Join us in classes on on Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday morning, and Sunday afternoon, as we team teach with LOTS of adaptability and plenty of FUN! PS. You can still join in for the entire experience by clicking here!

AND, a reminder that our Tuesday/Thursday morning classes have made the shift to a 7:30am start. Dance with YOU soon in our early classes! 🙂

Have an adaptable week, and I’ll see you on the dance floor!

Love Adelle

My classes this week:

Nia: Tuesday 7:30am, Wednesday 9:15am, and Thursday 5:30pm, Friday 9:30am, Saturday 9:30am, and Sunday 4:00pm with Joanie

Nia FreeDance: Thursday 9:15am

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

Read on for more on adaptability from the wise Madisyn Taylor!

You may have noticed your ability to adapt well to new circumstances, which could have you feeling clever and flexible. Acknowledging your skills, you may look for innovative ways of consciously making the most of these abilities rather than waiting for life to give you more reasons to use them. You may find that you even become somewhat bored without new challenges, so you might want to seek a situation that involves a variety of circumstances to keep you engaged. This could mean a different job, living situation, hobby, or volunteer position that allows you to utilize your love for puzzle-solving and defying normalcy. Today, by taking stock of what interests you and what you are good at, you can make choices that make life more fully enjoyable.  *Insert from Adelle: Take a Nia class everyday!

We may not realize that we have the ability to adapt and thrive unless life’s challenges give us the opportunity. But we can take that opportunity and build upon it by making the most of what we’ve learned. By being proactive we are telling the universe that it doesn’t need to send any more challenges our way just to give us the chance to discover our talents and prove our mettle. Instead, we actively co-create with the universe by giving it direction with our thoughts and goals. Just like the irritation of an oyster produces a pearl, we can take life’s challenges to make our lives precious and beautiful. Today, by learning about yourself from life’s experiences, you learn to create even better experiences for your future. *Insert from Adelle: Take a Yoga, JourneyDance, or HoopDance at The Synergy Studio!

200 Hour Yoga Graduates from YogaFit in Minneapolis! Joanie joined me! 🙂

 

Support Inside + Out!

Happy Monday friends!

This morning, as I completed a 45 minute video from Yoga International, I relaxed into shavasana, and reflected on the experience. I was struck by the amazing support of my skeletal system.

With 206 bones constantly shifting and aligning to walk, dance, practice yoga, lift weights, sleep, or whatever else encompasses my day, I’m amazed at how my bones can move in so many directions… vertical, horizontal, and rotational. Bones inspire my 700+ muscles to push, pull, expand, contract, twist and turn, keeping them healthy, strong and flexible.

Moving from the bones provides the support from inside to out, underneath and behind, as we like to say in Nia.

206 Bones inspiring over 700 Muscles… endless potential and possibilities!

Nia White Belt Principle #10: X-ray Anatomy. 

I hope to see you in class this week, as well as in the Nia White Belt that Joanie and I have coming up! There is still time to sign up for June 9, 10, 11 + 23, 24, 25… 6 days just for YOU.  We only have one life this time around, and there are so many juicy, amazing ways to learn and connect to the greatest companion we have… our body!

PLEASE NOTE the time change for Tuesday morning! Consensus was to change the start time to 7:30am. Come on down to The Synergy Studio before the traffic kicks in!

With love,  Adelle

My classes this week:

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

Nia FreeDance: Thursday 9:15am

Yoga: Thursday 12:00pm

Create ART from the heART!

Happy New Week Friends!

Post Mother’s Day and Granddaughter Nora’s 1st birthday weekend, I have been reflecting on the many ways that all of us are nurturing, supporting, and loving one another. We are all mothers to somebody, whether its a friend, a colleague, a family member, or even a stranger. ‘Mothers’ come in all shapes, sizes and genders. I love our worldwide community!

We exude the energy of the ‘feminine’, the energy of ‘mother,’ when we give another our full presence, listening and accepting without judgement. Through opening our heart to someone else, we are being a leader of peace…  a shape-shifter of love.

When my heart feels closed in and protective, all I have to do is consciously move my chest all directions… front, back, side to side… and my heart chakra shifts into a more open, expansive, and flowing space. I continue to be amazed at the power of movement as medicine. Medicine that moves creative energy and frees my body, mind, emotions and spirit, so that I am truly present for the next moment of my life.

Are you ready to create ART from the heART?

Join me in class this week! Let’s drink the medicine and create!

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

Love! Adelle

I have a few pics below from my heART-filled weekend with all 7 of the precious people that I’m so lucky to have in my life, as well as my special angel Nora. A year has flown past!

Precious angel Nora… one year old!

Emily, Austin, Adelle, Cameron, Nora, Sarah, Louisa, Laura, and Tyler

MoMo and NoNo

A cup of Mudita por favor!

Best Friend in Welsh!

Continuing the thread of Mudita…

As Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh points out, even neutral experiences (the touch of the air on our skin, the fact that we have teeth to chew our food with and do not currently have a toothache) can be transformed into pleasant ones simply through the power of our attention.

To encourage this transformation, we can begin our mudita practice by formally “counting our blessings,” as my mother used to call it. In a silent inner litany, we can say “thank you” for the magnificent gifts of a healthy body: lungs that breathe the cool, foggy air; a nose that smells eucalyptus leaves and banana muffins; eyes that see hummingbirds swooping outside the window; a tongue that has just savored a golden, juicy peach. We can express gratitude for friends, family, the beautiful flowers in the garden, and the twitter of birds enjoying the morning sunshine. We can say thank you to the smallest of gifts… so many ways to take the practice of mudita into our daily life.

Fiona Winter and Adelle enJOYing a cup of… !

How about your body, your breath, your dance, your life?

A cup of mudita por favor!

Yes mame!

Loving you, Adelle

 

The Magic of Connection Over the Ocean and Beyond!

Good morning from Rome, Wales and San Antonio, Texas!

When choosing the music for the upcoming release of  the new Nia routine CELL-ebrate, over a year and a half ago, I heard a double CD by James Asher called Drum Travel. In my first peruse of the music, many of the songs went into my ‘possibilities’ playlist. One song in particular, Hey Wanaina, was hauntingly beautiful, with a Native American woman singing in her language. It was drawing me in over and over, and yet I did not know what she was saying. I decided to write to Jame’s website and ask, knowing that we have to be careful with our universal language and not get into a bind with offensive language when choosing music for Nia routines.

I heard back from the ‘website’ that same day, and it was James himself! He wrote… “I have no idea what the words mean. I do find when combined with music, there is a language resulting, which transcends literal meaning. I invite you to enter a similar space where reaching beyond literal words, we achieve an attunement to the heart where we can leave such details way behind.” Best Wishes, James

I knew at that moment that the song was a go for me. It was also the beginning of a deep friendship across the ocean. I chose 4 songs from Drum Travel for CELL-ebrate, along with other artists, and began the process of getting the songs in line for licensing approval.

Captured right after filming CELL-ebrate in Portland. September, 2016

Jump ahead to last September…

While absorbing the magic of the Black Belt with Ann Christiansen and Debbie Rosas, and anticipating the filming of CELL-ebrate, I mentioned to Debbie about the correspondence with James, and my desire to use his words in the routine booklet. She encouraged me to write him for approval. I decided to take that step forward, and wrote him hours later. Within 15 minutes, I received a response, “Adelle, would you be so kind as to give me your cell phone? I would like to speak to you.” Best, James

I nervously gave him my number, not knowing how he was going to respond, and my phone rang a few minutes later. Standing in the bathroom in Portland, we had a 45 minutes conversation about Nia. Even though he knew we had licensed his music before, he knew nothing about what we teach. It was beyond my imagination, explaining Nia to someone who had never even seen a class. His intrigue with ‘katas’ and how they were choreographed to his music was encouraging… and he asked if we could Skype when I returned home to ‘show him the katas!’ Over the next month, he called several times a week, as we planned our Skype meeting, asking more and more questions about Nia.

In anticipation of meeting visually, he mentioned a dear friend who he wanted me to meet, Arthur Hull. Not knowing who he was at the time, I looked him up and discovered that Arthur had written many books, and had the distinction of bringing the ‘drum circle’ to many cultures and countries, especially the US. He had been training people all over the world to facilitate drum circles, bringing people together with the power of music and rhythm. We planned our virtual rendezvous, and I was ecstatic!

James turned out to be a very quiet, introspective Englishman, and Arthur a boisterous hysterical American. Our skype meeting was lengthy, informative and FUN! Many stories later, Arthur revealed that he was one of Gabrielle Roth’s original drummers at Esalen, when she was creating the 5Rhythms. He had never heard of Nia!

I spontaneously decided to film CELL-ebrate the next morning, with me dancing in the studio, and send it to them to ‘see’ how the magic of music inspired the movement katas. I sent them the visual choreographed 8BC’s, for them to see the patterns and how we map the music + choreography. They received it, and stayed up all night drinking wine, and discussing the intricacies of the music + choreography map.

Arthur emailed me the next morning, saying that they were very inspired. He and James were off and running… creating the beginning of some music pieces.

I received 4 songs a few months later, with explanations of how they began, what inspired them, and the other artists that contributed to the creation. The email James wrote me immediately brought tears of gratitude… for the connection across the oceans. The connection of Nia Movement with Music. The alchemy of Magical connective tissue! M, M, M indeed!

Thank you James!

Jumping many months, I found myself in late April in Wales, preparing to teach CELL-ebrate with James Asher accompanying me on drums. He arrived with CD’s in hand, one he created called AdelleSphere, some of his favorite songs!

The following weekend Joanie Brooks and I taught  a Nia FreeDance weekend experience, spreading more Nia magic out into the world. We had one person participating who lives in England. She had her first Nia experience with me at The Synergy Studio in San Antonio. It was at a Transformational Breath® Training where I offered Nia every morning, cueing only with breath. She was thrilled to connect again!

Connection with dear friends in Rome! Adelle, Antonella, Ananda and Joanie

This is connection.

This is community.

This is love.

Smiles of anticipation! A GREAT Nia FreeDance weekend on the horizon! Adelle and James

This is the connective tissue of healing.

James Asher (unbeknownst to me) not only stayed for the entire Nia FreeDance weekend, but he accompanied Joanie and me when teaching both public classes, as well as the somatic exercises that included music. It was amazing to see an artist in RAW, picking up rhythms and syncopation, subtleties and expressions, even to songs that he had not heard before. It was truly magical!

James stayed with us at Fiona’s house, so the connection through many conversations, walks, silence + sound continued.

A walk in the country with James Asher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the connection with James, the woman who first found Nia when she attended a Transformational Breath® training at The Synergy Studio in San Antonio, brought two friends who had never even taken a Nia class. One was magically transformed, and her words of wisdom and reflection in beginner’s mind were profound.

The other participant and her experience are beyond words to describe. She had been in a terrible accident that left one side of her body in disarray, including her eye on that side. With encouragement from Joanie, me and others,  she danced Nia for the first time… with shoes, standing and moving in her way, as well as dancing in a chair. When it came time for her to have a chance to teach, on the 2nd day, she jumped right in and gave the focus, intent and explanation of Nia FreeDance to the entire group, as the leader.

James and Adelle prepare for the CELL-ebrate class!

WOW is all I can say!

Tears of gratitude for this amazing practice that we all love so dearly, and for each of you who are making a difference one person, one body, one soul, one heart at a time.

Sending love from Rome, Wales, and San Antonio, Texas!

Adelle

PS. Joanie and I have shared many pics and short videos on FB. They are fun and tell a visual story.

Patrick, Adelle, Fiona, Joanie and James in Wales!

Wales Nia FreeDance DJ’s! Fun is in the house!

Roma Nia FreeDance DJ’s! Where’s the fun?!! Here it is!!!

 

 

 

 

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