Thursday, January 22, 2015

Energy Food Groups for Your Body - Nia 5 Fitness Sensations!!

Good Morning Friend
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Just as we do our best to eat from the 5 major food groups to keep our body healthy, balanced and strong, in Nia we have 5 fitness sensation "energy food groups" that are responsible for maintaining functional fitness, that results in balance and harmony in our body, mind, spirit and emotions.  We call this in Nia FAMSS:  Flexibility, Agility, Mobility, Strength and Stability.  Each sensation is unique with qualities you can learn to recognize in your own body, and "TURN ON" and "TASTE" at any given moment. 

There are many benefits in developing body awareness of the 5 sensations of flexibility, agility, mobility, strength, and stability in your workout and in your life.  Each unique sensation is necessary for keeping your body physically fit and energetically balanced.  Integrating all 5 sensations in your dance keeps muscles relaxed, highly charged and ready for action over longer periods of time.  Your muscles can work with greater efficiency when they are allowed to move and rest as they go from one sensation to another.  When one sensation is overused, grace and power are always diminished, resulting in muscle and energy imbalance and unnecessary chronic tension that can lead to the inefficient muscle and poor alignment. 

Here is our Sensation menu:
FLEXIBILITY is sensed as energy moving out.  It is a feeling of releasing power. Flexibility feels like a warm lengthening along the bone that stretches the belly of the muscle. Flexibility relaxes and never tenses the body.  Sense this…Stretch your arms out and reach for the stars.   The sensation that you feel is the sensation of flexibility!

AGILITY is sensed as energy starting and stopping.  It is a feeling of pulling and pushing. Agility feels like a playful tug-of-war action, changing; stop-now GO.  Sense this...Act as if you are reaching out and catching a fire fly, then another and another.  The sensation you feel is the sensation of agility!

MOBILITY is sensed as energy in constant movement, a continuous energy flow in a wide range of motion – a constant and varying excitation of the nerves around the joints, engaging the muscles, bones and joints.
Sense this… Move all 10 fingers simultaneously and act as if you are tickling someone.  The sensation you feel is the sensation of mobility!

STRENGTH is sensed as energy moving inward, like squeezing or packing energy against the bone.  It feels like a warm power moving along and into the bones.  Sense this… Clench your fist softly and draw power into your body through your fists and arms.   The sensation you feel is the sensation of strength!

STABILITY is sensed as energy moving from the center out in all directions.  It is the feeling of harmony and peace, combined with readiness for action.  Sense this… Balance on one leg, and in slow motion, move your free leg and both arms. Stability is what keeps you from falling, even as you move.
Nia is about choices and sensation.  Choose 1, 2 or all from the Sensation menu, and sense YUMMYness in your body and life!!  See you on the dance floor!!

My Nia classes this week:
Thursday at 5:30 pm
Saturday at 9:30 am
​and Sunday at 4:00 pm​

all at http://www.thesynergystudio.com.

Learn more and go deeper into the connection with you body and your life by taking a Nia White Belt Intensive.   Our next intensive is
​February 20th.  Pre-register HERE and receive training gifts!!
Love & Light,
Joanie Brooks,
http://www.joaniebrooks.com
Nia Training Faculty, Nia White Belt Trainer, Nia 1st Degree Black Belt

MELT Certified Hand & Foot Instructor
Yoga Teacher (certified in the YogaFit Warrior Program)
Journey Dance Facilitator
Nia 5 Stages of Healing Facilitator
Mindful Change Coach
Laughter Yoga Leader


DoTerra Essential Oils Representative:  http://www.mydoterra.com/joaniebrooks/

Nia - Somatic Education for EveryBody.  Nia is an expressive movement form & lifestyle practice that uses The Body's Way to achieve physical, mental, emotional & spiritual fitness & well-being."   

75 trillion cells in your body…Play with them all with Nia!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Shreem - I am all possibilities!

“All the possibilities of your human destiny are asleep in your soul. You are here to realize and honor these possibilities. When love comes in to your life, unrecognized dimensions of your destiny awaken and blossom and grow. Possibility is the secret heart of time.”
― John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

​Happy New Year Dear Friends!

As many of you know we are honoring 2015 as the Year of Possibilities.  I love this and it invites me to be in the mystery of life and open to all that comes my way...no matter what it is...to be open and allow newness to happen...to break habits. That is when transformation happens. Nia is all about possibilities. 

In Principle 1, Joy of Movement, we are invited through sensation to chose joy and allow new possibilities to view life and our dance through this energy.  In Principle 2, Natural Time and 9 Movement Forms, we move with different energy dynamics that allows us to explore all aspects of your body, mind, spirit and emotions. New ways to heal, new ways to move.  Principle 3, Music & 8BC System, invites us to be inspired by music and to bring magic into our dance.  Principle 4, FreeDance, we are invited to Move, Explore and Create, expanding movement choices.  Principle 5, Awareness, deepens our relationship with our body and discover infinite ways to self-heal.  Principle 6, Base, invites us to discover the dynamic and grounding power of our feet, ankles, legs and hips, and the many ways to dance and move on this earth.  Principle 7, 3 Planes and Intensity Levels, gives us new ways to condition our body and to make decisions in the moment based on our goals and aspirations.  Principle 8, Core, expands our concept of the core of our body and offers endless healing through movement of our pelvis, chest, head and spine.  Principle 9, Upper Extremities, invites us to open to the healing power of our hands, arms and shoulder girdle, and turn our dance into a dance of reaching, touching, communicating and expressing!   Principle 10, X-Ray Anatomy, invites us to play with 200/700 potential ways of moving our body.  Principle 11, Creating a Sacred Livelihood, awakens us to our purpose, to live in our greatness and be open to all possibilities.  Principle 12, Body and Life Education, reminds us to be a continuous student of life, and see every opportunity as a possibility to create change.   And finally Principle 13, Sharing What You Sense, offers a connection to NOW, to the moment and to acknowledge through voice our sensations.  This is a gift to self and others to feel and fully express and self heal in endless ways.  POSSIBILITIES!!!!
AHHH....so step in with me this week and we explore possibilities.  Say with me "Shreem - I am all Possibilities!!"

My classes this week:
Monday (today) and Thursday at 5:30 pm
Saturday at 9:30 am
and Sunday at 4:00 pm
at The Synergy Studio

Learn more about Nia and go deeper into the connection with you body and your life by taking a Nia White Belt Intensive.   Our next intensive is February 2015. Sign up and receive pre-training gifts!


Love & Light,
Joanie Brooks,
http://www.joaniebrooks.com
Nia Training Faculty, Nia White Belt Trainer, Nia 1st Degree Black Belt

MELT Certified Hand & Foot Instructor
Yoga Teacher (certified in the YogaFit Warrior Program)
Journey Dance Facilitator
Nia 5 Stages of Healing Facilitator
Mindful Change Coach
Laughter Yoga Leader


DoTerra Essential Oils Representative:  http://www.mydoterra.com/joaniebrooks/

Nia - Somatic Education for EveryBody.  Nia is an expressive movement form & lifestyle practice that uses The Body's Way to achieve physical, mental, emotional & spiritual fitness & well-being."

Monday, December 15, 2014

Scapulae - Hands On the Back of Your Body!

"On your back
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you’ll find the scapulae, the two
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bones floating over your first seven ribs. These
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triangle-shaped bones are your shoulder blades,“bone wings” meant to be free, to slide and
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glide up and down over the back of your ribs.
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Extremely mobile, these “I’ve got your back
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bones are only connected at the breastbone
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via my clavicles. Meant to move freely, I am designed to drop down and swing out when you
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lift your arms, to move up and down, to come
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together, hug close, and move away from your
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spine."  


​From the Voices of the Shoulder Girdle ​
by
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​Debbie Rosas, co-founder of Nia​




Your shoulder blades (scapulae), are flat triangle shaped bones that lie on top of your upper back and float and glide over the first seven ribs.  With the help of our rhomboid muscles, our shoulder blades like to slide and glide along the back of our body as we dance through life using our hands
​ to lift and lower objects, to reach out and to express! One of the best Nia moves we can do for our scapulae is palm directions. Reaching for the sky with our palms open and then lowering as I rotate towards earth...Yummy!!
​ I am currently healing my right shoulder to include the muscles that surround my scapulae that have accumulated stuck stress from an accident several years ago. Utilizing body work, Yoga, Nia, and awareness of my shoulder blades as I am dancing on and off the dance floor is helping my healing process.   And I am learning so much about my body and ME!  Yes there are gifts to be found in injuries!  Like the gift of a hug as I place both hands on my shoulders and draw inward to open my upper back.  And the opening of my heart and smelling the moment as I draw my hands behind me, squeeze my shoulder blades and look up towards the sky.  Moments to be fully present, moments to be fully in the sensation of my scapulae.  Hands on the back of my body, touching and supporting. 
Dance with me this week as we focus on the "Hands On the Back of Your Body".  I have pulled out an "older" routine called Going Home.  It actually was the 2nd Nia routine for me to learn, and I am still learning from this magical routine!!!

My Nia classes this week:
Monday (today) and Thursday at 5:30 pm
Saturday at 9:30 am
all at The Synergy Studio

I am also teaching a Hatha Yoga Flow Class with Essential Oils at The Synergy Studio.  It is every Monday morning at 8:00 am.  Great way to start your week!

Love & Light,
Joanie Brooks,
http://www.joaniebrooks.com
Nia Training Faculty, Nia White Belt Trainer, Nia 1st Degree Black Belt

MELT Certified Hand & Foot Instructor
Yoga Teacher (certified in the YogaFit Warrior Program)
Journey Dance Facilitator
Nia 5 Stages of Healing Facilitator
Mindful Change Coach
Laughter Yoga Leader


DoTerra Essential Oils Representative:  http://www.mydoterra.com/joaniebrooks/

Nia - Somatic Education for EveryBody.  Nia is an expressive movement form & lifestyle practice that uses The Body's Way to achieve physical, mental, emotional & spiritual fitness & well-being." 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Beauty In The World!!

"When I look around I see blue skies.  I see butterflies for us.  Listen to the sound And lose it in sweet music, And dance with me! 'Cause there is beauty in the world, so much beauty in the world.  Always beauty in the world.  So much beauty in the world!  Shake your booty, boys and girls, for the beauty in the world.  Pick your diamond, pick your pearl.  There is beauty in the world.  All together now!!"  by Macy Gray...Beauty in the World

Yes!  I love this song and it always reminds me to stop, look and be in the beauty of life.  It starts first when I wake up and notice the beauty of the day and continues as I Dance Through Life with the world.  We have a principle in Nia called Awareness and one of the components of Awareness is Life As Art (LAA).  LAA invites us to stop, look and change our perception to bring pleasure into our life.  For example, looking in the mirror I can stop and change my perception of myself and be in gratitude for who I am and my unique beauty I bring to the world.   As I dance, I can be in a beautiful relationship with my body and appreciate her unique size and shape, and act as if I'm a living sculpture that enhances the world with my beauty and grace.  It is a wonderful practice and can be used in so many situations!
Beauty is limitless, holds no bounds and YES is everywhere.  All we need to do is open our eyes and receive, and be in Life As Art.  The world is a museum.  Join me as we express our beauty on the dance floor this week in Nia, creating our unique shapes of beauty. 

Learn more about Nia and go deeper into the connection with you body and your life by taking a Nia White Belt Intensive.   Our next intensive is February 2015. Sign up and receive pre-training gifts!


Enjoy this song from Macy Gray:  http://slack-time.com/music-video-9023-macy-gray-beauty-in-the-world

My Nia classes this week:
Monday and Thursday at 5:30 pm
Saturday at 9:30 am
and Sunday at 4:00 pm all at The Synergy Studio

I am also teaching a Hatha Yoga Flow Class with Essential Oils at The Synergy Studio.  It is every Monday morning at 8:00 am.  Great way to start your week!
Love & Light,
Joanie Brooks,
http://www.joaniebrooks.com
Nia Training Faculty, Nia White Belt Trainer, Nia 1st Degree Black Belt

MELT Certified Hand & Foot Instructor
Yoga Teacher (certified in the YogaFit Warrior Program)
Journey Dance Facilitator
Nia 5 Stages of Healing Facilitator
Mindful Change Coach
Laughter Yoga Leader


DoTerra Essential Oils Representative:  http://www.mydoterra.com/joaniebrooks/

Nia - Somatic Education for EveryBody.  Nia is an expressive movement form & lifestyle practice that uses The Body's Way to achieve physical, mental, emotional & spiritual fitness & well-being."

Monday, December 1, 2014

Base - Our Foundation...YES!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thank You Body!

Hello My Dancing Friends!



We have a wonderful practice in Nia called "Body Gratitude".  "Body Gratitude" is a practice were we sense our body, notice sensations of pleasure and of self-healing that has occurred in the moment.  We then give gratitude to our body by speaking out loud what we sense.  For example after my Nia 5 stages practice or after a Nia class, I say out loud "Thank you Body, my lower back is relaxed.".  Or "Thank you body, my breath is deeper and fuller.".  My body hears this gratitude and creates a loving relationship that leads to optimal health and well being.  Plus it feels good to talk to my body this way!

As we step into Thanksgiving week and we reflect on all we are thankful for, I'm inviting us to give gratitude to our body - say it our loud!   Nia's philosophy is "Through Movement We Find Health" and our body loves to move, dance and play, and there isn't a better way to make our body happy and show our appreciation.  Join me in a dance of gratitude all week.    Such a wonderful way to stay youthful and no better way to thank your body!  See you in class!

And my Friends, Thank You for all of your love and support, and your passion for Nia.  You fill my heart with love and joy every time I dance with you.  I am very grateful!! 
My classes this week:
Monday at 5:30 pm
Thursday - Thanksgiving Day - 8:00 am Nia, team teaching with Adelle.  Our annual Gratitude Thanksgiving class!!!
Saturday at 9:30 am
and Sunday
at 4:00 all at The Synergy Studio

Starting December 1st, I am excited to start a Hatha Yoga Flow Class with Essential Oils at The Synergy Studio.  It will be every Monday morning at 8:00 am.  Here is the description of the class - I hope you can start your week with me in this new class: 

"In this Hatha Flow class we will use movement and breath together, along with affirmations, mudras, sounding and meditation to enhance our mood and our overall state of well-being. In each class we will learn how to maintain a healthy nervous system, use techniques to release stress and anxiety, promote a stronger sense of self-awareness, and focus the mind. This class is appropriate for all levels of yoga students. Inspirational music and essential oils will be used to enhance your experience. Start your week feeling energized and inspired!"

Love & Light,
Joanie Brooks,
http://www.joaniebrooks.com
Nia Training Faculty, Nia White Belt Trainer, Nia 1st Degree Black Belt
MELT Certified Hand & Foot Instructor
Yoga Teacher (certified in the YogaFit Warrior Program)
Journey Dance Facilitator
Nia 5 Stages of Healing Facilitator
Mindful Change Coach
Laughter Yoga Leader

DoTerra Essential Oils Representative:  http://www.mydoterra.com/joaniebrooks/

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

All We Need Is Music, Sweet Music!

"All we need is music, sweet music.  There will be music everywhere!  They'll be swinging, swaying, records playing.  Dancing in the street!"  Written by William "Mickey" Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter and Marvin Gaye.


​Yes sweet music!  ​
​Hello my dancing friends!
One of the many things I love and is unique about Nia is music, and how we as ia teachers use music to help you create magic!  This magic happens in your body, mind, spirit and emotions when you connect to the music and dance!  Music is the wind that lifts our sails!!!  Music is so magical and has such an impact in our lives that we study music in the Nia White Belt.  We explore rhythm, melody and harmony.  We "become seduced by the music" as we move, explore and create our own dance.  And we enhance our "art of listening" to the silence and the sounds of music.  It is fascinating, healing and so much fun!!!  
Sweet music - it is in the air!  Come be seduced by the music this week in Nia classes and discover your magic.  Move, explore and create your dance of silence and sounds.  See you on the dance floor!
My classes this week:
Wednesday (subbing for Jenn) and Thursday at 5:30 pm
Saturday at 9:30 am
Sunday Adelle and I are having GREAT FreeDance Playshop - I hope you can join us from 2-5:30... it will be a rocking time. Sign up HERE!.
On Saturday I'm also holding a MELT Foot and Hand Into workshop.  Cost is $25 if your pre-register HERE, $30 at the door.  Email me if you have any questions!

Love & Light,
Joanie Brooks,
http://www.joaniebrooks.com
Nia Training Faculty, Nia White Belt Trainer, Nia 1st Degree Black Belt

MELT Certified Hand & Foot Instructor
Yoga Teacher (certified in the YogaFit Warrior Program)
Journey Dance Facilitator
Nia 5 Stages of Healing Facilitator
Mindful Change Coach
Laughter Yoga Leader


DoTerra Essential Oils Representative:  http://www.mydoterra.com/joaniebrooks/

Nia - Somatic Education for EveryBody.  Nia is an expressive movement form & lifestyle practice that uses The Body's Way to achieve physical, mental, emotional & spiritual fitness & well-being."   

75 trillion cells in your body…Play with them all with Nia!