Thursday, April 9, 2015

Dancing Through Life with Your Fingers, Hands and Arms!

 
Happy Thursday!!!

Expressing ourselves with our upper extremities is a natural part of living in a human body—we do it all the time! Our arms, hands and fingers express joy, pain and pleasure; intimacy, protection and excitement. When we are hurt, our hands reach for our injuries. When we are deeply moved, our hands reach toward our hearts. When we are excited by our achievements, our arms burst up to the sky, toward unlimited possibility. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are always communicating our thoughts, feelings and emotions through the movement of our upper extremities. Tuning into your upper extremities—your arms, hands and fingers—allows you to tap into your full range of movement and expression, naturally healing and conditioning your body by simply interacting with the world.

This is the Body’s Way, and
that is why 18 of Nia's 52 moves are dedicated to our Fingers, Hands and Arms.  They add so much to our dance and conditioning!!!  All of a sudden a bow stance is your dance in flight as you imagine your arms as beautiful white wings of light; a heal lead is an opportunity to paint the space around you with your fingers; and stepping onto the ball of your foot is a determined reach toward your dreams with your hands! 

Join me in dance at The Synergy Studio.  I'll be teaching some songs from the new Nia routine called Reach, which is an excellent routine for conditioning and expressing our upper
extremities.  Fun!!
Thursday (today) at 5:30 pm
Saturday at 9:30 am
Monday at 5:30 pm
 
Right NOW give yourself a hug and receive the healing touch of your hands on your skin.  I then invite you to give that hug to someone and allow them to sense your healing touch.  It just might be the best gift they have ever received!!!

April 17 Adelle and I are leaving for Ventura, CA for a Nia White Belt intensive.  We have 6 radiant beings stepping in, and who knows, maybe more!!  Get ready for our June Nia White Belt intensive here in San Antonio.  It is a split weekend - great opportunity to take the white belt and only miss a couple days of work.  Click HERE to find out more and register!

And...one last thing.  Dancing Through Life.  See how these tips can potentially change your day and your life!!
- As you walk, allow your arms to swing freely to relaxed shoulder joints.
- As you work at the computer, set reminders throughout the day to notice the sensations in your neck and shoulders. Then, consciously relax the muscles of your neck, shoulders and upper back as you type.  Use Creepy Crawlers to stimulate movement of your joints in your hands.
- When you finish working for the day, practice Palm Directions to release your shoulder joints and stretch the front of your chest.
- To release tension and stretch your hands, integrate Webbed Spaces into various activities in your day, such as when walking from your car to the store, as you wait in line, etc. 

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/

Monday, March 30, 2015

Awareness - key to Transformation!!

Hello my dancing friends!

In Nia, Awareness is the art of paying attention to my body...slowing down and noticing, and inviting me to be in sensation every waking moment.  Sensing pain, sensing pleasure, sensing self healing.  When I am in awareness, I can awaken to my potential, explore all the possibilities and make decisions that are right for me.  It is a relationship with my body, and is a technique for living a conscious life.    Not until I am aware can I transform and change.  This is why Nia is called a transformational practice.  At the heart of Nia, is the invitation to live in our body and move towards love, joy and feeling good!  The more you use body sensations and notice pain, love, comfort, discomfort, and joy, the more you can unlock your healing potential and start to transform your body.  Awareness...principle 5 of the Nia White belt is a one word principle BUT it is HUGE in it's ability to transform. 

This week we will focus on this magnificent principle as we dance to the Nia Routine called RISE, activating awareness in every single movement!  Transforming our body, transforming our lives.  The power of Nia is how her gifts start in my body and then transcend to my mind, emotions and spirit as I notice my thoughts, beliefs, feelings and habits, and open to possibilities of transformation.   Using the wisdom of my body, mind, spirit and emotions, I live the path of a Sacred Athlete to reach my fullest potential.  Transformation!
Oh and you will love the music - a compilation of sounds filled with sensuality and power!

My classes this week:
Monday (today!!) at 5:30pm
Thursday and Friday at 5:30 pm
Saturday at 9:30 am
and Sunday (yes Easter Sunday) at 4:00 pm
A Nia class can be like snorkeling on a beautiful reef - we enjoy being on the surface of the water, diving deep sometimes but only for brief moments. In the Nia White Belt Training we put on on full scuba diving gear and get to dive deep for longer periods of time in an extraordinarily beautiful and sensual world of music, movement and magic. If you enjoy Nia classes, you will LOVE the Nia White Belt Training.  Check out my trainings HERE!
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/

Monday, March 23, 2015

Dancing With Earth, Wind, Fire & Water - 4 Elements of Nature!

Hello Friends and Happy Spring!
 


This weather is fantastic and I'm already enjoying our magnificent wildflowers and new growth after our plentiful rain!  This past week we have had a fun time dancing to the new Nia routine Dream with a focus on Agility, one of the 5 fitness sensations of Nia.  This week we will expand the focus and add a bit of a twist, playing with the elements of earth, wind, fire and water as a way to tap into the 5 sensations and connect to the 4 elements of nature that are the basis of life itself.  
Sensing the 5 Fitness Sensations of Nia:  Flexibility, Agility, Mobility, Strength and Stability.  We call them FAMSS!!
Earth:  Sensation of stability, fullness, weight, weightlessness, core, support, balance, rooting, connection with self, feeling outside/inside edges, breath
Wind:   Sensation of flexibility, bending, off balance, on balance, controlling, out of control, lifting, swirling, openness, lightness, being, being effected, blowing, filling spaces
Fire:  Sensation of agility, strength, heat, precision, flames, smoldering, intent, intense, sharp, confidence
Water:  Sensation of mobility, fluid, flowing, circular, no edges, no beginning, no ending, coolness, sensation of dripping, floating, creation, rejuvenation


From a spiritual practice, I invite you connect to these 4 elements and what their potential can represent:
Earth:  Representing the grounding connection to our source, being here, NOW, in the moment, supported, yet moving.Wind:  Representing the swirling power that moves and changes all things.
Water:  Representing that which gives us the power to move forward and remain receptive to all that is around us.
Fire:  Representing the passion to ignite self discovery, fueled by curiosity and change.

See you on the dance floor:
Monday and Thursday at 5:30 pm
Friday at 9:15 am (subbing for Jenn)
Saturday at 9:30
and Sunday at 4:00 pm at The Synergy Studio

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Magic of Music!!



“Every cell within our body is a sound resonator. It has the capability of responding to any other sound outside of the body. Every organ, in which cells of like vibration have gathered to form that organ, will respond as a group to particular sound vibrations, as will various emotional, mental and spiritual states of consciousness. The human body is a bio-electrical system.....strengthened or balanced through the use of sacred sound."  Sacred Sounds by Ted Andrews.


I believe one of the most magical and healing skills I have learned from my Nia practice for over 20 years is Music - the language of Sound and Silence.  Nia has taught me to listen to the details of music, not only through my ears, but through my whole body...organs, bones, muscles, cells, connective tissue...everything, is listening and responding. Music has the power to inspire, to relax, to excite, to make you sad, happy, chaotic, and allows us to transcend our imaginations and our dance.  Music heals the body, mind and soul.  The magic of music has the ability to transform people’s lives, and create magic.  That is what we call the experience in Nia.  Music, Movement and Magic.  Listen to the music, and allow the music to seduce you to move in magical ways!
Join me in Nia class this week as we create magic! 
Thursday at 5:30 pm
Saturday at 9:30 am
Sunday at 4:00 pm and
Monday at 5:30 pm all at The Synergy Studio.
Also join me in 2 workshops coming your way!

1.  Melt Hand & Foot Introduction Workshop, Sunday March 8 from 2-3:00
pm​
(Bring your family!!))

The MELT Hand & Foot method uses a series of small balls to draw fluids into the tissues that surround every muscle, bone, joint, and organ in the body. The first time you MELT, you will feel a difference in reduced pain and tension held in your hands, feet, neck, and low back brought on by everyday stress, overuse and aging.  MELT-ing will bring continued relief from aliments like arthritis, bunions, plantar fasciitis, joint problems, sleep issues and carpal tunnel syndrome.  Even if you do not have these issues, MELT will optimize your life and help you to perform all the things you love to do!! The really cool thing about MELT is it is a simple self-treatment method you can do in only 10 minutes a day!!  Need something that is healthful and fun to do with kids on spring break? The Melt method is good for every age. And wonderful for your kids that are in school or extracurricular sports! Keep your connective tissue healthy!

The
cost is $25 when you pre-register, $30 at the door.  Register HERE!!

2.  Mark your calendars and join Adelle Brewer and Joanie Brooks for the Dream Nia routine weekend Immersion.
Dream is one of the new Nia routines released this year. The focus is "agility," engaging the neuro-muscular actions of starting and stopping, playfully challenging balance, and holistically improving the reflexive and voluntary actions of the nervous system. The routine was created by Debbie Rosas, co-founder of Nia. You will love it! Here is the schedule:
Friday, March 13, Nia Dream class at 5:30 pm
Saturday, March 14, Nia Dream class at 9:30 am
Sunday, March 15, Nia Dream Learn the Moves playshop at 2:30, followed by Nia Dream class at 4:00.  Cost for playshop on Sunday is $30 which includes Dream music and Nia class at 4:00.  Register HERE!!

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/

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Feet and Hands and a little French!

Hello my Nia Friends,  
Bonjour mes Amis de Nia,
 

In my classes we will be dancing to the French Album by Celine Dion - Oh mon mon!  This is actually a Nia routine created by Debbie Rosas at least 10 years ago (maybe more) called Destiny.  Our focus is on Feet and Hands, and the wonderful relationship between the two. Have you ever thought about this relationship?  And how much our feet have in common with our hands?  They both have 10 digits, each have heels, and a hinge joint that keep them flexible and pliable (ankle and wrist).  Our feet have 26 bones, our hands have 27.  Our feet keep us connected below to the earth...our hands that touch the earth.  Our hands connect us to energy space around us...our feet that touch the space.  Our hands when connected to our feet in movement give ease in our steps and stances, and help us remain vertical.  When we integrate the feet and hands in all our movement awareness, we integrate the upper and lower body.  Mon mot ceci est fantastique!  I hope you can join me...La joie du mouvement est la graine! 

My word this week is Trust or Confiance in French. Trust in myself, in my dance of life; and with my hands and feet, I trust my feet to take me throughout my day.  I trust my hands can perform and create.  And the trust goes unspoken and most of the time unaware.​  So I say THANK YOU to my hands and feet!!!


My classes:
Thursday at 5:30 pm
Saturday at 9:30 am
and
​Monday (March 2) at 5:30 pm
all at The Synergy Studio.
​Coming Sunday March 8, another Melt Hand & Foot Introduction Workshop from 2-3:30 pm The MELT Hand & Foot method uses a series of small balls to draw fluids into the tissues that surround every muscle, bone, joint, and organ in the body. The first time you MELT, you will feel a difference in reduced pain and tension held in your hands, feet, neck, and low back brought on by everyday stress, overuse and aging.  MELT-ing will bring continued relief from aliments like arthritis, bunions, plantar fasciitis, joint problems, sleep issues and carpal tunnel syndrome.  Even if you do not have these issues, MELT will optimize your life and help you to perform all the things you love to do!! The really cool thing about MELT is it is a simple self-treatment method you can do in only 10 minutes a day!!

The cost is $25 when you pre-register HERE, (click on workshops and scroll down) or $30 at the door.

I will have the Hand and Foot kits for sale at the workshops or email me if you would like to purchase a kit before the workshop.   If you have a kit, please bring to the workshop.​


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/

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Nia - Fitness for Your Brain!

"In Nia, we help you engage with your left and right brain, teaching you to use both logic and imagination. Self-directing what
you do, mindfully guiding, witnessing, self-reflecting, and visualizing help keep brain activity alive." 
Debbie Rosas, co-founder of Nia.



Hello Friends!
What if you fitness program also conditioned your brain?  I'm in - And I have been IN for 20 years!  Though we may not think about our brain when we step into a fitness class, conditioning our brain is just as important (or maybe more!) as conditioning our heart, lungs, legs, abdominal muscles, etc.  According to Dr. Michael Merzenech, author of Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life, to develop a healthy brain one should partake in activities that provide the following:
  1. They should teach you something new.
  2. They should be challenging.
  3. They should be progressive.
  4. They should engage your great brain processing systems.
  5. They should be novel or surprising.
  6. They should be rewarding.
Does this sound like Nia - YES!! In Nia, our brain is AutoMagically conditioned during the entire class.  In class we bring variety and newness each time through the 9 movement forms of Nia.  One moment you may be kicking and the next creating dramatic shapes with your body.  In Nia we invite you to challenge your workout by moving through your low, middle and high planes of movement and taking your moves to your personal "edge".  We move left and right, front and back, around the room, and look with our eyes to heighten our spatial awareness and direct our attention.  Nia sparks the left brain with patterns and sequences, and with gentle queues of "Let's do 2 more".  Nia feeds our right brain with imagery and dreams, and invites us to be the Martial Artist, the Dancer, the Yogi.  Nia allows us to make choices and decisions (which our brain loves to do) by inviting us to be in Natural Time and allowing pleasure to guide our movements.  We add the element of surprise and fun by saying "YES", "NO", "STOP", "GO", which also connects us to our emotions and to our 2nd brain - our "Gut".  At the end of class, we all step out feeling joyful, relaxed, motivated and inspired.  I call that rewarding - don't you? 
And when we the teachers invite you to move w/out thinking, we not only encourage you to move differently and break habits, think about this time as rest time for your brain.  OH and the music...the Nia brain-list goes on and on!  See you on the dance floor!
     
My classes this week:
Thursday at 5:30 pm
Saturday at 9:30 am
and Sunday at 4:00 pm
all at The Synergy Studio.
 

​Also on Sunday - Heart Opening Yoga Flow: 
Discover Your Inner Grace!
​  ​
The Heart Opening Yoga Flow is an warming Hatha flow class that uses doTerra essential oils that invite you to soften and open your heart, as you kindle the fires of trust, connection and love for self and others. Open to your authentic self and connect more deeply with life!!
Sunday, February 22
9-10:30 pm
$20 and includes:

- Yoga class and oils
- Oil infused water during class
- Gift sample of oil to take home to recreate experience

Pre-Register HERE!
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, February 9, 2015

The Gift of Love - Yum!!

Hi My Friends!!

"The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed."
—Jiddu Krishnamurti



Our hearts have the power to give and receive love for ourselves, others and the Universe.  Our hearts have the power to transform any situation into peace, harmony, and joy through the giving and receiving of love.  

Our heart loves to dance and be open, and through this openness...a heart wide open...we are present to give and receive love to ourselves, others and the Universe.  We can open our hearts by simply undulating our spine and moving our ribcage.  Or by allowing our sounds to vibrate and open our heart.  Take a nice deep breath and then on the exhale sound  YUMMM!!!  Sense the vibration in your heart!!  This vibration is the voice of your heart!  "YUM" is actually
a Sanskrit mantra that opens your heart chakra – activating peace, harmony and love.


One of the ways we can sense the giving and receiving of love is through our hands.  Through touch our hands give and receive love and compassion through the simple act of a hug or a soft brush on a shoulder or cheek.  Take your hands and place them on your heart center and breath...close your eyes and smell the moment.  Receive and give love simultaneously, unconditionally.  Now open your eyes and sense the world around you...did it transform?   Our hands are an extension of our heart.  Did you know your left ring finger has a direct vessel to your heart?
It's heart week - love week.  "What if" everything you did, every decision you made was based on love?  Would the world be a better place?  Would you be happier?  YES!!! 

Join me on the dance floor this week:
Monday and Thursday at 5:30 pm
Saturday - Valentines Day!!!  9:30 am love playlist!!
Sunday at 4:00 pm
all at The Synergy Studio.
 

2 heartwarming events in February.  I hope you can join in!

1. Path of the Sacred Athlete:  ​
Spend a fun-filled weekend exploring a new way of being and living in your body through Nia. Whether you are an avid Nia practitioner, a Nia belt or completely new to movement, this weekend is a special opportunity for fun, renewal, and an opportunity to explore and play!   Grounded in the 13 Nia White Belt principles, our exploration will be through cognitive and experiential practices (classes, exploratory movement), moving in body-centered and pleasurable ways.  There will be also be opportunities for reflection, relaxation, sharing, community, and time to enjoy the wonderful city of San Antonio, TX.A Sacred Athlete is a teacher and healer to everyBody, and makes choices from love and pleasure.  This is the path to transformation and self-mastery.  Take the path and start your journey!
A wonderful opportunity to taste or enhance your relationship with the Nia White Belt - Art of Sensation!!  Invite friends, students and family!

February 20-22:
Friday, 5:30-7:30 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am- 4:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am- 5:00 pm

Cost:  $275.  
Bonus! You will receive a gift certificate for $225 that you can apply to a 2015 Nia White Belt with Adelle and Joanie, or gift it to someone for a special surprise!  Register HERE!

​2.  Heart Opening Yoga Flow: 
Discover Your Inner Grace!
​  ​
The Heart Opening Yoga Flow is an warming Hatha flow class that uses doTerra essential oils that invite you to soften and open your heart, as you kindle the fires of trust, connection and love for self and others. Open to your authentic self and connect more deeply with life!!
Sunday, February 22
9-10:30 pm
$20.
- Yoga class and oils
- Oil infused water during class
- Gift sample of oil to take home to recreate experience

Register HERE!

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/