Thursday, May 7, 2015

Manifesting the UltiMMMate Experience!!

 
Yes fellow dancers, I misspelled Ultimate on purpose!  The 3 Ms in the word are for our big "mama" Nia Triad Music - Movement - Magic...MMM!  This week we will explore Nia Blue Belt principle 11, Music, Movement, Magic...Manifesting the Ultimmmate Nia Experience. 
What if when you stepped into your Nia class you acted as if this was you last Nia class?  Or as Carlos AyaRosas, co-founder of Nia, has said...what if this was your last act? How would this change your experience?  How would this change your dance?  How would this transform your life?  When we approach our Nia dance as our last act grounded in the sensation of our body, our body knowledge and emotional expression, and are connected to the Joy of Movement while being seduced by the music, the Magic will happen!  This is what keeps the promise of Nia ALIVE!.  No matter how many times I take a Nia class or teach a Nia routine, I can create the ultiMMMate experience when I open to my potential and unlimited possibilities, and invite Magic in.  This brings me into the present moment and into the sensation of gratitude for my body and my life.  MMM!!!  And this is class...wait until you take this out into your life!!!
Join me this week in MMM! 
Monday (today), Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5:30 pm
Saturday at 9:30 am.  All at The Synergy Studio!        

And did someone say Magic?  Nia White Belt for U!!!   Our next Nia White Belt will be at The Synergy Studio. We will teach with a split weekend format, allowing space for you to work around weekly schedules. Mark your calendars and register here.  June 4-7 & 12-14, 2015... a transformational and Magical week dedicated to YOU.
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!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Movement from the Top - Our Nia Focus!

"So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there is so much to smile about!"  Marilyn Monroe

Hello my smiling, dancing friends!!

Did you know your head weighs between 8 and 10 lbs? 
To sense this weight, take two 5 pound bags of sugar or flour and hold them with one hand.  Now cup your hands and allow your head to rest in your hands, and sense the weight and also sense your upper back.  Our head is so important in our daily activities and plays a vital role in our alignment and health, and that is why in Nia we integrate our head in all our movements.  Through Head and Eye movements (HEM), we organically move our head by using our eyes to follow our hands or follow a 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.  I like to call this Heaven's gravity!!  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.  Now release your jaw and say 'AHHHHH" and then SMILE!!
Movement from the top - our Nia focus.  I will SEE U in class at The Synergy Studio!
Thursday (today) at 5:30 pm
Saturday at 9:30 am
Sunday at 4:00 pm
And Monday (May 4) at 8:00 am and 5:30 pm.

Nia White Belt for U!!!  I had an incredible Nia White Belt Training with Adelle, graduating 5 new Nia belts, and teaching with the extended family of CaliforNia in our classes. It was an amazing and heartfilled 10 days!!  In six weeks, we are ready for YOU to join us! Our next Nia White Belt will be at The Synergy Studio. We will teach with a split weekend format, allowing space for you to work around weekly schedules. Mark your calendars and register here.  June 4-7 & 12-14, 2015... a transformational week dedicated to YOU. Be sure to talk to our newest White Belt in San Antonio, Shannon Kratky!  She traveled with us to Ventura, CA for the experience! 

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

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/