Monday, July 21, 2014

200/700 - Potential/Possiblities

Hello dancing friends!

This week I am dedicating my classes and dance to my nephew, Conrad, who turns 12 this Thursday.  Many of you have danced with him over the years, and have witnessed his growth and progress.  He makes my heart sing, and reminds me to live in the moment, and to be open to possibilities and potential.  This is the path of the Sacred Athlete!  In honor of Conrad, we will focus on a concept in principle number 10 of the Nia white belt, called "200/700".  “200/700” refers to the 200+bones and 700+ muscles in our body, and the potential our body has to move in an endless world of movement possibilities.  When I get out of my head and into my body, my body guides me to move in new and exciting ways to condition and heal...more ways than my mind could ever create!!! 

So let's open up to all the possibilities our body and our life have for us as we dance this week...it is ENDLESS; let's open to our potential...it is LIMITLESS!!!   If you have not met Conrad, I invite you to read his story at http://www.conradsmiles.com/.  Also, on Thursday you can dance with him at 5:30 pm, as we celebrate his actual birthday!  It has become an annual event (I'm thinking this is about the 5th!), and his Nia teacher friends will also be teaching with me.  We have a wonderful playlist!!!  See you on the dance floor.  

My classes this week:
Monday and Thursday at 5:30 pm
Saturday at 9:30 pm
and Sunday at 4:00 pm
Love & Light,
Joanie Brooks,
http://www.joaniebrooks.me/
Nia Training Faculty, Nia White Belt Trainer, Nia 1st Degree Black Belt

DoTerra Essential Oils Representative:  http://www.mydoterra.com/joaniebrooks/
Journey Dance Facilitator Nia 5 Stages of Healing Facilitator
Mindful Change Coach
Laughter Yoga Leader


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!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sensing Wings!

 
"The shoulder blades, for me, are the "hands of the Goddess". They’re always there, always touching me. When I’m reaching up, it’s like the support of every goddess, every angel on the planet, is right there for me. And this gives me an opportunity to remember that if I’m in relationship with my body parts, I’m receiving what my body has to give me."  Debbie Rosas, co-founder of Nia

​Hello my dancing Friends,
I love to be in sensation of my shoulder blades.  Many of you know, our clavicles are my favorite bones; however, 2nd place I would have to say is our Scapulae, and I love the visualization of my shoulder blades as elegant wings expanding out the side of my body.  This visualization stimulates full arm movement and reminds me that in Nia, our upper extremities are more than just my arms, hands and fingers.  My arms actually start in the back of my body - my shoulder blades.  When I use my shoulder blades to reach, extend, hug and move, I condition not only my arms, but also all the muscles in my upper back.  Wonderful!!! 

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, and lifting and lowering objects.  One of the best Nia moves we can do for our scapulae is palm directions. Reaching for the sky with my palms open and then lowering as I rotate towards earth...Yummy!!
So let's fly this week in class and sense our wings...our shoulder blades...our scapulae.  And as you pause during you day, take a moment to sense the hands of the goddess on your back and listen for her voice..."I've got your back".  And maybe just lean into those hands and exhale.  See you on the dance floor!
My classes this week:
Monday and Thursday at 5:30 pm
Saturday at 9:30 pm
at The Synergy Studio  

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

DoTerra Essential Oils Representative:  http://www.mydoterra.com/joaniebrooks/
Journey Dance Facilitator Nia 5 Stages of Healing Facilitator
Mindful Change Coach
Laughter Yoga Leader


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!

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Magic of Sound - The Magic of You!

           
        
“Sound has a profound effect on the senses. It can be both

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rd and felt. It can even be seen with the mind’s eye. It can almost be tasted and smelled. Sound can evoke responses of the five senses. Sound can paint a picture, produce a mood, trigger the senses to remember another time and place. From infancy we hear sound with our entire bodies. When I hear my own name, I have as much a sense of it entering my body through my back or my hand or my chest as through my ears. Sound speaks to the sensorium; the entire system of nerves that stimulates sensual response.”
― Louis Colaianni, The Joy of Phonetics and Accents

​Good morning dancing friends!
I am home from a wonderful YogaFit Warriors certification in Minneapolis.   It is a wonderful and enlightening training, and I am excited with the potential of all I have learned and hope to share.  I am happy to be home - YAY!! - and look forward to dancing with you.  On to our focus!!

Have you ever wondered why we sound in our Nia classes?  
Sounding in class is Nia's way to help you relax, become stronger and to condition not only your body, but your mind, emotions and spirit.  In a way sound is magic!!!  Sounding your voice strengthens your physical body, empties and clears your mental body, cleanses your emotional body and enlivens your spirit body.  Nia uses the voice
​as a way to ​
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your wellness and your health, and it can be as simple as sounding with your breath.  Right now take a nice full breath, as if you are smelling roses, and then as you exhale, sound a big "AHHHH!".  Using sound as
​we release our breath can stimulate relaxation, and at the same time give a spark of energy!!

Every time you make a sound (in class or in life) you stimulate an immense number of sympathetic vibrations within your body.  When you move energy with words and sound, you connect to a very powerful source - your voice. Trusting your voice, getting to know you own tone and power comes from speaking out, from making sounds and tones.  There is so much power in speaking/sounding your voice!  Affirmations and prayers are more powerful for me when I say them out loud vs. just saying them in my mind.  Hearing my voice gives me the sensation that I am harmonized and connected to life and with the Universe.  Nia recognizes this.  From the circle at the beginning of class where we sound our name and affirm who we are, to the end of class where we sound with our breathe or say YEAH! as we step out into life, we engage our voice.  I love a class full with the beauty of students voices!!  I have had many students tell me their stories of how the simple sounding of YES and NO during class has helped them say YES and NO in their life outside of class. What is your story? 

​Let's sound together this week in class as we sing, laugh, chant and harmonize with the Universe.

My classes this week:
Monday
​(Today!! at 5:30 pm
Thursday
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at 5:30 pm​
​Friday ​
Nia
​4th of July class with Adelle at 9 am (WOOT - sound your FREEDOM!)
Saturday at 9:30 am
and Sunday at 4:00 pm
all at The Synergy Studio.  

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

DoTerra Essential Oils Representative:  http://www.mydoterra.com/joaniebrooks/
Journey Dance Facilitator Nia 5 Stages of Healing Facilitator
Mindful Change Coach
Laughter Yoga Leader


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!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Energy of Your Heart!

 
Good morning Dancing Friends!
 
In the glow of completing my 10th Nia White Belt training, my heart is open wide and full of love for my family, friends and YOU, my fellow dancers.  Movement is medicine, and through movement we find health and joy!! 
Focusing on the Energy of Your Heart this week, I will be facilitating a JourneyDance™ - Energy of the Heart (Click on the word JourneyDance and it will take you to the registration) workshop this Saturday, June 21, from 3-5:00 pm at Total Yoga Harmony Studio in The Alley on Bitters.  Wonderful studio!  I have a few spots left and would love for you to join me.  Cost is $25 if you register before this Thursday, then it goes to $35.  You will love the dance and the movement exercises.  Register a partner!! 

Take a deep breath with me and then release with the sound "AHHH", and let this sound vibrate and expand your heart.  Have you ever noticed how we use this sound when something deeply touches us, or when settling into the arms of a loved one?  Now, place your hand on your heart, in the center of your chest, and sense the beating, the unique rhythm of your heart.  Did you know that every day your heart beats about 100,000 times, sending 2,000 gallons of blood surging through your body? Although it’s no bigger than your fist, your heart keeps blood flowing through 60,000 miles of blood vessels that feed your organs and tissues...your entire being!  Your incredible heart! 
In Nia we shimmy, use chest isolation's, and spinal undulations; we smell the moment, sing, laugh, cry, growl, say Yes and No, all to move the energy and condition our heart.  We also connect within and with each other as we dance, making our heart strong and resilient.  Join me in Nia class this week...your heart will thank you!!

My classes this week:
Thursday Nia at 5:30 pm
Saturday Nia at 9:30 am
and Sunday at 4:00 pm
all at The Synergy Studio
Love & Light,
Joanie Brooks,
Nia Training Faculty, Nia White Belt Trainer, Nia 1st Degree Black Belt

DoTerra Essential Oils Representative:  http://www.mydoterra.com/joaniebrooks/
Journey Dance Facilitator Nia 5 Stages of Healing Facilitator
Mindful Change Coach
Laughter Yoga Leader


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!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Art of Sensation - Nia White Belt Intensive this Thuraday in San Antonio!!!

Hello Dancing Friends!!
 
I am excited!  This week (Thursday to be specific) Adelle and I will be facilitating a Nia white belt intensive at The Synergy Studio.  The Nia White Belt is 7 days dedicated to U, your body and your life.  You go deep into each one of the 13 principles of the Nia White Belt where you create a loving relationship with yourself and your body.  Nia is more than a fitness class and the one hour dance...Nia is a life style practice, and many of the tools we learn in the white belt we can use in our life to manage stress, enhance relationships, create a balanced life, and bring more joy and pleasure in our life.  We also explore techniques using body, voice, intent, mind, emotions and unique spirit to master getting into and living in your body.

There is still room if you would like to step in with us!  Let me know.  We also have another training here in October.  You can register at:  http://www.nianow.com/node/800224
Empower yourself, open up to your potential and step into your greatness!

So let's get ready to dance this week in class.  The schedule of classes during the intensive is below and I invite you to join us and welcome our wonderful trainees.  It will be magical and your support is appreciated!
My Nia classes this week:
Monday, 5:30 pm.  Focus:  13 principles of Nia (YAY!!!)
Thursday, 5:30 pm (start of intensive).  Team teaching with Adelle.  Focus:   Joy of Movement
Friday, 5:30 pm.  Team teaching with Adelle.  Focus:  Natural Time and the 9 Movement Forms
Saturday, 9:30 am.  Team teaching with Adelle.  Focus:  Base
Sunday, 4:00 pm.  Team teaching with Adelle.  Focus:  Core
The intensive is a split weekend and will pick back up on Friday, June 13th.   EveryBody have a wonderful week!

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

DoTerra Essential Oils Representative:  http://www.mydoterra.com/joaniebrooks/
Journey Dance Facilitator Nia 5 Stages of Healing Facilitator
Mindful Change Coach
Laughter Yoga Leader


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!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Dancing our Freedom!

“That's what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong, that decency will somehow triumph in the end”...Lise Hand


Happy Memorial Day!

Celebrate your freedom and your gratitude to our hero's  who have bravely stood for our peace and freedom.  Today at 5:30 pm at The Synergy Studio we will dance to one of my favorite Nia routines, Mood Food, celebrating freedom.  "Throw off any Shackles" (1st song - HA!) that inhibit your freedom, and express your free spirit!   Another song we will dance to is called Spiritual High III and it puts to music the infamous  speech "I have a Dream" by Martin Luther King, Jr.  After all these years of dancing to this song, I still get chills...it is about freedom!!
The rest of the week I hope you will help me celebrate my birthday, as we dance to some of my Nia favorites - so many to chose from! 
Have a safe and JOYous day and I'll see you on the dance floor!

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


Interested in the Nia White Belt Intensive? 
There is still room!!!  Our next training in San Antonio is a split weekend that starts at 3:00 pm on Thursday, June 5 and goes through Sunday June 8. The next weekend is June 13, 14 and 15 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). This is a PERFECT opportunity to take the Nia White Belt w/out having to take a full week from work.
Love & Light,
Joanie Brooks,
http://www.joaniebrooks.me/
Nia Training Faculty, Nia White Belt Trainer, Nia 1st Degree Black Belt

DoTerra Essential Oils Representative:  http://www.mydoterra.com/joaniebrooks/
Journey Dance Facilitator Nia 5 Stages of Healing Facilitator
Mindful Change Coach
Laughter Yoga Leader


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!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Sacred Geometry - Creating Shapes in Space!

"It is our tunnel vision and singular sense of identity that often limits our sense of our own possibilities - and yet it is the genius of humans to imagine being something we are not and thus to extend what we indeed are"  Jean Houston, The Possible Human


Hello Dancing Friends!
Whether I am aware or not, every shape I make with my body contributes to the world of symbols, patterns, numbers and shapes of creation.  Sacred Geometry...the energy that unifies all things and the organization of the Universe itself.  Take a moment right now, pause and sense the shape you have created.  Sense your shoulders, sense the direction of your toes, sense your head, sense your chest.  How does this shape feel?  What does your body tell you about your shape?  Does it bring your body pleasure, healing, pain?  Through the art of sensation I can sense my bones and notice what shape I have created in space, and also bring consciousness to how my shape contributes to the well being of my body.  So many times, I may move through life with my habits and not notice what I am creating in space.  Can you relate?  The gift of Nia and the art form of Modern Dance honors the sacred geometry of my body and invites me to be aware of every movement, and how every movement is sacred and has the potential to be purposeful and healing.  With 206 bones and 700+ muscles in my body, I have unlimited ways to birth and create movement.  With this comes transformation, healing and play that helps free my spirit. Exploration of movement ignites my imagination, and allows me to be an artist in motion, where my body is the paint and the space around me is my canvas.  Sacred, healing and contributing to Universal Art!!  Ha!  I love it. 
Let's play in space this week as we dance and honor the sacred geometry of our body.  Who knows what we will create!  See you on the dance floor!
Lot of Opportunities to create and dance!  My classes this week:
Monday, Thursday and Friday at 5:30 pm
Thursday morning at 6:45 am
and Saturday at 9:30 am all at The Synergy Studio
And join me Sunday Morning, May 25th at 10:00-11:15 for JourneyDance™, The Prayer Circle at The Synergy Studio.
You are the Prayer; your body, your movement, your breath. You are the Goddess; your passion, your emotions, your sensual heart. You are the Warrior; your power, your intentions, your life's journey.   The JourneyDance™ Prayer Circle  is a  community movement event of deep expression and celebration. We begin with inspirational story, then set our inner most intentions and spark our personal dreams.  We embark as moving prayers, holding sacred space for our community in a dance that builds from solo, to partner, to group and beyond.  We learn the power of witnessing and inspiration.  We learn the power of being seen in free expression.  We allow evocative music to invigorate our emotions and our dancing to unfold us into true appreciation and celebration of our praise-worthy Self.   
 We're gonna praise you like we should!   $15 or a punch on your studio card.
  
Love & Light,
Joanie Brooks,
Nia Training Faculty, Nia White Belt Trainer, Nia 1st Degree Black Belt

Journey Dance Facilitator Nia 5 Stages of Healing Facilitator
Mindful Change Coach
Laughter Yoga Leader


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!