Monday, March 31, 2014

Regeneration - Connecting to Our 5 Senses!!!

 
I am grateful for the gift of sight. My ability to to see life in all its glory!!

I am grateful for the gift of touch. My ability to receive life through my skin and embrace a cool morning. My ability to give my love and life to others through touch!!

I am grateful for the gift of taste. My ability to taste life and drink it its majesty!!

I am grateful for the gift of sound. My ability to hear sound and silence, the music of life!!

I am grateful for the gift of smell. My ability to breathe in life and smell the moment!!

Dear FRIENDS!!!
It's spring and I am regenerating my body, mind, spirit and emotions, by placing conscious attention on my senses - sight, taste, smell, touch, and hearing!  It   activates movement and flow of timeless and ageless energy. Senses deeply connect us to our experiences, and increase pleasure and vitality, while integrating our body, mind, spirit and emotions.  So in class and as you dance through life...

Sight:  Use your eyes to see, perceive and feel.  Connect to the visual magic around you.  Give your brain a workout by changing images around you; ones that relax you or stimulate you.  It is a choice!  See and be seen.  Say:  "Now I Am seeing life!"

Smell:  Smell the moment and use your body to breathe in life.  Smell deeply and passionately, and notice the smells around you.  Act as if you are smelling fresh baked bread or your favorite flower.  You body will NOT know the difference.  Say: "Now I Am smelling life!"

Touch:  Touching expands our relationship with our body, with others and the world.  Touch with tenderness, respect and love.  Give your touch and receive touch from others, touch from the space on your skin, the floor touching your feet.  Say:  "Now I AM touching life!"

Taste:  Taste is the sense that internally feeds us.  When we taste, we internally receive color, texture and life force energy. Taste with your feet, your hands, your skin, and your eyes.  Say:  "Now I AM tasting life!"

Hearing:  Hearing is the sense that connects you to all things around you, seen and unseen.  Perceive sound as a sensation you can feel in every cell.  Hear and really listen to another, to silence, to sound, to your breath.  Say:  "Now I Am hearing life!"

Can't wait to dance with you!!! 

My classes this week:
Monday and Thursday at 5:30 pm
and Saturday at 9:30 am

Interested in the Nia White Belt Intensive? 
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. 


7 days dedicated to you, 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.  In this intensive you learn tools for managing stress, enhancing your relationships,  and creating a work/life balance. I invite you to explore techniques using your body, voice, intent, mind, emotions and unique spirit to master getting into and living in your body.  Empower yourself, open up to your potential and step into your greatness! Check out all my trainings at: http://www.nianow.com/joanie#trainings.


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/

Nia 5 Stages of Healing Facilitator, Journey Dance Guide, Mindful Change Coach and 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, March 17, 2014

Sensing Within - 4 Elements of Our Human Nature!

Happy Monday My Sweet Friends and Family!!! 



This week I am "playing" with the number 4 as I send
you the 4 elements of love, peace, joy and abundance.  4 is a very prominent number in our world and lives, and is a symbol of exactness and elegance.  4 seasons, 4 phases of the moon, 4 divisions of the day, 4 directions, 4 dimensions (volume, height, width, depth), 4 realms of self (Body, Mind, Emotions and Spirit).  4 also symbolizes the principle of putting ideas into form.  Check out Wikipedia if you are interested in all the fascinating aspects of the number 4:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4_%28number%29
This week we will dance the 4 elements of our human nature:  Earth, Water, Air and Fire, as a way to tap into our movement creativity and connect to the basis of life itself.  

Earth:  Sensation of stability, fullness, weight, weightlessness, core, support, balance, rooting, connection with self, feeling outside/inside edges, breath

Water:  Sensation of mobility, fluid, flowing, circular, no edges, no beginning, no ending, coolness, sensation of dripping, floating, creation, rejuvenation

Air: 
  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
In the book I am re-reading, A Beginners Guide to Constructing the Universe by Michael S. Schneider, these 4 elements also relate to:
Earth: Nature within us...that which is most dense, most slow to change and transform.
Water:  Emotions...the moods of water:  surging, rising and falling

Air:  Atmosphere within us...where our thoughts fly, soaring flights of fancy, day dreams, clouded thoughts.
Fire: Intuition, our deeper self...flash of insight, seeing the light, idea hitting like a bolt of lightning.


Join me in class this week.  Tonight wear green and we will dance to a fun St. Paddy's day playlist.  On Thursday, Saturday and Sunday we will dance to an older Nia routine called Chakras, as we sense within and connect to Earth, Water, Air and Fire!!!!!


In Sacred Geometry, 4 is the tetrad, the square, giving exactness and volume to the world.  In Nia, 4 represents the holistic workout and life style practice of Nia for your body, mind, emotions and spirit.  Volume and depth, addressing our entire human nature!  See you on the dance floor!


My classes this week:
Monday (today!) and Thursday at 5:30 pm
Wednesday Somatic Awakening at 6:45 am
Saturday at 9:30 am
and Sunday at 4:00 pm all at The Synergy Studio

Interested in the Nia White Belt Intensive? 
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. 


7 days dedicated to you, 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.  In this intensive you learn tools for managing stress, enhancing your relationships,  and creating a work/life balance. I invite you to explore techniques using your body, voice, intent, mind, emotions and unique spirit to master getting into and living in your body.  Empower yourself, open up to your potential and step into your greatness! Check out all my trainings at: http://www.nianow.com/joanie#trainings.


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/

Nia 5 Stages of Healing Facilitator, Journey Dance Guide, Mindful Change Coach and 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, March 10, 2014

Sensing 3 Part Harmony!!


 "Wherever there are 3, as in 3 knights, 3 musketeers, 3 wise men or 3 wishes there is 'throughness', rebirth, transformation and success."  Beginners Guide to Constructing the Universe by Michael S. Schneider. 



I love the harmony that 3 represents. In our body, we have 3 body weights, pelvis, chest and head, that can move individually, and when integrated together, create a harmonic dance of power, expression and relaxation.   Nia invites me to explore my body weights separately through pelvic circles, hip bumps, chest isolations, shimmy and head and eye movements, and then to sense the harmonic dance of the 3 through spine undulations and spinal rolls.   This dance conditions my body joyfully, transcending to my breathing and body alignment, and provides a foundation for physical, mental, and emotional well-being.  3 dimensional movement, 3 part harmony that supports my body as a whole. 
Join me this week in dance as we sense 3 part harmony, playing with our pelvis, chest and head.  I will be dancing to the new routine Feeling, that is a wonderful creation by 4 fellow Nia trainers:  Casey Bernstein from Albany New York, Kelle Rae Oien from Sante Fe New Mexico,  Megan MacArthur from Hawaii, Winalee Zeeb from Lansing Michigan.  Some of you met Winalee in November when she was here for the Nia Blue belt intensive.  You will love the music!!!  In Sacred Geometry, 3 is the triad, an inherent tripartite wholeness of the universe.  In Nia we use the triad as a map to place attention on 3 elements that when combined creates wisdom...creates "throughness" rebirth, transformation and success!!!
 See you on the dance floor!

My classes this week:
Monday (today!) and Thursday at 5:30 pm
Wednesday Somatic Awakening at 6:45 am
Saturday at 9:30 am
and Sunday at 4:00 pm all at The Synergy Studio

Interested in the Nia White Belt Intensive? 
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. 


7 days dedicated to you, 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.  In this intensive you learn tools for managing stress, enhancing your relationships,  and creating a work/life balance. I invite you to explore techniques using your body, voice, intent, mind, emotions and unique spirit to master getting into and living in your body.  Empower yourself, open up to your potential and step into your greatness! Check out all my trainings at: http://www.nianow.com/joanie#trainings.

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/

Nia 5 Stages of Healing Facilitator, Journey Dance Guide, Mindful Change Coach and 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!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Dance of 2 - Polarity Into Manifestation!




"For anything to manifest, however, there must be polarity."
Eileen McKusick, researcher, writer, educator and sound practitioner






How do you visualize Polarity?  Polarity though it means two opposing qualities, really suggests a mirroring of qualities that are interconnected.  What would day be without the dark of night, fast without slow, up without down, hot without cold, Yin without Yang, big without small?  These opposing qualities allow me to be fully present in each of their unique sensations and gifts.  In Nia we play with Polarity every time we dance.  We move slow with the essence of Tai Chi, and then the next moment we are moving fast and explosive with the energy of Tae Kwon Do.  We dance our 206 bones with the sensations of light and heavy, we move big and small, in straight lines and in circles, we use our left and right sides of our brains through patterns and being spontaneous, and the music we dance with is a rich blend and contrast of silence and sound.  The dance of 2, Polarity invites all of us to manifest our dance to its full potential.
I remember when I first started teaching and practicing Nia, I was all big, all fast and all Yang energy!!  I thought I needed to use these qualities in order to get a good workout.  Soon I discovered the gifts of the 'other' and welcomed the change that manifested not only to my movement and body, but also my life.  My teaching improved and so did my relationships - HA!!! 

Lately I have been in the dance of 2 with doing and non-doing.  After 30 years in the corporate world of "doing" with schedules, deadlines and managing others alongside my Nia business and personal practice, I now have more time to spend in "non-doing", and have found peaceful manifestation.  Nia has given me these life skills...Nia has taught me many things.
Join me this week in the Dance of 2 - Polarity into Manifestation as we enJOY moment to moment, movement to movement the beauty that emerges from our dance.  In Sacred Geometry, 2 is the Dyad - the marriage of two circles giving birth to the line - a line that simultaneously divides and binds.  The Dyad has an overlapping space between the two circles known as the vesica piscis.  The principle of the Dyad is Polarity.  See you on the dance floor!!

My classes this week:
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? 
We had an awesome Nia White belt here in San Antonio last week - 5 new Nia White belts walking this earth!
  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. 


7 days dedicated to you, 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.  In this intensive you learn tools for managing stress, enhancing your relationships,  and creating a work/life balance. I invite you to explore techniques using your body, voice, intent, mind, emotions and unique spirit to master getting into and living in your body.  Empower yourself, open up to your potential and step into your greatness! Check out all my trainings at: http://www.nianow.com/joanie#trainings.


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/

Nia 5 Stages of Healing Facilitator, Journey Dance Guide, Mindful Change Coach and 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, February 3, 2014

Dancing Your Heart!

Hello Dancing Friends!


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!  Our incredible heart! 
Let's celebrate and dance our heart during this month of our heart and love!  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 and condition our heart.  We also connect within and with each other as we dance, making our heart strong and resilient.  Join me in class this week...your heart will thank you!!

My classes this week:
Monday, and Thursday Nia at 5:30 pm
Wednesday Somatic Awakening at 6:45 am
Saturday Nia at 9:30 am
all at The Synergy Studio

Interested in the Nia White Belt Intensive? 
It is almost here...our next Nia White Belt in San Antonio!!!  There is still time to sign up.  February 21-27...7 days dedicated to you, 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.  In this intensive you learn tools for managing stress, enhancing your relationships,  and creating a work/life balance. I invite you to explore techniques using your body, voice, intent, mind, emotions and unique spirit to master getting into and living in your body.  Empower yourself, open up to your potential and step into your greatness! Check out all my trainings at: http://www.nianow.com/joanie#trainings.


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

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

Nia 5 Stages of Healing Facilitator, Journey Dance Guide, Mindful Change Coach and 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, January 27, 2014

Reaching For to the Moon and Stars!!

Good morning my dancing Friends!



This morning at 5:30 as I let my dog Rocket outside, I looked up at our amazing sky and gasped!!  What beauty in the heavens, and I found myself reaching with my hands for the bright moon and stars, and drawing them into my heart!  This reach of bright light filled my body, mind and spirit with hope and excitement for the day.  Our fingers, hands, and wrists are receivers and givers. They are voices, messengers of the heart, and through reaching, touching  and connection, they give voice to what we feel and desire to communicate and express. 

Expressing ourselves with our fingers, hands and wrist 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.  In Nia when we bring awareness of your fingers, hands and wrists, it allows us to tap into our full range movement and expression, naturally healing and conditioning our body by simply interacting with the world. This is the Body’s Way, that is why 15 of Nia's 52 moves are dedicated to these lovely body parts.  They add so much to our dance!!!  All of a sudden 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!  As you dance through life this week, notice your finger, hands and wrists.  Every once in awhile, use creepy crawlers to move the energy through your fingers, hands and wrists - wake them up!  Touch, hold, and caress, using your fingers, hands and wrists...giving and receiving.  Reach for the moon and the stars!  I am waving hello to you right now, and I'll see you on the dance floor and in life!

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

Interested in the Nia White Belt Intensive? 
It is almost here...our next Nia White Belt in San Antonio!!!  There is still time to sign up.  February 21-27...7 days dedicated to you, 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.  In this intensive you learn tools for managing stress, enhancing your relationships,  and creating a work/life balance. I invite you to explore techniques using your body, voice, intent, mind, emotions and unique spirit to master getting into and living in your body.  Empower yourself, open up to your potential and step into your greatness! Check out all my trainings at: http://www.nianow.com/joanie#trainings.


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

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

Nia 5 Stages of Healing Facilitator, Journey Dance Guide, Mindful Change Coach and 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, January 20, 2014

Continuing the Dance of Our Core...Sensing Our Magical Spine!

Hello Dancing Friends!



"I am the voice of your Spine. My function is to bear weight, provide movement, create a home for your spinal cord, and provide passageways for your nerve endings and accompanying vessels. By design, I am your skeleton’s center that supports three body weights: your head, chest, and pelvis. I am an elegant string of fluid pearls, 26 separate parts that can change
shape...Because of my design, you can bend, extend, flex, turn, and rotate me. My four curves, cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral help keep you moving freely...I love to maintain length, to help you fall up into the heavens and root down into the earth. I love it when you breathe and lengthen, keeping my disc spaces fluidly open and my length long. Movement keeps me healthy."  Debbie Rosas


Isn't that beautiful!  Take a moment right now and let your spine move freely, as if it is a tree branch blowing in the wind.  Notice how your spine integrates its dance with your pelvis, chest and head. AHHH... 
Your spine, which is made up of 26 vertebrate that allows for multidimensional movement, loves to bend, vibrate, undulate, rotate, flex, stretch, to stabilize and most importantly, your spine loves joyful movement!!  When your spine is healthy, your torso is healthy, helping to keep your arms and legs flooded with energy.  No matter what type of movement I do, what shape I create, it will magically go back to its inherent shape and be even stronger!! As you dance through life, imagine your spine as a soft blue ribbon of light spiraling from the base of your spine through the crown of your head.  Join me in class as we dance our magical spine.  Have a wonderful week!!!

New Weekly Class - Somatic Awakening: 
This class is amazing and I hope you join me this Wednesday!!  Moving and dancing on the Earth is one of the best ways to start your day.  I do it everyday!  Combining elements of  Nia FloorPlay, Nia 5 Stages, Nia FreeDance, JourneyDance, Yoga, Breath, Guided Imagery, Laughter and Play, Somatic Awakening will energize your day while conditioning your body, mind & spirit. Adelle and I will be sharing this weekly class and it is guaranteed to make you feel youthful and awaken your inner child.  This class is every Wednesday at 6:45 - 7:30 am at The Synergy Studio
My classes this week:
Monday, Thursday and Friday Nia at 5:30 pm
Wednesday Somatic Awakening at 6:45 am
Saturday Nia at 9:30 am
Sunday Nia at 4:00 pm
all at The Synergy Studio

Interested in the Nia White Belt Intensive? 
It is almost here...our next Nia White Belt in San Antonio!!!  There is still time to sign up.  February 21-27...7 days dedicated to you, 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.  In this intensive you learn tools for managing stress, enhancing your relationships,  and creating a work/life balance. I invite you to explore techniques using your body, voice, intent, mind, emotions and unique spirit to master getting into and living in your body.  Empower yourself, open up to your potential and step into your greatness! Check out all my trainings at: http://www.nianow.com/joanie#trainings.


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

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

Nia 5 Stages of Healing Facilitator, Journey Dance Guide, Mindful Change Coach and 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