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!
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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/

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
​ ​
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."