Nia with Dana Hood...
Black Belt, Green Belt,
Nia 5 Stages Certified
Kick off your shoes and leave your inhibitions at the door.Denver Nia Classes
Tues 8:35am Cherry Creek Athletic Club
Wed 6:30pm Dancing the Soul
Fri 11:00am Cherry Creek Athletic Club
Sat 12:15pm Dancing The Soul
Sun 11:00am Dancing The Soul
Below is a letter I received from a fairly new nia student. It moved me beyond belief. Her honesty and courage blows me away. I don’t know if I would have the strength to admit so much about myself with such clarity and precision. I may be her teacher in class, but she has become my teacher in life. I am humbled and honored to know her and to continue on this path of healing for both of us!
Continuing a path of healing… 9/11/11
Weeks ago, I walked into an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people. This being a first step of many to let go of the anxiousness I have allowed myself to feel the past few years in new places with new people. My friend and I made ourselves go to this class called “Nia”, whatever, that was… I did not know. Sounded bizarre…I like that….
As the instructor told us to roar like tigers, I was not sure I could live up to the potential. I sat cross legged on the floor, refusing, as the other students around me roared. I sat. I did not understand the complexity of the routine and how this dance would eventually teach me to surrender.
Years of depression, anxiety attacks, a broken heart and an increasing loathing of myself, I did not believe a place existed that could help me heal, to the extent my soul needed. I didn’t want to talk about the pain or the insecurities that perplexed my mind every moment I walked through the door. I just wanted to let my mind escape to the beauty of music, and maybe begin to heal my body and my heart.
I can present myself in a very confident way, when I am not asked to be vulnerable. But when the walls are dropped and I am asked to accept myself as I am, I cave. This acceptance is something I have longed for my entire life, but when someone can’t imagine the beauty outward or within, that is a hard task to accomplish. I struggle to look at people eye to eye, for a fear that they see what I see in myself…and that is painful.
So, I chose to dance. But this dance is unlike any I have experienced. It taps into this piece in my soul that allows me to understand to myself. It is power, control, balance and connectedness. In this short time, the power the instructor has to shift negative energy out is incredible. Her words are not of judgment and her belief in humanity and love keeps me craving this dance every day.
Day by day, as I force myself to attempt this new movement of dance; my heart, my mind and my soul are taking the journey of healing. I am beginning to see myself for the things I used to see and believe. I am finally, slowly, peeking in the mirror and don’t feel this hatred but instead this inner peace and beauty. The energy that enwraps my soul is unlike any feeling I have had in the past few years. It is a long journey ahead of me, but I have a new faith in me. It is of determination and acceptance.
So for this Dana, I thank you.