Nia Testimonial: Cathy Cordero, Nia Teacher
Although I am an avid reader, and was an English major in college, my professional life has been all about fish. I started out in a small bait shrimp fishing operation which put me through college and allowed me to support myself and my son for many years. I have worked in the shoreside seafood business in varying capacities, ranging from galley girl to being the owner of a large fish processing company. I have traveled to salmon farms in Chile, crab plants in Nova Scotia, and have designed seafood programs for large retail operations in the US. Needless to say, none of this has much to do with my love of Nia or my need to dance now. Sometimes, I think I was destined for Nia because my middle name is Joy.
Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?
Six years ago, I was invited to attend a Nia class while I was visiting in Sandpoint, Idaho. Reluctant and certain I would surely embarass myself, I nevertheless agreed to go to this dance class I had never heard of and was sure to regret. Decades before, I had fallen in love with belly dancing and for a couple of years had danced with troupe Baraka, but that was another lifetime and another woman in most ways: I was no longer a Californian; I had two grandchildren; I had shifted my life energy towards the practice of making money; And, I was on the fast track to becoming an alcoholic.
I have to laugh about this today, because I don't recall ever having seen the teacher in that first class. Standing in the very back (of course) of a very crowded studio, it was the music that first captured me. As I attempted to follow the people standing directly in front of me, my body responded without my permission and without my direction. I fell in love with this practice in that first class.
Nia has given me back to myself, though it took me two White Belt Trainings to actually see this. It has become necessary to my well being. I dance, because I must dance.
Where and with whom do you take Nia classes and/or trainings?
I took my first White Belt with Debbie and Carlos, my second from Liz Ganz, and my Green Belt with Debbie and Carlos.
I take most of my classes today with the DVD's, though I would dearly love to have more studio classes from the great Nia Boston teachers.
What is one thing most people don't know about Nia?
Most people do not realize the science behind the creativity in the Nia Routines. Each routine is mindfully sculpted to create an opportunity to experience and to enhance the well being of the body, mind and spirit. More importantly, most people don't know that Nia can change your life, not just your body.
What tip can you give someone who is considering trying Nia for the first time?
Smile - let your face go and your body will follow. Know that only you can connect to the joy of living in your own skin.