Nia Testimonial: Kate Testerman, Nia Teacher
A native New Yorker, I moved to Colorado in 2008, started my own business, got married, became a stepmom, and basically changed almost everything about my life. The one constant was Nia. I first took classes in NYC in 2005, and was thrilled to find a vibrant Nia community around Denver. Several years later, I'm now a White Belt Nia Teacher (Green Belt certified), and new mom, dancing several days a week.
Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?
Like so many others, I practice Nia because it feels GOOD. Throughout my recent pregnancy, I never stopped dancing with my belly -- teaching at a Nia jam less than two weeks before giving birth, and taking classes up until three days before my son was born. I never felt like I couldn't handle a class. Being able to take each routine at my own level, and modify the moves for my body's way kept me feeling fit all nine months long -- and got me back to class about two weeks after my c-section!
Where and with whom do you take Nia classes and/or trainings?
What is one thing most people don't know about Nia?
There's so much variety in Nia -- yes, every routine is different, and every teacher brings their own uniqueness to their class, but each student has that opportunity as well. We speak of "Your Body's Way," and I love how I can bring new-to-Nia friends to a class and just tell them to have fun and not worry about getting the moves right as long as it feels good.
What tip can you give someone who is considering trying Nia for the first time?
The above-mentioned "have fun!" is the best advice I can give. Before that even, I hope people just try it – just give it a shot and see if it's for them. And if at first it doesn't seem to be – maybe try another teacher. Because everyone brings their personal experience to class, you may not connect with every teacher. Just keep trying, and you'll find the one who speaks to your needs. And if not -- why not take the White Belt yourself?
How does Nia feel post-pregnancy?
Fabulous! I took it at level one for the first few classes back after my c-section, but with my son now six weeks old, I'm kicking things back up to levels 2 and 3. I love dancing with him in my arms, on my chest, and just checking in with him throughout class. He's so familiar with the sounds of Nia, he'll happily sleep through even the loudest class! (The photo above was taken when I was 35 weeks pregnant.)