Nia Testimonial: Patti Glynn, Nia Student
Hi. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, FL. I moved to Texas to raise my family, then ended up in Hawaii where I stayed for 15 years. A summer visit 2 years ago ended up as an extended stay as my mother had become ill with cancer. I stayed to care for her. After her passing, I had planned to return to Hawaii where I enjoyed a holistic, peaceful, happy life filled with swimming, surfing, hiking , estatic dance, and a large, spiritually balanced community. Four weeks before I was to return to Hawaii, I met my now husband and my plans to return to Hawaii ended when I accepted his proposal.
My new life here on the mainland proved to be difficult, as all the touchstones of my life were missing, and my beautiful natural surroundings were gone as well, having been replaced with noise, cars, a large population, and most importantly, my favorite place to dance, Sweat Your Prayers.
I started my business, Mermaid Minerals and reconnected with my friend Johanna and started back into Belly Dancing at Hip Expessions, but still something was missing -the joy of esatic dance and Sweat your Prayers.
When I heard about Nia and tried my first class, it was the first time I felt like I was back at Haiku Dance Studio in Hawaii. The energy was amazing!
Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?
Nia connects me with my personal joy. I feel like I am getting a good balaned workout. Nia class provides me a space where I feel comfortable with my self-expression in dance and I enjoy the interaction with the other women in the class. Also, if I am up to par when I come to class, I can put myself at a level where I still get all the same benefits of a full-on work out.
Where and with whom do you take Nia classes and/or trainings?
Hip Expressions Studio in St Petersburg, FL with Christine. I met Christine right after the birth of her child when she brought Nia to Hip Expressions. I was drawn to her energetic and soothingly calm personality and she is a dynamic teacher - patient, excited, and a great Nia teacher.
What is one thing most people don't know about Nia?
That NIA is for all ages and all abilities. You don't have to be at a certain level of fitness to try it.
What tip can you give someone who is considering trying Nia for the first time?
Be free! Let go of the fear of the unknown. Just show up and be ready to have a great time.
How do you explain what Nia is?
A Nia class is movement to music; deliberate body movement; abandoned joy in dance; a journey into self awareness. I say Nia is yoga meets martial arts meets Zumba meets lyrical dance meets a good time.