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Amy Greatbanks

Amy Greatbanks


My Credentials

  • BASc

Amy Greatbanks

Nia Blue Belt Teacher
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Amy has always been a "mover".  Gymnastics was an early love, along with ballet and jazz ballet.  Her romance with Middle Eastern Belly Dance began over 20 years ago.  In January 2013, through Fiona Glenn, Amy was introduced to Nia and it was love at first move.  

"I was introduced to Nia by my chiropractor, Fiona Glenn.  I had noticed how fit and awesome she looked about 6 years ago and naturally asked what she was doing!  Fiona simply said, "Nia!"  At the time, I was curious but was focused on my recovery from a hemiplegic migraine in May 2010.  

When that initially happened, what seemed like a typical migraine to me rapidly became scary, when I lost vision in my left eye, then had weakness down that side.  Within 20 minutes, I arrived at the hospital and could no longer speak or walk properly. I was terrified. Luckily, it wasn't more serious than a complicated migraine,  but it had caused the tiny blood vessels in my occipital lobe to constrict for so long that it had caused enough damage to leave me with double vision in both eyes. It took about a month to get my balance back.  I saw several specialists who could reassure me that my brain was fine - nothing showed up on the scans - and that my optic nerves were also fine, as well as my eyes themselves. It was just that tiny spot in my brain that needed a new neural pathway to bring my vision back to 'normal'.

I ended up with a gait change to adjust to my new vision, which lead to hip pain, which exacerbated an old sacroiliac joint injury from my gymnastic days. Within a few months I was in a struggle with my body to figure out a circuit breaker - my hip change affected my spine and ultimately my jaw.  I really learned how much everything is connected!

I decided to try returning to yoga, but my balance and vision meant I really struggled and the comparison of my 'before' body to where I found myself was a significant blow and I just gave up.  

I read as much as a I could about brains and neuroplasticity.  I was convinced it was possible to 'fix' my brain.  I thought that if I could find something that challenged my brain enough, I could encourage my brain to rewire itself and correct my vision. I was forced to stop driving for 9 months so I was highly motivated to regain some independence.

I landed on dance. I had been a belly dancer in the past and joined a class. It didn't take long to notice a few changes. I discovered that turning and spotting really pushed my visual acuity. I had some improvements early on, but they plateaued.

Fiona had started teaching Nia classes and I figured it couldn’t hurt to try, so I took myself  to class in January 2013. I had the best time, I loved everything about it and after a few classes I knew this was something I one day wanted to teach. 

Nia feels like home - I love the music, freedom and joy of being in my own body and moving in my own unique way."

After completing the White Belt in February 2016 with Trainer Sophie Marsh, Art of Teaching in April 2017 with Nia Creator and Founder Debbie Rosas, and Nia 5 Stages Training In January 2018 with Trainer Laurie Bass,  Amy is looking forward to growing with Nia as a teacher.


My Locations

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NiaCanberra Studio
7/42 Geils Court, Deakin, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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My Nia Classes

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Saturday 2:15pm - 3:15pm NiaCanberra Studio
7/42 Geils Court, Deakin, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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My Nia 5 Stages Classes

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Saturday 1:00pm NiaCanberra Studio
7/42 Geils Court, Deakin, Australian Capital Territory, Australia