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Marybeth Grinnan

Marybeth Grinnan

  • mbgrinnan@gmail.com
  • +1804.814.9187
  • +33 6 71 81 39 18

My Credentials

  • Nia Black Belt; University of Virginia 1990; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MS - Information Science 1995

Marybeth Grinnan

Nia First Degree Black Belt Teacher
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Île-de-France, France

I transformed my body and life with Nia!

I discovered the Joy of Movement in Chapel Hill, NC in 1999.  I had two small kids, not a lot of time for myself and I didn’t feel healthy or strong. I joined a gym and expected that “working out” several times a week would make me feel better. I did get stronger and I did lose weight, but I didn’t feel better.

And then... I saw a sign for a new class, Nia. On the sign, the people were smiling and they looked like they were having an incredibly great time for an exercise class!  The first time I danced in a Nia class, I felt like I had come home to my body.... except for the FreeDance part of class. FreeDance made me nervous and uncomfortable, so I frequently left the room during that part. 

Six months later, our teacher told us she was moving. I was devastated; I didn't want my Nia experience to end. My teacher repeatedly encouraged me to do the White Belt Intensive and to become a teacher myself. 

I had no confidence in my ability to move and dance and it took months for me to open to the possibility that I could take her advice and pursue teaching Nia. The Nia White Belt Intensive was the catalyst for a new direction and expansion for me-body, mind, emotions and spirit. Through the years, my body and life have welcomed the transformation and how I enjoy FreeDance too!

In 2005, I moved to London with my husband, Tom, and our kids. Nia took a back seat for a while as we explored near and far. I taught a weekly class but my focus was on travel, exploring, and soaking up all our new life had to offer.

Fast forward to 2008, when my husband’s work transferred us to my hometown, Richmond, Virginia. There were no Nia classes in the area and I committed myself to sharing my passion with a new audience. I decided to rededicate myself to teaching Nia and that's when the magic started. Slowly, I grew my classes and eventually built a large, loving and committed Nia community.  I encouraged many of my students to become teachers themselves - just as my original teacher had encouraged me.

Over the next several years, I organized Nia intensive trainings in Richmond and the Nia community blossomed. The teachers and students of Richmond Nia fill my heart and soul with joy every time we are together.

The rollercoaster of life had more plans for me, and in 2015, Tom’s work transferred us to Paris. Leaving my Nia community in Richmond was hard, but Nia remained a constant in my life. Once I arrived in Paris, I started taking and teaching Nia and, most importantly for my own transformation, dove deeper into my personal practice of Nia. I travelled to Germany, Belgium, Italy, the UK, Sweden, and the Netherlands to learn and learn and learn and play. I made new friends and had time to reflect on my practice and my teaching.

In Nia, we make magic together. Whether it is in a weekly class, a playshop, or a transformational retreat, I light up each time I see someone dream bigger, live brighter, and step into the life they desire. I transformed my body and life with Nia and invite everyBody to discover their own possibilities and potential.

 

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My Locations

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ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center • Midlothian
11621 Robious Road, Midlothian, VA, US
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ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center • Short Pump
2201 Old Brick Road, Glen Allen, VA, US
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Blue Spirit Retreat Center
Blue Spirit Costa Rica Guiones sur, Playa Guiones Nosara, Guanacaste Costa Rica
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Centre aquatique de Neuilly sur Seine
27-31 Boulevard d'Inkermann, 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
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Chateau Rive Sarthe
72430 Noyen-sur-Sarthe, France
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Chrysalis • The Gathering Space
3527 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond, VA, US
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Elephant Paname
10 Rue Volney, 75002 Paris, France
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L'Arbre aux Etoiles
168 Impasse d'Aumale, 27210 Fatouville-Grestain, France
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Sevenoaks Retreat Center
403 Pathwork Way, Madison, VA, US
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Shockoe Slip Yoga
1307 - A East Cary Street, Shockoe Slip, Richmond, VA, United States
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Studio Bleu
14 Boulevard Poissonnière, Paris, France
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Villa Lemons
5 Impasse Mousset, 75012 Paris, France
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My Nia Classes

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Tuesday 6:00pm - 7:00pm Studio Bleu
14 Boulevard Poissonnière, Paris, France
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