How Nia Is Improving My Life...

On an emotional level...

Nia is helping me to let go, to express my emotions, to release my anger and my nervosity and to soften my emotions. Nia is helping me to find peace within and a relaxed state of mind again. When I dance, I do my best to put everything that is bothering me into my movements, and turn my sadness, pain and worry, into joy, positive feelings and nice thoughts. I replace them with happiness. Moving is helping me to disconnect from my mind for a moment, and to focus only on my breath and body.


On a personal level...

Nia is helping me to connect with myself, to connect with my body - my sacred space. I honor my body when I’m dancing, I know that I’m taking the time to love and take care of it. I’m giving love to my body when I’m moving. I’m allowing precious time, once a day, just for myself, for my own wellness and pleasure. I’m being nicely selfish, only focusing on me for a moment and forgetting about all the rest. Reconnecting with my body is helping me accept my physical appearance, my body shape and type. I embrace and love my defaults, and notice my value and am proud of how I am. Nia is helping me to heal and finally accept all the things and parts of me that I used to deny and not like. I am how I am and what I am. This is my sacred place and I have to love it.

Nia is helping me accept and connect with my femininity and express my masculinity in my dance. I honor my inner woman more and embrace it in my everyday life. It has an obvious impact on my personal life. My self confidence has improved significantly since I started Nia. It has made a real impact on my life in general.


On a physical level...

Nia is helping me to exercise daily without suffering; it is giving me the perfect workout without pain, boredom, or discouragement. I don’t feel like I’m doing a sport that is too intensive, difficult, or boring. It is fun mixed with exercise. Time flies when I practice Nia and afterwards, I feel good, relaxed, happy, full of positive thoughts and proud of who I am and my level of improvement. Indeed, my body is more capable, more strong, my body parts are developing, my muscles are strengthening, my flexibility is increasing, my breath is deepening, my balance and coordination are improving. I don’t have back problems anymore and of course my body is getting in better shape. I sleep like a baby and my mind is calm. What a pleasure to be in good physical condition. I’m then more able to deal with life’s challenges each day.


On a teaching level...

Sharing Nia with others is giving me a great rewarding feeling. I know I help women to experience the same feelings as I do. I’m helping them to improve their physical condition, to feel good in their body and to feel energetic. What most of them thought they couldn’t do, they can! I make them want to exercise and move more again. They want to love their bodies and take more time for themselves. They all feel happy and relaxed after each class. What a great rewarding feeling for me!

I don’t want to live a life without dancing Nia. I want to keep improving my life and the lives of others. I wish to be in love with my body and with myself, and to continue moving with joy until the end!

 

Maëlle André is a Nia White Belt teacher since November 2015 and a Nia student since 2013. After practicing and teaching Nia in Belgium, she moved to Nepal where she runs a project called, We Art One, with the aim to promote art education in schools and bring creativity to underprivileged children in Nepal. Besides dancing, she is an artist, photographer, graphic designer, painter and music lover. Sharing all kind of arts forms is her goal and her happiness. Her next big goal is to open her own creative space where art, dance and music would be accessible to everyone.

Photo by Maëlle André