Nia White Belt Training
July 6, 2013 Studio Gaia in Edwardsville, IL, US
About the Nia White Belt
The Nia White Belt Training is the first level of a five-belt training series that presents a body-centered approach to health, wellness and fitness. If you have a desire to share Nia in a professional capacity, the White Belt Training is your entryway into teaching. Those who choose to pursue the path of personal enrichment use this training as a starting point for becoming a master student.
Over the course of one week, you will comprehensively explore physical sensation through five core-competency areas of study including movement, music, anatomy, science and philosophy. This joyful journey into the self is instrumental in helping you develop body knowing by learning to listen, interpret and consciously respond to the information your body communicates to you via sensation. Enroll in an upcoming training today, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live.
Upon graduation, you are eligible to become a livelihood member. As a livelihood member, you obtain a teaching license (whether you decide to use it or not) and have exclusive access to an in-depth continuing education program, an online forum, and special benefits and privileges. You may enroll in the Green Belt Training - which is dedicated to the craft of teaching - at any time after completing your White Belt Training. You may also enroll in the next level of training, Blue Belt Training.
Meet the Trainers
I fell madly and inexplicably (at that time) in love with Nia the first time I stepped into a class in 1995 at the tender age of 24. Halfway through class, I was shocked to receive the crystal clear message ‘You are going to teach this.’ I had never envisioned myself a fitness instructor, and next thing I knew, I was registering for the next White Belt Training. What I didn’t know then was that the term ‘fitness instructor’ barely skims the surface of what Nia offers.
The reasons I was so drawn to the work began to unfold for me during my 1996 White Belt. Nia had come into my life as a healer. I felt something in that first class that was foreign to me at the time: I felt at home in my body for the first time that I could recall. I felt joy. And I felt the promise of more. Of transformation. The profound power of Nia to heal brings me to my knees again and again and again. I began a journey of self-empowerment as I learned tools to navigate healing decades of paralyzing depression and anxiety. Seeds of self-empowerment, self-love and unapologetically loving my body were planted. The life-changing and magical practice of Nia coaxed me into a powerful journey of ever-evolving healing.
In 2002 I knew that it was time to share the Joy, and I began teaching. Now, as a Teacher and Trainer, I am deeply honored to create a space of exploration and empowerment through this rich movement and lifestyle practice. My heart needs to share this work. I want others to feel and be transformed by Nia’s gifts. I celebrate the opportunity to share with others Nia’s invitation to come home. I bring deep reverence and pure Love for the work, passion, playfulness, energy, enthusiasm, acceptance, and encouragement to my students and Trainees, with the intent to blend my gentle approach into rocking and rolling experiences of full throttle Nia Joy! I am madly passionate about co-creating commUNITY, and I get giddy smiley seeing students sink into their sensational bodies. I want Nia to invite you into a mad love affair with yourself and your miraculous body, mind, emotions and spirit. I want Nia to take you on a journey into a celebration of your beauteous body in motion. I am amazed at where my Nia practice has taken me and will continue to take me. I invite you to amaze yourself.
While not on the dance floor, I live in a home full of color, laughter, whimsy and love in St. Louis with my awesome son Max (who looked up at me wide-eyed after watching me teach Nia for the first time, telling me “Mom, you’re like a rockstar”…think microphone and hearing me sing while teaching...and please don’t blow my cover by telling him otherwise!) and my beloved husband Tom who is endlessly supportive, as he has witnessed the gifts I have received through Nia. I am home.
In 1989 my sister invited me to attend a Women's Weekend event on Drummond Island, Michigan. I knew in the middle of my first Nia class there was something very unique and special about Nia. When we were guided to turn and lift our arms into the air I sensed my chest opening and my spirit soaring. It was both exhilarating and life changing in ways I could not have predicted in that moment. When I returned to Chicago I couldn't shake it off. Colors were brighter, the city sounds were louder, my senses were heightened, a new aliveness had awakened within me! I wanted more. I had a strong urge to tell people about it. I felt like it was needed, important and had huge potential to help so many people. There were no Nia classes in the city of Chicago at that time so I signed up for the next White Belt Training a few months later. I was born with an entrepreneurial spirit and strong passion for movement, music and fashion! The signs began to show up early in my life. By the age of 4 or 5 I was practicing dance moves with my little sister, dressing up in floor length gowns (which were my mom’s night gowns!), setting up chairs for my parents and older siblings who paid a nickel for these musical song and dance productions. Playing, having fun and expressing myself through music and movement lit me up. With Nia, here it was again, my passions knocking on my front door, the opportunity to do what I love… as an adult this time! I began sharing Nia as a teacher in 1999 while working a full time job. I began creating my sacred livelihood by integrating more and more Nia while simultaneously disengaging from my previous career.
The more I immersed myself in learning through my body’s way, my body began to change. I became calmer, happier, stronger and more centered. Each Nia Belt Training level has brought me to a new dimension of self-knowledge, self-expression and learning. Nia’s depth, creativity and variety of movement fully engage my body, mind and spirit. Nia continues to teach me to move and live from the inside out with more awareness, acceptance and appreciation.
In 2006 I embraced Nia as my personal fitness, lifestyle practice and full time career. Throughout the years my classes and events have been featured in Today’s Chicago Woman”, The “Chicago Tribune”, Channel 2 “On Call with Dr. Michael Breen”, Metromix CLTV Chicago and on "Fox News Chicago”. As a Nia Trainer and Black Belt Teacher I bring a creative, gentle approach to sharing Nia that encourages and empowers others to seek and express their own individuality. I am inspired by Nia and its potential for helping individuals of all ages and backgrounds create healthy lives full of joy, self-awareness and connection.
Notes About this Training
Start: Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 1:00 pm
End: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 4:00 pm
Welcome to White Belt at Studio Gaia! This gorgeous studio setting is such a perfect home for immersing in Nia's invitation to spend a transformational week with self. From the warm, cozy, beautifully appointed space filled with details like lavender-scented towels, the sound of a soothing fountain, and being surrounded by inspiring artwork, it is clear that studio owner & Nia Black Belt Sally Burgess has poured her heart and soul into creating a sacred space for your White Belt experience. It is an honor to train in this space, and it would be our delight to have you join us!
For those of you traveling from afar, Edwardsville is a charming destination, offering fun shops and convenient eateries within easy walking distance. The welcoming Edwardsville Nia community often opens rooms for travelers, so please contact event hostess Sally Burgess if that might appeal to you.
We are looking forward to a week full of play, learning, laughter, transformation, and magic! A warm welcome!
Love, Tracy & Jamie & Sally