First Degree Black Belt
February 8, 2014 NiaStudio in Portland, Oregon, US
About First Degree Black Belt
Focus: Art of Self
Intent: Exploring Personal Potential
Art of Self is a profound step on the Nia Journey. It is the belt that celebrates not just you, but your advanced potential. It's about stepping even further, out of your excellence and into your genius. Being in genius, in the zone, means letting go. It is expressed in beauty, power, and wisdom of spirit. It sets you free into Sacred Movement. It moves you further into brilliance. It is a movement dedicated to a single purpose and person: you.
The desire for first degree is "more". More personal knowing, and more about how to live in a world of pleasure, purpose, and freedom. Plato wrote that, "all knowledge is already within us, no one really teaches us anything new." In First Degree Black Belt we remind each other of the archetypal principles of our nature, our body, and how our spirit knows more, but we have forgotten.
The origins of First Degree Black Belt comes from over thirty years of body-mind movement exploration. It takes you through Nia's White, Blue, Brown and Black Belt, further into Aikido and Sacred Geometry, all of which have dramatically impacted Nia. This is the belt that takes you beyond your wildest dreams.
How it works:
The dan is a ranking system, a Japanese mark of level used in martial arts that was created by Kanō Jigorō (1860–1938) in 1883. The word dan literally means "step" or "stage," and is commonly equated with a—degree.
This training gives you 13 tools called "vital factors," influenced by the medical term "vital sign." Each "vital factor" provides an energetic foundation to stretch and expand your relationship with Nia's 39 principles, and Nia TAS's; triadic affirmation spells. Each is a lesson to explore you and the expression of Nia in her finest form, which has always been more than physical. Gracing this training is a technique I believe contributes to the champion of all personal greatness: the beginners mind.
What Does Beginning Mean to You?
Beginner implies you know nothing. You are empty. It means you consciously forget what you know from the past. You don't anticipate the future, you have nothing. You are simply here, not preoccupied with yesterday, tomorrow, or even today.
Mind refers to the part of you that directs your thinking, actions and choices.
I've crafted this salient training with the concept of Omoto, "the great origin," and with respect to the "inquisitive" body-mind-emotion-spirit you are.
Omoto translated means, "great origin". A new religious sect (1871-1947), Omato was founded by an illiterate, but enlightened woman named Nao Deguchi. Omato suppressed by the Japanese government, destroying their property, and imprisoning Nao Deguchi. Many people consider the influence of the Omoto religion to be the philosophical and spiritual foundation of Aikido, which is why I was drawn to Omato as a concept of "great origin."
My Invitation To Start At The Beginning
I invite you to forget what you know. To trust in your eagerness to learn, and from start-to-finish, enter into beginner's mind. Let's play.
Ask yourself the question, "What does great origin mean to me?" I arrived to the understanding that to me, "great origin" refers to the beginning, the moment of creation when I am fully present and in the moment of now. Be here, with me, now.
Founder + Co-creator of Nia Technique
Meet the Trainers
"Nia inspires me to continue on a personal journey of self-discovery, self actualization and healing. For me, learning is one of the most exciting journeys and being in a body is one of the most poetic and romantic experiences. I thrive on educating, motivating and inspiring people to fall in love with themselves and their bodies. To me, life is my art and my body is the canvas." – Debbie Rosas
Debbie Rosas has been a pioneer and leader in the body-mind fitness industry since 1976. She has dedicated life to self-healing and self-mastery. Her extensive exploration of dance, martial arts, graphic arts, music, therapy and healing inspired and developed into the creation of the internationally acclaimed body-mind fitness program and lifestyle company, Nia Technique, Inc. Debbie’s work also includes the writing and production of Nia® educational materials and lifestyle products, such as music CDs, DVDs and the NiaWear™ clothing line. Together with creative partner Carlos Rosas, Debbie has co-authored two books: Non-Impact Aerobics and The Nia Technique™, as well as the “Holistic Fitness” section of the AFAA Instructor Training Manual.
Nia brings concepts and forms from eastern and western practices into mainstream fitness classes and has been instrumental in the evolution of the fitness industry. As of August 2013, Nia Technique, Inc. is a thriving business supporting approximately 2,200 Licensed Nia Teachers across 40 countries.
In constant exploration of Nia's philosophy, The Body’s Way, Debbie continues to develop educational curriculum to facilitate optimal health and wellbeing. In addition to the Nia body of work, she has played a key role in developing programs for doctors at The Naturopathic School of Medicine, Shriner’s Hospital’s women and teen departments and the arthritis and autism departments at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Adored by the press, Debbie and Nia have been featured in over 850 publications and numerous television shows worldwide. Debbie served on the Mind•Body Committee for the IDEA Health and Fitness Association and has presented at IDEA World and Inner IDEA Fitness Conventions, IRSA, The Northwest Fitness Summit, The National Wellness Conference, Whole Life Expo, International Spa and Fitness Association, Science and Consciousness Convention, Sound Healers Convention, Mind Body Convention, OHSU, Fireman’s Fund and at Lucas Films.
Debbie currently travels worldwide, offering workshops, Master Classes, Nia Training, and Licensing to communities across the globe, stopping regularly to teach and train in Portland, Oregon, home of StudioNia and Nia International Headquarters.
My passion is movement. I took two Nia classes at a Spa in California, USA in 1991 and knew instantly that Nia was something I would do for the rest of my life. My degree is in dance and I was dancing professionally in New York City. I felt that with Nia I had found the secret to keeping myself in shape and the tools to teach dancers and non-dancers how to find fitness, freedom, and joy in movement. I am a Nia Teacher and Trainer, a certified personal trainer, certified yoga instructor, Gabrielle Roth 5 Rhythms instructor, and creative movement specialist for kids. I design Nia programs for people with Parkinson's disease and cancer and for schools and health clubs. I also design Corporate Wellness programs. My main focus as a teacher/trainer is to deliver Nia in a way that is fresh, creative and deeply rooted in joy. It is very satisfying to watch someone discover how to move his/her body in a way that is healing, expressive, and unique. The creativity of Nia is what keeps my passion for it alive. I am based in New York City and travel with Nia wherever I am called to teach/train. Come dance with me!
Notes About this Training
Start: Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 4:00 pm
End: Friday, February 14, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Graduation Celebration Friday evening. 7:00pm - 9:00pm (Optional)
We want to thank you for training at StudioNia with Debbie Rosas. Debbie invites you to join her in a beautiful, graduation celebration honoring YOU and your training week. Dress up and be ready for lots of laughter and FUN!!! Prosecco, sparkling water and hors d'oeuvres will be served. CELEBRATE with Debbie!!!