Nia Blue Belt Training
May 16, 2014 Cosmotion in Ventura, CA, US
About the Nia Blue Belt
Blue Belt, the second level of Nia education, explores how to create healthy relationships through body-centered communication. This intensive introduces the next set of 13 Nia principles, which focus on the mental, emotional and spiritual realms of the body. While the White Belt curriculum focuses entirely on awareness of physical sensation, Blue Belt applies these skills to explore internal sensations as perceived through – but distinct from – physical sensations in the body.
Blue Belt Principle #1: The Joy of Being in Relationship, integrates the sensation of Joy with the awareness that Joy is something outside the self, which we can invite into our physical experience. As a result, we begin to deepen our ability to listen with clarity and sustain awareness of details outside our body.
Meet the Trainer
Ken Gilbert, MA, is a Theater Artist and Somatic Educator. Through his teachings of body-centered movement and creative integration he inspires, motivates and educates people in becoming more sentient and feeling as human beings living into the embodiment of thoughts, feelings and actions through the physical body. Ken is committed to developing and teaching personal empowerment through movement practices that stimulate body/mind integration, emotional agility and spiritual awakening into Creative Integration of Self-Expression. Ken’s approach to Pilates – “Integrating Pilates” – is based in The Ron Fletcher Work™; he is a First Generation Nia Trainer teaching Nia Classes and Workshops and training Nia White, Green and Blue Belts domestically and internationally.
In 1983 Ken initiated his somatic journey into self-awareness, self-realization and self-actualization when he began re-birthing. Wanting to sense more depth into his psyche and physical integration of body•mind•emotion•spirit he began Reichian Therapy in 1986, truly beginning his inner journey of “self” as an artist in the world. Two years later, he trained in Hakomi, body-centered psychotherapy; not to be a therapist, rather to be more lovingly present when he later began teaching group classes and facilitating private and semi-private training sessions.
Ken’s work in somatic and movement precision was initiated in 1994 when he began training in Pilates; studying with teachers Ellen Croft, Cathie Murakami, Pat Guyton, Ron Fletcher and Kathy Corey. He became a Pilates Teacher in 1996 when he met Ron Fletcher, with whom he studied for 10 years finding the depth, dimensionality, and expressivity of detail in spinal mechanics “for the body•the mind•the breath•the spirit.” From Ron he learned how to live in the spirit of moving in the details of each breath. Currently Ken teaches his evolution application of the traditional work “Integrating Pilates” based on the fundamentals inherent of the work of Joseph H. Pilates, The Ron Fletcher Work™, and Nia®.
In 1997, Ken began his study and work with Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas, co-creators of Nia®. In Nia Ken found a program and fusion of transformational health and fitness, well-being and life-style. He is a visual/kinesthetic learner who has adopted auditory styles of learning; practicing Nia’s “Sensation Science”. He became a Nia Black Belt in 2003 and in 2005 one of the First Generation Nia Trainers facilitating Workshops, Master Classes, and Nia White Belt, Green Belt and Blue Belt Trainings; training in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and North America including Canada.
Expressivity has always been a part of Ken’s life journey particularly when he discovered his home in the theater at Sacramento State College (Fall 1971) and later at the University of California, Davis (1972 – 1979 with completion of his MA in 1983). He is a body-centered actor/director in the theater; directing and performing with DramaDogs, a Theater Company (www.dramadogs.org) with his wife, E. Bonnie Lewis. Currently, his theatrical artistry is evolving within DramaDogs, a theater production and education company, where as co-artistic director he produces, directs and performs. Body-centered from inception to performance, DramaDogs creates challenging and entertaining theatrical productions and provides enriching workshops and theater arts programs. His creative work gives voice to the unconventional and offbeat; providing audiences and students with the opportunity to experience a greater compassion and understanding of ourselves and others.
Living in Santa Barbara, Ken owns EmBODYment, Somatic Education in Body-Centered Movement and Creative Integration (www.embodyment.com). Ken teaches in Santa Barbara at CenterPoint Pilates and Yoga Soup as well as other locations in the United States and Internationally. Ken’s philosophy is based on the belief that we are here to Awaken into the Awareness of sensation and feelings; to become more connected to our physical•mental•emotional•spirit realms through the physical body. Ken helps people awaken into the awareness of their body through the joy and pleasure of movement.
Notes About this Training
Start: Friday, May 16, 2014 - 5:00 pm
End: Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 4:00 pm