Nia White Belt Training
January 10, 2015 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 Trainer
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.
Notes About this Training
Start: Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 10:00 am
End: Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 6:30 pm
Welcome to White Belt at Studio Gaia! What a perfect way to start your New Year and spend the gray days of winter in this gorgeous studio setting! This White Belt lands every other weekend, giving you the luxury of spacious time in which to process the rich material we will be covering. Hours will be 10:00 am to 6:30 pm; dates for this work-friendly format are as follows:
Saturday 1/10 - Sunday 1/11
Saturday 1/24 - Sunday 1/25
Saturday 2/7 - Sunday 2/8
* Sunday 2/22 is our cushion date in case we're snowed in one of the other days.
Studio Gaia is such a perfect home for immersing in Nia's invitation to take a transformational journey into 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! Tracy holds a space that is welcoming, warm, playful, deep, rich and nurturing; her training style is relaxed and passionate. Tracy would be honored to share the profound, practical and sacred gifts of the Nia White Belt with you.
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 shared experience full of play, learning, laughter, transformation, and magic! A warm welcome!
Love, Tracy & Sally