Nia Testimonial: Glori Eldridge, Nia Student
I started taking Nia classes when I was in high school at West Linn High to get an extra credit. I fell in love with the movements, the healing I observed through Nia and most of all the wonderful teacher I had. Vicki was the happiest, kindest and brightest spirit I had ever met. The way she lead the class and walked me through the movements gave me ease and I let go and became weightless and graceful just like she is. I couldn't stop once I realized how powerful Nia affected me and I graduated with more credits then I needed because I just kept coming, even after I graduated. I made all my friends and even my mom try it out because I knew it was amazing. Now I realize that there is so much about Nia that helped and changed me. I love Nia and always will. Its time I go back to it because I'm tired of doing my own version at home and I miss my teacher.
Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?
I practice Nia because it heals and nurtures my soul. I see Qi Gong in it and many other healing practices, it gets you in shape mind body and soul. There is no reason not to do Nia.
Where and with whom do you take Nia classes and/or trainings?
West Linn High School dance room with Vicki Saito <3 (Vicki is the best I have seen. My friends all agree, she makes you feel like a friend and makes you feel so safe and wonderful being around her that class feels like your hanging out at home with your family...not every teacher has that gift)
What is one thing most people don't know about Nia?
Its not just dancing there are so many moves in it that by the time the class is done you have worked out all your body, your mind and even your soul through Tai Chi, Qi Gong, yoga and meditation. It is marvelous and everyone should try it with an open mind if they are looking to release some baggage.
What tip can you give someone who is considering trying Nia for the first time?
I was in High School with P.T.S.D when I took my first class. To say the least I was in a terrible place and I gave this class a fair shot. What I learned was, the body and mind are so connected through movement. When I let go of my minds cares and gave myself to the movements everything changed. I became mindful and confident. The last five minutes are the absolute best five mins of my life. After about 45 mins of movement and 15 mins of yoga and stretching, we lay down and meditate for about five mins. Those five mins gave me such peace because my mind was fully connected to my body. Feeling my body being pulled to the ground as my chest took a breath in and listened to my heart beat for five mins seemed so quick yet endless and tranquility was surreal. On the days I practiced Nia, I got the best sleep I got all week. My mind and my body before were so out of line with each other that when class was over I felt it so whole I kept coming to class for three years.
My only advice is keep your eyes on you and your teacher. Let go and give yourself to Nia, open mindedly and whole heartedly, and watch the transformation of your mood. It is the greatest healing I have ever found.
Don't you feel silly bouncing around and spinning all over the room?
I feel at ease and free like a child in love with the world. I have no need to feel silly when I am in a Nia class. Its the only time I do not feel self concsious. Its a wonderful thing to act silly the older you get, when society expects so much from us to let go and be whatever we please is the only thing that got me threw the week of doing the same thing day in and day out.
If you feel silly in Nia class, then be silly. If you feel goofy, be as goofy as possible and if you feel nothing at all you need Nia because it taught me how to feel again. It taught me how to be alive and to be me. That was something I desperately needed at age 17. I learned how to be mindful of my actions and my sensations because I was living mindlessly and senselessly before this class... thank you Nia. You changed my life.