Nia Testimonial: Jill Campana, Nia Teacher
Nia Black Belt Practitioner, Certified Yoga Teacher
Sixty is the new thirty... that's the way Nia makes me feel (I'll be 60 on January 11, 2011)! I'm happily married to my soul/spirit mate, Frank. We live on 2 1/2 acres of beautiful garden property (including a working vineyard...yes...in Wisconsin!), and we have four feline children. I co-managed a spiritual retreat center in Indiana after retiring from 30 years of corporate life. Frank and I now co-own The Nutman Company, USA, Inc., which includes The Really Cool Gift Shop, the Java Dancer Coffee Bar and Sacred Space Studio. I found Nia through my sister-in-law in 1999 after I moved to Wisconsin. I took my White Belt in 2001, Blue Belt in 2003, Brown Belt in 2006 and Black Belt in 2008. I've been teaching Nia at Sacred Space Studio since 2001 – living and loving every minute of it.
Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?
I practice and teach Nia as a way to express myself creatively. I love sharing The Joy of Movement... the magic of Nia is a journey, a transformative experience – one that has changed my body and changed my life. Nia is not JUST a cardiovascular dance exercise that embodies 9 Movements Forms and 52 Moves experienced through the Sensations of Flexibility, Mobility, Agility, Stability and Strength... it is so much more than that. My personal spiritual path parallels my Nia path – both leading me to fully embrace the truth of who I am.
Where and with whom do you take Nia classes and/or trainings?
I teach five classes a week at my own studio, Sacred Space Studio, in Hubertus, Wisconsin. I've taken classes and workshops with Tracy Stamper, Barb Wesson, Mary Carol Rick, Stacy Parish and Katia Cooper. All of my Nia Intensives have been with Carlos AyaRosas and Debbie Rosas.
What is one thing most people don't know about Nia?
That it is transformative movement, a lifestyle, and more than just a cardio dance exercise. It is also adaptable.
What tip can you give someone who is considering trying Nia for the first time?
To leave judgement and ego at the door; to enter into a safe and sacred place where acceptance is primary.
How is Nia different from other Aerobic activities?
Nia is done barefoot. It's easy on the joints, and there's no pounding! Nia has 13 primary principles, educational information about anatomy, and a continuing education program that is second to none.
Connect with Jill :
The Nutman Co. USA, Inc., Java Dancer Coffee Bar, Really Cool Gift Shop & Sacred Space Studio
Moving Consciously: Living the Truth of Who I Am
Facebook: Social Network
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Linked In: Professional Social Network
My Nia Technique Website Teacher page