Nia Testimonial: Lynn, Nia Student
Certified Professional Organizer
I just turned 50 and have spent most of my working career in the corporate marketplace. In my youth, teen years and into college, I was into dance and was an athlete – but I have done very little movement since my early adult years due to my concentrating on building my career and spending the last 10+ years starting and running my own business.
Last year, as I approached 50, I decided that I really missed physical movement and treated myself to a YMCA membership here in Chicago. One of the classes that is offered with my membership is Nia. I was born with Tourette Syndrom. I have a "mild" case as I don't have the verbal outbursts, but I had NEVER had a tic-free day UNTIL Nia. I have tried many alternative therapies such as accupuncture, meditation, herbal remedies, etc. to take the edge off the tics, but nothing has worked - UNTIL Nia. The Western medical treatments are very severe with many side effects, and I didn't think they were worth the risk.
After several months of taking Valerie's Nia class I had my first tic-free day! This is a miracle to me. The tics move around my body, and when they are in my face, they cause severe headaches. When the tics are in my neck/shoulders they cause severe muscle cramping along with lack of mobility. Tics usually stay in a region of my body for about 5+ years, so these tics are muscles that are constantly overworked in an unnaturual way. I also do a lot of public speaking and have had to tell my audiences to "ignore" my Tourettes.
Now I schedule my speeches the day after my Nia class as it completely calms my nervous system and allows me to speak freely. Valerie now offers Nia several times a week, and I don't ever miss a class. Never in my life did I ever feel like I could be "normal." Valerie and Nia have given me a new life at 50.
Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?
I have gained physical strength, muscle tone and flexibility, and calmed my Tourettes considerably. I'm 50, so I have to be careful of straining my joints and being more prone to injury. Nia offers a gentle way to get in shape physically and spiritually.
Where and with whom do you take Nia classes and/or trainings?
I take classes at the Chicago YMCA with Valerie Beller. She is a very enlightened soul who teaches from the heart. Valerie takes her practice very seriously and is truly a gifted teacher. I do believe her positive energy and way of teaching has enormously and directly contributed to my healing.
What is one thing most people don't know about Nia?
It has provided tremendous physical healing for my body.
What tip can you give someone who is considering trying Nia for the first time?
Be open to the process.