Nia Testimonial: Melody Barbin, Nia Teacher
Houston, Texas, United States
I was not looking for Nia in 2004. I was perfectly happy clodding my way around a 3-mile track a few times a week and doing power yoga in the gaps. It was my mother who encouraged me to try a class with her. While not interested in her little dancey-dance, I took it as an opportunity to connect with Mom. Helen Terry taught the first class I took. I remember feeling like I was awakening during that class. I moved my body with joy that day, yet still with athleticism. During some of the intense moments in class, Helen said, "Smiling helps." I laughed out loud and it occurred to me that I'd never laughed while working out. At the end of that class, I remember listening to the sound of my breath and sensing the sweat running from my brow into my eyes and I felt happy. I realized that my spirit craved a deeper connection to my body. A couple of months later, I took my White Belt and began teaching 4 days later. I have continued my Nia journey with the Blue Belt, The Nia 5 Stages, and Nia 52 Moves. Now a happily married mother of a Nia Tots devotee, I continue to teach when life allows it, usually through subbing classes at Studio NiaMoves. Being a part of the dynamic Houston Nia community is one of my life's biggest treasures.
Nia has helped me find balance in my life and gain respect for my body. It opened my path to physical and emotional wellness. Nia changed my life forever.
Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?
Nia teaches me to move my body with joy and grace and gives me tools to move through life with joy and grace.
Where and with whom do you take Nia classes and/or trainings?
What is one thing most people don't know about Nia?
Nia is a full-body workout, allowing the body's bones, muscles, and joints to connect with the spirit in joyful and energetic movement.
What tip can you give someone who is considering trying Nia for the first time?
Relax. Let go of your assumptions. Open your mind and heart and just take a dip!