I hope you ALL had a fabulous long weekend! I cannot believe (already) how fast this year is going, and for those parents whose kids are finally back at school, I hope that has also reduced some stress in your day-to-day life!
We are holding a FREE dance for the community at the Raglan Growers market on the 18th of February at 5.30 pm. This will be a fantastic event you do not want to miss! So please come along, enjoy the beautiful music, and the awesome experience that Nia Dance has to offer!
Living Longer In The Outdoors?
The University of East Anglia in England conducted a large study last month that concluded that being outside reduces your risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular illness, early death, and high blood pressure. Spending time in nature also improves sleep quality and reduces stress levels. Moreover, Cortisol, a stress hormone, was shown to be lower in people who spent time outside, according to studies. Increasing the amount of vitamin D in your body. Simply soaking outside in the sun can benefit your health. Vitamin D is necessary for bone formation, immune system regulation, and depression treatment.
Finding Yourself With Nia Dance
Nia teaches you how to move, live, and BE in your body! Nia is THE wellness program that brings health and balance to both your physical brain and your conscious mind, with terms like “neuroplasticity,” “Super-Brain,” “integrative,” “holistic,” and more!
Our brains, like the adage “use it or lose it,” are built to ‘think,’ to be awake, concentrated, and engaged. We lose control of our powers when we don’t use them.
Nia invites, engages, and enhances conscious awareness of being IN one’s body by paying attention to bodily sensations throughout the day…not just in class! Let’s get started right away! Direct your attention on your feet right now, as you read this blog post. Observe your feet and take note of what you find! What feelings in your feet are you aware of? (For example, I can feel my feet inside my shoes; I can feel pressure while my feet stand on the ground; I can feel my toes wiggle; and so on.) Feel your spine now… Consider your hands, breath, elbows, and so on. This feedback loop between the body (feeling) and the mind (consciousness) tells your 75+ trillion cells that you’re ‘in there,’ mindful of your body. The mind is trained to be in a state of ‘presence,’ or being present in the present moment.
VISUALIZATION, IMAGERY, and IMAGINATION
Nia engages the mind by combining suggested visual ideas with exercise to generate authentic, effective movement and imaginative conditioning. When you inhale, lift your arms out to the sides and above your head; when you exhale, lower your arms. Now imagine your arms as wings…lift and drop your ‘wings’…do you sense a change in movement quality and sensation? Walk around the room now…then imagine stepping stones or a HOT FLOOR… did the quality of your movement change as you engaged this imagery? This combination of visual imagery and physical exercise activates more parts of your body…and gets you going from the inside out! It stimulates creativity, functionality, and authenticity by resembling the way toddlers move and play.
Make your fitness routine sustainable by doing something fun, gentle yet powerful, and that you love. Try Nia Dance today; no matter where you are, there’s an option for you to attend and the perfect class style to suit you and your needs. Make 2022 your year with Dance NZ.
Have a question? You can make it with CONTACT Dance NZ here and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Kind regards, Belinda.
Brown Belt in the Nia Technique. A Certified Parkinson Dance Teacher.
Nia Dance Weekly Term One 2022 Dance NZ Classes: Physical and Online HYBRID-Style Nia Dance Sessions
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• Nia Dance Move to Heal, Term One 2022: 11:15 a.m, Tuesdays mornings. 499 Grantham Street in Hamilton CBD, Waikato Sports Fishing Club. Click here to book here.
• Classic Nia, Term One 2022: 5:30 p.m, Tuesdays evenings. 499 Grantham Street in Hamilton CBD, Waikato Sports Fishing Club. Click here to book here.
• Gentle Nia, Term One 2022: 9:30 a.m, Wednesday mornings. 41 Bow Street, Raglan Townhall. Click here to book here.
• Classic Nia, Term One 2022: 9:30 a.m, Friday mornings. 20 Wellington Street in Hamilton, Saint John’s Hall. Click here to book here.
• Nia for Parkinson’s Freedom Dance, Term One 2022: 12:00 p.m, Friday afternoons. 20 Wellington Street in Hamilton CBD, Saint John’s Hall. Click here to book here.
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