I know I haven’t written to you in a while, so I thought 1 January was a good time to get in touch as I take stock of the old year and look forward to the year to come.
I hope that 2018 was a good year for you. For me, it was a year of change and new beginnings.
My last post was called “Choose something different“. And in 2018, as you know, I did. I chose to go back to full-time work and to focus on getting back to full health after a nasty bout of flu in January. My most recent choice has been to participate in, rather than to teach, Nia classes for the foreseeable future. It wasn’t an easy choice.
A number of people have told me how much they miss my Nia classes. I’m so pleased to hear they enjoyed them and have to admit that I miss them too. However, attending Allison’s Nia class on Saturday mornings (see below for details) has helped fill the gap for me; I’ve rediscovered the joy of movement, which is what it’s all about.
Leading Nia classes has been fun, has made me many friends and has opened many doors, but it demands more time and dedication than I can give at the moment. I don’t exclude teaching again in the future, but it’s unlikely to be in 2019.
This morning, I discovered that NiaTV are beginning a free 30 days to wellbeing challenge, starting on 7 January 2019 (see link below).There are other similar challenges around – you only have to look at Facebook or Pinterest – I hope you will find something to suit you to help kick off the new year.
The many changes in the past year have also meant it’s been harder to keep in touch with old friends and all the people I met through being involved in Nia since 2010. I’m sorry about that. I miss your company and the cups of tea and chats we used to have so I’d love to hear what 2018 brought for you and what you’re looking forward to in 2019
Here’s to a 2019 full of health, wealth and happiness!
With best wishes,
Have a great year!
Have you missed Nia classes?
I have, but I started to do other things as and when I was able. A 20-minute walk at lunch-time, going Irish Set Dancing at least once a week and since October I have been going to Allison Austick’s Nia class in Riding Mill.
Allison’s Nia class
Saturdays, 10 a.m. in The Millennium Hall, Church Lane, Riding Mill, NE44 6DR.
Classes start again on 12 January 2019.
Nia 30-days to wellbeing challenge
Starts 7 January 2019. Sign up on the NiaTV website. It’s free to take part.
Nia move of the month – Fingers:
Power Finger Cross Over
In Nia the middle finger is the “Power Finger” (see here for the emotions/energy connected to the other fingers). You simply cross the middle finger over your index finger (like crossing your fingers for good luck). Extend your arms and do it, and notice the tension in your arms as you cross your fingers. How do your neck and shoulders feel? Tense or relaxed? I also challenge you to cross the Power Finger over your ring finger! Listen as Laurie Bass explains what happens in each version of this move:
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