Hello. It’s good to be back.
The Nia Moving to Heal training in Burntisland was excellent. Lots of ideas for adapting Nia and with an emphasis on self-healing. Look out for some specific Moving to Heal classes in the near future. Then a few days taking it easier than usual. I’m usually so busy doing that I forget that I need to rest and switch off sometimes. Ironically that’s when some of my better ideas come to me – when I’m not really thinking about them. So my promise to myself this week is that I will programme in some time off. And not just an evening here and there, but a few days at a time. I was just beginning to really relax when it was time to get out and about again.
Although I need time off and time to be still, the weekend course did impress upon me that movement can not only help us heal in body and mind, but it can also help us stay young. You may have come to the same conclusions if you watched the two BBC programmes “How to stay young”. More about that below.
I just have time to give you a quick reminder about the new Nia class tonight at the Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe. It’s at 6.30 p.m. but you’ll find me in the cafe from about 5.45. Why not join me for a cuppa and catch up first?
Have a great week!
Nia Move of the week: Cross Behind
This move develops mobility and stability in the legs, helping you to move more efficiently. You start from an Open Stance, imagine you’re standing in the centre of a clock face, and step your left foot behind the right – your ankles making a small “x” Come back to the Open Stance and then repeat with your left foot, keeping the back heel high. Keep your arms relaxed and natural. Cross Behind can be combined with a Cha Cha Cha and a Cross Front.
Watch it here as Nia trainer Helen Terry suggests ways of energising and adapting the basic Cross Behind.
What I’m watching
How to stay young, BBC One
I enjoyed the two programmes with Angela Rippon and Dr Chris van Tulleken who looked at the latest experiments and research that could “help put the brakes on the ageing process”.
There were lots of tips about healthy eating and what science has discovered in recent years, but I was delighted that dancing and walking came out as two excellent ways of staying fit as we age. Dancing in particular is good for exercising the mind as well as the body, but then we knew tha didn’t we? You can read about it here or catch up on the iPlayer here. And isn’t Angela Rippon amazing? I hope I look that good at 71!
What I’m reading
“In 2010, I realized something in my life was missing, but I couldn’t get a hold on what it was. I stopped my usual workouts at the gym and started taking some serious Pilates classes in a small studio next to my office… “ Continue reading
Classes & Events
Starts Tonight – Monday 18 April, 6.30 p.m.
New Class, Pioneering Care Centre, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 4SF
18 and 25 April; 9, 16 and 23 May.
Special introductory offer – £17.50 for all five classes if paid on 18 April.
Minimum of six people required to run the class.
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