Oh my goodness! Where did January go? Even if it passed quickly, a lot happened! My computer “died” at the beginning of the month, so I had limited access to my website and emails for the whole of January. I also started a new job, led a Nia session at the Sparklicious event on 6 January. Following a visit to the dentist, I developed an infection and then spent the last two weeks of January out of action with ‘flu. So I’m quite glad to see the back of January and will be focusing on eating well and staying fit and healthy for the rest of the year!
Given that I had ‘flu, I had to cancel a Nia class on 22 January and if you’ve visited the classes and events page of the website recently, you’ll have seen that I’ve decided to take a break from teaching classes for a while so I can focus on recovering completely.
If you are already missing your Monday night Nia class, you could consider subscribing to NiaTV. Alternatively choose a couple of the Nia Moves of the Month that I’ve featured in the blog over the last year, put on some of your favourite music and just get moving!
Have a great month.
Nia move of the month – Fingers:
I love this move. For me, it’s playful, I can feel the strength in my hands and fingers as I practise it. It’s a great move for conditioning not only the hands and fingers, but the forearm muscles too, and for releasing tension from the neck, shoulders and hands. It’s a simple and effective move for anyone who uses a keyboard a lot or who spends time engaged in handicrafts or any activity that requires fine motor skills.
Curl your fingers and place your thumb across your finger nails. Push the thumb to create some tension and then flick your fingers out, as if you were flicking water off them. Or you can imagine an explosion, or fireworks. You can create variety by changing the plane of movement (low, middle or high) and by changing the palm direction. Laurie Bass incorporates whole body moves with finger flicks. Just watch!
What I’m watching
Nia Dance Wild video
In December and January, Nia teachers around the world held events to mark the release of a brand new Nia routine called “Wild”. Take a look at the video here.
They reveal why 10,000 steps is just a marketing ploy and that two minutes of exercise is all a person needs each week. They discover how to get people to stick to their fitness plans and what exercise can actually make everyone more intelligent. Whether it is for couch potatoes who hate the thought of exercise, someone too busy to consider the gym, or even for fitness fanatics who are desperate to do more – science can help everyone exercise better.”
I’m a bit sceptical about just needing two minutes exercise a week, but I do agree that a 10-minute brisk walk every day can be better for you than aiming for 10,000 steps. See what you think! It’s available on the BBC iPlayer for the rest of February.
What I’m reading
Check the Classes and Events page.
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