Is it included in the playlist for the free Festive Nia class at Woodham on
14 December? Find out here.
Why not come along and join us on the day as we move to the music celebrate another year of the Joy of Movement, of friendship and shared experience?
The class will be followed by seasonal refreshments and a mini craft fair featuring hand-crafted items from Nia class members. Come along for a chat, to try Nia for the first time and pick up a few unique and special Christmas gifts.
A donation will be made from the proceeds to the Woodham Village Community Association Defibrilator and CPR Training Appeal.
See below for more information or visit the Classes and Events page.
In the run up to Christmas, why not join me and give yourself an escape from the Christmas rush? I’ll be teaching classes as normal in the week beginning Monday 19th December, then taking a complete break for two weeks over Christmas.
New Class timetable for 2017
As some of you may know, a change in my working hours (yes, I still have a day job), mean that there’ll be a new class timetable for 2017. I’m still finalising the details, but as soon as everything is in place, I’ll send out a special newsletter and the information will be on the Classes and Events page.
And finally, I would like to wish you and your families all the best for the festive season and the coming year.
Nia Move of the month – Outward Punch
There are four basic punches: Upward, Outward (forward), Across and Downward. as with the Blocks, they all begin and end in the Ready Position: A or Sumo Stance, knees soft and spring-loaded, hands in a fist with palms up, elbows in, forearms close to your body.
You can sound, “up!”, “out!”, “down!” or “across!” to engage your core and diaphragm.
Punches can help you move quickly and rhythmically. They develop strength in your core and arms and condition your back and legs too! and can really make you feel more powerful.
Put on your favourite music and depending on the beat, play with strong, powerful, jazzy and gentle punches.
For the Outward Punch, from the Ready Position, bring one fist and forearm straight out to the front. At the same time, draw the other elbow back. Notice how your palms are facing up to begin with and as you bring the fist and forearm forward, your arm spirals and your palm faces down.
Don’t lean forward! If you do, you may find you have pain in your shoulder or elblow. Stay upright.
Watch Laurie Bass explain and demonstrate the move:
What I’m watching
After a Nia taster session last week, I found myself demonstrating the Nia 5 Stages.
It’s a movement practice based on five developmental moves: embryonic, creeping, crawling, standing and walking. Retracing the stages in an adult body is a way to reclaim the body’s natural strength, flexibility, mobility and neural plasticity. With regular practice, these moves contribute to spinal health, re-patterning and restructuring the whole body, enhancing physical and energetic balance.
Here’s a much more detailed demonstration by Kevin VerEecke and an explanation of its benefits from Debbie Rosas, co-creator of Nia.
Classes and events
You’re invited to this end of year celebration and get-together
Donations to the Woodham Village Community Centre Defibrilator & CPR Training appeal welcome.
Open to anyone who’d like to come along – the more the merrier. If you’d like to bring something you’ve made to sell, please get in touch.
End of year classes
- 12 December 2016 last class before Christmas at the Pioneering Care Centre, 6.30 p.m.
- 14 December 2016 – free festive class at Woodham 10 a.m.
- 19 December 2016 – Nia class at Bannatyne’s 12 noon
- 20 December 2016 – Nia class at Keep Fit Darlington 10 a.m.
- 21 December 2016 – Nia class at Woodham Village Community Centre 10 a.m.
No classes from 26 December – 8 January inclusive
New Class Timetable for 2017 coming soon!
Details to be finalised. Check the Classes and Events page before Christmas.