Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Boogie Time

In my last post I mentioned NIA, the dance form I practice. The photo at left is a SoulCollage card honoring my NIA teacher, Rachael Resch. Rachael is off to Portland, Oregon, this week to get her NIA Black Belt! This is the culmination of several years of study and practice, through White Belt, Blue Belt and Brown Belt training. Rachael is an awesome teacher. I can hardly imagine her getting any better, but I'm also sure we'll see some new moves and expanded attitude as a result of her week with Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas, two amazing innovators.

I have decided to do (daily) a NIA 7 minute fitness and healing practice which Rachael introduced this past month. I spend one minute of rest and then one minute in each of the developmental stages (embryonic, creeping, crawling, standing, and walking) then one minute getting up and down off the floor and then one minute laughing ! Well, I see that is 8 minutes if you count resting. Whatever! It's interesting, easy, strengthening, and repatterns some of what we missed as young'uns. You can learn more about each of these stages on Rachael's blog (also link in sidebar) and hear about her training as she goes through her week of Black Belt.

To see more SoulCollage cards visit SoulCollage talkabout (my other blog) To experience SoulCollage on the web visit Kaleidosoul, Anne Marie Bennet's extensive site.



Lydia said...

Fascinating, Sharry! This is one of your best soul collages, I think. I'm still a bit perplexed about NIA, even though I checked it out when you first blogged about it. I'll see if Rachael has a tutorial at her blog. In any case, it would be fun if you'd have someone video your 8-minute routine and put it on your blog for us to work out with you!

sharryb said...

Yes, NIA is pretty hard to describe. Rachael says "It's like chocolate. You just have to taste it." She is going to have a video clip on her blog soon that does show some of a class.

My own video capability, right now, is my little camera. I doubt if it is up to an 8 minute stint. But it's a cool idea. I'll try it to see how ridiculous I look.


Lydia said...

You could never look ridiculous; you are a woman of grace.

Dorothy said...

This sounds so interesting. I'll check it out. I'm especially interested in the healing part because of my Ovarian Cancer.

Dorothy from grammology
remember to hug your gram

Suzann said...

Oh I looked it up and there is a NIA teacher in St. Paul - I am going to go check it out. Thanks.