I discovered the Joy of Movement in1999. I had two small kids, not a lot of time for myself and I didn’t feel healthy or strong. I joined a gym and expected that “working out” several times a week would make me feel better. I did get stronger and I did lose weight, but I didn’t feel better.
And then... I saw a sign for a new class, Nia. The people were smiling and they looked like they were having an incredibly great time for an exercise class! The first time I danced in a Nia class, I LOVED it!
Six months later, our teacher told us she was moving. I was devastated; I didn't want my Nia experience to end. My teacher encouraged me to do the White Belt Intensive and to become a teacher myself.
I had little confidence in my ability to move and dance and it took months for me to open to the possibility that I could take her advice and pursue teaching Nia. The White Belt Intensive was the catalyst for a new direction and expansion for me-body, mind, emotions and spirit.
In 2005, I moved to London with my family. Nia took a back seat for a while as we explored near and far. I taught a weekly class but my focus was on travel, exploring, and soaking up all our new life had to offer.
Fast forward to 2008, when my husband’s work transferred us to my hometown, Richmond, Virginia. There were no Nia classes in the area and I committed myself to sharing my passion with a new audience. I decided to rededicate myself to teaching Nia and that's when the magic started. Slowly, I grew my classes and eventually built a large, loving and committed Nia community. I encouraged many of my students to become teachers themselves - just as my original teacher had encouraged me.
Over the next several years, I helped organize Nia intensive trainings in Richmond and the Nia community blossomed. The teachers and students of Richmond Nia fill my heart and soul with joy every time we are together.
The rollercoaster of life had more plans for me, and in 2015, Tom’s work transferred us to Paris. Leaving my Nia community in Richmond was painful, but Nia remained a constant in my life. Once I arrived in Paris, I dove deeper into my personal practice of Nia. I travelled to Germany, Belgium, Italy, the UK, Sweden, and the Netherlands to learn and learn and learn and play. I made new friends and had time focus on my practice and my teaching.
I look forward to returning "home" to RVA to share all that I have experienced.