Nia Classes – LIVE ONLINE with Renée, Valerie, Regina

 

Monday, 5:45-6:45 pm  

Tuesdays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday 5:45 – 6:45 pm

Sundays 10:30 -11:30 am

 

Sundays 10:30 –11:30 am

Tuesdays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

With Renée Tillotson

Starting March 24, 2020

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Do you like leaving class on a natural high that will lift your spirit for the rest of the day? Nia class with Renée is a sure bet. Love to dance? Or think you can’t dance, have no grace, are un-coordinated? Try Nia, where you get to dance your heart out, and you just can’t do it wrong. Nia is a joyful body-mind-spirit fitness practice to soul-stirring music.

Students say Nia with Renée feels smooth in their joints and makes every part of their body feel more open, and more alive.

Nia fuses the moves of dance, martial arts and healing arts (such as yoga and Feldenkrais) with a large scoop of fun! No matter what your shape, age or gender Nia teaches you to listen to your body to customize your own workout. One student in the class might turn up the dial for a sweat-drenched cardio session, combined with stretching and strengthening, while another student in the same class might take a much gentler approach, just right for their body’s conditioning.

Nia provides a perfect balance of structure and freedom. Taking class barefoot provides you with greater body awareness, increased balance, mobility and agility. Learn to dance through life! Leave with the exhilaration of a happy kid just finishing recess! For more insight on Nia, please go to www.nianow.com.

Monday, 5:45-6:45 pm  

with Valerie Sanchez

Starts March 28, 2020

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Dance, move, laugh, shake and put JOY into your workout!
Nia® is an expressive body-mind movement program that offers an artistic and innovative approach to fitness and healing. Blending aspects of Martial Arts, Dance Arts, and Healing Arts, Nia® creates an experience that involves your whole body, as well as your spirit. The stillness and concentration of Tai Chi, the alignment and strength of Yoga, the explosive power of Tae Kwon Do, and the grace and spontaneity of Modern and Ethnic dance – all create a whole new sense of wellbeing!

These classes are exhilarating not guilt-driven, expressive not one-dimensional, and healing not exhausting. Every class offers a unique combination of moves that help increase the flexibility and mobility in your joints while also conditioning the three main areas of the body: base, core and upper extremities. Rev up your heart rate while having fun and finding pleasure in every step. End every class by melting away your stress using relaxation techniques that enhance breathing and the flow of energy throughout your whole body.

Class note: No experience required. You just can’t do it wrong in Nia – you do it YOUR body’s way. Beginners and seasoned students all welcome.

 

Wednesday 5:45 – 6:45 pm

with Regina Lumsden 

Starts April 14, 2020

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These classes are exhilarating not guilt-driven, expressive not one-dimensional, and healing not exhausting. Every class offers a unique combination of moves that help increase the flexibility and mobility in your joints while also conditioning the three main areas of the body: base, core and upper extremities. Rev up your heart rate while having fun and finding pleasure in every step. End every class by melting away your stress using relaxation techniques that enhance breathing and the flow of energy throughout your whole body. 

Class note: No experience required. You just can’t do it wrong in Nia – you do it YOUR body’s way. Beginners and seasoned students all welcome.

 

Renée Tillotson

Renée Tillotson, Director, founded Still & Moving Center to share mindful movement arts from around the globe. Her inspiration comes from the Joy and moving meditation she experiences in the practice of Nia, and from the lifelong learning she’s gained at the Institute of World Culture in Santa Barbara, California. Still & Moving Center aspires to serve the community, support the Earth and its creatures, and always be filled with laughter and friendship!

Enthusiasm fills every class and event Renée leads. The motto: ‘Move your body. Still your mind. Find center. Find Joy!” motivates her daily life.

A second degree Nia Black Belt, Renée says, “Through Nia I realized that I was born to dance…and perhaps everyone is! Nia connects me to pure Joy. I aspire to extend that Joy into the rest of my life and share it with every student who steps into my circle. Nia embraces both the yin and yang energies, helping all of us to balance our natures. Nia serves as a moving meditation for me, as well as a chance to play like a child again! I like to think of my classes as invigorating the body and elevating the spirit.”

Engaged in an earnest, life-long spiritual quest, Renée assembles the Still & Moving Center Almanac each year, filled with inspirational quotes by everyone from the Dalai Lama to Dolly Parton. She loves taking part in conversations that merge philosophical, spiritual and scientific thought with a lifestyle of compassion.

Renée has been moving and sharing Nia since 2002. She took all of her Nia intensive trainings at Nia International Headquarters from the co-creators of Nia: Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas. She considers herself a citizen of the world, and brings mindful movement practices from around the globe under one roof at Still & Moving Center.

 

 

Valerie Sanchez

Get ready! Nia with Valerie is spunky, sassy and irrepressibly fun. We leave inhibitions at the door and become fully available to ourselves. Ultimately, her goal is to inspire us to feel – in order to heal; to listen to our bodies – in order to find the “aaaah” in every move; and to gain confidence – in order to manifest who we truly are, both on and off the dance floor!

Valerie discovered Nia Technique® March 2011 when Still & Moving Center first opened its doors to the public. It took her 15 minutes to realize she’d found the movement medicine she’d been yearning for, Nia.

She says, “I fell in love with Nia when I started to feel the results. With Nia I’ve increased my strength, flexibility and my range of motion resulting in greater power, balance and comfort. I’ve improved my breathing and vocalization from the use of sounding, and the cherry on top has been creating a meaningful connection to self. My entire Nia journey has cultivated a loving relationship between my inner and outer worlds. To me there simply isn’t another fitness and lifestyle program that says ‘I LOVE MYSELF’ more than Nia. You have to experience it to believe it: join me!”

Valerie’s travels to other Nia communities around the world – Bali, Australia, Thailand, Nicaragua, New York, Tallahassee, Denver and Nia Headquarters in Portland, Oregon, to name a few – have brought Valerie depth and realness, and tools for living. Through her training as a Nia Moving to Heal teacher and Nia Move IT coach she’s able to tailor her classes to all ability levels. “At the beginning of class I make it a point to look around and receive from everyBODY there. My classes are founded on body gratitude and body appreciation because I love teaching people how to move, get fit, and live in their body in healthy and meaningful ways.”

Valerie is also the Founder of Groove and Wellness LLC and a Certified Corporate Wellness Coach.

 

Regina Lumsden

Dance and massage combine naturally in Regina’s life work, cultivating freer movement in the body.

Regina probably danced before she walked! Growing up with the wall-to-wall rhythms of life in Brazil, her body moves to the music as easily as a dandelion puff floats on the wind. Classically trained in ballet, modern dance and jazz, her body naturally models great alignment. Samba flows through her like a multi-streamed river.  She performed in a contemporary dance company for 5 years.

She studied Spacial Dynamics (aligning the physical, ego and soul) and Eurythmy (also known as “soul gymnastics”) in England – both of which she learned to use for therapeutic purposes with children. She also practiced Waldorf’s Sensory Integration and Neurodevelopmental Movement Therapy while teaching for years at Waldorf school in Honolulu, sharing her child-heart warmth.   At Waldorf she taught both children and adults to move consciously, purposefully.

Due to a devastating bike/car accident, Regina had to teach herself to walk again. This she did with strong visualization practices. Regina recalls, “In 2007 I had a car/bicycle accident that was life changing. Through this deep experience I was blessed with the realization that our mindset deeply influences our lives and that bodywork can be transformational at physical, emotional and spiritual levels. It is about committing to ourselves as we go through our journey in life.”

A few years after a full recovery from her accident, Regina stepped out of her teaching career to give her attention to healing bodywork therapy as a licensed massage therapist. Regina is motivated by her clients’ journey of moving out and away from physical and emotional pain as she applies the work with them. She is thrilled to watch her clients becoming more and more empowered, centered, grounded and finding their inner peace as she works with them.

All of these practice prepared the soil for Regina’s growth in Nia. Regina earned her Nia White Belt from Winalee Zeeb in 2017.

 

Directions for getting to the online Zoom class:

1. One hour in advance, kindly sign up for your live online class on in MindBody / on our website. Our desk staff will then email you a link to your class on Zoom.

2. Please use the link to sign into Zoom, 5-7 minutes before class, allowing extra time to download the the app if you are  new to Zoom.

3. Contact the desk staff at 808.397.7678 for troubleshooting.

2 Comments:


  • By Susan Chandler 14 Oct 2019

    I am a senior citizen taking NIA classes twice a week on the mainland. I will be coming back to Honolulu mid November. Is there a difference between the two Nia classes being held at the Still & Moving Center? I would like to sign up for a class. It late afternoon the only time to take a Nia class?
    Susan

    • By Marta 16 Oct 2019

      Susan, We have many Nia Classes weekly. Make sure to catch a class with our director, Renée Tillotson – you will enjoy it! Her classes are: Tuesdays and Fridays at 11am and Sunday at 10:30 am.
      See you soon!

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