New Nia Classes with Valerie and Regina
Nia with Valerie Sanchez
Monday, 5:45-6:45 pm
Starts August 5, 2019
Nia with Regina Lumsden
Friday, 5:45-6:45 pm
Starts August 2, 2019
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.
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.Sign up now!
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.Sign up now!