Letter from the Director, by Renée Tillotson

As a kid, I always loved big ideas. Maybe all kids do. Did you? I recall coming across our rambunctious 5-year-old son sitting still, alone in the middle of a play day, on top of his bunk bed. “Whatja thinkin’ about, Shankar?” I asked. “Infinity,’ he startlingly replied. For me, Still & Moving Center is becoming a place, more and more, where large-hearted, deep thinking takes place, as well as fabulous physical activities..

Imagine ideas giving the mind a workout, just as play, calisthenics, dance, etc. exercise the body. Little Renée also adored her time on the playground. Pumping back and forth on a swing, to the very top of each arc, is akin to viewing the world from a broad sweep of perspectives, from the top extreme to the opposite extreme. Hopscotch requires a light-footed agility, similar to mental agility in the face of new facts. Swinging from ring to ring on the monkey bars involves a shoulder motion called brachiation, suggesting the looseness with which we can release fixed points of view and move onward. Jumping rope strengthens our base – feet, ankles, knees, legs and hips – requiring steadiness, timing, and repeated grounding. The see-saw challenges our sense of balance. The metal push merry-go-round teaches us that going to the center gives us the still point, while going to the edge whirls us wildly through space. Down the slide requires letting go, enjoying the ride!

So, to me, exercising the mind goes hand in hand with exercising the body for whole health as a human being. I’ve been on a quest to find both.

As a bird longs to be on the wing in the open sky, I crave to live in the wide world of thought. From my earliest times, I’d quietly hang on the outskirts of adult conversations, listening for ideas that would carry my mind to broader perspectives. And I read a lot. I mean, I ate up books. One of my favorites was a big book on World Religions. That fascinated me with many ways of explaining how the world began and why we were here. 

Of course every child loves stories. A story drew me in like a spider wrapping up a fly. Why is that? I think stories help us make sense of the world. We can see how the causes people set into motion play out into logical – even if surprising – results. Look how Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol comes to see how his life so far has damaged others, and finally chooses to utterly redeem himself from his tight, mean, miserly life to one of full-hearted generosity. Such stories teach that transformation is possible!

Watching sad news on black and white television made me deeply wonder how such terrible things could happen, and how we could make the world a more livable place for everyone. Surely you had events in your childhood that led you to similar questions. Remember?

My parents were part of the World Federalist movement, and I especially liked listening to their discussions with those friends. I’m just learning now that famous advocates of World Federalism include Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Camus and Winston Churchill. Wow! No wonder I was interested in THOSE conversations! World Federalism started during and after World War II, as a way a way to avoid future wars.

I devoured fantasy and science fiction books that envisioned worlds that COULD BE. “A Wrinkle in Time” captivated my imagination: three youngsters “on a journey through space and time, from universe to universe, as they endeavor to save [their] father and the world…. The novel wrestles with questions of spirituality and purpose, as the characters are often thrown into conflicts of love, divinity, and goodness,” per Wikipedia. Yep, that’s my kind of book!

One day, probably when I was home buried in a book and all the other kids on the block were outside playing – my mom suggested that I might want to make some more friends. I responded, “My books are my friends, and when I want more people friends, I’ll go out and make some.”

By 7th grade I left my bookworm habits behind, but you know, I didn’t really know who I was looking for. I could not have put into words, “I’m looking for friends with big ideas for the world.”  By the time I got to college, I was finally able to find people like that, including my now husband Cliff.

At UC Santa Barbara. I heard about a Professor Raghavan Iyer, as an amazing speaker who always wore a red or orange or gold colored shirt to class. I recall sitting in the big lecture hall next to Cliff, waiting for the professor, when suddenly a small-statured Indian man, wearing – yes – a deep orange shirt under his dark jacket, came striding down the aisle. As he began speaking, I was transfixed.

The ideas that streamed non-stop out of Professor Iyer’s mouth for the next hour filled every nook and cranny of my mind… and then kept pushing it out farther and farther. The topic was something about politics, religions and literature… I can no longer recall the subject matter – only that these were stupendous ideas about the human race, its problems and its possibilities. My note-taking hand cramped trying to keep up with his full flood of remarkable notions from East and West, ancient times and modern headlines. But my hand cramp was nothing compared to the panting satisfaction that my mind and heart felt bathing in his colossal vision of a possible world that we – those of us sitting there in that very hall – could bring into being.

When Professor Iyer’s soaring lecture finally touched down and came to a close, a breathless pause ensued, then every person in the hall sprang to their feet and burst into a long, standing ovation. And for the next three years that I took Professor Iyer’s classes, I experienced all of our eyes brighten, our hearts swell, and our minds sail on the winds of his ideas for a more intelligent, compassionate world. 

Soon Cliff found out that Professor Iyer, with a number of his students, were restoring an old Victorian house in downtown Santa Barbara to create something called the Institute of World Culture. Danson from Kenya, Ingrid from Germany, Carl from Quaker country in Pennsylvania, and all manner of other idealistic people worked through the weeknights and over their weekends to restore the house to the stately beauty the Institute deserved. 

On July 4, 1976, the Institute of World Culture opened with the Declaration of INTERdependence! I include that Declaration below in Word to the Wise. From then on, Cliff and I feasted on endless programs devoted to lifelong learning, from Mozart’s music, to Ramunagen’s mathematics, to Vandanava Shiva’s seed banking, to Shakespeare’s play the Tempest, to how saving the wolves transformed Yellowstone National Park. And most of the programs were put on by the members themselves, learning about and presenting the subject matter. We also received remarkable visiting presenters, such as His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.

Moving to the islands in 2002, I missed the Institute’s programs and conversations – my life of the mind. However, Cliff and I found so much richness in the Hawaiian culture, it hugely helped the transition. Cliff dove into paddling Hawaiian canoes, encountering the legendary Hawaiian kupuna (elder) Nappy Napoleon. And thank my lucky stars, I met kumu Mālia Helelā, who so graciously shares her tradition through hula, ōlelo (language), history, love of the ‘aina (land), and the generous heart of aloha.

Fortunately, too, I became better acquainted with a vast range of movement practices from around the world through Still & Moving Center. In addition to hula from the islands, we had Bharata Natyam dancing, Bollywood and yoga all from India. Tai Chi came from China and Qigong came from Korea. Israel gave us Feldenkrais, and we got belly dance from both Egypt and Turkey… and the list just keeps growing – like the new ELDOA from France. We are essentially creating a world university of mindful movement. And we have always kept conversation going through our weekly Satsang centered on our Still & Moving Center Almanac of inspirational quotes from around the globe.

I still keenly missed our wide-ranging programs and conversations at the Institute of World Culture. 

With the pandemic came a pause, a pivotal turning point, and something shifted. Suddenly, at the time of our 9th birthday, Still & Moving Center went online, and went global. Overnight, our friends from across the map could join our classes without flying to Hawaii. I realized, “This is our chance at Still & Moving Center to cultivate the life of the mind!”

Our banquet table for the mind grew more plentiful. All our meditative offerings are free of charge and online. We now provide two seated meditation sessions a week. Our Sunday Satsang gathering is now frequented by off-island participants for a fuller diversity of viewpoints. On Fathers Day, for example, we talked about how the living practice of fatherhood has evolved over the generations in Japan, the Philippines and the U.S.

Our ‘Gems from the Wisdom Tradition – a Conversation Circle’, an online weekly gathering, launched in April with 14 participants from various islands, states and countries, all talking about fascinating, make-a-difference ideas. Some of our friends from the Institute of World Culture attended, too! Yay!  Last week at Gems, kumu Maliā approached the Buddhist topic of Right Speech by addressing the Hawaiian proverb:“I ka ʻŌlelo no ke Ola” – In the Language there is Life, complete with chanting in Hawaiian. And I loved hearing the ancient Greek story of Prometheus stealing fire from the gods on Mount Olympus for humanity – hearing that fire in fact represents the light of the mind, which, like a candle, can be shared over and over, illuminating the darkness, without ever being diminished itself. Wonderful stuff. My body and mind are now both satisfied now!

Ironically, I spent a quarter century after college pursuing the life of the mind without much physical exercise at all, until I started practicing Nia and moved to Hawaii in 2002. Through Nia and the moving practices at Still & Moving Center, I had learned an important lesson. So I had slated myself in 2020 to go to San Diego, Brazil and the Ukraine to give talks on the Joy of movement, I wanted to convince some rather sedentary, philosophical groups to get up and move their bodies if they really wanted to have healthy minds.

And instead I’m finding myself bringing more of the life of the mind to a place where people love to move. Don’t you just love it?!?

And there’s more to come! AHHHHHH…………

毎週金曜日 Fridays 3:30-4:30pm (HSTハワイ)

(日本時間:土曜日 10:30~11:30am)

2020年7月10日スタート Starting July 10, 2020

*このクラスは日本語で行われます。This class is taught only in Japanese.

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私のクラスでは、身体の感覚を大切にしながら、身体が喜ぶ動きを選択していきます。誰かと比較せずに今自分に必要な動きを選択していくため、ダンスが初めての方でも心地良くご参加いただける内容です。皆さんと一緒に踊れる日を楽しみにしています!  Yukie

ダンス、動き、笑い、体を揺さぶる事は運動に喜びを加えます。Nia®ニアはフィットネス とヒーリングに芸術的で革新的なアプローチで取り組む体と心のムーブメント・プログラムです。マーシャル・アート(武道)、ダンス・アート、ヒーリング・アートを融合させたニアは体のためにだけでなく精神を高める体験を繰り広げます。太極拳の静と集中力、ヨガのアライメントと精神力、テコンドーの爆発的なパワー、自由で優美なモダン・エスニックダンス、様々な要素が合わさりあって、新しい感覚の総合的な健康・幸福感を生み出します。

このクラスは表現豊かに気分を引き立たせ、心身のヒーリングとなるクラスです。全てのクラスでは関節の流動性やしなやかさの向上を助長する動きをユニークなコンビネーションで行います。ベース、コア、上半身の先端まで体の3つの主な部分を調整します。楽しみながら、全てのステップに喜びを見出し、心拍数を上げていきます。体全体にゆきわたるエネルギーの流れと呼吸を高めるリラクゼーション・テクニックを使い、ストレスを和らげてゆきます。

*ニアの経験不要。ニア では間違った方法はありません。それぞれの体にあった方法で体を動かしましょう。初心者・経験者ともに大歓迎です。

Zoomでオンラインクラスに参加!日本語説明ビデオ(iPhone 編)

 

Yukie says, “In my classes, I focus on the importance of how YOUR body is feeling. I teach you to choose the movement that feels joyful and healing for you. I provide content for everybody, so that even someone dancing for the first time can join comfortably. 

I’m looking forward to dancing with you soon!

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 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. We also condition 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 are all welcome.

 

Yukie Iijima 

神奈川県を中心にスタジオや企業などで幅広い年齢層の方を対象にNiaダンスとヨガを教えている。

幼い頃から踊ることが大好きで、3歳からモダンバレエやクラシックバレエを始める。葛藤を抱えた10 代、踊ることで救われ「人はなぜ踊るのか」ということに関心を持つ。ダンスなどの芸術表現が身体と心にどのような影響を与えるのかを探究したく、大学で心理学や芸術療法を学ぶ。

その後、怪我により踊りから離れる。以前のように踊れない葛藤がある中、様々なスタイルのダンスやヨガと出逢う。身体と心の関係性をさらに探究したく、ヨガインストラクターの資格を取得。同時期にNia(ニア)という本来の自分を大切にするダンスに出逢う。ダンスを通して、身体と心と向き合い、その人が本来持つ可能性を高め、身体も心もより健康的に導くニアの理論に感銘を受ける。

2015年からニアを始め、2017年に大好きなスティル&ムービングセンター にて尊敬するWinalee Zeebの指導のもと、NIa White Belt Trainingを修了。同様に同センターでWinaleeの指導のもと、2018年にNia Green Belt Training、2019年にNia Blue Belt Trainingを修了。

32歳の時に葉状腫瘍のため、胸の部分切除手術を受けたYukieが無事回復し、復帰できたのも、痛みに寄り添いながら身体が喜ぶ動きを見つける手助けをしてくれたニアの教えがあったからと言います。

“スティル&ムービングセンター でのトレーニングは私の人生の中でも特別で大切な時間でした。英語が母国語ではない私ですが、ニアを通して、スティル&ムービングセンターに集う世界中の方たちと繋がることが出来た経験は、私にたくさんのポジティブな影響を与えてくれました。”

“スティル&ムービングセンター は私にとって大切な HOME です。”

Yukie teaches Nia and Yoga for a wide variety of age groups at studios and for companies based in Kanagawa prefecture in Japan.  

Even from a young age Yukie loved to dance. She started learning modern dance and classic ballet at the age of 3. During struggles in her teenage years, dance saved her from being overcome by difficult challenges, and she became interested in “why people dance.” To explore how art forms such as dance affect the body and mind, she studied psychology and healing art at university. 

Yukie sadly stopped dancing due to injuries, then discovered different styles of dance and yoga. To continue studying the body/mind relationship, Yukie earned her yoga instructor certification.  

At the same time, she discovered Nia. She was impressed with the philosophy and phenomenon of Nia. By becoming more aware of her body sensations, of her emotional feelings, and of her thoughts while doing Nia, Yukie became more aware of her true self. She realized how much potential each individual naturally has, and how the movement of Nia leads to a healthy body and mind.

Yukie started Nia in 2015 and completed her Nia White Belt Training with her beloved teacher, Winalee Zebb at Still & Moving Center in Hawaii. She returned again for her Nia Green Belt Training in 2018 and Nia Blue Belt Training in 2019, both with Winalee.

At the age of 32, Yukie had a major surgery (segmentectomy of the breast) to remove a phyllomic tumor.  Even though she went through tremendous pain throughout the recovery process, her Nia techniques helped her to find the movements that her body needed to recuperate and feel comfortable again, and she was able to return to work.

Training at Still & Moving Center was one of the most valuable times in her life. Even though English is not her native language, she was able to connect to people from all over the world through Nia at Still & Moving.  That experience positively influenced her life. Says Yukie: “Still & Moving Center is my precious home.”

 

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Thursday, June 4th, 2020  11:00 AM – 12 noon (HST)

Thursday, June 11th, 2020  11:00 AM – 12 noon (HST)

Thursday, June 18th, 2020  11:00 AM – 12 noon (HST)

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Experience the Joy of Movement with a Live Online interactive class! Come and move with the infectiously vibrant international Nia Trainer, Winalee Zeeb! One of the amazing talents of a fabulous teacher like Winalee is her ability to make the Nia class easy for first-time beginners and exciting for people with decades of experience.

 

Winalee Zeeb

I began teaching in the fitness industry in 1981. I had a passion for exercise, and teaching aquatics courses, water exercise and aerobics filled that passion. These traditional fitness practices and my unconscious movement patterning ultimately led me to exhaustion, burnout, and physical pain. In 1984, I severely injured both my knees. I had numbed myself to my body’s voice of pain and I required surgery.

In July of 1991, I was on the edge of quitting teaching. I attended the IDEA Fitness Conference and I saw a sign that read, “Body, Mind, Spirit Workout.” I had not seen the word ‘spirit’ used in any other courses offered. Immediately, my curiosity drew me to take the workshop. It was a Nia workshop, and I clearly recall watching Debbie and Carlos enter the room. Every cell of my being recognized their radiance. They took the stage and did something unheard of at that time in the fitness industry – they invited us to take off our shoes. Those first barefoot seconds of conscious movement had my wounded knees saying, “Ahhhhhhh” as they experienced healing through movement. After tearfully dancing a profound healing awakening, I registered for their next White Belt Intensive. I sensed a deep knowing within myself that Nia had much to teach me. I eagerly attended the Blue, Brown, Black, and First Degree Black Belt trainings in succession.

In February of 1997, after years of practicing Nia and many hours of teaching, I was blessed with the honor of becoming a Nia Trainer. Words cannot express the infinite gifts my heart receives from the privilege of sharing the Nia Belts. I travel internationally teaching Nia, and I am passionately in love with what I am privileged to share. I sing professionally. I am a motivational keynote speaker, and a yoga teacher. On February 14, 2009, I opened Heartdance Studio – a magical space. The teachings of Nia have brought me my ability to balance all I am passionate about, and I am so very grateful.

I am honored to joyfully dance in the sea of life with all of you!

 

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.

Sundays 9:00-10:15 am (HST)

13 Week series May 10 – August 9, 2020, skipping July 5th

For Nia Belts, White Belt or above

FREE during turbulent times (payment options also available for those who feel inclined)

Note: Continuity is important for keeping the circle of community. Renée and Winalee ask that you commit to attending the entire series.

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Delve into the “Feeling” routine as a powerful movement tool to discover more about Form and Freedom. This routine gives access to the emotional realm, a highly charged place for us to explore and find safety. It also offers an in-depth somatic experience!

Winalee Zeeb, international Nia Trainer, takes us into the Feeling routine, which she co-created with 3 members of the Nia Faculty. Winalee will attend most sessions of the Mentorship. She makes each song memorable with a story line. Explore the “katas” that make up each song, and how they fit with the music. Winalee unpacks each move to approach it safely and simply. She also demonstrates more energetically intense variations. She may recommend song substitutions to use with existing choreography. 

Renée Tillotson, Nia Black Belt, 2nd degree, facilitates a Nia-Life-Spirit check-in before every session, finding deep relevance to our daily lives as “Spirit clothed in flesh”, as Debbie Rosas likes to talk about our experience in a sacred body.  We connect Nia concepts with a theme for the week, enhancing our teaching skill to set a focus and intent.

BENEFITS OF MENTORSHIP

Participants in former mentorships series have evolved into teaching single songs as guest instructors; teaching partial or whole classes as subs; to teaching classes of their own; to starting a new studio. Experienced teachers find new inspiration and insight mentoring with Winalee, Renée and fellow mentees.

This mentorship program provides important instructional tips and a huge virtual hug of support and encouragement.  You will share bonds of fellowship and interconnectedness with your fellow mentees that are almost palpable.

Syllabus for the 13 Week series 

May 10  –  Introduction to Feeling routine 

May 17  –  Song 1:  From Russia with Love 

May 24  –  Song 2:  Touched by God

May 31  –  Song 3:  Soultrippin’ 

June 7  –  Song 4:  It’s Hot 

June 14  –  Song 5: The Pull

June 21 –  Song 6: Lost Harpist

June 28  – Song 7:  klinhg klang

July 12  –  Song 8:  Come Away

July 19 – Song 9:  A Day Unnoticed

July 26 – Review songs 1-3

Aug 2 – Review songs 4-6 

Aug 9 – Review songs 7-9 

 

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.

 

winalee zeebWinalee Zeeb

I began teaching in the fitness industry in 1981. I had a passion for exercise, and teaching aquatics courses, water exercise and aerobics filled that passion. These traditional fitness practices and my unconscious movement patterning ultimately led me to exhaustion, burnout, and physical pain. In 1984, I severely injured both my knees. I had numbed myself to my body’s voice of pain and I required surgery.

In July of 1991, I was on the edge of quitting teaching. I attended the IDEA Fitness Conference and I saw a sign that read, “Body, Mind, Spirit Workout.” I had not seen the word ‘spirit’ used in any other courses offered. Immediately, my curiosity drew me to take the workshop. It was a Nia workshop, and I clearly recall watching Debbie and Carlos enter the room. Every cell of my being recognized their radiance. They took the stage and did something unheard of at that time in the fitness industry – they invited us to take off our shoes. Those first barefoot seconds of conscious movement had my wounded knees saying, “Ahhhhhhh” as they experienced healing through movement. After tearfully dancing a profound healing awakening, I registered for their next White Belt Intensive. I sensed a deep knowing within myself that Nia had much to teach me. I eagerly attended the Blue, Brown, Black, and First Degree Black Belt trainings in succession.

In February of 1997, after years of practicing Nia and many hours of teaching, I was blessed with the honor of becoming a Nia Trainer. Words cannot express the infinite gifts my heart receives from the privilege of sharing the Nia Belts. I travel internationally teaching Nia, and I am passionately in love with what I am privileged to share. I sing professionally. I am a motivational keynote speaker, and a yoga teacher. On February 14, 2009, I opened Heartdance Studio – a magical space. The teachings of Nia have brought me my ability to balance all I am passionate about, and I am so very grateful.

I am honored to joyfully dance in the sea of life with all of you!

Thursdays 7:15 – 8:15 PM (HST)

Starting May 21, 2020

Regular class prices pertain.

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Cultivate your authentic life force energy though this 60 minute free-flow dance experience of music, movement, and magic. Get out of your head to stimulate movement creativity. Enhance physical conditioning, self-healing, true listening and emotional self-awareness.

As a Nia Black Belt, 2nd Degree, Krista Hiser is a conscious dance facilitator and ecstatic dance aficionado who curates a unique musical soundscape for each session. The experience is free form, lightly guided. Your choices determine what type of conditioning you may experience: physical conditioning, emotional and self-knowledge, stress-reduction, listening skills, music appreciation, and increased energy. We close each session with a somatic gratitude reflection.

Practiced weekly, Nia Freedance can tune your emotional awareness, align your energetic system, stretch and release your body, and increase your connection to the Joy of Movement.

Zoom in from the comfort of your own living room!

Krista Hiser

When I stepped into my first Nia class, I thought “this is it!” It was like a cool dance party, except it was 9 am, and in a gym. I could get fit, have fun, and wear cool pants! For me, Nia is the ultimate in efficiency: in one hour, I get a physical workout, a mental re-set, an emotional experience through music, and an energizing connection to my sacred purpose on the planet. It’s a workout, a dance party with friends, and a therapy session wrapped into one amazing hour! Nia is THE 21st century fitness modality! In my classes, I create an energetic, athletic experience for every-BODY, grounded in the joy of movement, clarity of the 52 moves, freedance, and luxurious floorplay and relaxation. My style is athletic, creative, and zany. I teach Nia from my heart and I’m usually surprised at what comes out. I love to play with the spirit and energy of the group – each class is a unique co-creation that will never happen again! I am committed to Nia as a personal practice, and I teach it as a cumulative subject of inquiry. You can just show up to work out and break a sweat, but if you really choose Nia, my classes can be a catalyst transformative change. I am here to empower each participant to love their body and their life, and to impact our community and the world by doing whatever it is they do, and doing it better! At Still and Moving, the Athletic Nia class is 15 minutes longer, allowing a sustained cardio peak and additional time for conditioning floorplay and strength work. In Nia, “Athletic” refers to options that can leave the ground with a jump, or press into the floor with a push up. I teach Athletic Nia by modeling the edge of Nia choreography and adding improvisational bursts of energy and freedance. But the words you will hear most out of my mouth are: “you choose,” and “here’s an option,” making even my most athletic class accessible and inspiring for all.

 

Directions for getting to the online Zoom class:

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

2. Please use the link to sign into Zoom, 5-10 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.

Sundays 9:00-10:15 am (HST)

12 Week series May 10 – August 2, 2020, skipping July 5th

For Nia Belts, White Belt or above – FREE during these turbulent times

(payment options also available for those who feel inclined)

Sign up now!

Delve into the “Feeling” routine as a powerful movement tool to discover more about Form and Freedom. This routine gives access to the emotional realm, a highly charged place for us to explore and find safety in during these turbulent times. It also offers an in-depth somatic experience!

Renée Tillotson, Nia Black Belt, 2nd degree, facilitates a Nia-Life-Spirit check-in before every session, finding deep relevance to our daily lives as “Spirit clothed in flesh”, as Debbie Rosas likes to talk about our experience in a sacred body.  We connect Nia concepts with a theme for the week, enhancing our teaching skill to set a focus and intent.

Winalee Zeeb, international Nia Trainer, takes us into the Feeling routine, which she co-created with 3 members of the Nia Faculty. Explore the “katas” that make up each song, and how they fit with the music. Winalee unpacks each move, showing you ways to approach each move safely and simply, as well as more energetically intense variations. She may also recommend song substitutions to use with existing choreography.

Note: Continuity is important for keeping the circle of community. While recognizing that “stuff happens” occasionally, Renée and Winalee ask that you commit to attending the entire series.

 

BENEFITS OF MENTORSHIP

Participants in former mentorships series have evolved into teaching single songs as guest instructors; teaching partial or whole classes as subs; to teaching classes of their own. Experienced teachers find new inspiration and insight mentoring with Winalee, Renée and fellow mentees.

This mentorship program important instructional tips and a huge virtual hug of support and encouragement.  You will share bonds of fellowship and interconnectedness that with your fellow mentees that are almost palpable.

 

Song List for the 12 Week series 

May 10  –  From Russia with Love

May 17  –  Touched by God

May 24  –  Soultrippin’

May 31  –  The Pull

June 7  –  Lost Harpist

June 14  –  It’s Hot

June 21  –  klinhg klang

June 28  –  Come Away

July 12  –  A Day Unnoticed

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.

 

Winalee Zeeb

winalee zeeb

I began teaching in the fitness industry in 1981. I had a passion for exercise, and teaching aquatics courses, water exercise and aerobics filled that passion. These traditional fitness practices and my unconscious movement patterning ultimately led me to exhaustion, burnout, and physical pain. In 1984, I severely injured both my knees. I had numbed myself to my body’s voice of pain and I required surgery.

In July of 1991, I was on the edge of quitting teaching. I attended the IDEA Fitness Conference and I saw a sign that read, “Body, Mind, Spirit Workout.” I had not seen the word ‘spirit’ used in any other courses offered. Immediately, my curiosity drew me to take the workshop. It was a Nia workshop, and I clearly recall watching Debbie and Carlos enter the room. Every cell of my being recognized their radiance. They took the stage and did something unheard of at that time in the fitness industry – they invited us to take off our shoes. Those first barefoot seconds of conscious movement had my wounded knees saying, “Ahhhhhhh” as they experienced healing through movement. After tearfully dancing a profound healing awakening, I registered for their next White Belt Intensive. I sensed a deep knowing within myself that Nia had much to teach me. I eagerly attended the Blue, Brown, Black, and First Degree Black Belt trainings in succession.

In February of 1997, after years of practicing Nia and many hours of teaching, I was blessed with the honor of becoming a Nia Trainer. Words cannot express the infinite gifts my heart receives from the privilege of sharing the Nia Belts. I travel internationally teaching Nia, and I am passionately in love with what I am privileged to share. I sing professionally. I am a motivational keynote speaker, and a yoga teacher. On February 14, 2009, I opened Heartdance Studio – a magical space. The teachings of Nia have brought me my ability to balance all I am passionate about, and I am so very grateful.

I am honored to joyfully dance in the sea of life with all of you!

Wednesdays 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm 

Sign up now!

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.

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

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

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.

A licensed massage therapist, Regina graduated from the Hawaii College of Health Science, Honolulu, after moving to Hawaii from the UK in 1997. She practiced massage part time for several years before working full time as a Waldorf teacher specialized in the Waldorf movement curriculum.

In 2005 Regina became a client of Noa Batlin who practices healing arts based on the principle that our body carries physical and emotional memories. If we don’t fully process those held memories, they can be painful and hinder us from having a full body, soul and spirit experience of our biography. These memories are held in the fascia. Deep tissue work and myofascial release can assist the body in letting go of painful memories to freely move forward.

Regina recalls, “In 2007 I had a car/bicycle accident that was life changing. I experienced the power of receiving deep tissue and myofascial release work on a daily basis and made a full recovery from what could have been permanent physical damage. 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. Her many satisfied clients appreciate that she has done so!

 

 

with Renée Tillotson – Nia Black Belt 2nd Degree

12  week series 

Sundays, January 19 – April 5, 2020

9-10:15 am

$150 for the 12 week series 

For those who can only attend the parts of the series, $20 drop-in rate applies.

Sign up now!

PARTICIPATE EITHER ONLINE OR IN PERSON

dates:

January 19, 26

February 2, 9, 16, 23

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

April 5

CELL-EBRATE ROUTINE

In a Joy-filled cell-abration of life in a body and in community, we dance in a smooth-moving, varied, spirited routine.  With strong yoga, dance and martial arts elements, Cell-ebrate fulfills the the Nia promise of providing us with plenty of movement variety. Giving voice helps to vibrate Joy right into our bodies’ cells! Routine choreographer Adelle Brewer gives crisp, clear structure as well as time to play, dance, and ‘cell-ebrate’!

As your Mentor, Renée Tillotson will facilitate a Nia-Life-Spirit check-in before every session, finding deep relevance to our daily lives as “Spirit clothed in flesh”, as Debbie Rosas likes to talk about our experience in a sacred body.  We connect Nia concepts into the theme for the week in the Still & Moving Center almanac, and we learn to set a focus and intent for teaching.

Delving into the routine, we explore the “katas” – movement patterns – that make up each song, and how they fit with the music. We unpack each move, showing you ways to approach each move safely and simply, as well as more energetically intense variations. 

BENEFITS OF MENTORSHIP

Participants in former mentorships series have evolved into teaching single songs as guest instructors; teaching partial or whole classes as subs; to teaching classes of their own. Experienced teachers find new inspiration and insight mentoring with Renée and fellow mentees.

This mentorship program important instructional tips and a huge virtual hug of support and encouragement.  You will share bonds of fellowship and interconnectedness that with your fellow mentees that are almost palpable. 

ATTENDING ONLINE

Online line access via free GoToMeeting allows mentees to join us from all over the world where they live or travel. Mentees have tuned in from New Zealand to Canada and Italy, from Georgia to Wyoming, and of course from Hawaii!

How to access Nia Mentorship Series via GoToMeeting:

Please join our meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/840202509

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (646) 749-3122

Access Code: 840-202-509

If you have trouble reaching us by GoToMeeting, you can call Renée directly: 808.864.0495

Sign up now!

TESTIMONIALS:

“I’m grateful to Renée and her mentorship program, and the participants from around the world. We dive deep into all aspects of Nia with our mind, body, emotions and spirit. It is healing, supportive, inspirational and truly transformative. I found my Nia teaching wings in this program and I continue to grow each week. Thanks Renée.” 

– Lorna Moglia, White & Green Belt from California.

“The Nia Mentorship Series that I’ve attended online with Still & Moving Center has been such a great opportunity for me to stay “connected” to my Nia practice and Nia community in a way I could not have imagined when I signed up. The experience, love and appreciation of Nia that Renée, Nancy and others that have shared in the mentoring of this class and what they bring to the table and the dance floor is incredible!

Learning a new routine with the class, reviewing and diving deeper into the Nia principles and practices has been such a great learning opportunity for me.Through this Mentorship Series experience I continue to learn and grow in my confidence and ability to share Nia as a newer teacher as well as my own personal Nia practice.

I have also improved immensely the ability to put into practice my learnings as I draw from the “well” of  Nia and “dance through life” in my own mind, body spirit experiences of each day.” 

– Mikelle Ivers, Nia White, Green & Blue Belt from Wyoming. 

RESOURCES

You can access the “Cell-ebrate” routine from Nia headquarters with your Nia Teacher Membership and see it on Nia TV.  Please download the Routine Booklet, including 8BC’s. Please note: Teaching Nia requires a Nia Teacher Membership.

You can purchase Still & Moving Center Almanac either in person or online.


RENÉE TILLOTSON

A 2nd Degree Nia Black Belt, Renée has earned every one of her Nia belts from the co-founders, Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas. Renée shares insights from her 18 years of applying Nia practice to the art of living. She founded Still & Moving Center in 2011 as a studio of  mindful movement, offering international teacher trainings plus 80 classes a week, including Nia, hula, yoga, aerial, martial arts, dance, Feldenkrais and other moving meditational practices.

 


Syllabus

  • January 19

Introduction To Cell-Ebrate

Theme: Beyond Black and White 

  • January 26

Song 1 Breaking Good

Theme: The Power of the Word

  • February 2

Song 2 Capuba

Theme: The Wheel

  • February 9

Song 3 Missing and Kissing

Theme: The Zero

  • February 16

Song 4 When the Monsoons Came

Theme: Relationship and Solitude

  • February 23

Song 5 Bring on Brazil

Theme: The Mirror

  • March 1

Song 6 The Greasy Beat (Funk Bomb Dj Version)

Theme: Inward Integrity

  • March 8

Song 7 Hey Wanaina

Theme: Working With Karma

  • March 15 

Song 8 Los Cuentos

Theme: The Individual and The Universal

  • March 22

Song 9 Water Down the Ganges

Theme: The Hidden Flame in The Heart

  • March 29 

Review Songs 1-4

Theme: Dancing Through Life

  • April 5

Review Songs 5-9 

Theme: The Mandala

 

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Price: Your class payment option + $4 at the door

Experience the Joy of Movement! Come and move with the infectiously vibrant International Nia Trainer, Winalee Zeeb! One of the amazing talents of a fabulous teacher like Winalee is her ability to make the Nia class easy for first-time beginners and exciting for people with decades of experience.

Public class times in September are:
Sep 16  11 am – 12 pm
Sep 17 11 am – 12 pm
Sep 18 11 am – 12 pm
Sep 19  5:45-6:45pm
Sep 20 11 am – 12 pm
Sep 21 12:15-1:15pm
Sep 22  10:30-11:30

Winalee Zeeb

I began teaching in the fitness industry in 1981. I had a passion for exercise, and teaching aquatics courses, water exercise and aerobics filled that passion. These traditional fitness practices and my unconscious movement patterning ultimately led me to exhaustion, burnout, and physical pain. In 1984, I severely injured both my knees. I had numbed myself to my body’s voice of pain and I required surgery.

In July of 1991, I was on the edge of quitting teaching. I attended the IDEA Fitness Conference and I saw a sign that read, “Body, Mind, Spirit Workout.” I had not seen the word ‘spirit’ used in any other courses offered. Immediately, my curiosity drew me to take the workshop. It was a Nia workshop, and I clearly recall watching Debbie and Carlos enter the room. Every cell of my being recognized their radiance. They took the stage and did something unheard of at that time in the fitness industry – they invited us to take off our shoes. Those first barefoot seconds of conscious movement had my wounded knees saying, “Ahhhhhhh” as they experienced healing through movement. After tearfully dancing a profound healing awakening, I registered for their next White Belt Intensive. I sensed a deep knowing within myself that Nia had much to teach me. I eagerly attended the Blue, Brown, Black, and First Degree Black Belt trainings in succession.

In February of 1997, after years of practicing Nia and many hours of teaching, I was blessed with the honor of becoming a Nia Trainer. Words cannot express the infinite gifts my heart receives from the privilege of sharing the Nia Belts. I travel internationally teaching Nia, and I am passionately in love with what I am privileged to share. I sing professionally. I am a motivational keynote speaker, and a yoga teacher. On February 14, 2009, I opened Heartdance Studio – a magical space. The teachings of Nia have brought me my ability to balance all I am passionate about, and I am so very grateful.

I am honored to joyfully dance in the sea of life with all of you!

 

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

Sign up now!

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

Sign up now!

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

Sign up now!  

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.

 

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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.

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