July 2020

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…………

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.

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. 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!

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!

Hosted by Renée Tillotson with featured presenters

Saturdays 3:00 – 4:00 pm Hawaii Standard Time (HST)

Starting April 11, 2020

Freely Offered

Sign up now!

This weekly offering gives spiritual seekers the opportunity to learn and share from the great wealth of the world’s wisdom traditions. Each week we will focus on one brilliant gem, a teaching to illuminate our minds and hearts.

Various cultures in all times and places have produced sparkling gems of inspiration – the crystallized essence of spiritual insight. In many cases we know something of the enlightened being – sage, seer, saint – who gave us that gem and lived his or her life accordingly. In all cases, these teachings have informed the lives of the tradition’s followers, bringing clarity to their daily decisions and depth to their meditations.

To begin each circle, one featured speaker will give a short presentation on a brilliant spiritual teaching from one of the world’s wisdom traditions, together with information on the Teacher who conveyed and embodied it.

The group will then take up the topic presented, with opportunity for free conversation and questions, wonderings and examples, of how we might apply this week’s teaching.

Moderated by Renée Tillotson, Director & Founder of Still & Moving Center, engaged in an earnest, life-long spiritual quest.

 

Upcoming Topics

July 4: “Spiritual Democracy” – Maurice Bisheff from the Native American and American Revolutionary traditions

Future Topics

July 18: “One-Pointed Focus” – David Sanders from the Hindu yogic tradition

September 5: “Vanquishing Victimism” – Ramdas Lamb from the Hindu ascetic tradition

Past Topics

June 27: “In the Language there is Life:  I ka ʻŌlelo no ke Ola” – Mālia Helelā from the Hawaiian tradition

June 20: “The Vision of Prometheus” – Jim Tepfer from the Ancient Greek tradition -View a rough draft of the recording of this Conversation on YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqBXZ_BSGi0

June 13: “Self-Mastery and Freedom” – Veena Howard from the Gandhian perspective of the Hindu tradition

June 6:  “Development of the Neuro-Muscular-Skeletal System” – Dr. Rachel Klein from the scientific perspective and healing traditions on Science and Spirituality

May 30:  “Right Intention” – Reverend Blayne Higa from the Jodo Shin Buddhist tradition

May 23: “Beyond Pleasure & Pain” – Cliff Tillotson from the the Bhagavad Gita perspective of the Hindu tradition

May 16: “Right View – Inner and Outer Perspectives” – Christopher Edwards from the sculpting tradition

May 9: Honoring the Behest of the Divine – Mary Bird on the Catholic tradition

May 2: The Buddha’s Search to End Suffering – Kirk Gradin on the Buddhist tradition – View the recording of this Conversation on YouTube https://youtu.be/mbS7ElfqZGk

April 25: The Value of the Pause in Classical Indian Music – Joss Jaffe on the classical Indian music tradition

April 18: Re-becoming People of Place: Caring for our Earth and All Beings – Miku Lenentine on the Native American Tradition

April 11: Pythagoras on Meditation, the Heroic Ideal and Self-discovery – Jim Tepfer on the ancient Greek tradition

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.

 

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Photographs by Greg Hatton, @renaissanceman

Seldan Edwards, the headmaster of the private school I taught at after graduating from college, passed this advice on to me early in my career.  I had all kinds of new ideas for the drama classes I was teaching, things the school had never done before, things that might have seemed a bit risky to an institution whose reputation for classic, quality education went back nearly a century. Yet Selden did his best to accommodate my requests, seeing my enthusiasm and best intentions. He taught me a lot with his response.

Saying yes to something new allows us to change and grow, keeping pace with shifting circumstances, evolving ideas, and different life perspectives. That very willingness to go with life’s flow is healthy. It cultivates our resilience, braves us to face the unknown, to take risks, to potentially fail, then to learn, and try again.

When someone asks something of us that challenges the way things have always been done, or the way we were planning to do that thing, we may feel tempted to put up resistance. Even considering the possibility of saying yes renders us mentally and emotionally more flexible. On the physical plane, we’re less inclined to go into a stress response to change. And spiritually we’re more porous to light flooding through – perhaps from unexpected sources. This open stance can only make us healthier as whole human beings.

Lead by Renée Tillotson and one guest Master per session

Sundays 9-10:25 am

September 9 – December 9, Twelve Week Series

You can attend this series either in person at Still & Moving Center or online via GoToMeeting, on which all participants can be seen and heard, live time, free app.

Experience the 9 Movement Forms with 9 master practitioners – one each week – as Nia Black Belt, first degree, Renée Tillotson simultaneously unpacks for us the routine Zensation by Debbie Rosas.

Prerequisite: Nia White Belt or higher.

In the routine Zensation, Debbie Rosas has choreographed one song for each of 9 Movement Forms that compose Nia. She gives us sensations from the Dance Arts: Jazz, Modern and Duncan; from the Martial Arts: Tai Chi, Aikido and Tae Kwon Do; and from the Healing Arts: Yoga, Feldenkrais and Alexander Technique.

Sign up now!

$199 for the 12 week Series. Drop-in rate of $21 [no tax] will apply for those who can only attend the parts of the series.


9/9 – Introduction to the Mentorship series

Discipline: Nia

with Master Teacher Renée Tillotson

Renée brings enthusiasm and insight to every class she leads. As a 1st Degree Nia Black Belt, Renée feels honored to have trained directly under Nia co-founders Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas. The Director of Still & Moving Center, Renée is motivated by the motto: Move your body. Still your mind. Find center. Find Joy!


9/16 – Song 1:  Lost Soul

Discipline: Work of Moshe Feldenkrais

with Master Teacher Eva Alewa Geueke

One of Honolulu’s most active, experienced Feldenkrais practitioners, Eva Geueke works both in Hawaii and Germany, giving lessons and hands-on bodywork in this very healing practice.


9/23 – Song 2:  Red Rhythm Dragon

Discipline: Tai Chi

with Master Teacher Dr. Wong Kai Ming

Teaching Yang style Tai Chi Chuan over two decades, Dr. Wong Kai Ming was trained to win without fighting. Inspired by Taoist and Buddhist influences, he enjoys applying martial arts concepts to daily life and to his medical practice.


9/30 – Song 3: Nature

Discipline: Jazz

with Master Teacher Ms Willow Chang

One of Honolulu’s premiere dance performers for at least two decades, in a wide variety of dance genres, Ms Willow holds a BA in Dance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and performs as a jazz singer.


10/7 – Song 4: Une Simple Histoire

Discipline: Modern Dance

with Master Teacher Neela Vadivel

As Artistic Director for Cirque du Soleil, Neela relied heavily upon her Modern Dance background. Coming from early classical ballet training, Neela spent most of her life performing and choreographing in contemporary repertory dance companies.


10/14 – NO CLASS


10/21 – Song 5: Flying Beyond

Discipline: Duncan Dance

with Master Teacher Lois Flood

Studying Duncan Dance intensively since 1986, and under Isadora’s direct dance descendants, Lois Flood strives to teach Duncan in its purest form, having learned and performed much of Isadora’s repertoire of dances.


10/28 – Song 6: Bulge

Discipline: Tae Kwon Do  

with Master Jonah Chin

Born and raised in Korea, and trained in Tae Kwan Do since childhood, Master Chin has, in a sense, transcended the martial aspect of the practice, to use its energy and precision for healing purposes in his role as an acupuncturist and teacher of Qigong.


11/4  – Song 7: Pemulway

Discipline: Aikido

with Sensei Randolph W. Scoville

Sensei Randolph Scoville is one of only a handful of Hawaii sensei to have obtained obtained the Aikido rank of 7th degree black belt. He is Nuuanu Aikido Club’s chief instructor.


11/11 – Song 8: FuzzDavid Sanders

Discipline: Yoga

with Master Teacher David Sanders

A beloved member of Honolulu’s yoga teaching community, David has been practicing yoga for over 40 years.David is a beloved member of the yoga teaching community on Oahu and at Still & Moving Center, always creating sacred space for his student’s inner journeys and “aha” moments of insight. David began his personal yoga practice in 1976, studying at a variety of locations in Los Angeles, including Billy Porter’s Urban Yoga Workout.


11/18 – Song 9: Forever Infinity

Discipline: Alexander Technique  

with Master Teacher Sonja Hegner (To Be Confirmed)

Sonja Hegner has practiced Alexander Technique as a teacher and therapist in Zurich, Switzerland since 1999, being especially drawn to the mindfulness aspect of Alexander principles.


11/25 – Thanksgiving – NO CLASS


12/2 – Review songs & movement forms 1-5


12/9 – Review songs & movement forms 6-9


 

You will have the opportunity each session to move with a master practitioner from each of these moving art forms, in addition to learning the choreography of the corresponding song.

Renée teaches you tools to unpack each song of a Nia routine, musically and choreographically. She shares insights from her 15 years of Nia practice and teaching, including life lessons from both of Nia’s founders, Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas.

Here we go beyond studying movement sequences and explore how Nia practices are meaningful to our daily lives. We’ll learn to recognize in ourselves the 4 realms of the Nia practice: Body, Mind, Emotions & Spirit: the uniqueness that is you!

You will find in this mentorship program important instructional tips and a huge virtual hug of support and encouragement. Our participants can range from Japan to Canada, from Georgia to Wyoming, and of course Hawaii.

The bonds of fellowship and interconnectedness that you will share with your fellow mentees and mentors are almost palpable. 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.

We enjoy time for check-in and sharing our individual Nia practices, time for experimenting with our Nia toolbox of skills, time for decoding the music, and time for moving with the music.

How to access Nia Mentorship Series via GoToMeeting

Please join my 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

 

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Yes, the creative wheels for the 2019 Still & Moving Center Almanac are already whirring! If you’re the visionary sort and want to take part in the foundational stages of the next almanac, please bring your favorite words of wisdom, past almanacs and bright spirits! We’ll find the overarching theme for 2019, and for individual weeks. We draw from all the world’s many great traditions to inspire us. 

“Creativity, to me, is like clearing a tiny opening in the universal fabric that holds all the limitless possibilities in potentia. So it’s just a matter of putting ourselves in a state of active, beneficent receptivity and letting that light stream through.” – Renée Tillotson

The Still & Moving Center Almanac provides inspirational themes and words of wisdom from people of all times, places and walks of life. The tone set by those words may start your whole day, your week, even your year on a potent vibration.

Renee Tillotson

Renee’s purpose is to recognize and inspire our fundamental ability to create our own lives. We can at least choose our unique response to every situation we find ourselves in. The almanac is a publication that reminds us of our right and responsibility as human beings to live into our greatness, to claim our magnificence! Renee is the Founding Director of Still & Moving Center and editor of the Still & Moving Center Almanac. She has been a member of the Institute of World Culture in Santa Barbara, California since 1976. She continues to draw inspiration from the Institute of World Culture’s Aquarian Almanacs that were published in the 1970’s and ‘80’s.

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In a spirit of supporting Dance Wild Campaign we are proud to announce a Dance Wild! Freaky Friday Nia FreeDance Jam.

Shake a tail feather, let your hair down and cut the rug! It’s Friday for heaven’s sake! What’s more, Renee Tillotson, Director of Still & Moving Center and a Nia Black Belt, has chosen to dance with us on her birthday this year! She says our “presence” will be her presents!

Join our Nia friends who are doing Wild dance jams around the world. The Nia Dance Wild! worldwide campaign is designed to promote having fun while deepening our Nia community connection – both locally and globally.

Cultivate your authentic life force energy as Krista deftly leads us this free-flow dance experience of music, movement, and magic. Here Nia meets ecstatic dance! Get out of your head to stimulate movement creativity. Enhance physical conditioning, self-healing, true listening and emotional self-awareness.

Whether you think you can’t dance, or you already dance like a pro, all experience levels will feel welcome in this class

‘All good things are worth waiting for,’ is a maxim I’ve seen unfold many times in my life. Hah! After 61 going on 62 years, I guess I’ve had a lot of opportunities!

Doris Morisaki is one of those people I’ve always seen as outlandishly talented. And yet she’s been on her own time line in terms of unfolding some of her many talents. That’s OK; learning to move in Natural Time is one of the important teachings in Nia.

Doris and I were both Nia students of the same teacher, Kiwi Heilman, who first brought Nia to Oahu and who encouraged me to take my Nia White Belt training. I took it  in 2003 and began teaching. A year or two later I collected students and brought an official Nia trainer to the island. Doris was in the graduating group of that first White Belt I ever produced, and she was oozing with teaching potential and artistic skill.

The training, however, was a bit stressful for her, due to the personality of that particular trainer. Moreover, she was completely devoted to the daily care of her young son, Josh, a preschooler at the time. I encouraged Doris to begin teaching Nia, and she very politely – and FIRMLY – declined and continued to take class as a student. Eventually, there were a few times over the years when I was running late for class that I called Doris and she kindly agreed to play some music and do a bit of warmup movement with the students. It made her nervous.

I continued to produce Nia trainings, even bringing the Founder of Nia – Debbie Rosas – from Portland to Honolulu to give some of the trainings. Doris would happily attend the trainers’ public classes, but she always refused to take any of the trainings.

On September 6, 2013, Doris came to her first hula class at Still & Moving Center with our kumu hula, Mālia Helelā. I think that was a real turning point. She immediately was hooked and became a regular student of hula in addition to Nia. Josh was in middle school by this time, and we were now getting to see a lot of Doris on the dance floor!

As her hula skills advanced, so did her confidence in Nia. One day she came to my class very excited about hearing a song on the car radio that inspired her to create some choreography to it. She hadn’t actually DANCED it yet, except in her head while driving. So she and I found time to play the song and try out her moves. With a little extra listening to the song, finding the verse, the chorus, and the solo sections, we were able to nicely fit her choreography to the music. That’s what Nia TEACHERS do…just sayin’.

We spent a couple months practicing her song privately, until it was a well-polished little gem. How could we keep a jewel like that hidden?!? After some coaxing, Doris agreed to lead my Nia class for three and a half minutes with her newly choreographed piece.

Turns out, Doris is a self-admitted showboat. Once she put on the head mic she could hear her voice fill the room, which was thrilling. She had a great little song by Taylor Swift to teach and she did it beautifully. My buttons were bursting with pride!

Meanwhile, over on the hula side, Doris was making her way more to the front center of the hula ‘auana class, where her ability to memorize choreography was making itself known. Once the teacher starts stepping to the side and allowing students to dance on their own, all eyes begin looking for the fellow student most like to remember the steps….and that turned out to be Doris!

Josh entered high school last year. Doris, it seems, had a secret bucket list item that she prepared herself to accomplish. One night she and her husband Mark attended a concert by the local band Na Leo. Doris waited to see whether see they would play one of her favorites, “Waikiki”. Confident in the choreography that she had learned from Kumu Mālia, Doris actually stood up from the audience and made her way to the stage when the first notes of the song came on. For those of you readers who are not from Hawaii, it is a well-loved tradition of the islands, people share the hula they know when the musicians share the music. So there goes Doris, in front of several hundred people, dancing her first solo performance, unannounced. How I wish I had had a seat in the audience to cheer her on. Evidently the band played at half the speed Doris was used to, so she danced the entire hula in slow-mo. Wow! I can only imagine the crowd applauding wildly as she left the stage!

At least I did see Doris perform hula with Kumu Malia a couple months ago in front of three thousand people in a Waikiki hotel ballroom for the Transpac celebration. That was impressive.

Back on the Nia side, Doris had been cautiously watching all of the trainers that I brought to the island. She finally felt safe enough with Winalee Zeeb to take her Blue Belt training in February this year, more than a decade after taking her White Belt training. And she even began subbing Nia classes.  

We’re not done yet. There are a lot more Nia belt levels for Doris to take, and she has yet to offer a regular class of her own. In hula, she has also begun subbing and students devoted to Kumu Malia actually agree to dance with Doris! So far, she is learning modern hula, ‘auana, and has yet to dance the ancient hula, kahiko. The future is ripe with possibilities. Now that Josh is driving his own car and pretty self-sufficient, who knows where Doris will go, in her own time?

All I know is that it’s been well-worth the wait to see our ‘late-bloomer’ begin to blossom! Doris has taught me a lot about living in Natural Time.

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Sundays, August 27 through September 17.

$40 for series or normal drop-in rates.

We use GoToMeeting – free – to gather from all over the world!

Have GREAT piece of music that you just can’t WAIT to dance to? Need to change things up in your Nia classes? No time to learn a brand new routine?

In this highly creative, interactive series, we learn to adapt beautiful existing Nia choreography to the song of your choice. We learn markers for knowing how to match new music with already known movement patterns.  And we figure out how to reorganize the patterns to fit the new piece of music. Be ready to dance!

Nia belts of every level warmly invited to participate and share. Renee gives lots of individualized support and opportunities for self-growth and leadership.  

Choreography from Bailando and Joy are the particular focus of this 4 week series. We’ll also tap into our energy allies, the Four Agreements.

Participants grow from the opportunity to check-in with their supportive Nia sisters (and potentially brothers!) on their Nia journeys. It’s a real-life application of all our Nia principles and tools. The solidarity and learning we gain from participating in the mentorship experience can enrich all of our lives.


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