with Vicky DeMercer

Sundays, December 14 & 21

9:30 – 10:30 am

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Awaken your body Sunday mornings with a healing movement practice. Using the principles and lessons from the Nia 5 Stages of Healing. Allow yourself time to slow down, explore your body’s anatomy, and restore your body from the inside out. Reconnect to five stages of human development – Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing and Walking. Ease your body into reclaiming its natural mobility, flexibility, strength, agility, and stability.

Like yoga, much of the this practice is done on the floor, or smoothly and easily going down to and coming up from the floor. Modifications are made if your body is not ready to make it all the way down to the floor. In each session, Vicky will focus on a specific aspect of the human body as it relates to the whole. Reintroduce your body to yourself and learn and restore the beauty and dynamic ability of your body’s anatomical structure.

vicky dancingVicky DeMercer will guide you through this experience. She has been a certified Nia instructor since 2009 and trained in the Nia Five Stages in 2011.

Session 1 (December 14): Body Awareness – Tracking Sensations of Pleasure and Pain – This is an opportunity for you to explore The Body’s Way, which is a method of looking at the design of the body and allowing its structure to dictate how the body is used – that means how you do what you do.

Session 2 (December 21): Becoming a Sensation Scientist – Listen to the voice of the the body. In this session, you will cultivate body awareness through all parts of the body (skin, joints, muscles, bones, etc.). You will use your body as a tool to enhance your well being. You will learn to listen to your body to make choices that make you feel better.

with Vicky DeMercer

Sundays, Nov 2 – 30 

9:30 – 10:30 am

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Awaken your body Sunday mornings with a healing movement practice. Using the principles and lessons from the Nia 5 Stages of Healing. Allow yourself time to slow down, explore your body’s anatomy, and restore your body from the inside out. Reconnect to five stages of human development – Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing and Walking. Ease your body into reclaiming its natural mobility, flexibility, strength, agility, and stability. Like yoga, much of the this practice is done on the floor, or smoothly and easily going down to and coming up from the floor. Modifications are made if your body is not ready to make it all the way down to the floor. In each session, Vicky will focus on a specific aspect of the human body as it relates to the whole. Reintroduce your body to yourself and learn and restore the beauty and dynamic ability of your body’s anatomical structure. vicky dancing

Vicky DeMercer will guide you through this experience. She has been a certified Nia instructor since 2009 and trained in the Nia Five Stages in 2011.

Session 1 (November 2): The 5 Sensations – Sense Flexibility, Agility, Mobility, Strength, and Stability. Tap into the five sensations responsible for maintaining functional fitness. Using your body, you will learn the unique qualities of each sensation in your body.

Session 2 (November 9): Becoming a Sensation Scientist – Listen to the voice of the the body. In this session, you will cultivate body awareness through all parts of the body (skin, joints, muscles, bones, etc.). You will use your body as a tool to enhance your well being. You will learn to listen to your body to make choices that make you feel better.

Session 3 (November 16): One by One – Refining Technique. Learn and refine each of the Nia Five Stages of Self Healing in your body – for your body. Move in spirals and relax all the way down to your bones in embryonic; sense the linear shape of creeping and how the left and right sides dance with one another; play with balance the your extended spine in crawling; understand how the previous stages have prepared your body for stand; bring in your own awareness to walking.

Session 4 (November 23): Breathing – Awareness of breath – the inhale and the exhale. You will pay attention to how your breath initiates and supports your movement in each of the Nia Five Stages of Self Healing. Find out how your body breathes naturally through gaining a sense of the relationship between your movement and your breathing.

Session 5 (November 30): Muscles – What keeps muscles healthy? Get to know the little engines that allow you to do everything from breathing to brushing your teeth. Play with your large muscles systems and your teeny, tiny muscles. Discover how your muscles are designed to work together.

with Vicky DeMercer

5 sessions, 5 Stages of Healing

Sundays, Sept 28 – Oct 26

9:30 – 10:30 am

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5 Sign Up Now![/jbutton] Sign Up Now![/jbutton]Nia Founder Debbie Rosas calls the 5 Stages of Healing a natural fountain of youth. 5 Stages of Healing is a movement practice based on the five stages of human development: Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing and Walking. Practicing the Nia 5 Stages allows your body to naturally reclaim its natural mobility, flexibility, strength, agility, and stability. Like yoga, much of the 5 Stages practice is done on the floor, or smoothly and easily going down to and coming up from the floor. Each 5 stages class has a different focus, allowing you to really learn the beauty and dynamic ability of your body’s anatomical structure. This 5 Stages of Healing series is scheduled to allow and encourage students to move directly into the 10:30 am Nia class that directly follows.

Nia Founder Debbie Rosas calls the 5 Stages of Healing a natural fountain of youth. 5 Stages of Healing is a movement practice based on the five stages of human development: Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing and Walking. Practicing the Nia 5 Stages allows your body to naturally reclaim its natural mobility, flexibility, strength, agility, and stability. Like yoga, much of the 5 Stages practice is done on the floor, or smoothly and easily going down to and coming up from the floor. Each 5 stages class has a different focus, allowing you to really learn the beauty and dynamic ability of your body’s anatomical structure. This 5 Stages of Healing series is scheduled to allow and encourage students to move directly into the 10:30 am Nia class that directly follows.

September 28 – Body Awareness: Tracking Sensations of Pleasure and Pain – This class is an opportunity for you to explore The Body’s Way, which is a method of looking at the design of the body and allowing its structure to dictate how the body is used – that means how you do what you do.

October 5 – Connective Tissue: the body’s largest organ, the stuff that connects together every single part of our bodies. This session will help you to slow down and sense the relationship between connected body parts. You will learn to more seamlessly connect your movements to one another. Connect to the sensation of the “in-between” for smoother transitions.

October 12 – Head and Neck: Housing the command center of your central nervous system, your head and neck are vital to graceful, coordinated movement. Learning to sense where one ends and the other begins, you’ll be see and sense the beautiful unit and systems that allow the head and neck to function.

October 19 – Shoulder Blades: In this lesson you’ll instill healthy movements for your shoulder blades, extending from the center of your back outwards. Use creative arm and hand expressions, awareness, and changing the direction of your palms to keep your shoulder blades engaged and healthy, your chest open and your back strong.

October 26 – Sacrum & Coccyx: These frequently ignored bones at the base of your spine are critical for a healthy back and for supple movement and balance. Explore how the sacrum and coccyx are designed to move and support different areas of your body.

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5 sessions, $5 each, 5 Stages of Healing

Free for Golden Circle Members

Sundays, 9:30 – 10:30 am


August 10 – September 7

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Nia Founder Debbie Rosas calls the 5 Stages of Healing a natural fountain of youth. 5 Stages of Healing is a movement practice based on the five stages of human development: Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing and Walking. Practicing the Nia 5 Stages allows your body to naturally reclaim its natural mobility, flexibility, strength, agility, and stability. Like yoga, much of the 5 Stages practice is done on the floor, or smoothly and easily going down to and coming up from the floor. Each 5 stages class has a different focus, allowing you to really learn the beauty and dynamic ability of your body’s anatomical structure. This 5 Stages of Healing series is scheduled to allow and encourage students to move directly into the 10:30 am Nia class that directly follows.

August 10 – Body Awareness: Tracking Sensations of Pleasure and Pain – This class is an opportunity for you to explore The Body’s Way, which is a method of looking at the design of the body and allowing its structure to dictate how the body is used – that means how you do what you do.

August 17 – Connective Tissue: the body’s largest organ, the stuff that connects together every single part of our bodies. This session will help you to slow down and sense the relationship between connected body parts. You will learn to more seamlessly connect your movements to one another. Connect to the sensation of the “in-between” for smoother transitions.

August 24 – Head and Neck: Housing the command center of your central nervous system, your head and neck are vital to graceful, coordinated movement. Learning to sense where one ends and the other begins, you’ll be see and sense the beautiful unit and systems that allow the head and neck to function.

August 31 – Shoulder Blades: In this lesson you’ll instill healthy movements for your shoulder blades, extending from the center of your back outwards. Use creative arm and hand expressions, awareness, and changing the direction of your palms to keep your shoulder blades engaged and healthy, your chest open and your back strong.

September 7 – Sacrum & Coccyx: These frequently ignored bones at the base of your spine are critical for a healthy back and for supple movement and balance. Explore how the sacrum and coccyx are designed to move and support different areas of your body.

 
Sunday, October 27  
1:15 – 3:15 pm
 
$25
Nia Belts Free
Golden Circlers Free 
With a focus on connective tissue, we will explore the largest tissue of your body. Our connective tissues (myofascia) cover every organ, muscle, tendon, joint – every internal body part. The stresses in our lives tend to tighten, torque and bunch our connective tissue – but it doesn’t have to stay that way! Playing in each of the five stages of development, Nia’s five stages of healing, will help to to smooth and loosen your connective tissue. As you allow yourself to slow down, you can focus on the ” in-between” sensation of movements flowing from one part of the body to another. The goal is for you to find a silky sensation in your movement, a quality of grace and ease that enhances the health of your myofascia. The workshop will conclude with an abbreviated Nia class to move with the music, enjoying your new awareness of your connective tissue.

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with Vicky DeMercer

Saturday, May 25

1:30 – 3:30 pm

$25

$10 for Nia Belt Graduates

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How would it feel to easily get down and up from the floor again like a kid?  Nia 5 Stages is a physical practice based on five stages of human development: Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing and Walking. Consciously moving through these stages as an adult re-integrates the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual elements in such a way that after just five minutes of practice, participants notice improvements in power, range of motion, and ease in areas of their bodies other forms of exercise do not affect. This process of realignment allows the body to do what it is designed to do: explore its potential, self-heal and grow. The focus of this workshop will be Mobility and Stability.

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