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Move IT Apprenticeship

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Nia

 

I’m 3 weeks into my 12 week Move IT Apprenticeship and am so enjoying it! I’m still a little shocked that Interval Training could be so body-friendly and fun!

Move IT is appealing to my love of physical challenge and is pushing me to learn and expand my somatic (body) knowledge. The bonus? Getting to know my body, mind, emotions and spirit better!

I’m learning about the benefits of interval training in terms of healthy aging. New research is showing that interval training (short bouts of intense activity) has positive effects on cellular metabolism which helps build energy and muscle. Exciting, right?! You can read more about that here.

Part of the apprenticeship is learning about anatomy through this gem of a resource – The Anatomy Colouring Book by Wynn Kapit. Seeing the bones and layers of muscles in colour makes me feel like I’m looking at works of art! I feel a sense of awe thinking about how magnificent our bodies are and am so grateful that Nia and Move IT respect the sacredness of that.

Learning about Anatomy
Here’s a video of me after having practiced a Move IT session – I like to Move IT, Move IT!

After a Move IT training session, I feel so strong, relaxed and invigorated! I have this “cleansed” and energized feeling that is so so satisfying. 

The EXCITEMENT I feel after a Move IT Practice Session from jennifer hicks on Vimeo.

I have some preliminary plans in place for a Move IT class to begin this summer at U of T (Thursdays at 12:10pm) and am working towards bringing this special program elsewhere.

I hope you’ll join me!

Beach Nia at Jill Hewlett’s Women’s Wellness Circle 2.0

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

It was a pleasure to be part of Jill Hewlett’s Women’s Circle for the second year in a row this past Friday night. We had a large circle of very spirited women join us at Ashbridges Bay, some of whom were experiencing Nia for the first time.

 

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Photo by Mopo Arts

 

I really enjoy passing along great music and promoting musical genius, so here’s my playlist from that night. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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PHOTO: COURTESY OF RUGGED GRACE. PHOTOS BY SHELBY LIN AND LYDIA BURNS

Take the Long Way ~ Po’ Girl

Brave ~ Sara Bareilles

Grateful ~ Nimo feat. Daniel Nahmod

I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) ~ Michael Franti

River Deep, Mountain High ~ Glee Cast

Give Thanks (feat. Tevya Jones AKA Wisdom) ~ +Elijah- And The Band Of Light

U R the Answer ~ Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith

Trip the Light ~ Alicia Lemke (made famous by the “Where the Hell is Matt” 2012 Project)

Everybody ~ Ingrid Michaelson

I Know~  Karen Drucker

Remember ~ Omkara

 

If you’re interested in even more good music you can see last year’s playlist here.  And, if you want to continue to be inspired by the unique and magical combination of movement and music that is Nia, check out my class schedule here.  If you prefer to dance at home, you might want to look at the collection of Nia DVDs I have for sale here.