Jenn Hicks

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Coming Soon: Nia Move IT classes

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Nia Move IT classes

I’m cooking up something NEW in my Nia class offerings!

A few weekends back, I had a privilege of studying with Kelle Rae Oien, a Nia trainer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Here’s a short video of some of our classes:

 

That weekend was INCREDIBLY energizing for me.
We studied Nia’s 52 Moves and how to use them to create an interval training experience – a new class format called Move IT.
(You can read the technical description of Move IT here).

After the training, we had the option to continue studying via an apprenticeship program.

Based on the conditioning and enlivening fitness feeling I got, I decided to go for it!

 

Nia Move I.T.

 

 

Why I want to teach Move IT

  • It’s such a FUN interval training experience that feels like dancing with a twist!
  • I feel FRACKING FANTASTIC after a Move IT class
  • I want anaerobic conditioning (which will give me energy and optimize my aging process)
  • I want to train my reflexive muscular skills (the ability to move/react without thinking)
  • I want the challenge of doing something different
  • I don’t want to get injured – I want to continue to respect the body’s way (my body ‘s wayand this is the ONLY interval training program that will do that.

 

Stay tuned for Move IT classes starting in the coming months!

Ankle, Knee & Hip Harmony

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Today I had a new Nia student. She was eager to take her shoes off when given the invitation to do so.  I shared that I have done so much healing in my feet through dancing Nia barefoot. (More about healing my plantar fasciitis through Nia here).

Even though Nia was designed to be a safe barefoot practice, for some folks taking off shoes is difficult (for a variety of reasons).

My discussion with the new student got me thinking about my lower body alignment. A good part of the reason I have been able to heal my feet is because of what I’ve learned about alignment through Nia.

Toes-Forward-Foot-Ankle-Knee-Hip-Stability-Alignment-Evaluation

Our bodies are designed such that when our ankles, knees and hips are all facing in the same direction, they work most efficiently.

Keep your lower body happy and healthy!

Our bodies are happiest when our hips are balanced over our knees and our knees are balanced ovneutral alignment for blog poster our ankles. When hips, knees and toes are all facing in the same direction, our body feels safe and stable. With this alignment, our body knows where it’s going. More importantly, we don’t run the risk of torquing the knee or stressing the hip joint by asking them to do something they weren’t designed to do.

If our hips, knees and ankles are not stacked up on each other, there is the possibility for muscle imbalances and restrictions in the range of motion of our joints.

Pay attention to alignment

Keeping hips, knees, ankles (and feet) happy means paying attention to this alignment, both on and off the dance floor!