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Return to Nia!

Tonight I went to my first Nia class since my knee injury sidelined me. (I got the permission of my physical therapist first.)

It was great!
In fact, not only had I forgotten how pleasurable it was, I was delighted by how quickly the moves came back to me. I had a bit of trouble with a combination step, but other than that, I remembered both the techniques and the patterns/rhythms.

Now I'm feeling pleasantly sweaty, with my whole body stretched out and alive.

Can't wait for next week!

Here's a video that does a good job capturing what a class can be like. Tonight's routine was much slower than most of this.

I'm also working on adding tai chi to my schedule. I like trail walking, but I'd like to get involved in more activities that get my whole body involved in a systematic way.

Now for a late, light supper and then some Buffy with Wolfling.



Jul. 17th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
That looks like a lot of fun, but they say it's a new way to get fit, yet it looks like a very old way of it to me. It's rather like the dance I do in my own living room when I'm not worried about choreography (which, since I graduated from high school is pretty much never). It seems to borrow from the free style dancing I've seen from decades of dance style evolution, starting from Isadora Duncan (my style has been compared to being similar to her own, although I would argue that I'm less likely to run in an arch around the stage). Of course, I don't dance every day anymore ... or even every week. So I'm curious, where is this taught? Do they have all ages classes?
Jul. 17th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
I have no understanding of dance history, so I'm not equipped to assess which parts of Nia are new and which are not. They do make a point of saying that they borrow moves from several styles and disciplines, plus martial arts and yoga (the latter being in the cooldowns that I've done).

The URL for the local area is here: http://www.niaseattle.com/drupal-5.6/

I go Redmond Sr. Center on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6-7pm.

There are daytime classes as well.


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