What would I do without dancing! I mean I count my lucky stars every day that I get to dance almost every day….and even get paid for it! 🙂 Seriously even when I am bone tired lately and I get to class feeling scattered and unprepared, my students are gracious and my 15 years of teaching just leads me through…and I ALWAYS feel better. Having some time to get out of my head and feeling my body strong is so important for me right now. I feel it is a superb way for me to prepare for surgery – to be at my strongest. And the love and support that surrounds me in the Nia community is powerful.
The longest break I’ve ever had from teaching Nia was for 6 months in 2008. I had to stop teaching about 6 months into my pregnancy with Avery due to pelvic pain and then I returned 2 months postpartum. It actually always amazes me that I could teach anything for 15 years! This is a testament to the work of Nia and it’s depth and dynamic nature – that I am constantly growing with it. So now I prepare for another break from teaching. I had my last class at my studio yesterday and look at the loving and thoughtful gifts my students brought. So lovely!
And then I arrive to Studio Nia this morning and they have created these t-shirts for my entire class to wear to my class on my last day there which will be June 26! I felt quite humbled really. I LOVE that the very body of work I created – called “Surviving to Thriving” which is my integration of Nia and therapy – is now on this t-shirt to support me. Really, quite astounding that I will now travel this path. How blessed I am to have such an amazing community of support – dancing the dance of LOVE!!!!