Nia Mantra Routine

At 8am Sat we’re playing with the classic Nia routine Mantra, one of the first routines I ever learned, designed by Carlos Aya Rosas.

Focus: movement as mantra and a metaphor for self, community, life.

Beginning with sensing the belly (our core) notice how this “moma cell” can contract/extend, bend/lean, figure 8. The Belly is a substance with strength (resilience), elasticity (the ability to bounce back), and fluidity (go with the flow). After embodying the focus in the Belly we expand awareness to the belly of the 700 muscles in our body, then to each piece of connective tissue, the 7000+ cells. All the same mantra of movement.

We sense inward (Body, Belly, Muscles, Connective Tissue, Cell)
We can also sense outwards (Body, Self, Others, Class, Community, Global)

and realize it (and we) are one.

The Mantra, our lives, the community continues. We are strong, we bounce back, we go with the flow, we celebrate, there is much love.

I’m inspired by the words of David Foster Wallace, This Is Water

There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys. How’s the water?”

And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, “What the hell is water?”….

….the immediate point of the fish story is merely that the most obvious, ubiquitous, important realities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about.

this first track is super for before and after class…

Glass Mantra 21:24 Silvia Nakkach Ah The Healing Voice

here’s the playlist for Nia Routine Mantra ~ it’s a classic :-)

Mantra (Organics) 4:43 Michael Stearns
Power of Love 5:42 Celine Dion
Father Figure 5:37 George Michael
Turn The Page 6:07 Terrence Trent D’Arby
SkinThieves 6:08 Moodswings
Conga Te 3:35 CoublePlusGood
Tied Up 6:11 Yello
Fractal Zoom 6:24 Brian Eno
When I Fall in love 4:20 Nat King Cole
With This Love 3:39 Peter Gabrial
With this Love - Choir 3:18 Choir
Wall of Breath 2:29 Peter Gabriel