Julie Wylie, fellow Nia Trainer and co leader of the Houston Nia White Belt, recently shared this very touching post about her journey to this training. A lovely reminder of how to live life, cherish friendships and count our blessings. I feel very blessed to know Julie and honored to co-lead this training with her.
"12 years ago, I stepped into my first Intensive Training ever. I wanted to teach Nia. To be clear, I felt called to teach Nia and the White Belt Certification was my first necessary step. Feb 2005, I began that course with Helen Terry in Houston, TX. On Day 7 of the 7 day intensive, a knowing arose in me, I'd be training this curriculum one day. But, first things first, I needed to learn how to teach. More than 8000 classes into that endeavor, I've discovered along the way a well-spring of curiosity that fuels my desire to 'be the best person, partner, friend, relative, neighbor, and teacher I can be'.
7 years later, fulfilling a premonition, I stepped up to facilitate my first Intensive Training ever. The culmination of this personal accomplishment was the result of summoning courage again and again to face what often felt like many insurmountable fears: the fear of being seen, the fear to not being perfect, the fear of rejection, the fear of not being good enough, the fear of speaking up, the fear of not belonging, the fear of failure... shall I go on? because I could! Perhaps you can relate to this on some level, in ways that are unique to you of course yet shared in our humanity. I often felt like a little girl in a woman's body, looking out with relentless concern about what others thought of me.
I credit my perpetual practice of Nia's design system for completely alchemizing my internal environment. Learning to inhabit, love and live from every square inch of my body has been a path well worth dancing!
"We teach best what we need to learn" has been my truth and saving GRACE. Forever standing on the precipice 'What's new?' I'm super excited to find myself preparing to facilitate a Nia White Belt Certification 9/25-10/1 in Houston, TX at Studio NiaMoves, with Helen Terry!
Join us Sept 25 - Oct 1 as a trainee, as an auditor, or as a student in public classes. Plan a spontaneous day trip to Houston to Dance Self, Soul and Spirit. Helen and I would love to see you there.
To Your Health, Julie Wylie