Oct
9
5:45pm 5:45pm

Nia in the Pool!

Enjoy our sparkling lap pool at Soma Ranch with some AquaNia.

The support and resistance the water provides creates a lovely, complimentary environment - lots of potential.

Great way to stay cool and enjoy a super workout!  With 9 people registered in the class we have 3 places left. Please text Helen at 832-567-4550 to reserve your spot! or enjoy the possibility of Nia by the pool side AND the opportunity to dive in. (or deep water Nia ;-)

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PMS Praise Move & Sweat!
Oct
8
7:30pm 7:30pm

PMS Praise Move & Sweat!

Come Praise Move and Sweat with us at Soma Ranch! We're in for a GLOURIOUS TIME singing, praising and dancing to Christian music. Folks of all faiths, seekers and atheists are welcome. Giving it to Jesus will be our focus.

For over 2 decades (since I became a Christian) I've been dreaming, praying and longing to combine my passion for Christ, with my love for movement, into an all inspiring Christian workout/workship experience. With the sale of our NiaMoves studio and business, moving up to Montgomery, the blossoming of Soma Ranch business, my Liliana (daughter) happily transitioned to University of Texas, and most of all my own faith growing and developing, I feel Christ nudging me.... the time is now, take a step in faith.. 

Cost: Suggested sliding scale: $5-25.

I hope you will join me. If you are unable to attend, yet curious/interested to come to future classes, please email me at helen@somaranch.com.

I love how crazy excited and scared I am all at the same time! Prayers appreciated.

Special thanks to Charlotte Kerr Jorgensen, Peggy Renfroe, Dena Trayhan, Barbara Portele, Kendra Oglesbee, Joanna Runciman, Loretta Milo, Jody T Morse, Sonja Leite, Sue Korthauer, Katy Hobbs, Kathy McElroy, Dee Pile and especially Sonja Lowe, who each, in their own unique sweet ways, have been sisters in Christ, praying for me and nudging me on this path for a long time.... 

 

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PMS Praise Move & Sweat!
Oct
8
7:30pm 7:30pm

PMS Praise Move & Sweat!

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Come Praise Move and Sweat with us at Soma Ranch! We're in for a SUPER TIME listening, singing and dancing to Christian music. Folks of all faiths, seekers and atheists are welcome. Giving it to Jesus will be our focus.


For over 2 decades (since I became a Christian) I've been dreaming, praying and longing to combine my passion for Christ, with my love for movement, into an all inspiring Christian workout/workship experience. With the sale of our NiaMoves studio and business, moving up to Montgomery, the blossoming of Soma Ranch business, my Liliana (daughter) happily transitioned to University of Texas, and most of all my own faith growing and developing, I feel Christ nudging me.... the time is now, take a step in faith.. 

Cost: Suggested sliding scale: $5-25.

I hope you will join me. If you are unable to attend, yet curious/interested to come to future classes, please email me at helen@somaranch.com.

I love how crazy excited and scared I am all at the same time! Prayers appreciated.

Special thanks to Charlotte Kerr Jorgensen, Peggy Renfroe, Dena Trayhan, Barbara Portele, Kendra Oglesbee, Joanna Runciman, Loretta Milo, Jody T Morse, Sonja Leite, Sue Korthauer, Katy Hobbs, Kathy McElroy, Dee Pile and especially Sonja Lowe, who each, in their own unique sweet ways, have been sisters in Christ, praying for me and nudging me on this path for a long time.... 

 

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Chakra Movement Meditation
Oct
6
7:30pm 7:30pm

Chakra Movement Meditation

Enjoy a magical, multi media, meditative movement experience, with 7 songs from the ChakraDancer CD. Experience:

  • modulating through the 7 tones of the 7 charkas,
  • illuminated by the light of the chakra through the room,
  • guided through choreography specifically designed to align with each chakras.

The simple moves, and rich experience, provide you with an opportunity to

  • relax your thinking mind,
  • find pleasure in your moves and
  • delve into healing for your Soma (Body Mind & Soul).

Cost: Cash or Check sliding scale $10 - 25.

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The Mask and Mirror
Jul
15
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Mask and Mirror

This expressive movement experience guides you through the Epic Loreena McKennitt CD "the mask and mirror" from beginning to end.

 

Spanning Spanish, Celtic and Moroccan influences, Loreena’s fifth album follows paths of inspiration from Ireland to Santiago de Compostella to the Middle East.

Our focus plays upon the theme of mask and mirror, with these concepts: 

  • Connection: crafting attention to discover how to consciously connect move to move, song to song, moment to moment
  • sensing simultaneous tightening and loosening (open and close)
  • The Mirror: what do I choose to show (express publicly),
  • The Mask: what do I choose to hide (feel intimately)

Cost: Cash or Check sliding scale $10 - 25.

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Jul
3
10:00am10:00am

Nia Mood Food ~ I have a dream!

Enjoy a special "holiday" Nia class. Usual rates apply $15 drop in, $40 for 4 classes. 

Varied Moodswings album provides musing to fuel any emotion

Moodfood
Moodswings.
Arista Records.

By Douglas D. Keller
Photography Editor

There are seven wonders of the world. You are about to witness the eighth." So begins the introductory track "Throw Off the Shackles" from Moodswings's debut album Moodfood. This album is definitely something different, a combination of rap, techno, new age, and industrial. The first time I listened to the album I felt that Moodswings had answered the question of what would happen if Nine Inch Nails made a new age album.

The album's press kit aptly describes Moodfood as "aural medication for tired minds." The album is remarkable for the stylistic range of its tracks, which vary from George Winstonesque piano on "Hairy Piano" to rap/house on "Problem Solved." No matter what mood you might be in, there will be a song on this album which will heighten your happiness or alleviate your sorrow. What is similarly remarkable is that the rest of the album will sort of fade into the background, only to be noticed again when the track fits your mood.

Moodfood was conceived and written as a single piece of music incorporating many thematically linked tracks or moods. Moodswings is able to achieve this effect by blending the transitions between tracks and by having many movements within each track. These movements will pick up a riff used in an earlier track or will give hints of riffs to come.

 

Moodswings is the collaboration of musicians J.F.T. Hood and Grant Showbiz. Grant Showbiz was responsible for producing many albums for The Fall and Billy Bragg and has also worked as soundman and sometime producer for The Smiths. J.F.T. Hood was the drummer for The Pretenders and has also played drums on some of the last Smiths gigs. Joining Hood and Showbiz are Jeff Beck and Johnny Marr on "Skinthieves," Linda Muriel supplying vocals on "Rainsong," and Chrissie Hynde singing on the first single from the album, "Spiritual High (State of Independence) Part II." An interesting addition to the music of the album is the mixing of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech "I Have a Dream" with drum machine, piano, effect boxes, and a synthesized chorus on "Spiritual High (Part III)."

Moodfood alleviates, combats, and sometimes evokes our "moodswings." This is essentially what the album is all about and what Moodswings feel that music should be all about. As they say, "The sections in the record stores shouldn't be dance or country or whatever - they should be cheer you up, relax you down, music for a picnic, music for a funeral, etc."

 

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May
24
to May 29

Forrest Yoga Classes

Daily public Yoga classes available during the upcoming 7 day retreat

Students will experience a delicious, sweaty Forrest Yoga practice and leave feeling like they just got a relaxing deep tissue massage. 

All the Morning Intensives and Classes are taught by Ann Hyde (annhyeyoga.com) and Catherine Allen (catallen.yoga).

All the Afternoon Community Classes are taught by special guest Forrest Yoga Teachers from Michigan, Austin, Korea and Houston! It will be a real treat for the students!

Cost: 

  • Morning Intensive $35
  • Morning Class $20
  • Afternoon Community Class $10 (all proceeds will go to the Wolf Sanctuary)
  • All Morning Intensives, Morning Classes, and Afternoon Classes $230 

Schedule of Forrest Yoga Intensives and Classes:

May 24:

Morning Intensive 9:30am-12:00pm

Afternoon Community Class 4:45-6:15pm

 

May 25:

Morning Intensive 9:30am-12:00pm

Afternoon Community Class 4:45-6:15pm

 

May 26:

Morning Class 9:00-10:00am

 

May 27:

Morning Intensive 9:30am-12:00pm

Afternoon Community Class 4:45-6:15pm

 

May 28:

Morning Class 9:30-10:30am

Afternoon Community Class 4:45-6:15pm

 

May 29:

Morning Intensive 9:00-11:30am

 

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    Nia Rising Routine
    May
    8
    10:00am10:00am

    Nia Rising Routine

    My Nia Routine “Rising” is an adapted routine, based on the classic Nia routine Mantra, originally designed by Carlos Aya Rosas and one of the first routines I ever learned.

    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.

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    Cinco De Mayo Dinner
    May
    5
    6:15pm 6:15pm

    Cinco De Mayo Dinner

    Fun to see Cinco De Mayo falls on a Friday this year. We'll be serving a most requested meal at Soma Ranch:  "Tacos Fiesta!" Would you like to join us?  

    Enjoy a gluten free (meat or vegan friendly) meal with:  Shredded Mexican Chicken, Grilled Mixed Vegetables with Mexican seasoning, Quinoa Spanish Rice, Joe's special Black Beans, Corn Tortillas, Grated Cheese, Sour Cream, Avocado Sauce, Pico, Chips and Salsa. Includes Coffee + Tea.

    Dinner is followed by Ice Cream, S'mores by the fire and a bonfire (weather permitted).   Shhh...  Joe's perfected how to prepare quinoa similar to Spanish Rice. (part of the secret to preparing Quinoa is rinse it then soak for at least 10 minutes before you cook it!) .

    RSVP by midnight Thursday, May 4 for the Friday, May 5, 6:15pm, Cinco De Mayo Dinner  $20

    Special Meal
    20.00

    Meal includes main course, dessert, coffee and tea. Enjoy after dinner S'mores, fire and festivities.

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    Wherever you are, however you choose to celebrate this day, here's some "facts about cinco mayo you should know but probably don't!"

     

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    Special Blue Belt Week
    May
    3
    to May 9

    Special Blue Belt Week

    SPECIAL Public Classes & Events During NIA BLUE BELT WEEK

    White Belt Nia graduates, from around the country fly in to delve deeper into their Nia Practice with the Blue Belt Nia Training which focuses on Communication, Relationship and Intimacy. You are invited to enjoy a taste of the blue belt by attending daily classes open to the public.

    Come enjoy daily classes and special evening events. It's a super time for beginners and to bring friends

    You're invited:

    Friday, May 5

    Saturday, May 6 

    Sunday, May 7  

    Monday, May 8

    • 6:00am    Nia class on the big screen! 
    • 10:00am Nia Class (Rising)

    Tuesday, May 9

    • 6:00am    Nia class on the big screen! 
    • 10:00am  Nia Class   

    Price for ALL ABOVE CLASSES:  Suggested Sliding Scale "drop in" fee $10 - 25.

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    Special Brown Belt week
    Apr
    20
    to Apr 26

    Special Brown Belt week

    SPECIAL Public Classes & Events During NIA BROWN BELT WEEK

    Blue Belt Nia graduates, from around the globe, fly in to delve deeper into their Nia Practice with the Brown Belt Nia Training. This includes daily classes open to the public.

    Come enjoy daily classes and special evening events. It's a super time for beginners and to bring friends

    You're invited:

    Friday, April 21

    • 6:00am    Nia class on the big screen! 
    • 10:00am  Nia Class 
    • 7:15pm    Nia Chakra Movement Meditation Experience

    Saturday, April 22   

    Sunday, April 23  

    Monday, April 24 (Super Bowl Sunday)

    • 6:00am    Nia class on the big screen! 
    • 10:00am Nia Class 

    Tuesday, April 25

    • 6:00am    Nia class on the big screen! 
    • 10:00am  Nia Class   
    • 7:30pm     Special Event

    Wednesday, April 26

    • 6:00am    Nia class on the big screen! 
    • 10:00am  Nia Class

    Price for ALL ABOVE CLASSES:  Suggested Sliding Scale "drop in" fee $10 - 25.

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    Conquer Paper Clutter
    Mar
    26
    2:30pm 2:30pm

    Conquer Paper Clutter

    Imagine a life free of paper piles and challenges? Kim Miller to the rescue - she's amazing! Please join me for this super class, for only $10 you can glean super helpful information, meet up with fun ladies at Soma Ranch and sip some tea. What could be better? hmm.. stay on and enjoy Praise Worship Workout at 5:00pm. ;-)

    Paper clutter is a problem for everyone --- it's the one type of clutter that you can't  STOP from entering your home no matter how hard you try. 

    So instead of covering your eyes and letting the papers pile up, learn how to handle the onslaught. Papers no longer have to be stressful.  Kim Miller will teach you how to manage them without anxiety and prepare you for tax day (either for this year or next!).

    Kim’s Organizing Solutions is a highly credited Professional Organizing Company in the Montgomery County area. Kim has witnessed the debilitating effects of how clutter costs people time, stress, money and prevents them from achieving their goals.

    Kim is passionate about giving others hope, encouragement and discovering new possibilities. Kim will be hosting a hands-on workshop on Sunday, March 26th from 2:30-4:00.  She will be sharing tips on how to conquer the paper piles and help you create an effective filing system. 

    The cost of the class is only $10 to cover the cost of supplies. What a deal! You may pay by cash or check at the time of the event.

    If you are interested in simplifying your life and having fun, please rsvp Kim by Friday March 24th at Ksolutions713@gmail.com

    It’s time to break free from the stuff that’s been holding you back!  

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    Essential Oils with Sweet Mama ~ April Ree
    Mar
    22
    11:00am11:00am

    Essential Oils with Sweet Mama ~ April Ree

    I met April about a year ago. She has changed my life. I'm super inspired by her knowledge of essential oils, health and especially with how this Sweet Mama chooses to be in the world. Please consider joining me for this fabulous informative talk about aromatherapy. Enjoy sipping tea, learning about essential oils and getting together with some lovely local ladies. Consider coming early to dance Nia from 10 - 11am.

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    Feb
    11
    4:00pm 4:00pm

    Helen's B Day Class

    Helen has been following the Natural Time Calendar and waiting for this special birthday for 22 years! With the Natural Time Calendar every day is different for 52 years. That is the day we are born comes about again on our 52nd birthday.

    "I was born on Feb 11, 1965 as Blue Electric Storm and YES, on my next birthday I will be 52! Blue Electric Storm on My Birthday for the first time since the day I was born!! come celebrate with me" Love Helen

    Dancing with you on my birthday will be icing on the cake! 

    Show up! no need to RSVP. Wear your color (click here for instructions). Really appreciate an RSVP if you are staying for party (5 - 11pm) as we are catering food.  

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    Seeing you on my special 52nd birthday will be icing on the cake! 

    1 - 3pm Natural Time Playshop

     3 - 4pm Play Time

    4 - 5pm Nia Class

    5 - 11pm Party

    Come for the afternoon or the evening. Or stay for the day! Wear very casual clothes. Preferably wear your color. Entertain bringing your bathing suit + towel. 

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    Feb
    11
    1:00pm 1:00pm

    Helen's B Day PLAY shop

    February 11th is a very special birthday for Helen. In Natural time your 52nd birthday is the most significant of all! She's celebrating by sharing a playshop, class and party - come play!

    • Learn the fascinating dynamics of "Natural Time".
    • Somatically discover how we are connected to a color, direction, tone and tribe.
    • Enjoy a grand finale dance! we play with what we've learned and dance our web of connection to music.
    • First 10 people to arrive receive a free Natural Time Calendar!
    • Cost: "cash in hat at the door" suggested sliding scale $13 - 52.

    Preparation for Playshop:

    1. Decode your birthday here: http://13moon.com/decoder.php
    2. Bring a print out of your galactic signature. (Example below)
    3. Wear your color (Red, Blue, Yellow or White)
    4. You could wear a T shirt with your Galactic Signature!  (Example below) however this isn't necessary :-)

    Example of Galactic Signature Print Out:

    Example of T shirt (draw, iron on decal, or pin a paper print out!) (super optional)

    Seeing you on my special 52nd birthday will be icing on the cake! 

    Playshop 1- 3pm, Playtime 4 - 5pm, Class 4 -5pm, Party! 5 - 11pm

    Come for the afternoon, the evening or stay for the day! Wear very casual clothes. Wear your color. Entertain bringing your bathing suit + towel. 

    Helen has been following the Natural Time Calendar and waiting for this special birthday for 22 years!

    With the Natural Time Calendar every day is different for 52 years. That is the day we are born comes about again on our 52nd birthday.

    "I was born on Feb 11, 1965 as Blue Electric Storm and YES, on my next birthday I will be 52! Blue Electric Storm on My Birthday for the first time since the day I was born!! come celebrate with me" Love Helen

    1 - 3pm Natural Time Playshop

     3 - 4pm Play Time

    4 - 5pm Nia Class

    5 - 11pm Party

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    Jan
    14
    to Jan 15

    52 Moves Training Weekend

    This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the 52 moves of Nia deeper. Ideal for beginner to advanced movers who want to develop their movement skill and enhance their Nia class experience. Kelle Rae Oien, as an entertaining and multi experienced trainer, brings a wealth of knowledge from her rolfing practitioner background and vast Nia experience.

    Click https://nianow.com/node/1067460 to register for the course.

    Click HERE to select shared, semi private or private accommodation options.

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    Jan
    13
    8:00pm 8:00pm

    Profane - adaptation of Nia Class Sacred.

    Step-in and experience Kelle Rae's adaptation of her original routine 'Sacred'. The adaptation is called 'Profane' and explores the sensation of The Real You. We will tap-in to sensual and powerful music that asks you to become RAW and alive in your own flesh. Now is the time to speak and dance our truth. 'Profane' invites you to go to your edge....walk and dance your edge...maybe even challenge yourself to go over your edge!' Join Kelle for this playful yet powerful adaptation experience. This routine features Prince, George Michael and David Bowie to name a few, the late and great artists who were not afraid to express themselves and encouraged us to do the same. 

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    Sacred Immersion with Kelle Rae
    Jan
    13
    1:00pm 1:00pm

    Sacred Immersion with Kelle Rae

    Enjoy learning the latest "hot off the press" Nia routine from visiting creator/choreographer, Nia trainer, Kelle Rae Oien. 

    The focus of Sacred is the Bones. The intent is to drop in under our skin to experience our 206 bones in order to relax and create sustainability in the body. The sacral and cranial bones will be our featured guideposts, as they are the endpoints of our spine. The only bone that can be voluntarily moved in the cranium is the jawbone. For this reason, emphasis is given to relax and drop the jawbone, as well as to sound and express, to effectively encourage mobility up and down the spine and into the sacrum.

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    Create a Sacred Life 1 ~ Soma Ranch
    Dec
    31
    9:00am 9:00am

    Create a Sacred Life 1 ~ Soma Ranch

    Create YOUR sacred life, like nothing else, like no one else

    Create YOUR sacred life, like nothing else, like no one else

    By popular request Helen is offering another "Create a Sacred Life" experience as we step in to the New Year.  Available at Soma Ranch (New Years Eve) and NiaMoves Houston (New Years Day).

    Create a Sacred Life 1 ~ Soma Ranch
    9:00 - 11:00am  "Create a Sacred Life Exploration"  Playshop: 

    Be guided through a reflective and somatic process to reflect on 2016, glean what you choose to take with you into 2017 with the intent to manifest the most vibrant New Year possible. This playshop will include guided meditation, journaling, reflective time and movement.

    11:15am - 12:30pm  "Create a Sacred Life Journey"  Class 

    Dance your heart and soul into the New Year. Through Movement Meditation, and super groovy music, explore your purpose, potential and possibilities for the New Year.

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    NiaMoves' class passes do not apply to these special holiday classes.

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