San Rafael, California

When and how did you start practicing Yoga/Nia?
My Yoga journey was never an easy one. Raised in New York there were Yoga studios of plenty and I tried a good number of them. It would start the spark however I just never felt settled enough for the long haul. The timing wasn’t right I suppose, until now. January 2013 is when it all clicked! I started taking 2 classes a week and found I was having a good time, that I was feeling such wonderful joy. About 2 months later I was introduced to Nia! The dance, martial and healing arts took my breath away. I have never looked back since.

How has it helped you ‘off the mat’?
Yoga and Nia has helped me in so many ways. I have reconnected to my true self. I have more awareness about my body and what feels right. I am able to think with such a clear non-judgmental mind. Ego does not get the better of me. I am filled with such Joy and amazing energy.

When did you decide you wanted to teach Nia, and where/with whom did you do teacher training?
After my first Nia class taught by Terese Schoen, I knew I wanted to teach. By the end of class I was filled with such energy and happiness that I wanted to share this with the world. I signed up for my White Belt Intensive with the amazing Kate Finlayson, Black Belt Instructor and Nia Trainer; at the Joy of Movement Studio in beautiful Pittsboro, NC and I received my White Belt in July.

What are your favorite Nia/Yoga-related books or DVDs?
The Nia Technique, by Debbie and Carlos Rosas; Anatomy of Movement, by Blandine Calais-Germain, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

What do you like to do when you’re not doing Nia/Yoga?
When I am not doing Nia/Yoga I am raising two amazing little boys. I love to travel when I can and experience new people and places. I am an event planner on the side; working for the Carolina Panthers during their season, as well as volunteering my services when someone needs it.

Amy, Nia, Beautiful

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