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Potential (& Joyful) Side Effects of Nia

Potential (& Joyful) Side Effects of Nia

Written especially for you by
Susan Tate

These side effects have been reported to me by many, many of my Nia students throughout the almost two decades I have been teaching Nia. And, I am happy to report, I have experienced everything on this list because of my practice of The Nia Technique*.

Potential (& Joyful) Side Effects of Nia

1. Increased bouts of peace and decreased feelings of stress

2. Frequent episodes of smiling

3. Improved muscle tone and a stronger immune system

4. Greater flexibility, agility, and cardiovascular conditioning

5. Recurring feelings of pleasure as you move and truly live in your body

6. Cracking up at how fun it feels to dance with Joy

7. An expanded sense of enjoyment of body/mind/spirit/emotion integration

8. An increased sense of body awareness, gratitude, and grace

9. A delightful expansion of cognitive function

10. An appreciation for the power of social connections that creates a loving
web of community support

11. Being pleasantly surprised at the gifts of the healing power of emotional release

12. A real possibility of improved postural alignment, greater balance,
shape-shifting (weight loss) and you might even grow taller

13. An amplified awareness of sexual delight

14. An increased sense of your endurance and strength

15. Joyful experience of more energy, better circulation, and better concentration

16. A refusal to engage in self-rejection

17. A noticeable increase in the loving words you use when you talk about (or to) to your body

18. Increased feelings of relaxation and sensory awareness

19. An empowered sense of remembering who you really are

20. In rare cases, you may find yourself dancing in the grocery store

If you experience any of these side-effects, please continue to enjoy doing Nia!

Nia is only one part of a complete program of caring for your body, mind, spirit, and emotions. You are advised to listen to your intuition to see what other
joyful activities can be added to
 your life!

©2018 Susan Tate

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*Disclaimer: This information is provided for educational purposes only. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise prescription.

©2000 – 2018 Susan Tate

Shifting from Manual to Automatic

2008 Toyota

My “new” car

Let me tell you up front, I am not a car person. I just like my car to be safe, get good gas mileage, have a way to play some music, and for it to get me where I want to go. So, several months ago when I replaced my old car with a 2008 Toyota Corolla, the first automatic car I ever owned, it was such a surprise to me as to how much I loved it!

I named her Grace. I love that name and all it reflects. More on that later . . .

My old car really was pretty old. I reluctantly sold my 1994 Toyota Corolla after driving it for 22 years and over 280,000 miles. It had a manual transmission and the stick shift was a part of my driving life.

I have been driving a stick shift since I learned to drive in 1965. Of course I’ve driven plenty of rental cars that were automatic, but I had only purchased cars with a manual transmission. It’s what I knew.

About a week after I had been driving my new car, I pulled up to a stop sign. After simply moving my right foot from the gas to the brake, I began to cry. That moment, I suddenly saw this whole shift from manual to automatic as a glaring symbol of my life up until that point. I worked somewhat hard while I was driving and realized that I had been working really hard for most of my life. I just thought that’s how life was. I was often “doing it myself” and taking all kinds of energy to shift from this gear to that gear. Now I know, it just doesn’t have to be that hard! (Life OR driving a car!)

So, I’m slowly learning that life can be a little more automatic. I can keep my eyes on the windshield of life and continue to move forward safely and mindfully. And maybe I just don’t need to fuss so much with so many gears in between. And maybe I can enjoy the time in between by just being, or observing, or by listening more.

Speaking of listening, I love playing music when I drive. Before signing the papers to purchase this car, I of course checked out the sound system. (You may want to know I also had my mechanic check out the other important parts of this car!) I grabbed a CD from my old car–a mix of my favorite spiritual tunes. I was pleased with the speakers and how great it sounded. I then turned off the music to go into the car dealer’s office and completed the purchase.

I mentioned that I named my car Grace. The first time I put my hands on the wheel and started my car after I officially owned it, you’ll never believe what music sweetly emerged from the CD. The lyrics were, and I’m not kidding, “You are held in the hands of grace.”* Okay God, I am listening!

I really like this shift from manual to automatic.

Are there things in your life that you might be able to switch to automatic to make things a bit easier? I’d love to hear about them. Please leave a comment here or come on over to my SusanTateCommunity Facebook page and share your thoughts.


* From the song Hands of Grace by Jack Fowler


©2016 Susan Tate