Driving back from New Jersey, where I spent Passover, I noticed that my neck felt tight. Two nights on a strange mattress, several hours of standing and socializing, and a long sit at a table, and you are bound to feel a bit of stress in your body.
My friend and I drove back to DC in the early morning so I could be in the studio for my class at noon. Driving for three and a half hours was rough on a stiff neck. But then it was Nia class to the rescue!
As soon as I started to move, the tension in my neck was relieved.
I always tell people that there are days when the only time my body feels pain free is during and after Nia class. When I go back to my regular life – sitting at the computer, driving in traffic, cooking, training, doing errands, it’s all wear and tear on the body.
In Nia class I am able to dance the form of the routines and create freedom in my body. Dancing within a structure allows my creativity to flourish. Moving freely lubricates my joints and pumps my muscles with blood, warms my body and gets me to a place where my body can self-heal. That’s why I feel good dancing. I feel good when I lift weights too, but in Nia there is the music, energy and the flow of the moves. It is restorative and transformative.