My Biggest Take Away from Nia Training with Britta Von Tagen

Stepping into the Joy of Moving with Nia Trainer Britta Von Tagen

Stepping into the Joy of Moving with Nia Trainer Britta Von Tagen

The Promise of Nia

Twenty three of us from across North America came to the Georgetown Aikido Dojo in August and immersed ourselves in the skill, kindness and enthusiasm of International Nia Trainer Britta Von Tagen

Each Nia training I attend offers something special. So what made this one unique?

First of all, the concepts Britta taught felt really clear. Also, I didn’t have the usual bleary-eyed tiredness; although the 11 hour days were long and active.

And then the uniqueness dawned on me.

Every concept began with movement; with a somatic - body- experience first before Britta introduced rationales, ideas and left brain words. Often these movement intros were playful and felt satisfying.

Her degree as an educator and 30 years of practicing Nia have taught her a few things about teaching everyone - not just children.

On Day 4 during our subject of “Delivering the Promise of Nia” Britta reminded us what many know and science is firmly proving:

Learning happens best through movement

I agree!

And in this fast paced world change is everywhere and the pressure to learn is continuous. Whether it is setting up a new computer, remembering your way in a city or navigating a relationship every aspect of our life is enhanced by moving.

Yet, our car-desk-chair culture puts so many limitations on our movement potential.

Your life depends on you moving.

So imagine a walk around the block while doing taxes is as practical and helpful to our success as having a calculator or sharpening a pencil.

It also means the day you feel low, uninspired or an ache may be the BEST day to get to your class.

The goal of Nia and MELT Method class is to give you the tools and ability to bring movement into your whole life where your learning happens.

To bring more ease into your day.

I LOVE sharing them with you. I am especially inspired from Britta’s insightful training. Watch out world.

Leave a comment below with your favourite ways to move in and out of your fitness class.

I hope to see you on the movement floor sometime. 2019 year starts Sept 23, 2019 (Nia) and Oct 18 (MELT Method).

Newfoundland 2020 - Our Sunset

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I could have added lots of sunset photos from Newfoundland; but I didn't. I added this one.
It's from Outrageously Happy 2018 on Woody Island
We watched this sunset just before our summer campfire when Elaine told us the hilarious story of scoring against her own team in high school basketball.
Anyone can find images of spectacular scenery and good times in Newfoundland.
But this is our sunset. For Real.
And in July 2020 we have set the stage for warm-hearted connection, body love and a good dollop of outrageous happiness.
And sunsets.

The Village. Finding Connection


The Village.

We used to be connected automatically to community and now it is trickier than ever.

I've been noticing connection recently in class. A new student will find a past acquaintance when she arrives, friends registering together and new friendships forming.

Last Thursday, my colleague Sarah Jean brought her Jesus Christ Superstar rock opera Nia for the 3rd year.

We had a record number of students-over 30 peeps- in the room. People came from London and people brought family members.

So much fun.

I was struck by how a few strands of connection started years ago keeps weaving and strengthening into a solid web.

A web that offers support, meaning and a sense of belonging that I am thankful for each day.

Thank you to the fabulous crew who were able to make the class and all of you who connect and support each other thru classes, events and retreats.

Mary's Story: Why create a retreat to empower healthy living?

At age 48 I was diagnosed with a breast tumour.  After lots of soul searching and research I decided to combine some chemotherapy with a more holistic approach.  This was tricky as there is so much information, mis-information and lots of opinions. It is a challenging time to start new habits; not eating sugar and refined carbohydrates, in particular was tough and mostly unsuccessful. 

I dove into my own life’s work, building Born to Move, helping 100’s of people increase their health and well-being through movement, body awareness and community with Nia Technique and MELT method.

Yet, will power and self discipline for my own health are not my strongest suit. An opportunity to take time away from my regular routine and immerse in a supportive environment to solidify my healthy life choices has been on my radar ever since.  

Every program I found was too far, too long or too intense. Finally, when I came across Hacienda Del Sol in Costa Rica, my plan started to fall into place.

Six years after that diagnosis, Cathy has helped me stay on track providing the most up to date information she learns at conferences with her passion for life long learning. It was a lifesaver to have a person to trust especially when thrown off track by too many options or worried about set backs.  She is grounded in real life; knowing that relationships, laughter and managing stress are as important to healing and vitality as physical habits; that smart, curious determined women like me can be hard on ourselves and short on self- compassion.

Cathy, the owner of Georgetown Naturopathic and Wellness Centre practicing for over 23 years, was the natural fit to help create a well rounded, scientifically sound, fun and relaxing co-adventure in self care.

Whether you are looking to recharge for a week or have more pressing health concerns and need to set some new approaches, join us at Hacienda Del Sol to EMPOWER your HEALTHY LIVING.