Tag: self-expression

by Christy Morgan

Curious what Nia is all about? This website has some great blog posts on the subject. Many of which are inspiring and you may connect with!

I’d love to tell you about my experience with Nia. To be honest with you at first I thought it was bizarre and not for me. The first time I saw a Nia class was at the Portland VegFest in October 2014 and will admit I had some negative judgements about it. At the time I was bodybuilding and really into pumping iron. Even though I had enjoyed Zumba and all forms of dance in the past, Nia just rubbed me the wrong way. There was dancing, then people began to kick and punch the air, saying “yaaaah” as they went. Then jumping and dancing around all wildly. I thought to myself, these people are nuts. Haha, it’s really funny when I think back on it!

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Nine months later I was at the Vegetarian Summerfest giving talks and teaching bootcamps. Early 2015 I decided to take a break from bodybuilding and get back into yoga. It gave me a chance to center and connect to myself and not care so much about my physical shell. My friend Allison was teaching Nia classes at Summerfest so I thought, what the heck I’ll give it a try. I let everything go and went in with no expectations. I literally danced like no one was watching and had SO MUCH FUN! Allison’s class reminded me how much I loved to move my body and express myself within movement. I took another class with her that week and got hooked.

My experience with dance is mostly in clubs. I took a jazz dance class at a community college later in life, but I never did dance classes growing up. My best friend has tried many times to take me to an “ecstatic” dance party but everytime I freeze up and can’t move. There’s something about being in a class and following a teacher that comforts me. The great thing about Nia is you express yourself within the set movements of the class. The teacher is just a guide.

allisonbaliSo if you are a bit nervous about dancing or feel like you aren’t coordinated Nia is just for you! Especially with a teacher like Allison. She puts you at ease just being in her presence. So don’t let your fears stop you from joining us in Bali. Also, keep in mind that all classes are optional. If you try one of the Nia classes and decide it’s not your thing that’s cool. Just come for the yoga (which is also optional!), art classes, the chance to relax and recharge, and connect with other conscious-minded women.

Allison and I are so excited to share the empowering movement of Nia with you in Bali! We have extended the early bird discount a week so you’ll save $200 off if you pay your deposit by January 22nd!! Don’t miss this opportunity! Blissed Out Retreats will not be going to Bali for another few years or at all. If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting this magical place jump on this affordable package. You won’t find any retreat of this nature cheaper.

See more details of the retreat here.