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Nia WellBeing - February 2012
What's your brag?
I've been facilitating personal and professional development and holistic fitness for over 15 years. So you might think that, as someone who stands up in front of groups of people, publicly liberating her inner child, warrior woman and nurturing healer and encouraging others to do the same, I'd be fairly relaxed about putting myself out there. Sharing my passion for Nia, inspiring people to live their joy and offering innovative ideas for balance and wellness lights me up. While I now love to express, shimmy, rumble, dance, kick, sing and embody my authentic self, I am still learning how to self promote and receive compliments with grace.
One of the (many) things I love about Nia is that it shows me where my growth edge is and gives me tools to move through self imposed limitations, to make choices that increase my personal power so I can step into my potential. Perhaps my unease was imbued by Australia's tall poppy syndrome or a childhood fear of not being good enough or maybe it's a girl thing! Whatever the reason, I am ready to leave it behind.
Regena Thomashouer writes in Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts that most women need a lot more bragging practice and suggests forming bragging circles! She says through bragging big and small we can inspire and motivate one another to heights unknown. 
Whether your dreams for this year are about finding your life's purpose, cultivating more joy and love, connecting in community, having more adventure, exploring your creativity or getting into the best mind-body shape of your life, choose something you feel good about yourself right now and share it with a friend, loved one, on facebook or at Nia class. In talking about the good, more good can come your way.
Here's my brag: in June 2010 I was one of a select group invited by Nia's co-creator Debbie Rosas to apply to join Nia's international training faculty. It has been an exciting, challenging, intense and deeply fulfilling process that culminated in me graduating last month as Australia's first Nia Trainer. Thank you to my friends, family, students, colleagues and mentors for your support on this amazing journey.
And thanks for some great feedback after the 52 moves playshop. "I really enjoyed Sunday's 'playshop'. I feel I have a better understanding of Nia and of some of the basics. You really are an inspiring teacher, your love and passion for Nia just seems to flow out to all of us. And your energy seems to be contagious too." - Tiffany
It may take practice and some supportive encouragement to brag without comparing, qualifying or self-criticizing! What's your brag? I'd love to hear it.
love Sophie

Brisbane Nia classes with Sophie
Saturdays - 800-900 am
Rio Rhythmics Studio 165 Boundary St (in the arcade) WEST END

 - 900-955 am
Pure Health Clubs, 264 Old Cleveland Rd COORPAROO
Mondays - 630-730 pm
St David's Parish Hall, 62 Chelmer St East CHELMER
Tuesdays - 930-1030 am
Yoga on Parker. 23  Parker St NEWMARKET
Wednesdays - 900-1000 am
St David's Parish Hall, 62 Chelmer St East CHELMER
Thursdays - 6-7 am
St David's Parish Hall, 62 Chelmer St East CHELMER
Thursdays - 520-620 pm
Pure Health Clubs, 264 Old Cleveland Rd COORPAROO 
Fridays - 930-1030 am
St David's Parish Hall, 62 Chelmer St East CHELMER

view Sophie's classes in printable pdf format

Nia 5 stages series. 4 Feb to 3 Mar.
Start your weekends feeling invigorated and energised. Learning Nia 5 stages technique gives you a movement elixir for increasing body awareness and ageing with grace. These guided sessions help you gain optimal alignment, improved function and comfort in the body. Step into the 8 am class feeling balanced and embodied! Knee pads provided.
Saturdays 7:00-7:55 a.m weekly from 4 Feb to 3 March
5 classes $65. 
4 classes or less $55. Sorry, no casuals.

Nia White Belts and Brisbane Info Session
Have you ever wanted to know more about Nia or the 7 day Nia White Belt training or do you know someone else who might be curious?
At our Brisbane info session you can...
~learn more about Nia and the White Belt training
~meet others who are contemplating this sensation rich week of body-mind education
~bring your questions
~get a taste of Nia in action
Whether you're a Nia class regular or completely new to the practice, the White Belt experience is one of Joy, self-discovery, creativity, connection and transformation through your body's way in a safe and inclusive community.
The White Belt training offers 50+ hours of experiential body-mind education for personal growth and/or to share Nia professionally. In Australia we've had White Belt participants aged 16-60s with varying levels of fitness and body awareness. Why not come along to our free info session to find out if it's for you?
Please feel free to invite friends to this open event!
RSVP appreciated by contacting me or Maria Golding 0439 705 596.

RSVP on facebook to 19 Feb White Belt info session

upcoming events, playshops and trainings
Check the links or contact Sophie for details of these upcoming events.
4 Feb- 3 Mar Nia 5 Stages - 5 class series West End
8 Feb-14 Mar BCC Nia GOLD for over 50s Sherwood
19 Feb White Belt Info Session 3-4:30 pm West End
26 Feb Passion Routine Immersion for Nia Belt grads
27 Feb Free check-it-out class, Baby and Me Nia with Maria Golding
1-7 Apr Nia White Belt Intensive, Brisbane
10 Apr last day to pay $400 deposit for Fiji earlybird price
10-14 Apr Nia Green Belt training, Brisbane
20 May Nia FUNdamentals: 9 movement forms playshop, West End
3-9 July Nia White Belt Intensive, Western Samoa
25 Aug-1 Sep Nia Retreat, Fiji
27 Sep - 3 Oct Nia White Belt Intensive, Thirroul NSW

Sophie's new bio, classes, events and trainings
Info and registration for Nia White Belt trainings with Sophie
website: info on Baby and Me Nia classes
article: sense when the body says "stop"!
article: Giving cancer patients something to dance about
Earlybird price and registration: Fiji Nia retreat 2012
Nia Sounds on youtube: "Rise" from Birth CD
student testimonial: dancing from 343 to 163 pounds with Nia!
article: Iodine, the missing nutrient
article: capture the spirit of "Yes!"
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Sophie Marsh
Nia Black Belt Teacher
and Nia Trainer
JoyFuL LiVinG
inSpirEd mOveMeNt 
0431 484 054 
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Casual $15 Concession $12
Pure Health Club casual $17 
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When you are lonely or in darkness
The astonishing light of your own being.
~ Hafiz
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Tell about it.
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