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Nia WellBeing - March 2012
dancing with challenge and change
Sometimes it seems when you're on the verge of something big, that life likes to challenge how ready you are and how much you want it! I know this is true for many of the 40+ participants who have signed up for next month's Brisbane Nia White and Green Belts. As I prepare to step out in my first gig as a Nia Trainer, I am excitedly counting down and there's much to do.
I like to be organised, not in a control freak kind of way, more that it relaxes my nervous system to have a focus and intention for the day, to make a daily list and set priorities for time management. This last month it feels as if my list is laughing back at me, as it lies neglected on my desk while I instead respond to other more urgent priorities that continue to emerge and accumulate.
Change Change Change! It seems that life can definitely get in the way of a good plan and I’ve learned that what we resist persists. So how to flow with the uncertainty of change and avoid feeling overwhelmed?
  • Breathe
  • Spend time in stillness and in nature
  • Have a compassionate conversation with your body
  • Keep energy circulating through subtle movement or do the Nia 5 stages practice for 5 minutes
  • Find something you enjoy doing so much that life’s stress and troubles seem to spin away, leaving only the dance of joy behind.
  • Play, laugh, sing, move, express, connect with others and... do Nia! 
What is Nia?  Nia is a fun, energising movement class that leaves you feeling uplifted and alive in body,mind and spirit; it is also a lifestyle practice for living an embodied, joyful and purposeful life with principles and tools to choose pleasure, navigate a rapidly changing world and consciously co-create your life in ways that feel great to you. There's life-enhancing body awareness, exciting somatic education and an amazing community of support.
If you get a tingling excitement reading these words, maybe you're being called to join us for the Nia White Belt! This 7 day training is coming to Brisbane 1-7 April, co-facilitated by myself and my inspiring friend and mentor, Winalee Zeeb. Read on below!
While the trainings are on in Brisbane, there's a different class schedule. Please see the attached pdf link below for class details 31 March-14 April.
Here's to going with the flow, dancing not only with what is but with the exciting possibilitites that unfold when we gracefully embrace change.
love Sophie

Sophie's Nia classes to 30 March and from 16 April
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

open class times and prices 31 March - 14 April

Nia White Belt Training. Can "I" Do This?
Yes, absolutely - you can do this! In Nia, we follow the Feel-Good Principle: "If it feels good, keep doing it. If it doesn't, tweak it until it feels good to you!" Nia is adaptable for all ages, fitness levels, and experience levels. In Nia, we highly encourage and celebrate uniqueness and personal empowerment. Go ahead - do it your way - and make the week the perfect intensity for you.
Already registered are men and women aged 20+ to 60+. Some are seasoned Nia students, others have never done a class before. Some are bringing the intention to self-heal, others the desire to teach Nia. Some want personal transformation, others a fun, dynamic movement experience and a practice for ageing with joy and health. All are welcome... so what are you waiting for?

Register now or find out more about Brisbane WB

Fiji 7 day Nia retreat - Earlybird ends 10 April
Book and pay a $400 deposit by 10 April to secure the earlybird price for the 7 day Journey into Joy Fiji Nia retreat.  25 August - 1 September
Experience the inspiring views from the thatched yoga shala overlooking Savusavu Bay with daily Living Meditation sessions and Nia classes.  There's plenty of time to relax by the pool or in your bure, explore the local Black Pearl farm, take scenic hikes, go snorkelling and enjoy a memorable visit to a traditional Fijian village.
We are welcomed like family at Daku Resort with delicious meals from local produce all provided.

Earlybird registration: Fiji Nia retreat 2012

upcoming events, playshops and trainings
Check the links or contact Sophie for details of these upcoming events.
until 14 Mar Wed 130-230 BCC Nia GOLD for over 50s Sherwood
31 March Nia Blast Class with Winalee 8-930 am West End
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
2-30 May weekly BCC Nia GOLD for over 50s Sherwood
5 May Brisbane community dance jam, New Farm
20 May Nia FUNdamentals: 9 movement forms playshop, West End
29 June-1 July Nia onstage at Brisbane MBS festival
30 June Nia class at Brisbane Yogafest
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
3-4 Nov Ageless Grace semiar and training Brisbane

Sophie's bio, classes, events and trainings online
Info and registration for Nia White Belt trainings with Sophie
please LIKE my new facebook page "Nia with Sophie Marsh"
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blog: Dr Lissa Rankin on her Nia White Belt experience
Nia on YouTube: a new student's story
article: Dance to life's rhythm
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Deepak Chopra: Take a Creative Leap
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Sophie Marsh
Nia Black Belt Teacher
and Nia Trainer
JoyFuL LiVinG
inSpirEd mOveMeNt 
0431 484 054 
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Nia DVDs: $25 
Global Unity 
Nia CDs: $15
Chakra Meditation
New to Nia? 3 classes $20 
Unlimited Monthly $80
10 classes $100 (purchase by 30 March)
5 classes valid 2 months $65/55
Casual $15 Concession $12
Pure Health Club casual $17 
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We can either watch life from the sidelines or actively participate. Either we let self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy prevent us from realizing our potential, or embrace the fact that when we turn our attention away from ourselves, our potential is limitless. ~ Christopher Reeve
Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you truly love ~ Rumi
It is natural to want serentity... But the river flows, and so must we. Change is the happy god that Heraclitus Saw in the golden river. Spread illumination through this darkening world; No change is good, but dancing Gracefully with change is better. ~ Ben Okri
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Moving Spirit Nia • 61 Plumer St • Sherwood Brisbane, Q 4075
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