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Nia with Sophie Marsh - August 2013
journey into Joy
This Friday I fly to Fiji for a weeklong 'Journey Into Joy'.  It's the third year I’ve facilitated this retreat in the enervating energy of Savusavu. I feel relaxed that our small group will be lovingly looked after by the welcoming, radiantly happy and grounded Fiji 'family' of Daku Resort. I know we’ll all return feeling nourished and rejuvenated.
Surrounded by a luscious sensory smorgasbord we'll move, dance and play overlooking the exquisite views of the bay. As I let go of the busy-ness of routine and unplug from technology, I’ll sense my mind calming and my body awareness heightening. With less 'interference' I can better listen, interpret and consciously respond to the wisdom of my body and organically move towards choosing pleasure in each moment. Fiji time is Natural Time embodied, as the layers of western life that separate us from nature's elements are stripped away. I am so ready for that!
For many years I've been relentlessly pursuing personal growth, determinedly pushing my edge and guiding other people to realise their own magnificence.  I love learning, especially understanding the 'why', the science behind what makes us human beings so human, how we can cultivate conscious sustainable change in ourselves and contribute and co-create in community, local to global.
Through Nia I've learned to trust that my body is my best teacher and wisest guide. I am in awe of the depth of Nia as a practice and as an ever-growing body of somatic education that blends cognitive learning with experiential embodiment.  Nia translates movement, music, philosophy, science and anatomy into FUNctional tools for living a mindful, meaningful, joyful embodied life of purpose and pleasure.
As a recovering self-help junkie, my email inbox has been overflowing with messages of inspiration and information from Oprah, Brian Johnson, Lissa Rankin, Danielle LaPorte, Marie Forleo, Brendon Burchard, Gaby Bernstein and Deepak Chopra... just to name a few!  After a dose of "the daily love" I'm "Hungry for Change". I have a "tech husband" and receive personalised messages from the Universe, and that's before I even get on facebook to ruminate with Rumi or get tied up with TED!
I'm 'studying' conscious sensuality and sexuality via Kim Anami's online program "Coming Together" and recently began a Level 1 course in the School for the Modern Mystic with Belinda DavidsonBookmarks beckon from the partially read self-help library stacked next to my bed... A Handbook of Chakra Healing, Colin Tipping's Radical Forgiveness, Robert Holden's Loveability, Nick Ortner's The Tapping Solution, Deepak Chopra's The Soul of Leadership and Diana Richardson's Tantric Orgasm for Women.
While I am grateful to every one of these amazing teachers and soulpreneurs, all this knowledge can sometimes distract and overwhelm rather than help me move along my path to potential. It can seem easier to get plugged in at my desk, swirling in heady idealism rather than moving forward with embodied action.  At some point we need to 'step onto the mat' and make a commitment to moving with the impulse within that wants us to grow, to expand, to live into our greatness, to bring our unique gifts as a contrubution to the world. Thank you to Nia for paving the way for us to take those steps!
Neuroscience confirms that we feel better when we are directing our life-force energy to something we believe is real, true and meaningful. Seeking 'self-help' does not mean there is something wrong with us. Rather, the body-mind-emotions and spirit thrive on the conscious stimulation that being open to learning and change provides. With gratitude I see that I already have everything I need. My journey into Joy begins each moment I listen to the wisdom of my body, and get moving.
Love Sophie
When the student is ready the teacher appears...
3 ways to go deeper with Nia if you desire:
1. online at - free online classes, workshops and telecourses.
2. at classic Nia and Nia 5 stages classes or on Nia DVDs available through Sophie. find Brisbane classes
3. via Nia Belt trainings - White. Green. Blue. Brown. Black. 
7 reasons to take the Nia White Belt training
7. The White Belt Training is a how-to manual of practical tools for living life in your body with Joy, ease, grace, power, fascination, pleasure and balance. The investment you will be making in yourself is priceless, limitless and will last a lifetime.
6. Whether you want to become a Nia teacher or take White Belt for personal growth, this training is designed for you. The White Belt is an entire week dedicated to you....for you....all about you....celebrating you!
5. You get to train with our very own Aussie Trainer, Sophie Marsh, in wonderful locations around Australia.
4. You will be initiated into a global community of passionate movers and healers dedicated to sharing the Joy of Movement.
3. There will be a fabulous graduation celebration!
2. Because you are ready. Right here, right now. Whether you have been taking Nia for years or have taken just one class before you begin White Belt, you ARE ready. Truly.
...and the number 1 reason to join us for a White Belt:
1. Receiving your Nia White Belt is a magical milestone. After a week of discovering your body’s way, deepening your knowledge and love of self, and making connections with inspiring and like minded kin, you take with you practices for living a sustainable and pleasurable life. What more could you ask for?
Register now by following the link below: 
West End Brisbane 4-7, 11-13 October (split weekends)
Joy of Movement playshop 15 September
Join Sophie Marsh and Ann Boon as they warmly welcome you to Principal 1 of the Nia White Belt - JOY of Movement.  
This playshop is perfect for people who are new to Nia AND for those looking to go deeper with their practice.  For the first hour we'll have fun exploring how it feels to move the body choosing the sensation of joy.  How does that feel in your body?  Can you choose the joy of movement in your little finger, behind your ears, on the tops of your feet – focus attention and move!  From this experiential, we'll dance into a one hour Nia class experience.  After class we'd love to answer any questions you have about the upcoming Brisbane Nia White Belt which will also be held at Rio Rhythmics.  Consider this a little taste of what is to come! 
Sunday 15th September. 10am-12noon 
Studio 1 Rio Rhythmics, 126 Boundary St West End, Brisbane
Cost: Earlybird $40. On the day $50.
Brisbane community Dance Jam raises $1212
Dance Jams are all about celebration.  Dance Jams are like gourmet feasts where you get to dance with different teachers and sample their unique gifts.  And they provide a beautiful space to do your best 'dance like no-one's watching'.
Our 3 August Dance Jam celebrated 30 years of Nia around the world and raised $1212.40 for local community group Joining Hands who provide nurturing and restorative natural therapy treatments to vulnerable young people and their families. Some of money raised will go towards a Nia course for these young women and the rest will be used for one on one treatments.
thank you for your beautiful support and generosity!!
Sophie's events, playshops and trainings
17-24 Aug Nia Retreat Fiji
7-28 Sep  Nia 5 stages 4 week course. Saturdays 7-8 a.m.
15 Sep Joy of Movement Nia playshop, West End. 10 a.m. - noon
22-26 Sep Nia Green Belt Training with Winalee, Gold Coast
4-7, 11-13 October Nia White Belt Training split weekends, Brisbane
25-27 October Every Woman Gathering
2-23 Nov Nia 5 stages 4 week course. Saturdays 7-8 a.m.
4-11 January Nia White Belt Training Sydney
Thanks Joanne Wilkinson, Anya Phelan and Tracey Tighe who are keeping the home fires burning while I'm in Fiji!  All classes will run except Chelmer on Friday 16 August. If you missed out this year... the retreat will run again next August.  Stay tuned!
In this issue:
Nia with Sophie class times
Monday - 900-955 am 
Pure Health Clubs, 236 Old Cleveland Rd COORPAROO
Monday - 630-730 pm 
St David's Parish Hall, 62 Chelmer St East CHELMER
Tuesday - 930-1030 am 
Yoga on Parker. 23    Parker St NEWMARKET
Wednesday - 900-1000 am
St David's Parish Hall, 62 Chelmer St East CHELMER
Ekka Wed. class is ON!
Wednesday - 130-230 pm  
28 Aug and 4 Sep. 
GOLD for over 50s  ph 3403 8888
Neighbourhood Centre, Thallon St SHERWOOD
Thursday - 520-620 pm
Pure Health Clubs, 236 Old Cleveland Rd COORPAROO 
Friday - 930-1030 am NOT 16 Aug 
St David's Parish Hall, 62 Chelmer St East CHELMER
Saturday - 800-900 am
Rio Rhythmics Studio 165 Boundary St (in the arcade) WEST END
Nia 5 stages course
The Nia 5 Stages is an integrative movement practice based on the five stages of human development: embryonic, creeping, crawling, standing and walking. These stages have the power to facilitate optimal alignment and improved function in the body. When practiced at length or for as little as five minutes per day, this system provides you with the tools for reclaiming and sustaining mobility, flexibility, strength, agility and stability.
4 week courses - Saturdays 7-8 a.m.
7-28 September and 2-23 November
Cost: full 4 week course $60.  
3 weeks or less $50.
not transferable between courses.
Nia class prices and products
Nia DVDs $30 
Nia CDs $15
Nia Knee Pads $20
Class Gift Vouchers available!
Class Prices
New to Nia? 1st 3 classes $30
Unlimited Monthly $80
10 classes $120 (3 months)
5 classes $70/60  (2 months)
Sophie Casual $15/$13
Pure Health casual $20
Pay for classes and products online: 
CBA BSB 064-178
Acct 10372619
Name Sophie Marsh
“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way.” ~ Wayne Dyer
"The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures." ~Rabindranath Tagore
"Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all." ~ Khalil Gibran
“Wherever your path takes you, may all your deathbed wishes come true, and may you celebrate each and every one of them many long years before your final breath.” ~ Gay Hendricks
"No feeling you get from any exterior stimulation or source is anything like the total bliss of communion within." ~ Neale Donald Walsch

website: new Nia Brisbane online!
article: Find Your Inner Zen - a 'Cairns Eye' reporter gives her account of her first Nia class
youtube: BrainPower: Improve your mind as you age - Happiness and its Causes
youtube: The Power of Movement @ Young Minds conference
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