I am busy every Tuesday morning. It sometimes makes for a busy Monday or a very early rush to get things done before my 9:30 date, but I always make it on time. On Tuesdays I do Nia, a sensory based movement practce , but really it’s dancing - flowing, fun, beautiful dancing, in fact thier tag line is "love your body, love your life". Not to say that I look good doing it, I am slightly uncoordinated, but I could care less because I love it. I remember the first day I tried it, I literally smiled for the whole entire day after the class!
Its funny, I am still having a hard time being totally transparent with my blog posts, I hesitate when I want to write about things that don’t include me working 24/7. But I need to get past this and so here I am telling you that on Tuesdays, I can’t come to a meeting because I will be dancing.
The truth is, it's not just that I am dancing, but who I am dancing with. I dance with my dear friend Anita. The first time I took her to Nia she asked if it was going to be a Sex in the City sort of thing. Her friends, based on the part of town we were dancing in, asked if there would be poles involved. No poles...no sex - although wow, that would make for an interesting post! Baby steps, I am ready to talk about my dancing, but that is as far as I am ready to go!
Anita, the amazing Anita, I think she is the most fun person I know. She also happens to be one of my favorite sources for business advise (she is a digital chick too). Anita is also the strongest and bravest woman I have ever met. And she is the type of woman who turns heads when she enters a room, in fact I can’t remember a single person who I have introduced her to, that hasn’t said to me, “she is so beautiful”, it’s true she is beautiful.
Anita, the warrior, is in her second major battle with cancer. After 10 rounds of treatments last year and surgery, she is now part of a clinical trial. Once every other week she goes in and gets pumped full of new experimental drugs. On those weeks we only dance on Tuesdays on the other weeks we try and fit in a Friday class too. You got all that right? We dance every week. Every week we get together to move our bodies in celebration of life and to feel beautiful as we move. No sitting in bed, no gloom and doom, we celebrate. Don’t get me wrong there are hard days, and some days the dancing brings tears and that is okay, Nia sometimes does that.
Just over a week ago, thousands of people in Japan lost their lives, just like that, in a matter of minutes so many of them were just gone. And yet, so many of us hesitate, hold back, wait for things to be perfect or let the smallest of challenges set us back...why? I say celebrate all that is around us, cherish the moments, the people, the flavours, the beauty and live...now.
Here is a listing of Nia classes in and around Toronto, this same link will help you find Nia classes near you.I dance with the amazing Sarah Butler.
Anita will participate in The Walk for the Cure this fall, once her site is active I will link to it.