Gratitude and Appreciation Forever!
Nia classes began with Sherrie Flack in Orlando back in May of 2008.Know
one in Orlando had heard of Nia, maybe it was just a handful. It took
some time to grow Nia and for those who found Nia and discovered that
Nia is more than a workout and as they connected with each class they
Students connected with moving their bodies, in their
body's way. This is what Nia teaches. What an amazing gift to see
students moving and enjoying an exercise class as they discovered,
healed, explored and learned.
As we age, it is important to
continue to use our brains and learn something new. Using the right
brain and using the left. Strengthening, building and exercising the
muscle of our brains, coordination skills. You can move fast, you can
move slow. What an amazing journey teaching in Orlando has been. It has
been an amazing adventure! As Nia was a New-to-Me-Skill. I continued to
learn and grow in my Nia practice each time I stepped into my own class
and even today as I write you in 2011 I still learn each time I step
into a Nia class. Not just my own classroom, any Nia class I choose to
Nia was beginning to take root in Orlando. Classes
were beginning to grow. Students were connecting and a small Nia
community was born. Although, Nia was in its infancy Nia students
greeted Nia with open arms. Even if it was just to sample, to get a
taste of "What This Nia Thing is All About." A Nia seed was planted,
another Nia seed has been planted. Now, many Nia seeds have been
I desired and prayed for a Nia instructor to join me in
sharing and building Nia in Orlando. Don't get me wrong there are white
belts in Orlando who have taken the Nia training. They're out there,
I've met them and they're wonderful people.
Nia in Orlando has
just celebrated its Nia 3rd Year Anniversary. How the time has flown by
that is truly unbelievable. Students are coming to Nia classes, they are
connecting. Nia is growing in Orlando, Florida, How amazing! Even a few
visits from out of state people and even Nia visitors from another
country. Much gratitude and love to those whom have came to join us in a
Nia class in Orlando, Florida!
Much gratitude and love to the
space that was given. Thank you to those locations that have given Nia
an opportunity to grow in the area. Thank you to: The Center for Contemporary Dance, The Winter Park Library, Mindful Body of Maitland, Casselberry Recreation Center and Mark Street Senior Center.
Thank you to all the Nia students whom have come out and given Nia a
try for the first time. Thank you to the students that continued to come
to Nia class over the years. Thank you to those who have supported me
from when I just began my Nia journey. Thank you to those whom have
stepped in and found Nia just before me moving. Celebrate, the time we
have shared together and REMEMBER
you have planted a Nia seed too. You have been a part of this Nia journey. Thank you!
feel some emotion it is May 27, 2011 as the time draws closer for my
family and I to head to North Carolina. Nia classes have come to a pause
as of Thursday, May 26, 2011. My family and I are scheduled to move the
end of June. Feeling emotion of what and who I am leaving behind. A
community of wonderful Nia people.
When I first began teaching
Nia, it was a New-to-Me-Skill. I thought if know one comes to Nia class
there is no Nia. I worried about numbers. I wondered, "What was wrong?"
Little did I know I needed to learn some lessons of my own. To be in
RAW. Relaxed, Alert and Waiting.......and when the time came when I was
ready to receive, they came. They stepped in and people came and they
even stayed. I'm feeling emotion as I am leaving those Nia students
behind. I made a huge discovery along the way. If there is no Nia
students, there is no Nia. If there is no Nia instructor, there is no
Nia. If there is no Us
, there is no Nia. What a discovery
that is. I always thought I would be living in Orlando and never thought
of not being present. How true it is, without Us
there is no Nia. I feel emotion as I will be the one leaving....Feeling happy and sad all at the same time.
Nia sister and I have connected and she has shared that she had desired
for a Nia instructor to come and help her build Nia in the NC area. Her
strong desire must has brought me to North Carolina? My husbands job
has brought us to NC, so I am heading to the NC area and I know in
Natural Time I will teach Nia classes again, but until then I will enjoy
this time I have been given. May- be to be a Nia student example?
Sherrie's Prayer for Whomever?
desire and prayer is that someone steps forward to continue the work in
Orlando that has started. I look forward to coming to Orlando for a
visit and joining your Nia class as a student. Know, that I am just an
email away and all you have to do is email me. Know that there is a Nia
community close by. A Nia community in Sarasota and Saint Petersburg,
Florida. Nia in Florida is growing for sure. Come and grow Nia in
Wishing Nia continued blessings for its future. Nia is
not over, it has just come to a gentle pause...............Nia will
continue........in Orlando, Florida.
Much Love and Gratitude,Sherrie
May 23, 2010
I would like to thank everyone who came out on Friday evening to
Mindful Body of Maitland. The event was a huge success because of "You"!
Everyone's energy was amazing! Let me tell you, I did not sleep that
evening! My entire body just kept on drumming and dancing all night
long in bed~ I look forward to our next event in the future. As Nia
grows in the area we can look forward to more events like this in the
future. Thank you friends for coming out and experiencing letting go,
freedom and FreeDancing Nia~experiencing stretching, breath, flow and
the healing of Yoga to Live Drumming and beautiful music by Karl Miranda
The food was amazing and the drum circle was so much fun! Everyone's
energy was amazing, and connecting with feeling so comfortable to let
go, took the drum circle to a different level. I have participated in
a few drum circles before, but this one really rocked! I personally was
able to let go for the very first time and I mean really let go! I felt
comfortable to allow my inner child out to play. Thank you for
allowing! Thank you for being! Thank you for being you!
Friday was truly a celebration! A celebration of friends, family and
community coming together!
I am truly looking forward to turning "50" in two years and I look
forward to you joining me at this celebration. I am already working on
planning it in my head. It will consist of dancing and playing drums,
for sure. Take time to celebrate your own life, your dreams, your
accomplishments, your desires, one another, celebrate life! Celebrate, You!
Karl can assist you with making your celebration one you will truly
remember! Contact Karl Miranda at email@example.com
April 30, 2010
It's hard to believe May is here already with many exciting things
happening this month.
I would like to begin by sharing my gratitude to those who have come
into my life to assist me on my journey and those whom shall come in
the future. I have learned a lot from you and I still have much to
learn. Thank you for our time together!
Thank you to the Mayflower seniors who have come into my life
and taught me that seniors of the age of 80, 90+ enjoy Nia too! Thank
you for the time we have shared together.
A special thank you to Joanne for assisting me over the months
at the Mayflower Retirement Community. Your help and assistance has
been greatly appreciated!
Thank you to those who have shared
your time with The Center for Contemporary Dance volunteering at there
performances on weekends. Your assistance was
and is always appreciated! Thank you for giving your time to the Arts.
Thank you for the many spaces, locations and opportunities that
have come our way to grow Nia in the Orlando area.
Thank you new students for coming and giving Nia a try!
Thank you to all who have connected with Nia and continue
to come to class for many reasons like: fun, friendship, fitness,
learning, healing and continued growing!
Lots of love and healing to those who have not come yet
due to healing their bodies or are out now healing their bodies at the
Love to those whom spend much of their time taking care and
assisting others. You have so much love to give to those around you!
Thank you to those who have come into my life for a short time,
you have given me an opportunity to learn and grow!
Thank you to those who attend Nia classes here and there and
attend Nia Events. I look forward to connecting with you again in the
Many blessings to those who have come to try Nia and have found
that Nia is not for them, but you are open to Nia finding its way into
your heart in the future!
Happy Mother's Day to all those who are Mother's and all
who have given their time, love and have been an example to children
over the years. It takes a village to raise a child. Thank you for sharing
and caring for others!
Many blessing to everyone!Know that the door is always open for you to come NOW
and in the
Follow Your Heart and Your Spirit!
It's up to you to take the first step!
Whatever you desire can be yours!
Visualize your desires!
Now, move forward on your path!Mahatma Gandhi