"NIA helps me feel more free and confident. It also has helped me learn to be more creative with movement not necessarily making every movement exactly the same as someone else. I come out of NIA class happy and confident!"
"I have been a yoga teacher for the past three years and have practiced yoga for about six years now. Before that I was a runner and loved challenging cardio work-outs. I had an open heart surgery in 2010 that left me unable to do my regular exercise routine. I found I could no longer approach fitness with the "no pain no gain" mentality. In fact, the more I pushed, the more I backslid and further complicated any recovery. Yoga helped me learn to honor where I was, go slowly and gently and breathe in peace as I approached a healing journey.
However, after spending years of practicing yoga, and using that tool to recover much of my health and fitness, something still seemed missing. I attended my first NIA class on an invitation from a friend at church. I liked it but didn't give it too much thought. Then Sherry Coburn invited me to her Saturday morning NIA class. Again, I went thinking, "Oh this would be fun, this would be nice to support her." However, I didn't realize all the pieces of my fitness puzzle that were missing, that yoga was not addressing. The more I did NIA, the more I noticed other parts of my strength and balance and agility and overall ease in movement and mind improving. I noticed I could hike down mountains more easily--with greater ease and speed. I noticed I held my body in better alignment and noticed when it was off more quickly. I noticed I felt more energized and complete after a NIA practice.
I notice the joy and the thoroughness of a workout all the while feeling nurtured and safe while doing it. It is the best way to break a sweat I've ever experienced and it leaves me feeling GREAT. Sherry is a MASTER teacher. She's one of the best things Anchorage has to offer!"
"Hi Sherry, Thanks for the opportunity to let you know what NIA has done for me. I was looking for something I could do with a class that I would truly enjoy. Your NIA class is that. Since I started I have more strength in my body as well as stamina. What I have noticed most right now is the flexibility in my hips and low back. Sitting all day is very tough on both and I have really enjoyed the movement I have. Also, I have had less low back pain which is a real plus. Keep dancing and spreading your joy. Thank you."