We R1

by Jenny Block

I’m embarrassed to say that I did not get the meaning of the name of one of the newest Nia routines until after that first class. It’s called R1. As in “Are one.” As in “We are all one.” It’s a powerful sentiment and it’s an equally powerful routine.

Unfortunately not everyone around the world embraces this sentiment. But I’m hoping that this new routine will create all sorts of energy across the universe, enough to start a radical , worldwide evolution from we are many to we R1.

As part of my Nia teaching license, I have a number of routines on CD. R1 is one of them. I had big plans to learn it before taking Friday’s launch class, but only ended up taking it once on my own. Still, it got me especially excited for the official reveal.

For weeks, Jule invited us to come for the big Friday night class where she and Shannon would team-teach the new routine. Even though I was headed out of the country for the week thirty-six hours later and had lots to do before I could go, I decided to move the class to the top of my to-do list. I am so grateful I did.

It was a beautiful class. I am constantly inspired by Jule and the Nia community at MoveStudio. She brought such life and meaning to the routine, reminding me of the power of learning something new with people you love and respect. As we explored the new routine together, making mistakes, taking risks, and letting go, I found myself falling in love with Nia all over again.

It also inspired me to get to work. I have been licensed to teach since November but I haven’t learned a single routine. And it’s time. I feel so honored to have such an amazing mentor and I don’t want to waste the opportunity. I am hoping to make teaching Nia part of my latest evolution.

I want to thank Jule and Shannon for sharing this new body of work with our Nia community with such awareness and joy, reminding us all that we all indeed R1.

Jenny Block is a freelance writer and the author of “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage” (2008 Lambda Literary Award). Among other gigs, she writes a weekly sex column for FoxNews.com.  Jenny holds a BA and MA in English and taught college composition for ten years. For more on Jenny, visit her website at www.jennyonthepage.com.

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