Hi! I have an announcement to make, there is going to be a change to the way I implement my teaching that I want to share with you. You can watch my video blog here, or you can read what I have to say below…
It’s time for me to make a change. Honestly, I have been struggling for a while now. I’ve been noticing over the past year my Nia class sizes have been diminishing. I’ve been struggling with the space I’ve been teaching in. There has been a huge ongoing remodeling project there, noise and mess disrupt the sacred healing space that is such a huge part of what I create for my students. I’ve been finding it difficult to find the joy of teaching Nia, which is the heart of what I do. I feel that my mission is to bring joy, healing, and happiness to other people in their lives.
I feel that the change in atmosphere at the current venue is affecting attendance at my class, and if I only have a couple people show up, I’m not being able to impact as many as I would like. I’d like to see my classes full. I’d like to be able to make a change and impact more people’s health and their well-being.
I have been teaching at the same place for almost nine years and it’s become comfortable, and safe. And then suddenly it felt as though everything changed, it all kind of came crashing down. I showed up to the studio to teach, and discovered yet more remodelling underway, I had not received any notification that this was going to be impacting the space where I teach, and it was just not possible to teach that day. I had to cancel class, right there, with students already at the studio expecting me to create a space for them to dance, we all had to suddenly change our plans.
It was, in many ways, the final straw. I know that I have been lingering in what is safe, in what is comfortable, uncertain about whether to make a change. And I’m not sure what to do next. I’ve been in limbo, debating whether to move my classes to another location. I don’t know what that looks like. Do I want it to be my own business? Do I want to partner with another organization? Do I want to open up my own space? I’m not quite sure.
Outside of teaching Nia, the rest of life’s been in transition, too, as my youngest child, my daughter, starts kindergarten this week. And maybe my schedule opens up a little bit? It has become clear that the universe has been sending me a lot of little signs that I need to make some changes, and I have been ignoring those signs, and now they are great big huge signs, that cannot be ignored, they are shouting at me now, and I have reached a point where I have to do something.
What that means, where I’ll be teaching, that’s still yet to be determined but I can assure you that I WILL be teaching, that IS decided. For the details, I need a little time to rest and reflect, and so I have decided to take a bit of a sabbatical for the next three weeks, at least through the end of September, just to evaluate how I want to move forward.
I just want to say how grateful I am for those who came and danced with me last Saturday. This is my mission, this is what I need to be doing, I truly believe that, and it breaks my heart not to teach for the next few weeks because I love Nia and I love teaching Nia. But I know that something has to change, and that the time to make those changes is now.
The love and the support that everyone gave to me on Saturday morning is something that I am so so grateful for. I know that I’ve impacted many of your lives. I’ve supported you through those times of transition, and now I need your support, I need your love, I need your encouragement. Whether it’s to listen, or to give me ideas of how to move forward, or just to wait for me. Just to wait and and know that I will be back teaching. I might do some Facebook live videos in the meantime, so look out for those. I might do kind of a spur the moment go to the gym and teach in their studio when it’s free. I’m just going to dance. I might go take some Nia classes myself. I just want to settle. My girl starts kindergarten on Monday and once she is on her way I’ll go from there. I appreciate any love that you you can give during this time and I am thankful for your patience with me as I go through this transition.
Sending you love, and receiving it, too, and grateful for your love and your support.