Twilight Obession Leads to New Exercise
Thursday, February 12th, 2009
My recent Twilight obsession has led me to unearth the part of myself that has been lurking around in my subconscious. My dormant dual self, my inner “criatura”, the creative, spiritual and sensual self that peeks out every once in awhile despite the pragmatic duties of everyday life.
I think Traci’s blog post hits a home run by asking the earnest question… What do our obsessions tell us about ourselves? (Heck, I was thrilled to find out I wasn’t alone in my Twilight obsession).
After a bit of soul searching, I realized that my vampire romance obsession was telling me that I needed to do something that blended my mind, body and spirit in the form of movement. So with this new awareness I found myself trying something completely novel to me, Nia – Neuromuscular Integrative Action, a mouthful, but also a beautiful movement founded on a blend of martial, healing and dance arts.
I had first heard about Nia when diabetic actress, Elizabeth Perkins, from Weeds, shared in an interview how exercise helped her manage her blood glucose. Her exercise of choice was Nia – “a free form dance program.”
To get a feel for Nia movement and music check it out at “Nia in Action.” In Northern Virginia, I found a great Nia class at Beloved Yoga in Reston taught by the duo Cat and Cami. The music they used was a great fusion of east and west.
Moving to the rhythm was so…exciting and comforting all at the same time. It felt so right – like I was home (or a Bollywood star in my own private movie which felt good too). Nia is about nobody but you and how you feel in the moment. Apparently, obsessions can lead you to self-discovery and perhaps even finding the exercise of your dreams…