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By Tracey Fenner
“Helen Terry is one of the best teachers, mothers, and trainers, and because of her mastery in Nia and in her ability to build and create a successful personal and professional life she was one of the first two trainers chosen to step into the role of Blue Belt trainer!” Debbie Rosas
“I consider myself an inspirer as much as an educator. I was born to make an inspirational difference in people’s lives through movement to music and how I live my life. When I teach Nia, I adore watching how folks light up! It’s phenomenal how many people’s lives are being changed through this practice. I consider it a blessing to have found Nia and a privilege to teach and share this wonderful technique” Helen Terry
Helen has been devoted to teaching Nia full time since 1993. She has a special and very effective way of catering to the unique needs of each individual. She helps folks feel great while giving them the skills they need. As well as a top international Nia trainer, an entertaining, “to the point” speaker and multiple business owner, Helen is also a wife and mother who loves spending family time with her daughter and “home support” husband.
- B.Ed (hons) in Physical Education and Special Need
- M.Ed in Exercise Physiology and Human Performance,
- Dance Therapy Specialist (Authentic Movement)
- Certified Body Ecologist.
- Founder, and co owner of Studio NiaMoves Houston, (est. 1996)
- Creator of “Soma Ranch” Montgomery Texas. (est. 2009)
- Warm, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher. (since 1993)
- International Fitness and Wellness presenter (30+ conferences)
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to interview Helen Terry and share with you all how living your dreams, can come true. Helen is an inspiration, guided by spirit and truly lives her life with pure joy and passion. Along with her husband Joe and daughter Liliana they have created Soma Ranch. An incredible sanctuary for learning in Texas, where everyone who visits is made to feel like they are at home, and leaves feeling renewed.
Helen and I first met back in 2007 when I embarked on my personal journey with Nia. Helen was my trainer for both my White and Blue Belts Intensive Nia Trainings whilst I was in the UK. A journey that profoundly changed my life. I am deeply grateful to Helen for all her love and continued support. Thank you for sharing with us your wisdom, for leading by example, showing me that anything in life is possible, for dreaming BIG and for living your dreams everyday….
Q1) Can you tell us about Nia as a practice?
Nia is a fabulous workout for the body, mind, emotion, and soul. I love how as a practice Nia has many life applications beyond the 1 hour class experience. For example I went from a size 18 to size 8 in the first year of my Nia practice (i.e. an affective weight loss program), I am far better able to concentrate, focus and remain relaxed (Mind fitness), I went from loathing my body to loving it (Emotional balance), and my personal belief system has been enhanced from Nia (I now have hope spiritually!)
Q2) What do you love about Nia?
Beyond the above, I LOVE how Nia has strengthened many relationships. For example I’ve experienced very significant connections with my husband, my daughter, my local Nia studio, our Houston Community and the communities of many like minded folks around the globe. I love how I can travel almost anywhere in the world and get to enjoy Nia and make friends in a way I can’t imagine otherwise – Nia has created fabulous connections for me.
Q3) Who inspired your teaching?
The creators of Nia Technique, Carlos Aya Rosas and Debbie Rosas Stewart have been most instrumental in my teaching. I’ve also learned much from fellow trainers Holly Curtis and Dr Deb Kern, and now with a Nia faculty of over 40 talented unique trainers I learn something from each of them.
Q4) What inspired you to set up Soma Ranch?
Overall the inspiration to manifest Soma Ranch was a vision that came to me. A dream of bringing the best of me and my husband Joe together to be able to make an incredible difference in the lives of many, through creating a beautiful place of learning where everyone felt at home, welcome and loved. How cool to create a place where each person was treated how we’d like everyone on the planet to be treated.
3 Key Practical Influences:
1. With the success of our studio in Houston (NiaMoves) it was becoming increasingly challenging to juggle classes to accommodate the 40+ hour training week.
2. As I traveled the world offering Trainings I developed a keen eye and deep sense of what the optimum place of learning could be.
3. I found the immersion training experience to be the best. All my Training’s were residential, staying with Debbie and Carlos.
Q5) What do you offer at Soma Ranch?
We offer Nia trainings (white, green, blue, brown and 5 Stages), also Retreats such as Body Ecology Diet, Detox, Fun, Soma Summit (an annual weekend event where we bring some of the Nia finest presenters from around the world – this year we are featuring the Men of Nia, it’s open to everyBody).
Q6) Can you tell us why you think someone should visit Soma Ranch?
Why? Why not? Soma Ranch is a magical place, where folks can get away and replug into what is most meaningful and true for them. easy to get to, affordable, offering an incredible environment, organic yummy food, super people and often FABULOUS sunshine, and if that is not enough we have friendly mini Donkey’s waiting to say hi!!
Q7) What is your long term vision for Soma Ranch?
Once our daughter graduates from High School (next year). Joe and I plan to re- located to live full time on the Soma Ranch property. We are looking at building our own small Eco house near the lake, this will allow us to provide the main ranch house, dormitory and studio separate from our living space. We have already rescued 11 donkeys and 2 horses and would like to officially create a large animal sanctuary. We look forward to becoming as self sufficient as possible, including growing all our own fruits and vegetables, solar power, rain collecting and any other recycle, reuse initiatives we can include.
Q8) What are you working on right now, what’s next for you?
I’m preparing for the first White Belt Training in Japan, followed by the first Brown Belt at Soma Ranch with Debbie Rosas. This year is my 20th Wedding Anniversary AND my 20th Nia Anniversary. I’m beginning to plan something big to celebrate both….watch this space!!
May I take this opportunity to thank Helen for sharing with us the wonderful Soma Ranch. If you are interested to learn more about Helen’s classes, Retreats & Trainings @ Soma Ranch please click here.
I am also incredibly pleased to announce that Helen will be returning again to Asia at the end of this year (Oct/Nov 2013) as we are producing together a White Belt and Blue Belt Training at the wonderful Kamalaya
Kamalaya is on the beautiful island of Koh Samui, and is Thailand`s award-winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa resort. If you are interested to learn more about the Trainings please click here
Dancing has been part of Tracey’s life since the age of 3 years. Tracey left home at 16 years to attend the Northern Ballet School in Manchester, England. After extensive classical training Tracey graduated & danced professionally for a number of years. Tracey now has almost 2 decades of teaching experience, traveling extensively worldwide. In 2007 Tracey discovered Nia, a path that would change her life forever. Tracey is trained by the Co-Creators of Nia, Debbie Rosas & Carlos Rosas as well as International Master Trainers Helen Terry & Ann Christiansen. Now based in Hong Kong, Tracey has been instrumental in introducing the Nia Technique to the city, and is currently the only Certified Nia Black Belt in Hong Kong. Tracey is the Founder and Artistic Director of Nia Hong Kong and facilitates transformational Nia class experiences, workshops, & retreats around the planet at renowned yoga conferences, academies for performing arts, multi award winning health resorts & destination spas, creating a sacred space for her knowledge & wisdom to inspire others.
Website: Nia Hong Kong
Facebook: Nia Hong Kong
Twitter: Tracey @ Niahongkong
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