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Imagine ~ You may say that I am a dreamer but I am not the only ONE, I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will be as ONE ~ by John Lennon
Intent: To find harmony & balance
This week in class I taught for the very first time a Nia routine by Carlos Aya Rosas called “HUMANITY”, within this word lies the word UNITY. So inspired by this I wanted to focus on what does UNITY mean to me and sense that in my body as I move and then guide my students to sense what that means within their bodies?
Unity is defined as ~ the state of being one, oneness. A whole or totality as combining all it’s part into one. Oneness of mind and purpose. The quality of being united into one.
When starting my Nia class I like to form a circle, for me this symbolizes a sense of the group coming together, whole, as one as a community….again within this word there is UNITY. A circle of healing, being amongst friends as a way to join our strengths, somewhere I can feel free and united to everybody and allow the Nia class experience to unfold….
A visual of “Unity” for me would be the beauty a single snow flake, when it it united and comes together with other snowflakes it forms this magic white carpet that alone can not be achieved…..truly magical. Remember when you saw the snow for the first time?
So when I first thought of focusing on the word Unity, and translating this into the work I do with Nia… “Systemic Movement” came straight away in to my mind….This was a new word to me when I first started Nia. Systemic Movement means moving as a whole unit. Being aware of all parts of the body, the code of 13:20. This code represents the 13 main joints in the body & the 20 digits (fingers & toes). Moving all parts together to create balance.
So to map the 13 joints I would start from the left side of my body to the right side:
1 left ankle
2 left knee
3 left hip
4 left wrist
5 left elbow
6 left shoulder
7 the neck & spine (the central point and also a connection to our Chakra System ~ another system of wholeness!!)
8 right shoulder
9 right elbow
10 right wrist
11. right hip
12 right knee
13 right ankle
So as I was dancing I sensed my relationship with my 13 joints and paid attention to balancing out my movements on the right, left sides of my body, front & back and up & down. Consciously aware of my movement tendencies and if I used some of my joints more than others, if I was one sided! So sensing that the 13 joints really are the bodies gateway to give movement and the 20 digits help me to give measure. Connecting with the space around me and being in relationship with finding the right amount of movement for my body. I noticed how big, how small, how wide my movements were and adjusted according to my body’s way, what my body needed from moment to moment.
For me another wonderful symbol that represents “Unity” is of course YIN and YANG. These two opposites merging together to become united & to find balance. Again if I visualize the yin/yang symbol then the two parts form a whole circle perfectly. The masculine & the feminine energies, the power & the grace, the outward & inward…..
So in closing I would like to share the following:
We are all equal in the fact that we are different, we are all the same in the fact that we will never be the same. We are all united by the reality that all colours and all cultures are distinct and individual. We are all harmonious in the reality that we are all held to this earth by the same gravity, we share the same air that keeps us alive ~ by C. Joybell. C
Unity is power, in union there is strength.
I look forward to hearing your comments on what ‘UNITY” means for you and I invite you this week to “BE HUMAN TOGETHER” (by Archbishop Desmond Tutu – Nobel Peace Prize Winner)
Love & light Tracey x