Nia Man

My Nia story:

Rather than tell you about Nia, or what Nia is, let me tell you in this space, my life….with Nia.

I’m a guy, in a group fitness class.  I put that out there, simply because that is going way against the odds.  Stats put guys in the US in a group fitness class somewhere around 3%.  And up until my intro. to Nia, I was very comfortable in the 97% out of the group fitness classes.

My most common form of fitness most of my life was running.  Grade school, High School, College, Post College and many many 10 k’s, 1/2 marathons, marathons.  But in 2003 the old right hip started telling me that things were not all well with this running thing….my response…”hey…no pain, no gain!”  So I kept running, and running, until I just couldn’t, in fact, walking became difficult.  After x-rays….ball and socket, bone on bone.    Someday, you’ll just have to have surgery, but let’s put it off as long as we can.  You’re a little on the young side to go down that road yet.

So…I can’t run, can’t cycle, golf was becoming too painful, what to do?   My sister in law was just starting to teach what I thought was a new form of a moving wellness practice.  I knew she was already a yoga instructor, but her enthusiastic invitation was “Come try Nia, at this point, what do you have to lose?”   Point well taken.  So off I go.  I will be more than happy to share with you all my inhibitions while taking my first class (ie.  moving, dancing, only guy in class, etc.) in future posts, but when all was said and done, and class was over, and I was lying in the floor dripping from sweat, what came through loud and clear, my hip didn’t hurt.   How could that be?  Was I healed? (by the way, cartlidge pretty much doesn’t grow back).  So I went home, strapped on the running shoes, and after about 10 steps…ok, not healed.  Nia…day 2, again, no pain.  So, this is it, pretty much by no choice, If I want any kind of a workout, I’m going to spend an hour with a bunch of women, implementing moves from martial arts, dance (jazz, modern, duncan) arts and  healing arts.  But something was happeing.  The more I did it, not only did my body like it, my mind liked it, and my spirit (yeah, I didn’t know men had a spirit either) liked it.

As I tend to say, long story short.  In my some 6 years with Nia, I have become a Nia white belt instructor.  Co-teach with my sister in law once a week, take several classes a week, sub classes and most of all, “I get it”.   You don’t have to suffer to become fit.  There is the “body’s way”.  And….dang if I just don’t like to move.  My body always knew it, know the rest of me does.   Thank you Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas for listening to your hearts 25 years ago, going against the grain, and sharing the gift of Nia with the rest of us.

So, if you want to know more about my Nia, or share in the converstation, head for the catagory Nia stuff, and tag along.

Thanks…….”dancing through life”…..Fred

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15 Responses to Nia Man

  1. Caz says:

    So I looked up your blog after the workshop…I am enjoying the Nia ride with you:-) Happy Blogging!

  2. Christina says:

    Very nice! Looking forward to reading more about your insights. And I want to let you know that you are my inspiration as I infant step through this Nia white belt teaching stuff. 🙂

  3. Lila says:

    Really lovely blog. You have a gift for expressing yourself through words. As someone who expresses herself through body, I’m so impressed. Keep em coming.

  4. LOVE THIS! What an amazing story of tranformation. You are a model that says Nia is for all, not just women. Thank you for this!

  5. The German Goddess says:

    Hi Fred,
    I love your blog!! Makes me want to take a NIA training.(Just to add another Nia Diva!) You are a wonderful Man!!! Much Love!!!

    • fredbass says:

      Thank you for the wonderful note. Prayers are with you for the upcoming new hip….how cool, and let us all never forget, you are indeed the German Goddess!!!

  6. Adelle says:

    Fred, your beautiful words on facebook today honoring your son and daughter drove me to your blog.
    I have been blessed with 30 minutes to myself, listening to music, thinking of friends, and getting to know you through your words of inspiration.
    Thank you for your gifts. I look forward to dancing with you in January when I’m in Portland for the teacher’s training.
    With love, Adelle

  7. Danielle says:

    Hi Fred,
    As your Sandbox pod leader, I decided I ought to get to know you better and happened upon your blog. How lovely that you have written about your children. I am very moved.
    Love
    Danielle

  8. Carrie says:

    Fred
    Really enjoyed your blog. Your children are beautiful. You have a gift for sharing.
    Also enjoyed dancing with you at the FAB
    Thanks

  9. Great story! Great testimonial, Fred! Oh, and Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Stephanie Lind says:

    Hi Fred,
    It was great running into you at the Valley Art event tonight. I’m pretty sure we’ll see each other again soon as I’m very intrigued by NIA. Dick and I just watched your short film and really enjoyed it. I loved reading about your on going connection with Elden Keller.
    Take care,
    Stephanie Ann Hibbs Lind – but you can call me Steph 🙂

  11. Linda Lander says:

    Yep, Nia saved my life and is at the center of my concentric circles of being. When I stumbled into the studio for the first time I had among other things the beginnings of arthritic nodules on my hands….now 5 year later…nothing 0 nada. I can open any bottle or jar and don’t really even think about the possibilities of arthritis…I am so grateful to Carlos and Debbie and so blessed to be able to dance with Debbie and have danced with Carlos many many times. How often do the great mentors of our lives stand so close and personal? Not many in my case…grateful am I.

  12. Laura says:

    I’m completely confused on the family tree…I though you and Laurie were married. Never assume anything….???

  13. fredbass says:

    Laura, hah! Not the first to think that! Laurie is my wonderful sis-in-law who introduced me to the Nia magic! After my white belt in 2007, we began the sweet journey of team teaching and exploring the world of “TeamBASS”. Thanks for asking! Have a fabulous week!

  14. Oriana says:

    Awesome, Fred, in so many different ways. I love that you stepped in against the grain of the norm. Inspiring!

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