What does it feel like to be on “thin ice”? Tension? Anxiety? Upper body holding? Shallow breath? I often feel effort even when standing still. I forget I can relax and be supported by my legs and the floor.
There are six stances in Nia – closed, open, “A,” sumo/riding, bow, cat (see descriptions to right) – and each offers a different way to feel that strong foundation and support.
Notice how you stand. Notice effort and relaxation, tension and ease. Notice how you breathe. The more you let yourself be held, the more power, grace and choice you have!