Blog from My Good Feet about Nia Technique


Make your way to a Nia Moving to Heal class, and you never know what new mind-body healing tools you will walk away with! Recently, I introduced a technique called, “The Eraser”, where students were invited to reflect on the words and thoughts that run through their mind that limit their potential. All of the…

“I can’t”s
“my body won’t”s
“my body used to be able to”

As if these words were written in chalk on a chalkboard, we imagined an eraser, and began to erase our minds clean, emptying our minds of the limiting messages, replacing them with positive words of hope, healing, and potential.

In Nia, we call this clearing of the mind, “Beginner’s Mind”. A state where we operate from the place of knowing nothing, present and clear in the now, experiencing everything, as if for the first time.

Feel free to try it now! Go ahead, and start erasing all of those limiting thoughts that hold you back from actualizing your healing and set your SELF free with ‘beginner’s mind’!

Here’s what student, Teresa Mallott, had to say about her experience:
“Walking into a recent Nia Moving To Heal class, I felt burdened by the heaviness of the self-doubt and self-recrimination that had arisen for me the night before. “Why can’t I get this? What’s wrong with me? When will I learn?” echoed in my mind. The process of learning new interpersonal skills isn’t always easy for me. I had come to the Moving To Heal class a reluctant student, hoping I would find some relief from this negative thought loop, yet fearing I would not. My teacher met me that day with an invitation to move into beginner’s mind. Part of this invitation was a guided imagery/meditation that involved imagining all of the thoughts and beliefs held in my mind and taking an eraser and erasing each one in order to empty the mind. As I allowed myself to do this, I gradually felt the downward pull ease and was able to glimpse the space of possibility I enter when I let go of all I think I know. I carried this image as I danced that day, me and my beginner’s mind forging an alliance that is still with me. What a difference the eraser made! What a difference this practice makes! Nia is helping me to heal from the inside out and I am so grateful!” —Teresa Mallott
Find  healing tools to amplify YOUR body and life! Find my Nia and Nia Moving to Heal class schedule and trainings at http://juleinthelotus.com.

I was invited by Debbie Rosas, Founder of Nia Technique, Inc., to engage in “The Compassion Games” , sharing acts of kindness and compassion in my community. As a life-long helper + healer in my early career as a hospice counselor, through 20 years of sharing compassionate self-care through Nia, working with clients in my mind-body psychotherapy practice, and contributing to the work of alleviating Compassion Fatigue for thousands of professional caregivers in Ed-U-Care’s annual Compassion Fatigue Symposium, I have many stories to tell!  The one that yearned to be told is the one I currently practice going in and out of the hospital-based wellness facility at Baylor Hospital where I teach Nia and Nia Moving to Heal classes each week.

My story is called, #FlowerPower

jule-flower-powerEvery Tuesday and Thursday when I teach my Nia and Nia Moving to Heal classes at Baylor Tom Landry Wellness Center, my student, Sopana, gives me flowers, handpicked from her garden.

I used to keep them for myself, but I recently noticed as I passed through the exit, several people with chronic, debilitating illnesses waiting for their doctors appointment, and thought to myself…I can SHARE THE LOVE…and so I selected 2 people waiting and offered my flowers to them as a way to  bring beauty, light, love, generosity, and human connection to people who are distressed, isolated, and suffering.

Their smile says it all….and I walk away with my spirit expanded knowing that this very small gesture of passing on the gift, made a big difference to the person who received it.

This has become my weekly ritual. Today, it was a man in a wheelchair with an amputated leg and deformed arm. The flower brought beauty, and I brought human connection, he brought smiles.

I love the idea that I leave beauty, light, and kindness in my wake as I journey the world.

How does COMPASSION show up in your body + life? 

The place to begin, ALWAYS, is with YOU!!!  I have some offerings that will put YOU front and center of your compassion practice…then, with your well full, you have what you need to then go out and be an agent of compassion with the world!  check out my upcoming Nia White Belt Training in Dallas, TX, where you will experience phenomenal tools to GET IN your body, and make choices for your body and life from a place of compassion!  Or perhaps the Nia Moving to Heal program speaks to you! Check out my next training or BRING THE TRAINING to YOUR community!!!!

**Learn more about The Compassion Games at http://www.compassiongames.org

I had the pure privilege of sitting down with Jane Arie Baldwin earlier this year to chat and talk “superpowers”. Mine just happens to be “MOVEMENT”!

enjoy Jane’s blog: “When Your Superpower is Movement, Life’s a Dance”! and then join me on the Nia Dance Floor, and ignite YOUR superpower of movement, setting yourself “Dancing through Life”!

Hey! What’s YOUR ‘superpower’?

Jane's Dynamic Unwinding


In the first of a series of profiles on women living at the highest levels of health I sat down with Jule Aguirre, mind-body psychotherapist and Nia Trainer. Jule exudes an infectious combination of nurturing energy, raw power and sensuality. Jule’s superpower is movement. As a dance instructor she has a keen sense of how to move the energy in a room, to keep the emotions flowing and the mind clear.

JANE: Your website describes you as: “Your personal ‘guru’ to move”. How did your wisdom of movement develop?

 JULE: I have been a mover my whole life, excelling in sports was my thing. After high school I didn’t want a job, job. I wanted to have fun. So I got a job at a women’s only fitness place called Figure World. It was 1985 in the small east Texas town of Lufkin. The first couple of weeks I…

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I am sharing this testimonial from Nia Student and theologian, Teresa Mallott, to inspire and encourage anyone who feels frozen from the pain of grief and loss, that there is medicine for the heart and soul through movement. I applaud Teresa’s insight and wisdom, after more than a month of grieving the loss of her mother, of recognizing patterns that freeze her up emotionally, and having the courage to step out the door, and step in to this powerfully therapeutic movement experience called, Nia Moving to Heal.

THIS is what COURAGE + HEALING looks like:

“This morning I returned to my Nia Moving to Heal class. It was my first time back since Dec 26. It was good to be back. To be embraced in a space that allows me the freedom to be however I am and to do whatever feels right.

My habitual tendency when experiencing intense emotions is to hunker down and to move as little as possible. For when I engage physical movement, I am even more aware of my feelings than when I am still. So it was a big step for me to step out on the dance floor this morning. It was an experience of feeling and knowing I am here and I am alive. This brought a mixture of emotions as my grief surfaced in the midst of this knowing.

I worked gently with myself throughout the experience, giving my body, my mind, and my spirit the space needed to just “be with it – to be with me.” And at the end of class, I was blessed by this song. A song of gratitude from me to me, from me to all that is beyond me, that is supporting me. And now it is a song from me to my wonderful teacher, Jule, and my fellow Moving to Heal artists. Thank you for being part of my returning and turning to life from a new space. Thank you body, mind, and spirit – I am healing.”     –Teresa Mallott. Connect with Teresa: https://www.facebook.com/teresa.mallott



thank you, Teresa, for this beautiful dedication of Sinnéad O’Connor’s, Thank You for Hearing Me. I am touched and honored.


Nia Moving to Heal is ‘Movement as Medicine’ and is for anybody seeking a gentler movement practice to compliment and facilitate healing of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. “Healing” as defined by Nia is defined simply by “I feel better.” Students learn how to personalize movement to adapt to their comfort and health needs. Chairs are even made available for students to utilize for maximum stability, pleasure, and comfort. learn more about The Nia Technique + Nia Moving to Heal Training at http://www.nianow.com.


Nia + Wanderlust : reblogged from NiaNow.com

We love music festivals, the feel, the air, the community and the experience…

Come 'move. Be Moved. BE.' with me in beautiful Snowmass Village at WANDERLUST!

Jule brings ‘The Yoga of Nia’ to Wanderlust!

Add yoga and you have Wanderlust, the popular international yoga festival filled with community, music and now Nia!

This summer, Jule Aguirre, a Nia Trainer and mind-body practitioner of 28 years, will bring Nia to Wanderlust Aspen. Yoga and Nia are complementary in-body movement practices that invigorate, cleanse, balance, center and heal. Nia brings a unique element of self expression through dance and martial arts dynamics.

Aguirre, like many other Nia trainers and teachers, recognizes the indescribable joy of introducing Nia to new students. There is a special and exhilarating feeling that comes with the eye-opening sensation of participating in first-time Nia movements.

Aguirre named one of her upcoming Wanderlust classes after a routine set to an inspirational Moby song. Coincidentally, Moby was chosen as one of the musical acts to perform at Wanderlust this summer. Aguirre shared, “What synchronicity! I have visions of Moby dropping into my class, dancing Nia with me and all of the conscious-moving-Wanderlusters!”

Visiting the Colorado area this summer? Join Jule for a Nia class and check out Wanderlust; http://wanderlust.com/festivals/aspen-snowmass/

The Aspen-Snowmass Wanderlust Festival will be held from July 2-5.

Catch Jule’s Wanderlust classes:

Saturday, July 4th 8-9:30am

Sunday, July 5th 10-11:30am

Jule Aguirre shares her Nia joy of movement classes daily in Dallas, Texas.

Find her at juleinthelotus.com

insightful commentary on “loving your body” from fellow Nia Faculty Trainer, Allison Wright. Well, said, Allison! Now, will YOU accept the invitation to ‘drop in’ to sensation? …The entry point to “body love”.

Allison Wright's Blog

photoYou know that old adage that says if you want the right answer, you first have to ask the right question? Well just over a month ago, my Nia Trainer friend, Maria Skinner, called me up with just one of those questions.

“Do you think we really teach people how to love their body?”

We talked about it for a few minutes and shortly thereafter I found myself propelled into a several week conversation with my own body, a conversation that has sent me down the rabbit hole of sensation to rediscover and remember how I came to the place where I could authentically say, “I love my body.”

We use the phrase “Love Your Body” a lot in Nia marketing and classes. It’s on t-shirts, flyers, bumper stickers, and for a long time was the signature statement people saw on the website. And yet more often than not, the…

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What if the sky's the limit?!

What if the sky’s the limit?!

We are well into the new year and I want to check in with you!

What new desires, practices, choices, and actions are you igniting in your life?
What are you letting go of?
What words resonate with you for 2015?

Instead of resolutions (that notoriously fizzle), I have long chosen to find a word, yes, a single word, that sets the tone for my year. This year, my word is, SOAR! That’s right, SOAR…in all my realms (body, mind, emotions, + spirit), my life, my work, my relationships, and even SOAR with travel!

As I move through my year, SOAR will be my mantra…my mudra….my dance…it will be my talk…and my walk! I will filter my choices and actions through the sift, “does this (action/choice) resonate with my intention to SOAR?” If yes, BAM! Let’s do it! If it’s a ‘no’, ‘uhhh’, ‘I don’t know’, or ‘meh’…if it’s not ‘the wind beneath my wings’, it will be dropkicked out of my field of time + space.

I’m eager to hear from you! What tone have you set for your year? What do you want more of… less of…to SOAR in your body + life?

I have some offerings that may be a right fit for you kicking off the year with a self-loving BANG!

CHECK OUT my upcoming workshop
Awaken Your Body + Life with the Conscious Movement of Nia | 1/31 at MoveStudio
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And SIGN ON for my next Nia Training in Dallas | Feb. 21-27
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Advance your Evolution! My upcoming “Awaken Your Body + Life to the Conscious Movement of Nia” Workshop will highlight Nia’s methodologies of conditioning awareness! Saturday, 1/31 2:30pm at MoveStudio.

the biology of belief

“Awareness” is the primary trait offered by the nervous system.  The more evolutionarily advanced an organism is, the more awarenss it possesses.  Scientists generally consider the degree of “awareness” as the primary measure of evolution.  Humanity is on the verge of a dramatic increase in our “awareness.”  We will begin to become aware that each human being is the equivalent of a “cell” in the body of of a superorganism, Humanity.  Currently, humans are fighting each other, which is the same as when cells in the body attack other cells in the body.  When body cells fight each other, in medicine, we refer to the resulting illness as representing “autoimmune disease” (translates as “self-destruction”), where the body destroys itself from within.  The survival of humanity is now threatened by the equivalent of “autoimmune disease” since humans are killing each other.  When we become aware that we are all cells in…

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