The Body Connection: Nia & a New Program Director at Green Mountain

By Marsha Hudnall on 10/04/2011
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We’d like to introduce you to the newest member of the Green Mountain family — Barbara Meyer, PhD, our new program director. We’re thrilled she has joined us, and we think you’ll be very excited to hear about some new things she’s bringing to our program.

As a PhD in Health Education, Barbara knows that a holistic approach to wellness brings the greatest and longest-lasting results. But it was through her own personal experience that she realized the need for an integrated mind/body approach to exercise. More than 15 years ago, as Barbara leaving an exercise class, she was stunned by the body hatred statements and negative self talk she overheard among her peers. She realized there had to be a better way to be motivated by fitness, and made it her mission to help women find a meaningful path to health — one that is guided by their heart, honors their body, and trusts their internal wisdom. Soon after, she discovered Nia, and made it the focus of her fitness training, rising to the level of Black Belt.

Barbara joined Green Mountain at Fox Run as the program director in August 2011 and quickly incorporated Nia into the fitness mix. Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that combines martial arts, dance arts and healing arts with imagery and soul-stirring music. The classes are about finding movements that feel right, listening to the body, and empowering participants to adapt to their individual needs and abilities, whether they are fitness beginners, highly trained athletes, or even chronic pain sufferers.

Here’s how Barbara describes Nia, preceded with a few words about her excitement at joining us at Green Mountain.  If you are reading this via email, you’ll need to click through to the blog to watch.

Some of the new classes that Barbara will be teaching at Green Mountain include “The 52 Movements of Nia,” “Nia Dance Workout,” “Expressive Movement” and “Progressive Relaxation.”

Which of these classes sound most interesting to you?

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