Each Nia routine you work with can bring great benefits to every aspect of your life. As you learn a new routine think about the focus and intent, and reflect on how you can apply these elsewhere in your life. For example, the focus of the routine Sanjana is “dynamic ease”. The intent is to cultivate the sensation of dynamic ease in every movement. Try applying this focus and intent to your day/s this week. For example, as you discuss a project with your co-workers, do you sense a quality of dynamic ease in your body as you work? How about when you are talking to your family and friends? When you are walking to the shop, doing dishes and sitting at the computer-where in your body and life do you sense dynamic ease? What can you do to cultivate more of this sensation?
By making the commitment to continually seek new information and apply Nia techniques and practices to every aspect of your life, you become a true Sensation Scientist, on the path of body literacy and self-mastery.
From conscious actions such as speaking to unconscious functions such as the pumping of the heart, your body lives and breathes with a natural intelligence that is always taking in information-always learning about itself so it can make adjustments to support its highest state of functioning. By merging the 2 intelligences of sensing and thinking, you tap into awareness we call the “thinking body”. Here, your true capacity for perception and self-knowing unfolds. To access the thinking body is to develop body literacy- the ability to listen, understand and consciously respond to the information your body communicates to your mind via sensation. Once you develop body literacy, every sensation becomes a powerful form of education you can use to transform your life.
To become body literate is to literally live in a state of listening – first through sensation, and second through thinking. Each time we listen to the voices of our bodies –when we recognize sensation as a powerful language with important messages – we are practising what Nia calls “Sensation Science”.