Wednesday, March 13, 2013
MAC's Winalee Zeeb awarded Nia Trainer of the Year
Trainer of the Year: Winalee Zeeb
Every year for the past several years I've honored a Nia Trainer who
exemplifies and embodies what I imagine to be the promise of Nia. The
easy promise of Nia is a stronger and more versatile body,
cardiovascular conditioning, increased flexibility, and improved health.
The elements not so easy to deliver, such as joy, heart,
transformation, and healing are only possible when the work is shared by
someone who has dedicated their life-force energy and consciousness to
expressing their unique spirit through the work. The form of Nia is
beautiful. And yet, it is only an empty form until one brings themselves
fully, honestly, and lovingly through the work. Teaching classes is one
level of sharing Nia. Training is a whole other level that involves, as
they say in the martial arts, "going to the mat," time and time again.
If I've learned one thing from the martial arts, it's that Aikido -
harmonizing conflict - is the way. Nia Trainers quickly learn this to be
the most important tool for blending with the multitude of
personalities they train. There are some things you can teach, and then
there are those elements that are just naturally ingrained that make a
person great. They're called love, compassion, and the willingness to
stand for peace and harmony no matter what. It's that big heart, the one
some people are just born with. This is the heart of the individual we
honor this year, Nia Black Belt and Trainer Winalee Zeeb.
Winalee's gifts are bountiful. Her love, grand. Her joy, profound to
the point where you almost wouldn't believe it to be real, and yet it
is. It's with deep gratitude and appreciation that we honor Winalee as
Nia's 2012 Trainer of the Year. May she inspire you to expand your heart
and share your joy even when you think there is none left.
Read the article here