November 21, 2009
I can tell winter is coming because my NIA orders are on the rise. I was a hiking fool for a while, but I’m happy to be back to my NIA routine.
Two of my friends had interesting perceptions of NIA co-founder Carlos Rosas when they first danced to NIA Unplugged. One friend said when she first saw Carlos, she thought, “There’s one in every group… a guy who prances around like he invented the stuff.” Later she realized he had!
I mentioned to another friend that I love watching Carlos move, and she said, “I didn’t like him. He seemed too full of himself.”
He’s full of something, but (just based on DVDs) I don’t think it’s himself. I read a book about how NIA was created. Carlos and Debbie Rosas ran a successful fitness studio but were concerned about the level of injury. They explored alternative paths to fitness, but Carlos was the one who asked, “Where’s the fun?” Debbie credits him with putting the fun in NIA.
It’s a pity that feeling full of fun and joy can seem like being full of oneself, but I wouldn’t let that stop me, and I’m glad Carlos doesn’t let that stop him.