Monday, August 26, 2013

Rock & Roll Nia hits Corpus Christi

Jason and River are headed to Corpus Christi. 

Come and party Texas style as we sweat and dance to some classic Rock & Roll favorites by:

Pink Floyd
The Doors
Bad Company
Led Zeppelin
...and many more

If you like Nia, or just like to dance, you'll have a great time as Jason will lead the class through a very simple, but Rockin' Nia experience. The work is pure Nia, but you don't need to know that to enjoy it. You don't need to know that you'll be doing moves inspired by Tai Chi, Yoga, Tae Kwon Do, Modern Dance, Alexander Technique, and many more movement modalities. In fact, as Jason says, "You don't need to have any type of movement experience at all and you can walk in and be instantly great in my class. Come and play in my Mega Rockin Nia experience."

If you like to move around and you love your body and want to treat it right, and if you love good old rock and roll, then you should definitely make it a point not to miss this one-of-a-kind Corpus Christi event.

A Master Class with JAG & River

On Saturday, October 5
@  Studio X
4:30 pm to 6:00pm

Jason and his faithful dog, River, are going to be passing through Texas in early October. With the help of Nicole Raglin, they're going to make a stop in Corpus Christi and teach a rockin' Nia class at Studio X. We'd love for lots of happy, playful, dancing, sweating bodies to come out to join us.
Studio X  
Studio X is located at 4855 S Alameda #109
The class will be 4:30pm to 6:00pm
 Saturday, October 5.
Contact Nicole Raglin at 361-834-9532
to register or for more information.

There is no special experience required to attend a master class, or a Nia class in general. The term Master Class only means that it is taught by a master so you can expect to get above and beyond what you might typically get in a classic class.  In this case, I plan to spend a few minutes going over some basics of human movement and Nia moves. Then we'll do a fun, exciting, playful class that is appropriate for any body and all fitness levels. The format is going to be a full 90 minutes. We'll follow all of the same seven cycles of a classic Nia class, but we'll be staying with of the cycles for longer than we do in the one-hour class.

It promises to be an unforgettable and unique experience. I hope you join us.

This Classic Rock Nia routine focuses on the low, middle and high planes with the intention of gettin' down, chillin' out and gettin' high.
ROCKIN was created by Jason Alan Griffin. It was originally inspired by Helen Terry's routine to the Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon, and by Bill Stewart setting a classic Nia routine to Rock n Roll music. I experienced them both in the same weekend at Soma Ranch and it took me to places I hadn’t yet gone in my Nia practice. I came back from that weekend newly inspired and I immediately went to work on what eventually became ROCKIN. I wasn't able to recreate Bill or Helen's choreography, but I made it my own, so we will rock out to Pink Floyd, The Doors, Steppenwolf, Led Zeppelin and more rock favorites from the 60s and 70s.

Check out this video someone captured of me teaching Rockin in Olympia, Washington. This is a section from Highway Star by Deep Purple:

And here is a clip of me teaching "We Will Rock You" by Queen, in Albuquerque, New Mexico:

Black Belt Jason Alan Griffin has loved Nia since he was first licensed in 1996. He's been a black belt since 2001. After teaching Nia and enjoying an acting and modeling career in New York City for more than a decade, he has recently relocated to Seattle, where he adopted a dog and bought a Mini Cooper. He now spends most of the year traveling around the country with River, spreading the Nia love wherever he can.

River will also be in class! Jason and River are pretty much inseparable and River never leaves the side of his trusted companion. He will come into the studio on leash and be directed right into his cage, which Jason sets up, usually in the front of the room by the stereo. River loves to meet new people and explore new places, but once the music starts, he usually falls asleep while we dance.
If anyone wants to meet River, we can arrange a meet and greet either before or after class, but while setting up and breaking down before and after class, we appreciate being left alone so we can make a smooth transition into and out of the room.

River has his own Facebook page: RIVER

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Rockin Kansas City

Black Belt, Jason Alan Griffin has loved teaching Nia since 1996 and has enjoyed an acting and modeling career in New York City for more than a decade. He has recently relocated to Seattle, adopted a dog and bought a car and is now traveling around the country spreading the Nia love one state at a time.

On September 29, he will be bringing his unique style of fun and exercise to Kansas City in the form of his Rock & Roll Nia class.

Jason and River are headed to Kansas City on Sept 29.

ROCKIN: A Classic Nia routine set to classic Rock & Roll music

Sunday, September 29
5 pm - 6 pm
Body and Soul of Kansas City
649 E 59th St.
Kansas City, Missouri

ROCKIN is a Nia routine created by Jason Alan Griffin. He explains, "It was originally inspired by Helen Terry doing a routine to the Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon, and by Bill Stewart setting a classic Nia routine to Rock n Roll music. Both of those experiences took me to places I hadn’t yet gone in my Nia practice. I came back from that weekend newly inspired and I immediately went to work on what eventually became ROCKIN."

 We will rock out to Pink Floyd, The Doors, Steppenwolf, Led Zeppelin and more rock favorites from the 60s and 70s in this Classic Rock Nia Routine that focuses on the Low Middle and High planes with the intention of Gettin' Down, Chillin' Out and Gettin' High. 

So if you like Nia or you like to dance, and if you like to sweat to good old Rock n Roll, then you will love ROCKIN with JAG.  River will also be present in the studio. He arrives on leash and spends the class time in his crate.  Sometimes he watches us but usually he just takes a nap.

If you're interested in meeting River, he'd love to sniff you and get some scratches on his neck, but let's do that outside of the studio. I want to get River in and out of the facility as gracefully as possible, so I'd like to keep all 'meet and greet' to outside.

Jason and River both look forward to meeting you and having a rockin’ good time in Kansas City!

Please contact Marcelle to register early for this event.
The fee is $15 paid in cash at the door, but if you use this Paypal button to register and pay beforehand, it is only $10.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Building the Itinerary

I’m currently immersed in the project of putting together my next road trip. I love this process. I connect with so many people across the country and drop the suggestion that River and I come by and visit their Nia studio. I offer to teach my Rockin Nia routine or something more. I don’t press the issue; I want everything to unfold organically and naturally, so I have vowed not to pressure or convince anyone to do it. If I’m not met with enthusiastic excitement and support, I don’t pursue it.

Sometimes I contact people directly through email by looking them up on the NiaNow website. Many times I am in contact with someone already thanks to Facebook. And in some cases, I’m connected to someone by someone I’ve already connected to using one of those first two methods. I am very amenable to work with. I don’t have a set fee or a set of hard and fast demands for my appearance. As long as I can arrive with River and teach my class with him in the room, I’m happy. I expect some sort of pay, and I have been paid anywhere from $25 to $200 for a single class but I will work with whatever situation I’m driving into.

This trip is going to be my longest yet. I’ve broken it down into six legs, each one taking about a week:

Across the North:
Leaving Seattle and driving due East, stopping in Coeur D’Alene, ID first. Then I’m taking a bit of a detour to the north to stop in Kalispell and see Flathead Lake. After a stop in Missoula, back to heading east and stopping in Bozeman and Miles City in Montana, Fargo North Dakota and then finally Duluth.

Great Lakes:

This leg actually begins in Duluth on Lake Superior. I’ve arranged it so that I can spend at least one night on the shore of each lake and also didn’t want to miss visiting the major cities along the way. So I’m stopping in Roseville, MN to see Minneapolis and in Brookfield, WI to see Milwaukee and Lake Michigan. Then we’ll stop in Schiller Park, IL which is near Chicago and then in Mentor, OH, which is halfway between Cleveland and Lake Erie. We’ll scoot up to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls where we can see Lake Superior and making this an international trip, we’ll also visit Toronto. Then, on our way back down to Ann Arbor, MI, we’ll stop on the shore of Lake Huron to have lunch at a park.

The midwest leg includes stops at Indianapolis, IN, Caseyville, MO (which is near St. Louis), Overland Park, KS (which is near Kansas City), and Midwest City, OK. (near Oklahoma City).

My stops in Texas are Dallas for two days, Houston for two days, Corpus Christi, Austin, San Antonio and Fort Stockton. All told we will be eight days in Texas.

Southern Desert:
The desert cities will be Carlsbad and then Las Cruces, NM, Tempe, AZ and then 29 Palms, CA.

West Coast:
My plan is to first visit Ventura, and then Monterey, San Francisco and Redding in California. Then I’ll stop in Medford, Eugene and Portland in Oregon and finally one stop in Olympia, WA before heading back home to Seattle again.

At the time of this writing, I have four teaching gigs set up for the seven week journey. I’m in communication with lots of people and talking about setting up plenty more.

I really enjoy this part of the trip as much as I enjoy taking it. If you’re reading this and you have an interest in discussing the possibility of including your city in our itinerary, please contact me. Or if you know of someone on my path and think I should be talking to them about setting something up, please introduce us. Or, if you would love to meet River and I and/or would love to experience my ROCKIN Nia routine, but you don’t live along our proposed route, please talk to me anyway and perhaps we can include your town on our next trip.

Simple Salad

Today for lunch I peeled and sliced three whole beets and put them in a steamer for about half an hour. I’ll only use part of one beet, but I like to make extra to have on hand in the refrigerator to easily add to salads or cooked meals.

While they steamed I cooked some boneless chicken thighs that had been rubbed with a mixture of spices;  laid flat on a roasting pan; no oil, at 425 for twenty minutes.  If I were using breasts, I’d have the oven at only 350. If I weren’t using meat at all, I’d be sure to add a handful of nuts, seeds or beans and maybe some cheese, for proteins. 

I threw a big handful of mixed greens (arugula, beet greens, baby chard and baby bok choy) on a plate and put about a third of the beets on top of the greens. Then I put the cooked chicken on top of that and drizzled fresh olive oil over the whole thing.

I washed an organic orange with soap, and rinsed it well, and then used a zester to scrape about a 1/4 of the peel of the orange over my plate. I rinsed a handful of blueberries and added them as well.

It’s a pretty typical lunch for me. As I said, I might add cheese or a handful of seeds or nuts, or both, or neither. And I’d often add herbs and/or spices to the oil as opposed to today, when I felt like I wanted the orange to stand alone against the spices on the chicken.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Healthy Soup for Dinner (and Lunches)

Often, I like to make a big pot of vegetable soup to keep in the refrigerator so I have something quick and easy for lunch during the week.

Today I cut up an onion and sauteed it in coconut oil while I chopped kale, celery, carrots, beet and ginger. I usually just use whatever vegetables I have on hand. Once the onion was cooked, I added the rest of the veggies and stirred it all up. 

Then I added about a teaspoon of Thai Sour Curry Paste, about an 1/8 teaspoon of tamarind paste and two handfuls of blueberries. I also added a can of salt-free garbanzo beans, rinsed.  I stirred that all up and added about a half gallon of water. I brought it to a boil and then let it simmer for about twenty minutes.

Then I put it in a bowl and served it with a handful of pumpkin seeds. I’ll have it tonight for dinner with a mixed green salad with avocado, cucumber and cheese. Yum.

I have plenty left for lunch for the next couple of days and each day I have it, I’ll dress it up with something different. Tomorrow, I might add dulse and sunflower seeds, or I might crumble some goat cheese into it, or serve it over quinoa or rice. It goes great with a big salad and makes a nice full meal.

I try not to cook it very much; just long enough for the vegetables to soften but not turn to mush.

Every time I make a pot, I use a different combination of herbs and spices to keep it interesting. I tend to favor cayenne, cinnamon and turmeric and my favorite herbs are oregano, cilantro and rosemary. Some combinations are favorites of mine and some didn’t work out so well, but I enjoy experimenting.

I tried to take a picture of it, but it didn't come out looking good.  So I'll just let you imagine it.