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Green is where the Heart Is for February 26th, 2014

“Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. ”
~Coco Chanel

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

Accepting ‘what is’ and making changes if you don’t like ‘what is’ is a hard thing for creatures of habit like you and like me. 
After going through several weeks of life changing events recently when my husband survived a heart attack out of town, survived being stuck in Charlotte overnight because of intrepid weather causing Wilmington airport to be closed and culminating in a triple bypass surgery when he did finally get home, I just wanted to take a deep breath and melt with sheer exhaustion.
Family and friends came to our rescue and shored us up during the days of ICU visits.  The weather turned nasty again and they finally released him to come home during a day when the hospital was on generator power.  Thank you to all who sent prayers and blessings, food and cards.  It is much appreciated. 
As for me, being caregiver might come natural after raising 4 children to adulthood.  But what about me? 
Moms seem to always come last.  Thank you to my good friends Chris, Vicky, Meg and Trish.  They encouraged me to join them at Salty Dog Yoga on Saturday afternoon for a Nia class. 
What is Nia?  According to www.nianow.com, “Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. 
Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music in more than 48 countries. Trainings teach people how to workout without pain and enjoy the process of getting fit with movement.   Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities.
The Nia experience is how we describe the sensation of taking a Nia class. Typically Nia classes include 55 minutes of movement to diverse music.
Nia dance cardio fitness classes are taught by instructors licensed in the Nia Technique. Each class includes mindful movement guidance and somatic education; class cycles include warm-up, sustained non-impact aerobic conditioning, strength training, cool down and stretching.
Nia Fitness classes are taught to music, including pop, electronica, jazz, Latin, New Age, Indian and hip hop.
They employ 52 basic movements and techniques that draw on a combination of Jazz, Modern and Duncan Dancestyles, Tai Chi, TaeKwonDo and Aikido; and the bodymind healing arts of Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique and Yoga.
Nia’s purpose is to grow a worldwide community of healthy people who are empowered to do great things. We believe every person can discover, explore, unleash and enhance their individual potential to live a fulfilling and meaningful life – by engaging their senses and listening to their bodies. With the right tools and education, we can increase our confidence and happiness. We can become connected to others to shape a consciousness that extends beyond our own.”
The experience for me reminded me how important it is to be in my body, especially when others are dependant on me for gentleness and healing care.  For me it was an emotionally restorative movement but most importantly, I am dependent on me (and my body) to not only survive this life, but to thrive while on my path.  Thanks to Amanda, Kim and others at Salty Dog for raising the vibration of our island and helping me to increase my potential and thank you to my girlfriends for showing me a new way of loving and taking care of myself.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.