Expression and exercise for local women

2019-04-16 06:00
Ocean View residents keep fit through a Nia Outreach Class which takes place weekly in Kommetjie.

Ocean View residents keep fit through a Nia Outreach Class which takes place weekly in Kommetjie.

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Nia is the fusion fitness technique that is bringing the Ocean View community together, helping those in attendance to keep fit, stay calm and express themselves through motion.

Magdaleen Joubert is a language teacher and Nia enthusiast who aims to instil the same passion for the dance type in her students, as she has found herself. It is a fusion fitness class that blends dance with martial arts and healing arts such as yoga.

“Nia is a non-judgmental, inclusive and fun workout suitable for all ages and fitness levels – that encourages the participant to work at her (or his) own level of intensity,” Joubert explains.

“The class is easy to follow, energising and rejuvenating. All bodies can move and express and connect to the joy of movement and that is how Nia brings us together – in a space which is open and joyful for all.”

Joubert entered the Nia space as a white belt in 2005 and completed her blue belt training in 2012.“Both my trainings I did in Cape Town with international Nia trainers. I have been teaching in the Peninsula for 13 years – since September 2005,” she says.

Joubert extended her passion for Nia into a Nia Outreach Class she hosts, where she organises transport for Ocean View residents to the Roman Catholic Church in Kommetjie so that they can express themselves through movement. The initiative began nine years ago and is still going strong, attracting residents who are well into their 80s.

“Dr Potts, who was working at the Ocean View Clinic, was doing Nia with me and I told her one day that I would love to give something back for the community and do something uplifting and positive for the Ocean View community. I walked in (to the clinic) and spoke to the people who were waiting in the reception area (and) from that I got a great response, and the class has been going ever since,” she explains.

The class attracts over 30 people weekly and has even been invited to partake in Cape Carnival Parade in the past. The community has been involved in the facilitation of the classes, but still faces a transportation challenge. Currently, a resident assists the class with transportation, but they are in need of funding to get to their venue.“Every year on Mandela Day, I have a special class to raise funds to keep the transport from Ocean View to Kommetjie going. I sometimes also get donations from the Nia on the Peninsula members. I would love to get more women from Ocean View to join us.”

“Dancing Nia is really good for my body. It brings me joy. It is good for my legs. Thank you Maggie – it brought health to my body,” says one member of the class, Shamiela Solomon.

Kate Humphreys, another member of the class echos a similar sentiment: “Nia is only fun! Great people, music and energy. Makes my day every time I go.”V Classes take place at the Roman Catholic Church in Kommetjie on Thursdays at 08:30.

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