Marybeth Grinnan SoulShine Studios Co-owner, First Degree Nia Black Belt
I am a dreamer, a manifester, healer, and entrepreneur. I have completed hundreds of hours of Nia training which provided valuable tools and knowledge AND my twenty years of living Nia as a lifestyle practice has given me deep insight into my truth and my path. Nia inspires me to embody authenticity by offering a safe space to engage with the whole me: body, mind and spirit. I love to share this in my classes. I light up when I see people come home to their bodies and allow themselves to dream bigger, to live brighter, and to step into the life they desire.
Teaching this practice is my life’s work. Through it, I have learned to live with TONS more joy, connection and belonging. I meet inspiring people (students, teachers and trainers) and Nia has opened windows and doors to incredible opportunities – like dancing on a sailboat while leading a retreat in Mallorca, in le Bus Discotèque cruising the streets of Paris between retreats in the Loire Valley, and of course in my classes in RVA. Hope to see you on the dance floor.
Niki Schemmel SoulShine Studios Co-owner, Nia Black Belt, RYT 500 e-RYT 200 YACEP
I fell in love with dancing while choregraphing routines in my living room with my friends in elementary school. I studied jazz and modern dance through my teen years and minored in dance in college. I found Yoga after college and shifted my movement attention to a hatha practice that allowed me to become aware of my body alignment and increase my strength. I also fell in love with Yoga philosophy. I began teaching Yoga in 2001 in Los Angeles and to this day continue my love affair with alignment principles and heart opening Yoga philosophy through ongoing teaching and trainings. Nia came into my life in 2008 and it made my movement practice complete. I was so thrilled to have dance back in my life! I find these two practices to be the perfect marriage of precision and expression. I am so grateful to get to share my joy with people through both of these powerful practices.