Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Nita's Joy: The Ministry of Uplifting Others
The Joy of Hula: You can't talk about Juanita without talking about Hula. In fact, Hula is in Juanita's soul. She is a native Hawaiian, born and raised on Oahu. She's been dancing Hula most of her life, and she says it's her way of finding her center, like a form of meditation almost. Juanita's face brightens as she talks about Hula and what it means to her and to those she shares it with.
The Story: Juanita explained to me that Hula is really about telling a story through movement and music. The dance is more than just movement of the hips. The hands are integral to the dance and tell the story in a type of sign language that flows with the music. The stories often describe the natural beauty of the earth, the sun, or gods. Family and love are also key elements. Hula is a poem in dance.
A Little Hula History: I wasn't aware that there are many types of Polynesian dances, with Hula being just one. Hula is from Hawaii, and interestingly was forbidden for women to perform in ancient times. There are two types of Hula, Auana and Kahiko. Auana is more contemporary, with a slow and beautiful style, while Kahiko is the ancient form that is more abrupt.
More than Hula: While Hula is integral to Juanita and her work, Juanita also helps people through other means. She works with vision boards and dream boards. Juanita sells Kangen Water, which is an ionized and alkaline water system from Japan that is good for your health. She also works with her husband with Legal Shield, which is an insurance policy for legal help!
Leaving Hawaii: Juanita left Hawaii to go to college at Pacific University. She was as good a student as an athlete. In fact, she thought about getting a PhD at one point, and still dreams of writing books. Juanita apparently wrote like crazy during the summer and loved exploring her imagination through words.
Sharing the Joy: After she retired from teaching, Juanita had more time for dance and to use dance as a vehicle to help others. She started Nita's Joy about 6 1/2 years ago to focus on making other people feel special. She tells me it's like her ministry to uplift others. When you sit down to talk to her, you notice within a few minutes she is something special. You will walk away feeling better about yourself and the space you are in. She helps you see the joy in the journey of life.
Learn more about Juanita and get to know her! Visit her website at nitasjoy.com, give her a call at 971-227-1460, or send her an email at nita@NitasJoy.com. You'll be happier for it.