I was born and raised in The Bronx, NY and relocated to Seattle in 2005. I love the Pacific Northwest and all she has to offer. While I delight in teaching here in Seattle I have a fantasy of being able to teach in the Bronx as well with the beloved community that shaped who I am toady.

I’ve loved movement since I can remember and have always been a kinesthetic learner. I've been avid explorer and participant of the movement arts since 1993. Most of my movement journey has been in various types of dance including African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Brazilian, Latin, Belly dance, Yoga and Nia. In addition to these modalities, I move my mind, heart and spirit with writing, reading, painting, and with the art of listening.

When I am not practicing or teaching Nia, Nia-Yoga or Stretch and Fly Yoga Dance with Liziah Woodruff (www.liziahtherapies.com), I joyfully spend my time doing personalized tarot counseling sessions for clients or facilitating tarot classes and workshops with the Embodied Tarot (www.embodiedtarot.com).

In addition, my work in the world encompasses serving as the Leadership and Intuition Strategist for Nyawela Consulting in Seattle, WA. Nyawela is a Shula word from the Sudan in Central Africa. We pronounce it, nigh-ah-WEH-lah. It means “on a journey”. I have the great pleasure of working with a team of vibrant and joyful women of color as we inspire our clients to envision new paths of possibilities with strategic consulting, community engagement, dynamic facilitation and expert coaching.









As a licensed and certified Brown Belt Nia teacher

I discovered Nia in 2003 as part of my graduate training in the Experiential Health and Healing program at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. The experience transformed my life. I realized that I had always been a somatic learner. Suddenly years spent struggling to learn strictly from an intellectual sphere became clear. In order to learn and evolve into my best self I need to move and experience life from my entire being - mind, body, heart and the fire of my spirit. Nia ignited within me a passion and love for the human body, my body and especially, the movement of my body. This awakening, as I call it, became the foundation for my ongoing exploration of kinesthetic awareness and the somatic healing arts.

I believe my purpose in life is to serve as a conduit for others to awaken to the wisdom of the body. Our life experiences are lived and expressed through and within the body. With awareness of this lived experience I believe we can transform, come alive, engage and dance through life with a playful spirit!

My Nia classes focus on developing a student's self-awareness so that they can access and hear their bodies wisdom and are designed to make it easy for anyone to step right in, at any age, level or experience.

As a facilitator, I strive to create a loving, mindful and open space for you to experience the joy of movement, self-expression and healing power of the Nia technique. My maiden name, Lucero, means “bright star.” I am excited to move, groove and share my light with you.

As a licensed Nia 5 Stages teacher

The Nia 5 Stages is an integrative movement practice based on the five stages of human development: Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing and Walking. Practiced with awareness, these stages have the power to facilitate optimal alignment, improved function and comfort in the body. Whether practiced at length or for as little as five minutes a day, this system provides a tool for reclaiming and sustaining mobility, flexibility, strength, agility and stability.

As a Nia 5 Stages Teacher, I facilitate special series classes, private sessions and experiential workshops on these five simple moves that contribute to the overall health of your mind, spirit, heart and body. This practice can facilitate the realignment and restructuring of the body and help you to regain flexibility, agility, mobility, stability and strength.

This extraordinary healing practice is so simple and it completely changed my life and experience of my own body. I spend five minutes every single day (since May 2010) doing the Nia 5 Stages. I've never felt stronger, mobile, agile, stable and flexible. The chronic low back pain I had is all but gone and I feel taller than ever! It is my desire to share this practice with everyone.

As the creator and owner of The Embodied Tarot

I’ve been reading the tarot for nearly thirty years. My life experience both reading for both myself and others has taught me that the tarot is an effective resource for seeking guidance, developing our intuition, cultivating self-growth, moving through transitions and challenging times, and accessing universal wisdom.

In addition to my nearly three decades using the tarot as a map for personal growth, I have spent the past two decades using a variety of somatic practices to facilitate self-expression, manage stress, to heal through grief and embrace the wisdom and healing potential of my body. These embodiment practices include dance, yoga, meditation, martial arts, guided visualization, writing, painting, drawing, drumming, shamanic journeying and working with the body's energy centers (chakras).

As a kinesthetic learner, I’ve come to appreciate that my body always knows the way to bring me back to balance when I feel I am on shaky ground. More profoundly, I have learned that my body has the deep knowing and capacity to guide me through when I feel stuck, stagnant or am struggling with a situation.

The Embodied Tarot is my own creation. The Embodied Tarot is a process that blends tarot counseling and embodiment practices such as guided imagery, affirmations, meditation, movement, art and writing, for personal transformation. It has the potential to bring us back to wholeness by integrating the timeless wisdom of the tarot with the intuitive wisdom we already hold or that is waiting to be discovered within our minds, bodies, hearts and spirits.

Explore my Embodied Tarot offerings at www.embodiedtarot.com and join the daily card conversation at www.facebook.com/embodiedtarot.

My Training

Licensed Brown Belt Nia Teacher, 2013: Brown Belt, the third level of Nia education, explores the experience of living as energy beings, as every experience of sensation in the body is an energy experience. The focus of this intensive training is on sensing and perceiving energy in the four realms of mind, body, heart and spirit. As with previous trainings, 13 additional principles are introduced.

Licensed Blue Belt Nia Teacher, 2011: Blue Belt, the second level of Nia education, explores how to create healthy relationships through body-centered communication. This focus of this intensive training is on the mental, emotional and spiritual realms of the body and introduces 13 additional principles.

Licensed White Belt Nia Teacher, 2010: The Nia White Belt training lays the foundation for all Nia training and education. The focus of this intensive training is on physical sensation with the intention getting to know your body. There are 13 principles of the Nia white belt, all focusing on the physical realm of the body.

The first principle, The Joy of Movement, is the foundation for the entire body of Nia work. This principle teaches you to choose sensation to connect to Joy. In Nia, the word Joy expresses a universal energy, different from emotional enjoyment. As you learn to sense your body, you can invite Joy into the experience of your life. Over time and through Nia practice, you learn to sustain and increase the amount of Joy you sense in every experience.

Licensed Nia 5 Stages Teacher: The Nia 5 Stages teacher training provided me with the tools to facilitate a 60-minute Nia 5 Stages Class and qualified me integrate this body of work in classic Nia classes, private sessions and experiential workshops.

My Education Background

M.A. Experiential Health and Healing, The Graduate Institute: This 36-credit Master of Arts degree program allowed me to explore complementary and alternative (CAM) healing on a continuum with allopathic medicine. From the ancient roots of medicine to contemporary practice, I studied a number of integrative modalities designed to treat the whole person. Through this program, I learned to celebrate health as the optimal alignment of body, mind, and spirit – not merely the absence of dis-ease. My research and experiential focus was on kinesthetic awareness, somatic practices and experiential learning. It is my pleasure to share what I learned with you.

B.A. Psychology, State University of New York at New Paltz: While a student in psychology, my research and focus areas were neuropsychology and mind-body practices such as guided imagery and meditation.

A very special thank you:

To my husband, Gary, who not only developed this website for me but is my biggest fan and source of strength and support. He made it possible for me to have this website and to deepen my practice at home by creating a mirror on wheels in our living room. Those are just two minor things among a list that just keeps on growing. Gary provides a container of love for the two of us that is so huge that I feel like there isn’t anything I can’t do. There are no words in the English language to express my gratitude for the love of my life.

And to Dr. Kirsten Carle, my dear friend and soul sister, who developed the beautiful logo for Everybody, Love Your Body. Kirsten is a naturopathic physician (ND), artist, visionary and one of the kindest people I've ever met. Dr. Carle is a physician at the Stram Center for Integrative Medicine at both the NY and VT offices: http://www.cihh.net/index.php/team/member/Kirsten%20-Carle.