One week until the Maine Marathon!

 “Oh, the places you’ll go!” It’s fun to look back on just some of the locations I've had the pleasure of training over this summer…

“Oh, the places you’ll go!” It’s fun to look back on just some of the locations I've had the pleasure of training over this summer…

I am honored and awed by the show of support for my upcoming run! Thank you to all who have given any amount to the Portland Community Free Clinic: friends, family, and people who I don’t know but who know of the Clinic and support the mission of providing quality healthcare to all. I am truly astounded by the generosity all around. If you would like to give, or share the link to give with a friend, here it is:

Once you are on the page, scroll down until you see the Portland Community Free Clinic listed, then click “select” and follow the directions. Thank you!

The race on September 30th will be my fourth full marathon, and the second time I am running the Maine Marathon (first time was in 2006, my first marathon!).

I am looking forward to what looks to be a beautiful weather day and lovely course up to Yarmouth and back. If you are in town and have some free time, supporting the runners with a smile and a wave, a shout of encouragement, always means so much to THIS runner! I plan on wearing something festive and colorful so I should be easy to spot.

You can have my personal race updates texted or emailed right to you by clicking here and filling in your info.

Again, thank you for your interest and support. I could not do it without you. I know for certain I would not be in the shape I am without Nia: the spirit of Nia gently guides me toward optimal body balance, the harmony of stability and mobility, full range of motion, and stillness… listening always.

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Erin Emcees PechaKucha Portland Night Sept. 13th!

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Join Erin for a night of storytelling and image sharing the way only PK delivers: fast and fun! Never heard of PechaKucha? Come and be delighted and inspired by your friends and neighbors as they share their passion in a 20x20 format: 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide. PK nights are wonderful networking and neighborly events where you are sure to make new connections and leave feeling inspired. Our upcoming theme is…


For the artist, the inventor, or the entrepreneur, it’s the call to persevere, keep experimenting, and letting the bumps, bruises—and sometimes very painful setbacks—inspire and inform the next great success.

Speakers in order

Emcee:  Erin Curren

Lisa Whited,  "To Err Is Human, To Engineer Divine"
Alan Lishness,  "An Overnight Success In Just 50 Years"
Willy Jones, "Making Amends to a Whale Named Flask"
Joanne Arnold, "Make No Mistake"  
Bennett Steele,  "Order Out Of Chaos"
Arthur Fink, "The Sometimes Bumbling Path" 
JR Pelletier,  "Imagination Assembled" 

Thursday, September 13th 2018

Doors open at 6:30pm, showtime is 7:20pm. Arrive early for best seats!

At the Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St. Portland, Maine

$7 General, $5 Student

Pay at the door!

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Running for a cause: Healthcare shouldn't be a privilege

It's heartbreaking to hear the stories of people encumbered by medical debt, or avoiding treatment due to the high costs of healthcare. This year I have decided to run the Maine Marathon on September 30, 2018 to raise funds and awareness for the Portland Community Free Clinic.

The PCFC --now in it's 25th consecutive year of operation-- is almost exclusively staffed by volunteer doctors, nurses, therapists, and nurse practitioners. On a shoestring budget, the clinic sees over 500 patients a year who are working and stably housed but without health insurance. Learn more about the PCFC on their website, and click here if you are inspired to donate any amount.

In many ways marathon training reminds me of the kind of 'slow medicine' often practiced at the Free Clinic. Doctors and nurses take time to listen and treat the whole person. The time and commitment it requires to successfully train for a marathon requires a similar commitment.  It means I need to listen to my body and not overdo it.

The PCFC's volunteer docs and nurses show up for their once-a-month commitment reliably.  Likewise, I must adhere to my training schedule, rain or shine, whether I'm at home or on the road. 

I have found that the Nia Technique offers the perfect compliment to running: with its dynamic full range of motion moves, the low-impact and sustainable cardio, the focus on flexibility and agility, and the creativity I get to express at every cycle of the class.

We all know running can be stressful on the joints and repetitive as heck, that's why Nia is my saving grace when I am training for a marathon and am logging 5 runs per week, including one long run.

If you'd like to start running or connect with me on Map My Run (a free app that allows you to track all kinds of exercise) you can find me under my name, Erin Curren. If you need a running buddy, reach out! And if you feel inspired to give any amount of money in support of the Portland Community Free Clinic, please do! 

Thank you!


Elegant Fitness: What PT Taught Me about Nia

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This winter I had the unfortunate experience of first-time back pain. Anyone who has suffered from any kind of back pain can relate immediately to how debilitating this type of injury is. The funny thing is, this pain happened for me over the course of one weekend when I did entirely too much sitting in a car! As one of my Nia students said, “Erin, if there’s anyone who would get injured sitting it would be you!” I had to laugh too.

After being seen by a Nurse Practitioner I was encouraged to receive Physical Therapy for six weeks. Curious and new to PT, I eagerly attended as directed. I loved meeting the different PT assistants and working closely with one therapist. I learned about targeted exercises for the QL strain I had (that’s Quadratus Lumborum for all you unfamiliar with the muscle, technically part of the deep abdomen), and repeated them at least three times a week as directed.

What I learned from this new pain and the PT I used to treat it has only deepened my appreciation for the Nia Technique. Moving repeatedly through a series of 7-10 exercises and stretches was... how shall I say... a bit… well, boring! What I have grown to love even more about Nia is the efficiency of changing and varying the movements combined with the magic of music creates an effortless, elegant flow to a full-body, joyful workout.

The dictionary gives multiple meanings for “elegance” including:

1a. Refinement, grace and beauty in movement, appearance, or manners

… and ...

2b. Scientific exactness and precision

I love that precision is a part of the meaning of elegance, for it is through specific targeted movements that Nia conditions so well, yet offers each person the individual freedom to stylize and express their unique beauty, grace and refinement. Nia is indeed elegant fitness, and a practice I would not trade in this lifetime! Join me for class and experience elegance from the inside!


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