In Celebration of Emilie Conrad D’oud

By: Debbie Rosas | Published April 16, 2014

Memory is a great thing. It’s a place I often go to when I want to get out of where I am. Sometimes life takes me to that place of memory. Today was one of those days, when I heard one of my “body” heroes, Emilie Conrad D’oud, had died.

I discovered Emilie’s work, Continuum, in the Nineteen Seventies, when living in Marin County, California. It was a time in my life when I was starting my conscious research of the body, movement, and fitness. What Emilie had offered, confused me. It was this confusion that attracted me to her work.

Born in New York in 1963, Emilie moved to Los Angeles where she began teaching at the Actors Studio. Here she used her novel approach of movement to enrich th...

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NiaSounds Presents: Shannon Day Interview

By: Nia Technique | Published February 26, 2014

In this follow up video to Shannon Day's private performance of Free, Shannon invites us into her home for an interview regarding her work with Debbie Rosas in developing their work with Sounding. 

Sounding is a compelling, healing practice that uses the sonic landscape of vocal energy. It uses the voice to support the movement of the body, breath, emotions, and energy.

Transform Nia Socks into Arm Warmers

By: Nia Technique | Published February 26, 2014

With an extra pair of Nia socks you can easily transform them into Nia arm warmers.

Here is a fun video lesson on how to warm your feet and your hands with Nia socks. 

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Richard Brown: Hiking for George Part 1

By: Nia Technique | Published February 26, 2014

June 21, 2012, Richard lost his best friend George, of 32 years, to melanoma. It was a sudden death that shocked Richard into a daze of grief. Then Richard discovered Nia at the recommendation of a friend. The transformation he experienced in his body, emotions, and spirit helped him move through the pain and come up with a magical idea to help others suffering from melanoma. 

To honor George's death, he is going to raise 10k for the Melanoma International Foundation, by hiking 212 miles from Yosemite's John Muir Trail to Mt. Whitney, the highest point in California.

In this video Richard explains how he uses Nia to tr...

100 Pounds Lighter

By: Sarah Weiler | Published February 24, 2014

I spent all of my childhood and young adulthood overweight.  My parents put me on diets when I was in grade school.  By the time I had entered high school, I had done Lean Cuisine, Weight Watchers, and Jenny Craig.  All of this before I was 14 years old.  In my early twenties I was at my heaviest. I was more than overweight...I was morbidly obese. I was completely disconnected to my body and my body followed that disconnection by gaining more and more and more weight. At the age of 24, I made very private decision to begin the process of living a healthy life.  I ate differently, I exercised, and the weight started to come off slowly and naturally. I did find a connection to my body through yoga but it wasn&...

Getting Younger and Younger at Seventy

By: Vala Hudspeth | Published February 24, 2014

As I turn seventy it is a good time to reflect upon my first year of Nia training which encompasses almost 300 classes/hours of dancing Nia. 

I moved to Boulder a year ago after living overseas for many years.  My immediate discovery was Jackie and Marty Diner’s Joy In Motion (JIM) studio right across the street from where I live. What luck! Whereas previous worthy life pursuits had me traveling halfway around the world or at least to distant cities by public transport, karma now granted me this precious gift of a magnificent practice studio right in front of my face and body.

Of course, the beginnings of the practice were not at all that smooth. Indeed, for awhile it was...

From Chronic Pain to Joyful Dance

By: Janis Whipple | Published February 24, 2014

“Nature does not demand that we be perfect, it requires that we grow”……Liebman

For over 25 years I had suffered from chronic pain associated with degenerative discs in my cervical and lumbar spine. I had learned to work “around” my pain, but had not found a remedy for it. Eventually I had two back-to-back foot surgeries for joint fusion. The rehabilitation process wasn’t easy for me, but I found a miracle when I found Nia.

As a personal fitness trainer since 1995, I had always felt the need to “push” through the pain of a workout. When I discovered Nia a year and a half ago on a visit to Seattle, I instinctively knew the Nia technique would be a...

Are You Too Tough To Dance?

By: JP Du Plessis | Published February 24, 2014

I have always considered myself a tough guy, but I recently started Nia - and in the few short months that I’ve been dancing regularly, I’ve learned something new about being tough.

You’re probably asking yourself: “How does dancing make you tough? Dancing is all about being soft, gentle and flowing.” While I have spent my entire life being able to throw killer punches, lift heavy weights and hold my own at the bar, I’ve never been tough enough to face up to my gentle side. Nia has sparked a transformation within me that, through the discovery of my soft side, is making me a tougher tough guy than ever before.

I can rock a punch bag – I hit so hard I make the roof beams shudder. Okay,...

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Debbie Rosas Interview on Body Intelligence

By: Nia Technique | Published February 24, 2014

Debbie is interviewed by Mark Metz at The Body Intelligence Summit where she talks about The Body’s Way.  She explains how to gain a deeper understanding and wisdom of the body through sensation and movement.

A Call For Writers

By: Dawn Z. Montefusco | Published February 15, 2014

We are currently looking for new and experienced writers with the ability to resonate with our audience.

Do you have a passion for writing, informing, educating and even entertaining? Are you a writer with your finger on the pulse of the fitness industry, healing arts, music, or mind-body magic?

Nia’s newsletter WAVE is targeted to get more people involved with our new voice and style for the 21st Century. WAVE inspires and empowers its readers to take action to get fit, dance, heal their bodies, and move! We feature well-written commentary on movement for health, finding pleasure in life, and integrating Nia as a lifestyle.

The goal is to create compelling and entertaining content tha...