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 1934, 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...

2013 Nia Awards

By: Nia Technique | Published February 6, 2014

Nia is more than fitness. It's a lifestyle that is shared one dance at a time. It changes people's lives forever.

The Nia awards celebrates men and women who have dedicated their lives to body and life mastery by teaching, training, and living their lives modeling greatness. Enjoy this video celebrating all of our Sacred Athletes of 2013. It also celebrates you. You have given your time and effort to seeing our vision spread throughout the world. Here is the list of our awards from 2008 - 2013. 

Here's to more great years ahead. Thank you. 

2013 Nia Awards

Teacher of the Year
Rég...

The Hidden Power of The Heart

By: Dawn Z. Montefusco | Published February 6, 2014

“If it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.” ― Leo Tolstoy

Make a fist. This is about the size of your heart. You probably don’t think too much about it, you may even forget it’s there. While you are walking, biking, shopping, or watching your favorite mini series, your heart is beating non-stop. It never rests.

The heart beats about 100,000 times a day, more than 30 million times per year, and about 2.5 billion times in a 70-year lifetime. It is hollow and pumps 2000 gallons of blood a day, but there is a secret power we each have that make it one of the most powerful parts of our being.

The...

Nia on the 5 O'clock News

By: | Published February 6, 2014

Iowa News Spotlights Nia as Weekly Workout

Moira Leu, a Nia teacher in Des Moines, Iowa, gets the feature on her local news channel. Watch the video broadcast and read the article below. 

Moira Leu has been dancing since she was three years old.  She calls it one of her passions, and you can see it when she teaches.  But this isn’t just a dance class – it’s Nia.

“Nia is a sensory-based movement practice,” says Leu. “It’s one of t...

Nia Teams with Get Scotland Dancing

By: Nia Technique | Published February 6, 2014

UK Nia Teachers have joined forces with Scotland’s National “Get Scotland Dancing” campaign. This campaign aims to get more people dancing than ever before and has created a network of places to dance by promoting participation through high profile events across the country.

Nia is now a part of this crusade thanks to the efforts of Karen Small, Sandy Winterbottom, and the Scotland Nia Community. It was their continued efforts that helped to achieve recognition of Nia as a dance form in Scotland. Nia teachers attended every meeting to make sure they we...

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Love on the Streets

By: Nia Technique | Published February 6, 2014

It's February and that means Valentine's Day is around the corner in America. We at Nia realize that not every country celebrates Valentine's Day, but eveyone can celebrate love.

We took Nia to the streets of Portland, Oregon and went up to complete strangers to say "I love You." Check out the video and see what happened!

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NiaSounds Presents: An Intimate Recital with Shannon Day

By: Nia Technique | Published February 6, 2014

Enjoy the sultry sounds of Shannon Day, an accomplished musician, performer, and producer. She sings her song "Free" unplugged, from the NiaSounds album Velvet.

This intimately captured performance will be followed by an interview with Shannon where she speaks candidly about her process as a performer. Stay tuned for our next newsletter in March. 

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NiaSounds presents: Solovox

By: Nia Technique | Published January 8, 2014

Enjoy this compelling interview with Carl “Solovox” Tietze; producer, composer, NiaSounds recording artist, and one-man synthesizer magician. Carl invited us to his house for an intimate glimpse into how he composes music. 

In this interview he tells us of a rare experience he had creating the song, Am I The One, with vocalist Jen Folkner. The song appears on the Sanjana Album. 

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The Year of Saying "Yes!"

By: Nia Technique | Published January 8, 2014

One of the most important aspects of a Nia workout is choosing pleasure over pain. It's about joyful sensations and listening to the wisdom of your body, which allows you to create a strong environment for good health. Consider that a person's positive or negative attitude can make a difference in weight loss and fitness. Saying “Yes!” to things that feel good creates a dynamic that makes life joyful. Lack of enthusiasm leads to missed workouts, emotional eating, and this only makes you feel worse.

In the article Think Twice we discussed the importance of following your gut-brain and trusting your body to help you make decisions. Your body is the best...

The Vital Ingredient to Youth

By: Kaycheri Rappaport | Published January 8, 2014

Wherever I go, I am asked what it is that keeps me so flexible, fit, and intellectually sharp at my advanced chronological age. I was born January 13, 1933, but most people think I'm much younger. They ask, "Is it proper diet, exercise, social interaction, DNA, geography, training, a quirky sense of humor, teachers, or maybe just karma?" I believe it’s all those things and more. The “more” is what I believe is the vital ingredient to my apparent youth.

The Magical Attitude of Gratitude

It came to me after I left a note of thanks to one of my wonderful Nia teachers, Ken Gilbert. I always thank my teachers, people who s...

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Feeling Stuck? Move Different This Year

By: Nia Technique | Published January 8, 2014

A hip-hop dancer, a ballet dancer, and a tango dancer all walk into a room. They are challenged to cross genre and dance in a new way. Why? because new movement changes old habits.

Nia’s classes emphasize moving differently. Every Nia class is a surprise. By shifting your habits for the New Year you will create a strong and healthy mind, body, and spirit and realize anything is possible. Once you start moving in a new way the body and mind start to think and act differently, building different muscles and realizing new ideas.  

Slow Down and Get More Done

By: Joanna Runciman | Published January 8, 2014

Time either flies or walks depending on what you’re doing and how you’re doing it. Do you get swept away by multi-tasking to-do lists, texts, ‘must-dos,' tweets and updates? Or do you allow yourself to be present in the moment and focus on one thing at a time?

As Debbie says, “smell the moment.” Smell is located in the oldest part of our brain and allows us to live life one moment at a time. A deep breath in allows us to slow down, and in doing so, more gets done. When we slow down and tune in, even the most mundane tasks can take on wondrous meaning, and the most stressful tasks can be relaxing. Life doesn’t happen when we have achieved x, y, and z. Life happens moment to ...

Nia Seattle, Alive, Aligned and Thriving!

By: Sarah Love, with contributions from Randee Fox and the Nia Seattle Community | Published January 8, 2014

“Collaboration brings with it a spirit of peace and oneness, both of which I hold in high value. Collaboration with my Nia colleagues has brought more joy, peace, ease, and pleasure into my life in and out of Nia classes.” Susan Tate, Black Belt Nia Teacher

Get Together in 2014!

It only takes one person to reach out and get a group together. Soon more people start talking and moving and before you know it a group expands and gets connected. Here are some stories and tips on how a Nia community grew in Seattle.

Jason Alan Griffin was the first Nia teache...

Nia Class Video - Autonomic Nervous System

By: Nia Technique | Published December 30, 2013

Learn how to listen to each part of your body through your nerves, skin, connective tissues, organs, muscles, bones, and joints. The autonomic nervous system communicates to your entire body via nerves that fan out like cables from your spinal cord and brain. Learning to understand the right responses of this system helps your body maintain homeostasis, which is the stable condition a body needs to sustain health and well-being. 

Join Debbie Rosas and our fabulous dancers at StudioNia for this energizing class.

Holiday Greeting From Debbie and Jeff

By: Nia Technique | Published December 19, 2013

As we come to the end of the year we have much gratitude.

Nia is a force that has been alive for generations and will continue to circulate consciousness and love throughout the world for generations to come.

Our lives are rich with dance, love and community. We are blessed to do what we love and share Nia with an amazing global family. We are grateful for the people who make the dream of Nia real: the artists, the writers, editors, producers, media professionals, marketers, web designers, pattern makers, musicians, janitors, teachers, trainers, sewers, packers, shippers, and all who share the love of Nia.

Our desire for 2014 is for peace and respect among us all, celebrating each other’s brilliance, s...

Nia Class Video - Awareness of the Brain

By: Nia Technique | Published December 9, 2013

When information enters your body a system vital to the successful operation of your body called the “enteric nervous system” kicks in. This is called the "stomach or gut brain" and is located in your belly. This second brain contains an astounding 100 million neurons, more than the spinal cord and peripheral nervous system combined. Your gut, the second brain plays a key role in getting you to pay attention and create a healthy body, mind, and spirit. 

Join Debbie Rosas and Nia dancers at StudioNia for this fun and dynamic class.