Music as My Muse

By: Debbie Rosas Stewart | Published February 23, 2010

"Antonio Stradivari made some of his most beautiful violins from a pile of broken, waterlogged oars he found on the docks of Venice one day. Like the David hiding inside Michelangelo's rough block of marble, or the prophets and sibyls hiding behind the emptiness of wet, freshly prepared fresco walls, in Stradivari's imagination the form of the finished violin was tangibly present in the raw chunks of wood. The fulcrum of the transformation is the mind at play, having nothing to gain and nothing to lose, working and playing around the limits and resistances of the tools we hold in our hands." - Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman

I'd like to say I love music, but the truth is, it's not the music I love but the physical and em...

The Art of Listening

By: Debbie Rosas Stewart | Published February 23, 2010

Just as listening is key to any human relationship, music is no different; we have a relationship with music. The more we learn to listen to it, the better we can communicate with anything--and for those of us of us who dance, the better we can dance.

Like another person, investing your total attention in music will deepen your relationship, making it possible to intimately know the unique personality of the "other," of the song. Each song is different; each has its own unique beat, instrumentation, structure and surprises. I can assure you, learning to listen to music with more than my ears, with my entire body, has made me a much better communicator with people.

The art of listening is the art of hearing; hear...

RAW and the 8BC Music System

By: Debbie Rosas Stewart | Published February 23, 2010

RAW stands for the state of being in a Relaxed body, Alert mind and Waiting spirit. This is the practice we use to listen with full attention by creating a state of "no inner dialogue." In RAW, you are not distracted by thoughts, desires, likes or dislikes; you are in a place of internal silence--physically, psychologically and emotionally.

Relaxed refers to the body, either standing or sitting, with an upright spine. Your chakra centers are aligned and open. Relaxed is marked by an absence of tension in your body.

Alert refers to the mind and means that while your body is relaxed, your mind is not sleepy. Instead, your mind is alert--not preoccupied with thoughts or ...

The Voice of Creating a Sacred Livelihood

By: | Published February 13, 2010

I am the voice of Creating a Sacred Livelihood. My universal wisdom comes from knowing that you and the body are a gift. I am coded to inspire and direct you – and your body – to do that which will fulfill you in deep and meaningful ways. You will find me when you connect to your spirit and when you listen to your heart, reminding you of what you are here to do. I am never far from you.

Creative and sacred, we are designed to manifest greatness in the world. Doing is of utmost importance, as “doing” in your life is how you discover the right path, your purpose. Listen to your desires. Feel them deep from within the core of your body. Recognize and acknowledge this ache as a call to manifest your gre...

Creating Your Sacred Livelihood Scroll

By: Nia | Published February 13, 2010

Use this scroll to help you explore and Create Your Sacred Livelihood.

The file is a PDF designed to be printed on both sides of a blank legal size (8 1/2" x 14") piece of paper.


Cleaning Out The Closet

By: Jeff Stewart  |  January 26, 2010

Hi all! I am feeling very humbled and at the same time thankful. The world feels to me as if it is very unsettled. Normal world issues seem to be larger and I am grateful that I am standing on the foundation of our Nia community. Our connectedness is grounding... Read more


Inventing The Rest of Our Lives

By: Debbie Rosas  |  December 21, 2009

"When it's over, I want to say I have been a bride married to amazement, I've been a bridegroom taking the world into my arms." — Mary Oliver

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Creating our Sacred Livelihood

By: Jeff Stewart  |  December 21, 2009

WOW what a year! Not that I should be surprised; life at Nia is always exciting and ever evolving. I have a huge appreciation in my heart for all of you, for your continued support of Nia and for all you do to share the powerful and transformative medicine of... Read more

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Teacher of the Year 2009

By: Debbie Rosas  |  December 21, 2009

Years ago, futurist and author of the book Age Wave, Ken Dychtwald, claimed the future would be driven by “the most amazing women our country has ever seen.” He claimed these women would hold the most complex of lives

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The Big Carlos Toast

By:   |  December 21, 2009

When wondering how we might all give Carlos an amazing sendoff, I was reminded of something I had seen on TV: a personality toast. I have always enjoyed the way a toast brings people together in community, to remember and share stories of the good, the bad, and the ugly... Read more


The Gift of Words

By: Debbie Rosas  |  December 4, 2009

They say words are powerful. I believe it. After nearly thirty years of teaching movement, using what I say and do to help people heal, get fit and stay healthy, I have come to understand how important what I say is. In Nia, we instruct our Teachers to consciously use... Read more

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Nia Tips to Transform Your Body and Your Life

By: Nia  |  December 4, 2009

Dance Through Life using these Nia tips to transform your body and life while "on the go".

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Nia in India with Sabine and Philippe

By:   |  November 10, 2009

Watch Philippe Beaufour and Sabine Zweig, Black Belt Nia Teachers, share Nia in Auroville, India.

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What’s It All About?

By: Debbie Rosas  |  August 28, 2009

We are having a revolution: The Revolution of Self. This is an apex in our evolution, a revolution of culture and consciousness. I believe this could be one of the most significant apexes of our collective evolution since the industrial revolution.

Recent events have shaken us to our core, allowing us... Read more


My Black Belt Journey Into the Unknown

By: Susan Muttitt, Black Belt, Johannesburg, South Africa  |  August 28, 2009

The Black Belt experience was truly an adventure with all the elements to call it that; unpredictable, surprising, grueling in parts, exhilarating and highly stimulating for the creative soul. Debbie and Carlos held the space magnificently for 45 of us from all corners of the world to step into this... Read more

Debbie Rosas featured on Free Spirit in South Africa

By: Nicci Gates  |  July 8, 2009

Debbie Rosas debuts on Free Spirit, a South African television program. The 8-minute clip features Debbie talking about Nia and leading a class at OurNiaSpace studio in Obs, Cape Town. The insert also features footage from Nia South Africa's first appearance on Free Spirit in 2003!

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I Can Read!

By: Debbie Rosas  |  July 8, 2009

I am in the midst of reading another great book. It’s a story filled with science to explain the “reading brain.” The book is called Proust and the Squid, by Maryanne Wolf, a professor at Tufts University. This is yet another book that spoke to me while walking... Read more


Love Your Body Tip: Move Your Bones for Wellness!

By: Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas  |  July 8, 2009

Stimulate health for your body, mind, emotions, and spirit by moving your bones! 

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X-Ray Anatomy: A 3-Step Process

By: Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas  |  July 8, 2009

X-Ray Anatomy is a Nia tool to help practitioners find more comfort in their bodies, both inside and outside of class. The practice of X-Ray Anatomy while Dancing Through Life involves becoming aware of your bones, noticing how they relate to your body sensations, then consciously rearranging them in order... Read more

Carpe Diem

By: Kristin DeGroat, Blue Belt.  |  July 2, 2009

Thank you for all of your support in making the 2009 Dance Parade a huge success! This town is all abuzz about Nia, representing the accomplishment of a goal I've held since completing the white belt four years ago.

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Le Nia au CIRQUE D'HIVER de PARIS juillet 2009

By:   |  June 30, 2009

On Saturday, the 27th of June, Nia Brown Belt Regine Petit danced the Magic of Nia with a group in Paris at the prestigious "Cirque d'Hiver" or "Cirque Bouglione"!

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13-Moon Calendar

By: Nia Technique, Inc.  |  June 8, 2009

This powerful 13-Moon calendar is based on traditional Mayan time cycles, taking you step by step into holistic time with detailed descriptions and vibrant images. Transform your body and mind by reconnecting to natural cycles of time.

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Reach Out to Touch the Universe

By: Debbie Rosas  |  May 26, 2009

It’s easy to see how profound it is when Mother Earth touches us. Her hands reach out and touch us with her creations. She touches us with her trees, flowers, and plants that entertain all of our senses. Whether it’s by smelling, tasting, seeing, hearing or touching, it’s almost impossible... Read more


Love Your Body Tip: Touching

By: Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas  |  May 26, 2009

Touching is one of Nia's 52 Moves and a great way to transmit and receive pleasure all day long through sensation. Touching increases body awareness, can provide energy healing, and has the power to emotionally console, or kinesthetically guide the body. Throughout every day, you have the opportunity to receive... Read more


The Healing Power of the Crystal Bowls CD

By: Laura Min Jackson, Brown Belt Nia Teacher, Orange County, CA  |  May 26, 2009

I haven't yet shared the Crystal Bowl CD in a class or workshop, but it has helped with my own self-healing and wanted to mention my experience. 

I was on a medication that's known for causing 8-12 hours of painful side effects. I was very fearful, and that's the day the... Read more