Nia Class Video - Awareness of Forearm Bones

By: Nia Technique | Published July 24, 2013

Immerse yourself in this month’s continuing education focus: Sensing spiraling and awareness in forearm bones. Healthy forearm bones are sensed as strong, stable, mobile, and free to spiral. This class experience will teach you to master how spirals and circles are the most powerful ways to move energy through your arms.

Join founder, Debbie Rosas and the elegant dancers at Studio Nia, for this motivating class practiced to the ZenSation routine music.

Awareness of Forearm Bones - Sensing Spiraling

By: Debbie Rosas | Published June 28, 2013

By design the forearm bones spiral over each other. One forearm bone, the ulna, lies on the little finger side of your forearm. The second forearm bone, and the smaller of the two forearm bones, is the radius. This is the bone that spirals over. You find this bone on the thumb side of your forearm.

One cannot help but wonder about the effects of spirals on the art of moving and dancing in a body. I first learned about the power of spirals in Aikido. Coming from a Tae Kwon Do background, linear moving toward conflict was more my training. In Aikido everything is about harmonizing conflict. To master this art, you quickly learn how spirals and circles are the most powerful ways to move energy.

Just look around you at the nu...


By: Nia Technique | Published June 28, 2013


“Vibe” is a brand new DVD and workout released by the Oregon-Based Nia Technique, Inc. Starring founder Debbie Roasas, The DVD features tracks by Moby, Chris Coco, Bob Marley, Afterlife, Rodney Hunter, Lux Spiral System and City Reverb.

Portland, Oregon, June 25, 2013 – The Vibe workout is one of a series of barefoot, cardio-dance routines, created exclusively by the Nia Technique, Inc. This ground breaking routine places attention on posture, stimulating the whole body by focusing on the back, fingers, hands, and arms.

“The majority of the world is sitting right now, slouched over, with poor posture. This has harmful affects on your health,” s...

You’re Invited To Our 30th Anniversary Celebration!

By: Nia Technique | Published June 28, 2013

Free Classes All Day! Flash Mob! And Birthday Party!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 27th as we celebrate our 30th birthday at StudioNia in downtown Portland, Oregon.

The festivities kick off at 9:00am with two classes taught by founder Debbie Rosas!

Tell your friends, your neighbors, and your family! We would love for you to share the event via Facebook or Twitter. Make sure you follow us to see event pictures and upcoming news.

Nia's 30th Birthday Schedule for Saturday, July 27, 2013

Come dance with us as we celebrate music, movement and magic together.

9:00am 5 Stages, Hea...

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Share Your Stories With Video: Toast and Roast Us!

By: Debbie Rosas and Jeff Stewart | Published June 27, 2013

Remember Us in Spandex 30 years ago?

Do you have a funny story that happened to you at Nia?

Perhaps you had a profound moment while you were dancing?

We are putting together a video compilation and invite you to share funny, or touching stories on video for our 30th Anniversary Gala. When thinking about how to inaugurate Nia’s 30th Anniversary nothing seemed more appropriate than telling the stories of the real heroes: the people whose lives and professions have been touched and influenced by Nia in deep and meaningful ways.

We’ve created this dynamic tutorial to walk you through how to send a video our way, and we’ll include it in our festivities. Feel free to talk about h...

The Voice of Nia

By: Debbie Rosas | Published June 27, 2013

My name is Nia.

For thousands of generations I have been
circulating consciousness and love throughout the world.
I am coded to be of service to people, plants, animals,
the mountains, winds, rivers, and weather patterns.

My presence and essence is manifested through you,
those who desire to master the art of moving,
living in the body, loving the body and loving life.
People dedicated to helping others find their way
on the path to becoming a Sacred Athlete.
My spirit cultivates and sustains in my every cell
the essence and energy of love,
for this is the ultimate healing energy.

Earthly, I may appear to move slowly in creating change...

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Elbow

By: Nia Technique | Published June 27, 2013

Immerse yourself in this month’s continuing education focus: Sensing Precision in the Elbow.

Join Nia Trainer, Helen Terry and the graceful dancers at Soma Ranch in Montgomery, Texas, for a stimulating class practiced to the Routine Passion

Awareness of Elbow - Sensing Precision

By: Debbie Rosas | Published May 31, 2013

Mastering the Sensation of Moving the Elbow Joint

This month we’re exploring the elbow joint, a shallow hinge joint formed by your upper arm bone; the humerus and your two forearm bones; the ulna and radius.
I find the elbow joint to be a part of the body people almost never think about until they experience injury or pain. For me this was true. It wasn’t until I began to study tae kwon do that I even noticed my elbow joint. In the process of learning to deliver powerful hand and arm moves, the elbow became a part of my body I learned to pay attention to, tapping into the body’s natural design to gain relaxed dynamic power by using my body functionally, the way it is designed. Once I mastered the te...

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Upper Arm Bone

By: Nia Technique | Published May 21, 2013

Immerse yourself in this month’s continuing education focus: Sensing Direction in the Upper Arm Bone. Join Nia Trainer, Kelle Rae Oien and the enthusiastic dancers at StudioNia Santa Fe for an invigorating class practiced to the Routine Vibe. Learn and grow as you take your Nia practice to a new level – whether personal or professional!

National Dance Week Nia Flash Mob

By: Nia Technique | Published May 14, 2013

What better way to Celebrate Nia’s 30th Anniversary and National Dance Week than with a Dance in the Park?

On Saturday, April 27th, park goers at Portland’s, Director’s Park were treated to sunny skies and an enthusiastic Nia Flash Mob dance performance. 100 or so movin’ and groovin’ Nia dancers let it all fly to the foot tapping, soul stirring, dance happening music of the new Nia Fly Routine. Everyone had a fantastic time! On-lookers were smiling and bobbing to the beat as the dancers shimmied, shook and shared that Nia Energy!

Thanks everyone for your participation!

And a big thank you to our Nia HQ production team for pulling it all off without a hitch (well, almost! The ...

Awareness of Upper Arm Bone - Sensing Direction

By: Nia Technique | Published May 3, 2013

This month’s focus, the upper arm bones, is particularly fascinating. The upper arm bones attached to the shoulder and elbow joints are structurally designed to serve you in practical and creative ways. There’s nothing more beautiful than a man or a woman expressing physical grace. Read on to learn how awareness of your upper arm bones can turn moving into the sensation of dynamic flying.

We’re excited to feature articles by Debbie Rosas and Megan MacArthur.

Be sure to register for the May 6th telecourse with Nia Trainer Kelle Rae Oien.

Debbie Rosas, Nia

Experience the Magic of Nia Dance As you Celebrate National Dance Week

By: Nia Technique | Published April 26, 2013

Restore, revitalize and invigorate your senses through Music, Movement and Self-Expression. Nia is the dance of Body, Mind and Spirit. The perfect blend of Form and Freedom.

Join us for a special Nia Class experience led by Nia Co-Founder Debbie Rosas and Nia Training Faculty members Kevin VerEecke and Caroline Kohles.

Date/Time: Thursday, May 2, 2013. 8:30-9:30am.
Place: Jewish Community Center in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave @ 76th Street
New York, NY 10023

To Register call 646.505.5708

Free for JCC members
$20 for nonmembers

“There is nothing more powerful than dance to connect people to themselves, their body, music, community, spiri...

Loss Within Our Community – Celebrating the Life of Haviva (Vivi) Kraft

By: Debbie Rosas | Published April 17, 2013

I remember taking a bath one night and bursting out in tears. I became aware of the many people I am privileged to know, and the number of deaths I will be a part of. I cried from the depth of my being. Yesterday was one of those days. I, we, the Nia community, a family and the world lost Haviva (Vivi) Kraft. Sudden death came too early, and as always, there are no words to soften the blow and the loss her family will feel: her sister Varda, her mother Naomi, her Aunt Carmella, her sons Oron and Lyor, her Uncle Yigal and niece Molly, and the many more family members who we do not personally know who were touched by her life. While I could not be there at 11:00 for her service, my heart could. My spirit could. At 11:00 I sat and reached l...

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Shoulder Joint

By: Nia Technique | Published April 15, 2013

Travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico for an informative and invigorating Nia class with Kelle Rae Oien, Nia Training Faculty member. Join the dancers of Studio Nia Santa Fe as they are guided by Kelle through a heart pumping exploration in sensation.

Dance to the new Nia routine FLY with special focus on the Shoulder Joint. Kick off the class with a special gift just for you! Kelle’s enthusiasm is contagious and she inspires us with her encouraging view that “there is always more potential and more freedom available to us.”

Don’t miss the related articles about the Shoulder Joint, download the Read more

Change Your Life, Change the World; Join Debbie for the 4th Annual Inspiring Women Summit

By: Nia Technique | Published April 12, 2013

Get inspired to Wake Up, Step Up, reclaim your Feminine Essence and offer it back into the world in a much bigger way.

Do you feel change and growth coming? Are you looking for the inspiration to take that next bold step into yourself - into your feminine power? Do you long to find the courage and the strength to say YES to your essence and passion? Need a little guidance on how to take action when you’re already overwhelmed by the responsibilities of home, family and work?

Join Debbie for the 4th annual Inspiring Women Summit

A unique and timely forum for women to support and inspire each other to live our most radiant, vibrant, e...

Awareness of Shoulder Joint - Sensing Freedom

By: Nia Technique | Published April 1, 2013

For this month's focus on the shoulder joint, we're excited to feature Jayne Mielo and Holly Curtis from the Nia Training Faculty.

Be sure to register for the April 1st telecourse with Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas and Nia Trainer Kelle Rae Oien.

Debbie Rosas, Nia Co-Creator, says:

My dad was an avid and excellent golfer. He used to get me in the backyard to “chip” balls into a hat, and to practice putting. From time to time he’d even take me to the driving range. Over the years he taught me a lot...

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Shoulder Girdle

By: Nia Technique | Published March 22, 2013

Watch this video to take a class with Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas Nia livelihood members and students at StudioNia in Portland, Oregon. Focused on cultivating an awareness of your shoulder girdle, this class is practiced to FLY.

Learn and grow as you take your Nia practice to a new level–whether personal or professional! Read the related articles about the shoulder girdle, download the student handout, and listen to the corresponding t...

Update on Nia's Support for Architecture For Humanity

By: Vickie Saito | Published March 13, 2013

Vickie Saito is a Nia Black Belt Teacher and White Belt Trainer. With over 22 years experience in the movement arts, Vickie brings somatic skill and playful self-discovery to each Nia experience. She lives in Portland, OR and travels teaching and leading Nia trainings internationally.

Dear Beloved Nia Community,

Two years ago the West Linn, Oregon Nia community brought our time, energy, and talent to together to manifest a successful Nia Jam benfefit for communities affected by the 2011 tsunami and earthquake that struck Japan. As we all remember, the devastation caused by this natural disaster was catastrophic and widespread. To help offer support, we organized ou...

Dreams Come True! Rockets Game Flash Mob

By: Helen Terry | Published March 6, 2013

The following post was written by Helen Terry, international Nia Black Belt Teacher and Trainer. Recognized by Origins Magazine as a "Top Inspirer in Texas", Helen is multi-talented with a magical formula. She combines experience and knowledge with determination and faith to consciously create and bring ideas to life.

Our Houston Nia community is experiencing a rising of epic proportions.

Like thousands of others around the globe, our Houston studio, NiaMoves, hosted a special One Billion Rising (OBR) Nia class on Valentine's Day. The response was phenomenal. Folks who were new to class and movers we hadn't seen in years joined our regular par...

The Power of Love - One Billion Rising

By: Sophie Marsh | Published March 1, 2013

The following post was written by Sophie Marsh, Nia Black Belt Teacher and White Belt Trainer. Sophie thrives on sharing her contagious passion for Nia, inspiring people to live their authentic joy and offering innovative Nia classes, playshops, retreats and White Belt trainings in Australia and beyond.

If 2012 was the year of transformation, it feels like 2013 is shaping up as the year of love! 

For our Aussie Nia tribe, this journey began with the Blue Belt training in Brisbane. The focus of Blue Belt is body-centered communication, relationship, and intimacy. What an incredible privilege to witness 29 women...

Get In Your Body!

By: Nia Technique | Published March 1, 2013

Celebrate Nia's 30th Anniversary With Us

This year is dedicated to doing what Nia does best: Getting people in their body. Whether you're a parent, lawyer, school teacher, waitress, web guru, sculpture, caregiver, musician, construction worker, or hairstylist, Nia takes you deeper into sensation as a way to help you Get In Your Body!

Next week we'll be launching our Get In Your Body webpage on, where you'll be able to take a free e-class of the Nia Passion Routine and post your personal stories about this year's theme! We'll also be offering you new Get In Your Body ...

Celebrating International Women's Day

By: Nia Technique | Published March 1, 2013

Join Nia teachers worldwide on Friday, March 8th for a global celebration of International Women's Day. Fifty-five classes will be held in twenty-three countries including Scotland, France, Ireland, the United States, Italy, Germany, Romania, Canada, Hungary, South Africa, Estonia, South Korea, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Dominican Republic, Austria, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Lebanon, England, Finland, and Wales.

Ignited by an invitation from the Scotland Nia Community, Nia teachers and students will dance for a cause, donating all proceeds to the charity of their choice. As  Read more

Awareness of Shoulder Girdle - Sensing Wings

By: Debbie Rosas, Helen Terry, Gail Condrick | Published February 25, 2013

For this month's continuing education focus on the shoulder girdle, we're excited to feature the following masterful voices from the worldwide Nia community. Read on to hear what they have to say about sensing wings by exploring The Body's Way. Be sure to also register for the March 4th telecourse with Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas and Nia Trainer Kelle Rae Oien.

Debbie Rosas, Nia Co-Creator, says:

Like my body, your body is constantly adapting to changes with...

Nia Teacher, Trainer, & Sacred Athlete of the Year

By: Nia Technique | Published February 21, 2013

Every year we honor key individuals across the global Nia community who exemplify what it means to embody and share Nia as a fitness, wellness, and lifestyle practice. We're excited to announce the 2012 award winners, and invite you to join us in celebrating these inspiring individuals. So without further ado, read on to hear what Nia Founder and Co-Creator Debbie Rosas has to say about Nia's 2012 award winners!

Teacher of the Year - Kelle Rae Oien

There are many great Nia teachers across the globe. When I think about the word greatness, several key attributes come to mind. Great teachers strive for exc...

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Nia Graduates 40 New White Belt Trainers!

By: Nia Technique | Published February 21, 2013

We're overjoyed to announce that we've added 40 new White Belt Trainers to the Nia Training Faculty! 

On January 31st, 2013, the Nia Training Faculty grew from 13 to 53 trainers worldwide. The graduation ceremony, held at StudioNia in Portland, Oregon, marked the finale to Nia's two year-long Next Generation Trainer program. Lead by Nia Founder and Co-Creator Debbie Rosas, Nia communities worldwide celebrated as each trainer received the status of Red Belt, the highest belt level (presently) in the Nia belt system.

Nia Trainers represent the highest level of mastery in the Nia Somatic Education system. All...