Watch "Nia - Don't Stop Dancing!"

By: Nia Technique | Published September 19, 2012

Check out the new Nia Technique informative video, "Nia - Don't Stop Dancing!".

Nia Founder and Co-Creator, Debbie Rosas, provides insights into Nia as a practice, the history and the Nia White Belt as the beginning of a somatic journey to body literacy. The video features "Don't Stop Dancing", a song from one of our new routines available later this year. You will also see beautiful footage of NiaWear in action and some of the gorgeous artwork from our NiaSounds titles.

Use this link to share with friends and family! http://go.nianow.com/dontstopdancing

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Thighbones

By: Nia | Published September 17, 2012

Watch this video to take a class with Nia Trainer Casey Bernstein, along with students and Nia livelihood members, at StudioNia in Portland, Oregon. Focusing on thighbones, this class is practiced to the Nia Aya routine.

Learn and grow as you take your Nia practice to a new level–whether personal or professional! Read the related articles about thighbones, download the student handout, and listen to the corresponding telecourse featuring Debbie Rosas and Casey Bernstein.

Awareness of Thighbones: Sensing Mobile Support

By: Debbie Rosas, Charlotte Kerr Jorgensen and Maria Skinner | Published August 28, 2012

For this month's continuing education focus on thighbones, 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 mobile support by exploring The Body's Way. Be sure to also register for the September 10th telecourse with Debbie Rosas and special guest Casey Bernstein.

Debbie Rosas, Nia Co-Creator, says:

The thighbone, also known as the femur, is the longest bone in the body. It is an upright, vertical stilt that makes it possible for us to move when it works in conjunction with the hip joint. What keeps us shifting our body weight in a very ...

Upcoming Telecourse with Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas and Casey Bernstein

By: Nia | Published August 28, 2012

On Monday, September 10th from 5:00 - 6:00 PM PST, Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas will be hosting a free telecourse with special guest Casey Bernstein, who has a background in nursing and has been teaching Nia trainings for more than 14 years. They will spend an hour exploring the thighbones, as the educational topic for September is, "Awareness of Thighbones: Sensing Mobile Support."

Register now for the free telecourse to receive your call-in number! For more information on Nia's current course of study, visit our education section, where we post links to articles, student handouts, videos and more.

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When the Body and Spirit Rejoice

By: Jodie Allenson | Published August 22, 2012

The following post is written by Jodie Allenson, who is a White Belt Nia teacher based in Noblesville, Indiana.

For centuries, many have realized that the mind/body/spirit connection, the relationship between our emotional self and our physical self, is exceptionally powerful. Unfortunately, I had a mind/body/spirit disconnect for most of my adult life. All along I thought that it was my body that wasn’t satisfying me, but now I realize that I wasn’t satisfying my body!

I have always had spinal issues due to Spina Bifida Occulta (a condition where my lower spine did not close completely while I was developing in the womb), but my overall health was never dramatically affected...

Rhythmwood: A 10-Year Vision

By: Martha Randall | Published August 21, 2012

The following post is written by Nia Trainer Martha Randall, who is based in Toronto, Canada.

"Take me to the places on the earth that teach you how to dance, the places where you can risk letting the world break your heart, and I will take you to the places where the earth beneath my feet and the stars overhead make my heart whole again and again."

-Oriah Mountain Dreamer

As the world’s athletes were celebrated with a closing ceremony in London, England, last week, a number of Nia sacred athletes were gathered in the woods of an earthy, rural section of Ontario, Canada, to be witnesses to the opening ceremony of Rhythmwood, the Nia studi...

Honoring Don Campbell

By: Debbie Rosas | Published August 20, 2012

Dear Nia Community,

It is with deep sadness in my heart that I share the news that a dear mentor, Don Campbell, has passed away. As one of the leaders in health and wellness who taught us all the power of music as healing sound, Don and his work, along with his joy and natural ability to touch people, will live on forever.

I feel lucky to have met him, trained with him, and watched a room ignite into a blaze of inspiration and laughter from his wisdom. The work of Nia and my heart were both touched by Don in a profound way that lives on through everyone who listens and dances to his music. My understanding of sound and the healing power...

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Knees

By: Nia | Published August 15, 2012

Watch this video to take a class with Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas, along with other students and Nia livelihood members, at StudioNia in Portland, Oregon. Focusing on knees, this class is practiced to the Nia ZenSation routine.

Learn and grow as you take your Nia practice to a new level–whether personal or professional! Read the related articles about knees, download the student handout, and listen to the corresponding telecourse featuring Debbie Rosas and Paul Gould.

An Interview with Allison Rivers Samson

By: Nia | Published August 14, 2012

The following interview features Allison Rivers Samson, who is a Brown Belt certified Nia teacher and the creator of Allison's Gourmet.

What is your background?

I live with my husband, David, who recently earned his Nia Blue Belt, and our vibrant, nearly 6-year-old daughter, Olivia, in northern California, where I dance, garden and play in the kitchen while concocting new, delectable goodies.

In 1997, I was awakened to the myriad of benefits of veganism, including optimized health, compassion for others, and care for our precious planet. This inspired me to create my award-winning company,

A Powerful Act: The Integration of Nia and Therapy

By: Erika Ruber, LCSW, Nia Teacher | Published August 8, 2012

The following post is written by Erika Ruber, who is a Black Belt certified Nia teacher and LCSW in Portland, Oregon.

Today I experienced a beautiful culmination of my paths as Nia teacher and psychotherapist. Witnessing my client/Nia student courageously and gracefully share her “60th Birthday/Transition Dance Ritual” that we co-created was indeed a gift and a blessing.

The seed was born in a therapy session we had about a year ago. We were discussing her powerful transformation from a victim to a powerful woman choosing her own destiny. As we discussed the feeling of choice, I asked her to stand up and show me a gesture to symbolize how she felt. She began to use her hands,...

Awareness of Knees: Sensing Opening and Closing

By: Debbie Rosas, Sophie Marsh, Leora Cooper and Adelle Brewer | Published August 1, 2012

For this month's continuing education focus on knees, 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 opening and closing by exploring The Body's Way. Be sure to also register for the August 6th telecourse with Debbie Rosas and special guest Paul Gould.

Debbie Rosas, Nia Co-Creator, says:

There’s no way around it. If you walk, dance, run, skip, hop, or get up and down and out of a chair, you use your knee joints. If your knees don’t feel good, and if they don’t function properly, everything you do becomes compromised....

Dance/Movement Therapy & Nia: More Than Just Dance

By: Lori Lynn Meader & Teresa D’Angelo, Nia Black Belts | Published July 31, 2012

This guest post is written by Lori Lynn Meader and Teresa D’Angelo, and was first published in American Dance Therapy Association's newsletter.

Have you ever wondered what dance/movement therapy (DMT) and Nia have in common? Here in New Jersey, we recently had the opportunity to find out for ourselves by teaming with practitioners of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association for a workshop on "Dance/Movement Therapy and Nia–More Than Just Dance." We opened with the basic principles behind dance/movement therapy and Nia, and then experienced movement with each modality used by Nia.

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Upcoming Telecourse with Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas & Paul Gould

By: Nia | Published July 31, 2012

On Monday, August 6th from 5:00 - 6:00 PM PST, Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas will be hosting a free telecourse with special guest Paul Gould, who has practice, studied and taught yoga for more than 20 years. They will spend an hour exploring the knees, as this month's educaitonal topic is, "Awareness of Knees: Sensing Opening and Closing."

Register now for the free telecourse to receive your call-in number! For more information on Nia's current course of study, visit our education section, where we post links to articles, student handouts, videos and more.

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Paying It Forward

By: Daniel Curtis | Published July 24, 2012

The following post is written by Daniel Curtis (the son of Nia Trainer Holly Nastasi), who suffered a spinal cord injury in May of 2011. Those interested in donating directly to his cause may do so here.

It’s important to remember how fickle life can be. Memorial Day, May 31, 2011, was one of the tamest holiday weekends I have ever celebrated in my adulthood. It seemed like the smallest moment in time; it happened so quickly, but it detrimentally changed my life forever. We’ve all had a misstep, or stubbed a toe, rolled an ankle ...

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Shinbones

By: Nia | Published July 18, 2012

Watch this video to take a class with Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas, along with other students and Nia livelihood members, at StudioNia in Portland, OR. Focusing on shinbones, this class is practiced to the Nia Amethyst routine.

Learn and grow as you take your Nia practice to a new level–whether personal or professional! Read the related articles about shinbones, download the student handout, and listen to the corresponding telecourse featuring Debbie Rosas.

New Directions

By: Susan Sloan, Nia Trainer | Published July 17, 2012

This guest story is written by Susan Sloan, who is a Nia teacher and trainer based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

I followed my passion and became a Nia teacher and trainer. I have been a recruitment agent for 19 years. My journey to follow my passion started eight years ago, when I discovered the Nia White Belt Training and naturally felt the pull to enroll in the training to heal my knees. However, after the training, I wanted to use the tools I had learned to start teaching Nia. I, along with two colleagues, created the first regular Nia class in Johannesburg. Within a year, we were offering three classes per week, and the classes had grown so big, the students were...

Awareness of Shinbones: Sensing Vertical Precision

By: Debbie Rosas, Jamie Klausing, Shannon Mairs and Janet Hollander | Published July 3, 2012

For this month's continuing education focus, shinbones, 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 dynamic relationships by exploring The Body's Way. Be sure to also listen to the July 2nd telecourse with Debbie Rosas.

Debbie Rosas, Nia Co-Creator, says:

Thanks to Gil Hedley, creator and author of the “Integral Anatomy Series,” my idea of anatomy has shifted dramatically. While I have always loved the body, I love it more and more each time I delve deeper into its magic. I've had the pleasure of taking Gil’s ...

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Teaching Nia to Kids at StudioNia

By: Tahirih Silcock, Nia Teacher | Published July 3, 2012

This guest post is written by Tahirih Silcock, who is a Nia teacher based in Portland, Oregon.

I started my Nia practice a little more than a year ago and had no idea the blessings yet to come. In a life that is so unpredictable, the thing that has been my constant is Nia.

I recently moved back to Portland from Boise, Idaho. While there, I searched out a Nia class. I came upon Nia Trainer Britta Von Tagen’s Nia studio, The Dojo, and made that the place of my rebirth as a Nia dancer and teacher.

The Dojo offers classes for adults and kids; I was fortunate to observe and assist in the kids classes, and learn how to adapt Nia to a younger crowd. ...

Send Your Support to the Nia Community in Colorado

By: Loretta Milo, Nia Trainer | Published June 27, 2012

This guest post is written by Loretta Milo, who is a Nia trainer and teacher based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Today, I find myself experiencing a full range of emotions, from sadness and grief to love to comfort and consolation. Yesterday, as I drove to teach my Tuesday night Nia class at the Pikes Peak YMCA, a class that I have taught for more than eight years, I realized that it was going to be a very different class. There would be many wildfire evacuees, as the YMCA has been set up to receive evacuees. There would also be long-time students whose homes were under siege immediately.

We are very close community of Nia students an...

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Upcoming Nia 5 Stages Trainings in Portland & London

By: Nia | Published June 27, 2012

Are you looking for a movement practice that makes your body feel good? Would you like to increase your flexibiltiy? Become more agile and grounded at the same time? Tap into your body's ability to self-heal?

Clear your calendar for the upcoming Nia 5 Stages Training at StudioNia on August 9-10 or October 18-19. Or register for the Nia 5 Stages Training in London, happening August 28-30.

Led by Laurie Bass and Carol Gonzalez, this two-day experience is based on the five stages of human development: Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing and Walking. Practiced with awareness, these sta...

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Moving to Heal: Nia Classes for Those with Cancer

By: Debbie Rosas | Published June 27, 2012

I am so thrilled to share this interview, which I created to highlight the women attending our Moving to Heal Nia classes (designed for those in the process of healing from cancer) at StudioNia.

These brave women agreed to sit with me and share their stories to inspire others to use Nia as a complement to the medical support and treatment they're already using to overcome cancer.

Support for this offering comes from our partnership with Legacy Emanuel Hospital, and also from the many Nia teachers successfully teaching to this special population, including Deb Reis, Barbara Meyer

Nia as a Lifestyle Practice

By: Nia Trainer Allison Wright | Published June 25, 2012

This guest post is written by Allison Wright, who is a Nia trainer and teacher based in Portland, Oregon.

As Ram Das said, "Practice is like a roller coaster. Each new high is usually followed by a new low. There are stages at which you feel pulled to inner work and all you seek it a quiet place to meditate and get on with it, and there are stages where you turn outward and seek to be involved with the market place. Both of these parts of the cycle are part of one’s practice. What happens to you in the market place helps your meditation. Likewise, what happens in your meditation helps you to participate in the market place without attachment. At first you will think of practice as a l...

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Ankle Joints

By: Nia | Published June 20, 2012

Watch this video to take a class with Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas, along with other students and Nia livelihood members, at StudioNia in Portland, OR. Focusing on ankle joints, this class is practiced to the Nia Sanjana routine.

Learn and grow as you take your Nia practice to a new level–whether personal or professional! Read the related articles about ankle joints, download the student handout, and listen to the corresponding telecourse featuring Debbie Rosas and David Samson.

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Congratulations to Nia Teacher Lynn Gravatt (updated)

By: Nia | Published June 13, 2012

The Nia community congratulates Nia Teacher Lynn Gravatt for auditioning for So You Think You Can Dance and getting a feature clip of her interview and audition on tonight's episode, airing Wednesday, June 13th at 8:00 PM PST on Fox. 

Lynn has 15 years of extensive dance training (in the areas of ballet, tap, jazz, modern, african, latin and swing). After a seven-year hiatus from the dance world, Lynn discovered Nia in 2009 and was hooked! She got her White Belt in November of 2009, her Green Belt in July of 2010, and her Blue Belt in September of 2011. She is also...

How Nia is Helping Brain Injury Survivors at Jodi House in Santa Barbara, CA

By: Nia | Published June 11, 2012

Jodi House is a community nonprofit that provides support services, information and programs in a nurturing environment to help brain injury survivors and their families recover and connect to their community. Offering two unique programs–a clubhouse day program and a family and caregiver support program–Jodi House is located in Santa Barbara, California, and has more than 100 active members.

One of the classes provided at Jodi House is Nia, thanks to Nia Teachers Joann ...