Unique Event Combined Nia, Bollywood and Belly Dance Styles to Benefit Indian Cultural Center

By: Nia Teacher Yvonne Myles | Published June 4, 2012

Some of Houston’s most passionate movers and shakers, including belly dancers, Bollywood dancers and Nia lovers, came together on May 20, 2012 to raise funds for a tiny yet vibrant cultural center half a world away.

Part Nia, part belly dance, part Bollywood, the single event was designed to make the world a better place–one child and one dance at a time. All together, four Nia teachers, 30 students, 12 different performers, several generous patrons, and many volunteers and local Nia artists raised more than $2,300 to benefit the Mohanam Cultural Centre in the village of Sanjeevi Nagar in southeast India, nearly 10,000 miles from Houston.

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Awareness of Ankle Joints: Sensing Dynamic Relationships

By: Debbie Rosas, Joanie Brooks, Julie Wylie and Jill Factor | Published May 30, 2012

For this month's continuing education focus, Awareness of Ankle Joints, 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 June 4th telecourse with Debbie Rosas and David Samson.

Debbie Rosas, Nia Co-Creator, says:

As sensation scientists, it's critical for us to research the ankle joints, a part of our anatomy that's in partnership with the feet. No foot works without an ankle joint, so keeping the ankles healthy and well is one of the most important things you can do to have an...

Upcoming Telecourse with Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas & David Samson

By: Nia | Published May 29, 2012

On Monday, June 4th from 5:00 - 6:00 PM PST, Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas will be hosting a free telecourse with special guest David Samson, who has been practicing and studying Tai Chi for more than 15 years. They will spend an hour exploring the ankle joints, as this month's educaitonal topic is, "Awareness of Ankle Joints: Sensing Dynamic Relationships."

You’ll discover how Tai Chi exemplifies the most subtle principle of Taoism, known as "wu-wei." Translated as “not doing,” the term's proper meaning is to act without forcing by moving in accordance with the flow of nature's course (which is best understood from watching the dyna...

Stepping Into Nia

By: Elizabeth Kiser, Nia Teacher | Published May 16, 2012

Elizabeth Kiser is a Brown Belt certified Nia teacher based in Cobourg, Ontario. 

I walked into my first Nia Technique class about 10 years ago. It was different from anything else I’d done. Looking through the glass window that separated the Nia class from the open area of the gym, I had seen a variety of women all dancing around, smiling and serious as they went through their motions. Not being able to hear the music they were dancing to, I thought they looked kind of funny, and yet, not. Each of the women were dressed in cool-looking, flowing pants, and beautiful, feminine tops. They had beads of sweat dripping down their backs and smiles on their face...

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Feet

By: Nia | Published May 16, 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 feet, this class is practiced to the Nia 52 Moves routine.

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

Nia 52 Moves Training in Denver, Colorado: July 27-29th

By: Nia | Published May 15, 2012

This July, Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas is leading a Nia 52 Moves Training at the beautiful Forza Premier Fitness Studio, which is the fitness studio for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Denver, Colorado. With open views to the Colorado Rocky Mountains, it is the ideal place to explore the basic building blocks of all Nia routines. Register now! Significantly reduced hotel rates at the Ritz-Carlton have been made available until July 9th. Book your room by calling 1.866.755.5798 (and be sure to reference "Nia Now") or use Read more

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Paris, Nia and a Weekend to Remember

By: Helen Terry | Published May 10, 2012

Helen Terry is a Nia trainer, teacher, studio co-owner and Nia Retreat Center proprietor based in Montgomery, Texas. She has been devoted to teaching Nia full time since 1993, and travels around the world to share the practice. 

Before I fly around the world to share and teach Nia, I sometimes question leaving my family and my studio. I also question the time and money involved in traveling. Then I arrive at the venue, see the anticipatory excitement on participants’ faces, have a blast inspiring attendees, and revel in helping others rekindle the joy of movement. It makes it all worth it.

Awareness of Feet: Sensing the Hands that Touch the Earth

By: Debbie Rosas, Barb Wesson, Jeanne Catherine and Danielle Eastman | Published April 25, 2012

Debbie Rosas, Nia Co-Creator, says:

This month we are researching the feet, which I find to be one of the most amazing parts of anatomy. No other part of the body touches the earth throughout the day like the feet do. One of the most sensitive parts of the body, our feet are not only designed to support us from the ground up, but also to speak to us through the voice of sensation to help us move safely, comfortably and efficiently. Your feet deserve time and attention, love and respect. How often, if ever, do you workout for your feet–to condition and strengthen them? How often do you even think of your feet? Do you ever consciously use your feet? Do you like your feet? Get to know them, and you...

Questions & Answers: The Nia 52 Moves Training

By: Debbie Rosas | Published April 24, 2012

I was recently asked, "Why are you opening up the Nia 52 Moves Training to students?" I feel this is an important question to address and share with everyone, so that my intentions are clear, and both students and teachers are inspired to enroll.

The answer is simple: Nia is my gift for all people, and for 30+ years I have given most of my teaching life-force energy, time and consciousness to training Nia teachers how to share the Nia work with the public. But to rely entirely on the teachers to reach the incredible amount of people Nia can (and should!) serve is not functional. It is actually a cog in the wheel.

My desire has always been to give my creative work–Nia&nd...

Experience a Week of Nia at Rancho La Puerta in May!

By: Nia | Published April 24, 2012

Come to Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico on May 26th-June 1st, 2012 for a special Nia week with Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas, Nia Trainers Winalee ZeebMegan MacArthur and Kelle Rae Oien, and Black Belt certified Nia Teacher Kevin VerEecke

Rancho La Puerta is a destination spa that offers an amazing program of fitness activities, healthful cuisine, luxury spa amenities, superb accommodations and entertainment. Its...

One Brag a Day Will Keep the Doctor Away

By: Debbie Rosas | Published April 23, 2012

I am sitting in the Waldorf Astoria, surrounded by old world elegance, with people from all over the world, listening the sounds of life happening in one of the most magical cities in the world: New York.

I love this city for many reasons: the numbers of people, the variety of people, and the opportunity to be and do anything at any time of the day. I feel at home here, and I feel the tension that comes from the positive energy of being unsure and even a little afraid–not for my life, but for what New York stands for... potential. Yes, my potential.

I have dreamed of living here. I have dreamed of having a Nia center here. I believe Nia deserves New York exposure. New York acceptance. New York push, the push needed ...

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The Nia 52 Moves Training is Now Open to Everybody!

By: Nia | Published April 17, 2012

Whether you're a student or a teacher, the Nia 52 Moves Training is designed to help you take your Nia practice to the next level. It includes a pre-training program, a three-day training, and an optional post-training program that is designed exclusively for those who plan to become Nia 52 Moves teachers. 

The Nia 52 Moves are the basic building blocks of all Nia routines. Drawing from disciplines of the martial arts, dance arts and healing arts, the Nia 52 Moves correspond with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities. From Front Kicks to Upward Blocks to Cha-Cha-Chas to Hip Bumps, these moves cultivate strength, flexibility, mobility, agility and stability wh...

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Upcoming Telecourse with Aikido Master Miles Kessler

By: Nia | Published April 16, 2012

On Monday, May 7th from 9:00 - 10:00 AM PST, Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas will be hosting a free telecourse with special guest Miles Kessler. They will spend an hour exploring the foot's relationship to the principles of Aikido, as this month's educaitonal topic is, "Awareness of Feet: Sensing the Hands that Touch the Earth." 

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.

About Miles Kessler

Miles Kessler began Aikido in ...

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Joints

By: Nia | Published April 9, 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 joints, 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 joints, download the student handout and self-test, and listen to the corresponding telecourse featuring Debbie Rosas and Lita Curtis.

White Belt Graduates Thank Nia Trainer Yonit Lerner Ofan

By: Hila, Lihi, Anat, Shelly, Ayelet Hashahar, Ronit and Tuli | Published April 9, 2012

This letter was written by White Belt trainees to Nia Trainer Yonit Lerner Ofan, in appreciation of her teaching and guidance.

Here we are at the end of our 7th week of the Nia White Belt Training (this training was structured a bit differently, as we met once per week for seven weeks in a row). We are excited and having difficulties sharing our words of closure.

This is a time of beginnings and not the end. We are just starting our journey. You, Yonit, know more than others that this White Belt training is an important and valuable milestone in our journey. Each one of us has her own life, family, friends, reasons, desires, purpose, dance and shining North...

The Inspiring Women Summit 2012

By: Nia | Published April 3, 2012

On Tuesday, April 10th, from 12:00-12:30 PM PST, Debbie Rosas will be a speaker for The Inspiring Women Summit 2012, a free, virtual event you can be a part of from the comfort of your living room.

This amazing, online gathering runs from April 9-15th and features 30 of the world’s most inspiring, transformational women leaders—including Marianne Williamson, Lisa Nichols, Lynne Twist, Barbara Marx Hubbard and Gabrielle Bernstein. The remarkable women presenting at the Summit have helped thousands of women around the world awaken to their most authentic, powerful, feminine selves—so they can begin leading the way, in partnership with men, to a sus...

Healing Through Listening

By: Amy Podolsky | Published April 3, 2012

Amy Podolsky teaches adult and kid classes at Yoga and Nia for Life in West Concord, MA, and truly aspires to share the same joy, enthusiasm and generosity of spirit that her Nia teachers have so freely given to her.

As I sit and write this essay, I am 3.5 weeks into a 4-week interruption of my “regularly scheduled” life. I am recovering from surgery (reconstruction after skin cancer removal, and all I will say is this: wear your sunblock!), and according to doctor’s orders, I am unable to perform “any activity that will raise [my] heart rate.” As both a devoted teacher and student of Nia, this mandated pause in my practice has been a big bummer, to say the least.

Awareness of Joints: Sensing Mobility

By: Debbie Rosas, Dorit Noble and Yonit Lerner Ofan | Published March 28, 2012

For this month's continuing education focus, Awareness of Joints, 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 mobility by exploring The Body's Way. Be sure to also listen to the April 2nd telecourse call with Debbie Rosas and Lita Curtis.

Debbie Rosas, Nia Co-Creator, says:

One thing's for sure: movement is key to living a long and healthy life. Movement is a sign of youth, health, fitness and well-being, and if you practice Nia, you know just how good movement can feel. While there are lots of body ...

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A Costa Rican Adventure

By: Wendy Roman | Published March 27, 2012

Wendy Roman is a Black Belt certified Nia teacher and Nia 5 Stages instructor based in Ontario, Canada. Nia continues to give Wendy a creative outlet where she can teach and inspire others to dance through life in a joyful way.

Recently, I hosted a Nia/Sound Healing retreat in Costa Rica with my co-facilitator Dennis Gaumond. Dennis is a soundwork facilitator, who I have been working with for the past three years. Our work dovetails beautifully together, and this February we took 15 of my Nia students from Canada to Finca de Vida, a healing retreat and organic farm on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It was a great success, and was even described as "life-changing" by some. Our hosts a...

Special Guest Lita Curtis Joins Debbie Rosas for Upcoming Free Telecourse

By: Nia | Published March 26, 2012

Join us Monday, April 2nd at 5:00 PM PST for a free telecourse with Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas and guest speaker Lita Curtis.

This telecourse will focus on the topic of joints, and is a part of our current educational course of study, Becoming a Sensation Scientist. As Lita shares, "I am very excited to talk about the role joints play in the body and the importance of mobility. Joints are critical to our ability to move and be healthly."

Register now! Please note: this telecourse is open to everybody.

Lita has a Bachelor’s degree in History and Education from Denison University, a Master’s de...

Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas to Visit the Birthplace of Nia to Teach at Move Me Studio

By: Nia | Published March 21, 2012

Now is the time to plan a mini vacation to Marin County, the place where Nia was first created more than 30 years ago. It's here that pre-registered attendees will have the unique opportunity to take a Nia class with Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas on Thursday, April 5th at Move Me Studio in San Rafael, California!

To experience Nia with Debbie in such a special location is to explore the profound magnificence of your body–the sacredness of your authentic self and the joy of movement. No previous experience is necessary to take this class, and all body types and ability levels are welcome. Registration is full for the evening class, which wil...

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Bones

By: Nia | Published March 14, 2012

Watch this video to take a class with Nia Teacher Kevin VerEecke, along with other Nia livelihood members and students, at StudioNia in Portland, OR. Focusing on bones, this class is practiced to the Nia Earthsong routine.

Learn and grow as you take your Nia practice to a new level – whether personal or professional! Read the related articles about bones, and listen to the corresponding telecourse call with Debbie Rosas and Rachael Resch.

Bringing Nia to Peru: An Interview with Alexandra Collas

By: Nia | Published March 12, 2012

The following interview features Nia Teacher Alexandra Collas, who first began practicing Nia in 2006 when she was finishing graduate school at the University of Western Ontario. She is currently living in Lima, Peru, where she owns Peru Flow.

Nia HQ: How did you end up in Peru? 

Alexandra Collas: I am Peruvian and moved to Canada at the age of 18. After living abroad for 12 years, I never thought I would come back... until last year when I decided to become an entrepreneur. I always yearned for home, even though I am a traveler. I thought of Peru as a great possibility to reconnect with...

Hawaii Blue Belt Training with Debbie Rosas and Winalee Zeeb

By: Nia | Published March 7, 2012

Yes, you read it right: Debbie and Winalee are coming to Honolulu on March 17-23, 2012 to lead a Nia Blue Belt Training! Open to all White Belt graduates, this seven-day experience is all about communication, relationship and intimacy.

Register now and get ready to let the island breeze dance with you at Still & Moving Center, where you'll learn to embody the following Blue Belt Principles:

  1.     The Joy of Being In Relationship
  2.     The Power of Two
  3.     Awareness, Insight, Clarity
  4.     Developmental Anatomy

A Colorado Nia Jam with Trainer Loretta Milo

By: Nia | Published March 5, 2012

Nia jams are just one of the ways people come together to build community around their shared passion for the practice. This jam, led by Nia Trainer Loretta Milo, features 18 Nia teachers and 80+ students. The testimonials shed light on some of the benefits of Nia. As Jo Ellen Davidson shares, "When I started doing Nia, I was very, very ill. And now... I'm an instructor! I just finished my Green Belt."

Dana Hood says, "Nia makes me feel happy. It brings out my creativity, not only on the floor when I'm teaching or dancing, but also just in life. I'm inspired to do more things, to listen to new music. ...