Awareness of Connective Tissue: Sensing Integration

By: Debbie Rosas, Carla Warneke, Holly Curtis and Allison Wright | Published November 22, 2011

For this month's continuing education focus, Awareness of Connective Tissue, 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 stimulation by exploring The Body's Way.

Debbie Rosas, Nia Co-Creator, says:

Ask anyone what my passion is and they will tell you it’s the body. I believe this is why I created Nia. I love the body – all parts of it. I especially love researching how the parts integrate, communicate and connect, which is why I believe there's nothing quite like connective tissue.

For those of us who dance and move, connective tissue is fascin...

Taking Risks & Discovering Nia

By: Julie Flygare | Published November 16, 2011

Julie earned her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from Boston College Law School. At age 24, she was diagnosed with narcolepsy with cataplexy during her second year of law school.This story first appeared on Julie Flygare's REM Runner website

“One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum.”
- Sir Walter Scott

Out of Habit:

Like most mornings, I awoke a creature of habit. I had no intention of stepping out of my comfort zone on this day. Nor did I plan to t...

Awareness of Movement: Sensing Stimulation

By: Tracy Stamper, Vickie Saito and Caroline Kohles | Published November 1, 2011

For this month's continuing education focus, Awareness of Movement, we're excited to feature the following masterful voices from the worldwide Nia community. Read on to hear what they have to say about developing body literacy and self-knowing by exploring The Body's Way.

Tracy Stamper, Nia Trainer and Teacher, says:

When did you last twirl just to twirl? Move purely for the pleasure of moving? Are you merely going through the motions, or are you consciously moving through your days? How we move (or don’t move) our bodies is a metaphor for how we move through our lives. Do you move fluidly with ease, or are your motions restricted, stiff, lacking in v...

12 Tips to Make Every Nia Class Magnificent for the Body and Mind

By: Nia | Published October 25, 2011

From the music that makes us groove (downtempo, world, reggae, electro-acoustic, jazz, rock) to the clothes that make us feel free to the workouts that let us dance from our hearts, Nia is so much more than an opportunity to sweat and get our heart rates up. It's a chance to remind ourselves just how much we love our bodies and lives. And here are 12 tips to make every experience that much better:

1. Arrive with purpose
Set a personal intent for yourself before you walk in the room. What do you hope to accomplish?

2. Dress for passion
Wear cool, loose fitting clothes that make ...



New Nia Photo Gallery

By: Nia | Published October 17, 2011

After a beatiful evening spent celebrating our latest line of NiaWear at StudioNia, we've been crafting a new photo gallery where you can browse all kinds of images from Nia, purchase prints, and get free downloads. We'll be posting some of our favorite moments from Nia trainings, events, classes and more. Below are a few of our recent additions from the Portland NiaWear fashion show.

All NiaWear looks can be worn on the dance floor, around town or out for a night of wining and dining. It's this kind of flexibility that makes NiaWear truly adaptable to any style. Mix and match our signature pieces with your own wardrobe, and never ...

Awareness of Thinking: Sensing Perception

By: Debbie Rosas, Julianne Corey, Randee Fox | Published September 30, 2011

For this month's continuing education focus, Awareness of Thinking, we're excited to feature the following masterful voices from the worldwide Nia community. Read on to hear what they have to say about developing body literacy and self-knowing, by exploring perception in The Body's Way.

Debbie Rosas, Nia Co-Creator, says:

In our society, “thinking” seems to get a lot of attention. The whole idea of what it means to process information and perceive what is going on is limited to the brain, while the rest of the body remains left out. I believe the world needs us to think in different and better ways, to engage the body and consider its natural intellige...

Nia Magic Touches Fiji

By: Teresa K. Myers | Published September 19, 2011

This post is written by Teresa K. Myers, who is a Brown Belt certified Nia teacher based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She discovered Nia six years ago after an exhaustive search for an exercise routine she could do following an extensive surgery to remove cancer. View her profile or visit her website.

At the beginning of September 2011, Nia Black Belt and NGT Sophie Marsh hosted a week-long Nia retreat at the Daku Resort in Savusavu, Vanua Levu (Fiji Islands) – a beautiful location made all the more magical by our daily Nia practice. We basked in the beauty of the space where we danced each day, nestled into the side...

An Interview with Yoga Teacher Alissa Lesperance

By: Nia | Published September 15, 2011

Alissa is a yoga teacher, personal trainer, bellydancer and Schwinn Indoor Cycle instructor. She is certified through YogaFit and the American Council on Exercise. Students can take yoga classes from her at StudioNia on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Nia) Why did you decide to become a yoga teacher?

Alissa) I started teaching yoga when I was 24 which was also the time that I became a certified personal trainer. Mind and body wellness had become a priority for me and I wanted to share its benefits with other people.

N) Name the top three benefits of yoga, as you personally experience them to be.

A) The first benefit I exp...

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A Tour of StudioNia in Portland, Oregon

By: Nia | Published September 15, 2011

If you've never been to a Nia training at StudioNia, the Nia International Training Center in Portland, Oregon, this video tour led by NGT Allison Wright is for you!

StudioNia is located on the fourth floor of the Pythian Building in downtown Portland, Oregon (918 SW Yamhill Street). Classes, trainings, workshops and events are offered here year-round. It is the ideal place to practice and further develop your skills under the guidance of our globally renowned teachers and trainers.

Features of the space include high ceilings, large windows, gorgeous wood floors, and a fabulous sound system. If you would like to ...

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New 5 Stages Trainings in Australia and New Zealand

By: Nia | Published September 15, 2011

Nia Trainer Laurie Bass has just added two new 5 Stages Trainings to her 2012 calendar! The first will be held in Byron Bay, Australia on January 13-15, 2012. The second will take place in Auckland, New Zealand on January 20-22, 2012.

Open to all White Belt graduates, the Nia 5 Stages Training provides Nia belt intensive graduates with the tools to embody the practice and/or facilitate a 60-minute Nia 5 Stages class. 

Gain access to a deeper level of body knowing, receive the tools to deliver a rich, somatic experience, learn to tap into the healing resonance of your voice and receive all the benefits of Nia's newest program for yo...

Nia at Esalen

By: Nia | Published September 2, 2011

If you've never been to Esalen Institute, which is situated on 27 acres of spectacular Big Sur coastline with the Santa Lucia Mountains rising sharply behind, this is your chance to explore Nia at a renowned, alternative educational center devoted to the world of unrealized human capacities that lies beyond the imagination. And if you have been to Esalen before, we know we won't have to tell you twice to come back in 2012. 

Led by Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas and Nia Teacher Karri Winn, the Nia workshop at Esalen is happening March 30 - April 1, 2012. Register now to reserve your spot!

During this work...

Awareness of Emotion: Sensing the Vibration of Mood

By: Debbie Rosas, Kelle Rae Oien, Kate Finlayson and Susan Sloan | Published August 31, 2011

For this month's continuing education focus, Awareness of Emotion, we're excited to feature four masterful voices from the worldwide Nia community. Read on to hear what they have to say about developing body literacy and self-knowing, by exploring emotion in The Body's Way.

Debbie Rosas, Nia Co-Creator, says:

There’s no getting around it – we are emotional beings. Besides sensing and thinking, we’re built to emotionally feel, and what we feel can shift in a split second. Within five minutes you can feel happy, sad, agitated, curious and furious! While you may think you can avoid certain feelings, you can’t.

Every emotion you experie...

A Lesson from Zorba the Greek: Movement as a Path for Psychotherapeutic Healing

By: Jule Aguirre | Published August 30, 2011

Jule Aguirre, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, is a Nia Next Generation Trainer and Nia 5 Stages practitioner who has been facilitating movement for body-mind integrators, urban athletes and adventurers in wellness for over 26 years. To learn more about Jule, visit www.juleinthelotus.com.

Let’s start with a metaphor from the movies. In the final scene of Zorba the Greek, the intellectual, uptight writer, Basil, asks the exuberant older man to teach him to dance – and thereby learns to embrace life.

Dance is one of the oldest art forms, and depends on the body to communicate feeling and emotion through movement. In anci...

The Tale of Nia in London

By: Dorit Noble | Published August 25, 2011

This post is written by Dorit Noble, who is a Black Belt Certified Nia Teacher and Next Generation Trainer. Before finding Nia, Dorit was an opera singer and worked with various opera companies in South Africa and the UK.

I took my first Nia class in Cape Town with the inspiring Kathy Wolstenholme in December of 2004. After 12 Nia classes with Kathy, I left to go back home to London, UK. I had no intention of teaching Nia, I just really wanted to go to more classes and experience that magic again in my body.

So I began to search for Nia in London. I discovered, to my dismay, that there were no classes being offered there. In Janaury of 2005 I ordered all the

Upcoming Free Telecourse about Sensing the Vibration of Mood

By: Nia | Published August 10, 2011

Join us Monday, September 5th, 2011 for a free telecourse with Debbie Rosas and special guest Nurit Yirmiya.

This telecourse will focus on emotion, and is a part of our current educational course of study, Becoming a Sensation Scientist. We will be talking about sensing the vibration of mood.

Register now! This telecourse is open to everybody. 

Nurit is a Blue Belt certified Nia teacher and Professor of Clinical and Developmental Psychology with expertise in typical and atypical emotional development. She is a world leader in the field of very early identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and...

Listening to Dance Through Life

By: Holly Nastasi | Published August 9, 2011

This post is written by Black Belt Certified Nia Trainer Holly Nastasi. Holly has been facilitating fitness and wellness for others since 1982. She transitioned towards a holistic approach to health, through Nia, in 1993 while receiving a BS in Kinesiology and a MEd in Health Education from the University of Texas. Her insight and wisdom, along with her education and experience, helps others to go deeper into themselves. Holly currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she is the program director at StudioNia Santa Fe.

One of the things that makes Nia such a unique practice is its beautiful blend of music, movement and magic. When a trainee comes t...

Awareness of Hearing: Sensing Sound and Silence

By: Debbie Rosas, Martha Randall, Allison Wright and Helen Terry | Published July 25, 2011

For this month's continuing education focus, Awareness of Hearing, we're excited to feature the following masterful voices from the worldwide Nia community. Here's what they have to say about developing body literacy and self-knowing, by exploring and using our sense of hearing in The Body's Way.

Debbie Rosas, Nia Co-Creator, says:

In the most traditional sense, hearing is the ability to perceive sound by detecting vibrations through the ear. In Nia, we practice not only listening with our ears but also with our whole body; every cell instinctively responds to vibration, giving us information about our surroundings.

Listening is a foundational skill upon which ...

Upcoming Free Telecourse about Sensing Sound and Silence with Shannon Day and James D'Angelo

By: Nia | Published July 19, 2011

Join us Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 for a free telecourse with special guest Shannon Day and James D'Angelo.

This telecourse will focus on hearing, and is a part of our current educational course of study, Becoming a Sensation Scientist. We will be talking about sensing sound and silence, the practice of sounding, the chakra system, tones, chants and more.

Register now! Please note: this telecourse is open to everybody. There will be no Monday telecourse.

Shannon Day is an award winning vocalist, songwriter, producer, model, and actor. She has been practicing Nia since 1996, and her music has been included in many Nia ...

RESPONSE-ability: A Conversation with Susan McCulley

By: Denise Stewart | Published July 13, 2011

The following post is written by Denise Stewart who is a writer, actor, coach and teacher. She takes Nia classes from Susan McCulley (pictured right), holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Univeristy of Virginia and worked in the corporate weight loss industry for almost three years. Visit her personal website for more information.

 

I like to exercise with other people. I’m not afraid to exercise by myself:  I walk in silence; I walk the dog; I do the elliptical machine while watching old episodes of Read more

Launching the New Nia Store

By: Nia | Published June 28, 2011

We're proud and excited to announce that the new, online Nia Store is now ready for shoppers! You will notice the main NiaNow.com website boasts a few wonderful changes as well, specifically in the menu navigation and on the personal account homepage for logged-in users. 

Features of the new Nia Store include:

  • New, beautiful photos of products
  • Pop-up sizing charts
  • An easy checkout process
  • Convenient shopping cart management 
  • Music preview links for NiaSounds CDs
  • Links to NiaWear clothing, NiaSounds CDs, routines for livelihood members, workout DVDs, print material, gift c...

Awareness of Smell: Sensing the Aroma of Now

By: Debbie Rosas, Maria Skinner, Kelly Atkins, Megan MacArthur and Linda Casto | Published June 24, 2011

For this month's continuing education focus, Awareness of Smell, we're excited to feature the following masterful voices from the worldwide Nia community. Here's what they have to say about developing body literacy and self-knowing, by exploring and using our sense of smell in The Body's Way.

Debbie Rosas, Nia Co-Creator, says:

The nose is an amazing part of the human body. It is designed to bring you pleasure, warn you of danger, help you select mates and find food. Odors can be classified into one of seven primary types: musky, putrid, pungent, camphoraceous, ethereal, floral and pepperminty. We often associate smells with specific events, places and p...

Exploring Tai Chi Chuan with David Vanadia

By: Nia | Published June 22, 2011

When you first walk in to David’s Tai Chi Chuan class, you notice a weightlessness in the bright, beautiful studio at Nia Headquarters. The regular students, who vary in age by decades, seem calm and relaxed as they wait for their teacher to arrive. As soon as David begins speaking, we know from his grounded demeanor and sense of humor that this is going to be a good way to spend an hour.

Practiced without music, the movement sequences take us on a journey around the room. We rely on David’s voice and each other to help us remember what comes next as we rotate directions. Nothing is forced. It feels a bit like we’re floating in the open ocean. The thing that stands out most is ho...

My Journey with Nia

By: Ann Brewster | Published June 21, 2011

It all started November 2010 when I was feeling very isolated and withdrawn from friends. Suffering badly with distorted body image due to my battle with anorexia, I decided to take a positive step forward and find a place where woman gather. I started my search looking for yoga studios and found The Center for Nia & Yoga in Albany, NY. It looked interesting, so I called the owner, Casey Bernstein, and inquired about the program. She asked me what I was looking for in Nia. I was upfront and told her about my eating disorder. Casey said, "This is the place for you!" And so the journey began....

I was apprehensive about going, but was welcomed with open arms and kindn...

Upcoming Free Telecourse about Smell with Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas and Clairaudient Healer David Elliott

By: Nia | Published June 14, 2011

Join us Tuesday, July 5, 2011 for a free telecourse with Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas and guest speaker David Elliott.

This telecourse will focus on smell, and is a part of our current educational course of study, Becoming a Sensation Scientist. We will be talking about the ways in which smell is linked to our emotional, physical and spiritual health. Register now! Please note: this telecourse will be one hour in duration (rather than the usual 30 minutes) and is open to everybody.

David Elliott is an acclaimed internation...

Awareness of Taste: Sensing the Flavor of Pleasure

By: Debbie Rosas, Jayne Mielo and Casey Bernstein | Published June 3, 2011

For this month's continuing education focus, Awareness of Taste, we're excited to feature the following masterful voices from the worldwide Nia community. Here's what they have to say about developing body literacy and self-knowing, by exploring and using our sense of taste in The Body's Way.

Debbie Rosas, Nia Co-Creator, says:

I’ve always known taste was important for two reasons: safety and pleasure. We learn the safety thing early on. Our body is naturally coded to alert us to things that are unhealthy through taste – specifically through sensory organs called tastebuds. It’s the pleasure pa...