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It all started November 2010 when I was feeling very isolated and withdrawn from friends.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...

Upcoming Free Telecourse about Taste with Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas and Doctor Aimée Gould Shunney

By: Nia | Published May 24, 2011

Join us Monday, June 6, 2011 for a free telecourse with Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas and guest speaker Doctor Aimée Gould Shunney.

This telecourse will focus on taste, and is a part of our current educational course of study, Becoming a Sensation Scientist. We will be talking about the ways in which taste, pleasure, delicious food and joyful eating can come together to create optimal emotional and physical health. Topics will include how to define a 'healthy' appetite, satiety, cravings, food as medicine, cleansing, mending relationship with food, establishing sustainable healthy eating habits, and staying healthy and well.

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What Nia Continuing Education Means to Me

By: Tracey Fenner | Published May 13, 2011

The following post is a copy of a letter to Debbie Rosas written by Nia Teacher Tracey Fenner

Dear Debbie,

I wanted to write a letter to thank you personally for all the work you do in developing the Nia continuing education program. Last year, I thoroughly enjoyed working with all the materials of the White Belt principles that you gave us Nia teachers around the world. As an organization, Nia is continually giving so, so much to teachers, enabling me to go out and spread the body of work that you and Carlos began together so many years ago.

This year, I have been once again blown away with the body of work you have presented with &ldqu...

Experience a Week of Nia at Rancho La Puerta

By: Nia | Published May 13, 2011

Come to Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico on June 11-18th for a special Nia week with Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas, Nia Trainers Caroline Kohles and Helen Terry, and Nia Next Generation Trainer 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 awaits you. Its 3,000-acre property offers world-class landscaped gardens, an...

Nia Trainer Denise Medved Begins a New Journey

By: Debbie Rosas | Published May 13, 2011

Change is afoot, and Denise Medved has decided to step down as part of the Nia training faculty. The good news is, Denise is still teaching Nia, touching bodies and lives in only the way she does: magically!

While she has taught all ages and ability levels, from children to athletes, from dancers to non-dancers, Denise specializes in movement for those who believe their movement is restricted. She helps them find they can move again with joy, and heal their bodies to improve their quality of life! She works with those over 65 years old, those with chronic illness, and those recovering from physical injury and joint replacement.

For anyone who has ever had the joy of meeting, working with...

Most Memorable White Belt Moments: Previous Graduates Share Their Thoughts

By: Nia | Published May 4, 2011

"I like to think that my White Belt Training with Denise was the very first initiation into a new me and a new life. The sense of self-awareness, calm and the camaraderie with my Nia sisters I will carry with me always." -Gail G.

"I realized the sheer magnitude of information that I was being immersed in." -Jennie M.

"The graduation ceremony was a memorable moment. The deeply emotional journey we'd been on during the week finally released itself through tears of joy and healing." -Teresa T.

"From the minute we opened our Alchemy book to the moment we graduated, the whole experience was truly amazing. It is the best thing I've ever don...

Awareness of Touch: Sensing the Physical World

By: Debbie Rosas, William Stewart and Gail Condrick | Published April 29, 2011

For this month's continuing education focus, Awareness of Touch, 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 touch in The Body's Way.

Debbie Rosas, Nia Co-Creator, says:

Touching is the act of putting one thing into contact with another – the process of feeling something. What you perceive as the sense of touch originates in the dermis, the bottom layer of your skin that is filled with tiny nerve endings. However, every part of your being – fr...

Keeping the Joy

By: Dr. Shondrika Moss-Bouldin | Published April 28, 2011

The following post is written by Dr. Shondrika Moss-Bouldin, a White Belt certified Nia teacher in Georgia. The story first appeared on journeyisdestination.wordpress.com.

Over ten years ago, I completed a Nia White Belt Training and earlier this year, I had a burning desire to re-commit to Nia. Fortunately, my trainer, Winalee Zeeb (the Nia trainer of the year) was waiting with open arms, literally and metaphorically. A few days after I completed my audit* I bought a t-shirt that boldly stated: “The journey is the destination.” I laughed aloud. It was perfect! It reite...

Nia Blossoms in the Catskill Mountains

By: Lyn Koutcher & Lori Lynn Meader | Published April 26, 2011

Lyn Koutcher is a Blue Belt certified Nia Teacher and Lori Lynn Meader is a Black Belt certified Nia Teacher.

On the weekend of March 25-27, 2011, a group of amazing women and men gathered to join six Nia teachers (Lyn Koutcher, Lori Lynn Meader, Jayne Mielo, Gay Norwood, Lynn Peebles and Hanna Weare) for “Move Your Body, Mind and Soul with Nia: A Weekend to Relax, Renew and Restore.” We danced, laughed, rested and shared our love for Nia at New Age Health Spa, nestled in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York.

The overarching focus for the weekend was “Listening to the ...

Life As Art - Altering our Perception to Sense Beauty

By: Allison Wright | Published April 26, 2011

The following post is written by Nia Black Belt Teacher and Next Generation Trainer Allison Wright, and first appeared on Allison's blog at allisonwrightsblog.wordpress.com. Allison's personal website is allison-wright.com.

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” – Dr.Wayne Dyer

Anyone who has ever taken a drawing class is likely to relate to the Nia concept called "Life As Art." In most high school and college drawing classes, you’re presented with a still life or model and asked to sketch the object fro...

My Experience at the FAB Training with Debbie Rosas

By: Marilyn Wong | Published April 15, 2011

Marilyn Wong is a Nia graduate who took her White Belt Training with Martha Randall. Marilyn takes classes from both Felicia Shulman and Judy Atlas in Montreal. ... Read more

Reflections on the Toronto FAB Training

By: Debbie Rosas | Published April 14, 2011

The Nia FAB Choreography & 52 Moves Training was created to bring all belts under the same roof, hence the term FAB (which stands for For All Belts). The first Nia FAB was in Portland, OR with more than 100 Nia teachers coming together. I’ll never forget it. 

Last week, on my way to Toronto, after almost 30 years of having Carlos as my creative partner, I couldn’t imagine feeling what I was about to feel at this FAB. The experience was a profound lesson, and made me realize how focusing so much on “Carlos and Debbie” made me, in many ways, blind to the abundance of creativity and talent right in front of my eyes, in my students – belt graduates and non-graduates alike. 

Upcoming Free Telecourse about Touch with Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas and Somanaut Gil Hedley

By: Nia | Published April 8, 2011

Join us Monday, May 2, 2011 for a free telecourse call with Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas and guest speaker Gil Hedley, founder of Integral Anatomy Productions and Somanautics Workshops. This telecourse will focus on the topic of touch, and is a part of our current educational course of study, Becoming a Sensation Scientist.

"Most people don't put a week of cadaver dissection with Gil on their Christmas list, but then again, they don't know Gil like I do. I was first introduced to Gil through his fantastic DVDs. Being a lo...

Nia Instructor Spotlight: Susan Tate

By: Gretchen Musgrove | Published April 4, 2011

The following post is written by Nia Teacher Gretchen Musgrove of Seattle, WA. It was first published on her Blissful Fitness blog at blissfulfitness.blogspot.com.... Read more

White Belt Principle 5: Awareness and Living in the Mystery of the "Now"

By: Allison Wright | Published March 18, 2011

The following post is written by Nia Black Belt Teacher and Next Generation Trainer Allison Wright, and first appeared on Allison's blog at allisonwrightsblog.wordpress.com. Allison's personal website is allison-wright.com.

In Nia, we have this really cool way of organizing information into what we call triads. As you may infer from its name, a triad is a three-pointed structure – a triangle. I like to think of triads as tools that provide us with three-step directions; they tell us how to do something in a specific order. Each point offers a specific...

Debbie Rosas will be at Omega Institute in July 2011!

By: Nia | Published March 16, 2011

Looking to heal, condition and tranform your body to live the life of your dreams? Come connect with Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas for her first trip to Omega in Rhinebeck, New York from July 15-17, 2011. She'll be leading a Nia workshop dedicated to The Body's Way – a method of using the body according to its natural design and function. 

Register now to explore your body through movement, music and the magic created when we research how to live in our bodies in healthy and pleasurable ways!

In this workshop, yo...

Never Underestimate a Pregnant Woman

By: Nicole Teed | Published March 15, 2011

The following post was written by Nicole Teed, who takes Nia classes from Christina and Bill Stewart at Spirit Moves in Charleston, South Carolina.

I went to Nia Saturday morning, the dawn of the weekend and of my third trimester of this pregnancy. There are days that I consider whether it is ridiculous or simply asking for trouble to continue to go dance wildly for an hour once or twice a week. But I love it, and my doctor assures me that as long as I am not having any complications and I keep myself adequately hydrated, I can do pretty much whatever I feel like.

I feel like dancing.

Nia incorporat...

Help Survivors of Japan's Earthquake by Making a Mercy Corps Donation!

By: Nia | Published March 14, 2011

Help Nia reach our $10,000 fundraising goal to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of Japan's earthquake and tsunami survivors. Click here to donate via our Mercy Corps fundraising page.

Together we can make a difference from anywhere in the world.

"In this time of great transition, deep grief and tremendous loss, it is important to remember the ability we have as healers to bring about peace and harmony in the world. Every time we step on the dance floor, it's an opportunity to dance for love and light; it is an opportunity to dance for those who cannot." -Debbie Rosas, Ni...

Awareness of Breath: Tracking the Tide of Life

By: Debbie Rosas, Chris Friedman, Rachael R. Resch, Dr. Maureen Small | Published March 1, 2011

This month marks the beginning of Nia's new educational course of study, Becoming a Sensation Scientist. Before diving into this month's focus, Awareness of Breath, read Debbie Rosas' personal introduction to the course. After doing so, you will be ready to learn about breath from the perspective of three sensation scientists who have shared their wisdom to help you become body literate (see below). These sensation scientists include Nia Black Belt and Alexander Technique Teacher Chris Friedman, physical therapist and Read more

Women's International Summit for Health

By: Debbie Rosas | Published March 1, 2011

Many months ago in April of 2010, I got a call from the beautiful and talented Tera Warner. A passionate online entrepreneur, she created The Raw Divas as a means of building an international community to support women who are seeking health through nutrition and working to achieve natural, sustainable lifestyles. Her intent is to create opportunities through this project to enable and support other women in building their own independent, at-home businesses powered by passion before profit. Considering that’s exactly how I started Nia, I thought, “This is my kind of woman!”

One of The Raw Divas’ p...