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Debbie Rosas 

Debbie Rosas is the co-creator and founder of Nia. Credited with shaping the mind-body fitness category, she is a leading fitness innovator, teacher, author, choreographer, performer, healer and artist whose work greatly influences the lives of thousands of women and men worldwide. 

Debbie has co-authored two books – Non-Impact Aerobics and The Nia Technique. She also collaborated with Carlos AyaRosas to write the Holistic Fitness section of the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Instructor Training Manual. Debbie has served on the Mind-Body Committee for the IDEA Health and Fitness Association, and has presented at numerous IDEA World and Inner IDEA fitness conventions. She was also a presenter for the Northwest Fitness Summit, National Wellness Conference, Whole Life Expo, International Spa and Fitness Association, Science and Consciousness Convention, and Sound Healers Convention.

She is particularly proud to have played a key role in developing programs at The Naturopathic School of Medicine, Shriners Hospital and Oregon Health and Sciences University. These programs continue to positively impact students, women, teens, and those diagnosed with arthritis and autism.

Debbie first worked as a medical illustrator, which sparked her fascination for the human body. In 1976, she established a tremendously successful exercise studio in Marin County, California called The Bod Squad. After becoming frustrated and unfulfilled by the “no pain, no gain” fitness mantra of the time, she set out on a creative journey to define a new approach to health, wellness and fitness. The result was Nia. Since then, Debbie has been committed to evolving the Nia practice and growing the Nia community. 

Currently Debbie lives with her husband, Nia CEO Jeff Stewart, in Portland, Oregon where she teaches classes and trainings at Nia International Headquarters. Visit her personal website to learn more about Debbie's latest endeavors. Anyone interested in writing an article about Debbie or conducting an interview is encouraged to review the online Debbie Rosas media kit.

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Carlos AyaRosas

Carlos AyaRosas, co-creator and founder of Nia, has been a leading presenter at countless events, trainings, and health and fitness conventions for more than 25 years. Some of these include the National Wellness Conference, Sound Healers Conference, IDEA World, Inner IDEA and Science of Consciousness Conference.

Carlos has co-authored two books – Non-Impact Aerobics and The Nia Technique. He also collaborated with Debbie Rosas to write the Holistic Fitness section of the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Instructor Training Manual.

Before creating Nia, Carlos spent his time as a tennis professional – teaching, competing in tournaments, and playing life on the edge of machismo. He might have gone on like that if it hadn’t been for Richard Bach and Illusions, and the faint longing for something more meaningful. Since his change of heart, he's never looked back.

In 2005, Carlos helped inspire Nia teachers to raise more than $30,000 for Hurricane Katrina victims and $15,000 for Soaringwords through organized Nia Dance Jams across the world. Now retired from Nia, Carlos currently lives in Texas with his wife and artistic creative partner, Annie AyaRosas. His many years of leadership and inspirational work continue to shape countless lives to this day.