Janet Kaufman

  • janetrkaufman@gmail.com
  • (510) 853-9144

Janet Kaufman

Nia Brown Belt Teacher
Moraga, California, United States

Nia was an unknown to me… I spent years in regimented fitness, running, weight lifting and doing high impact aerobics.  I was often injured, my muscles were overly tight, and my posture did not reflect good health.  Once I experienced the healing benefits and pleasure of Nia, I wanted to soak up as much education as possible.  I enrolled in a Nia Intensive certification at the Nia Head Quarters in Portland, Oregon.  The transition from student to teacher didn’t happen quickly.  I floundered for a while learning a routine, became frustrated, and shelved the idea of teaching for 2 years until in 2005, Debbie and Carlos Rosas, the co-creators of the Nia Technique, came to the Bay Area.  I took three days in a row of their classes in packed rooms filled with energetic and enthusiastic Nia  “groupies”. The weekend reignited my passion and my desire to teach. Just days after my epiphany, I received a call from the owner of a new wellness center looking for a Nia teacher.  I quickly learned the choreography to a song, auditioned a few days later, and was hired on the spot. Five years later, I’ve expanded my teaching to various athletic clubs, including the Pleasant Hill Community Center, and returned to Portland many times for further training and special events. Nia is the perfect compliment to my other job as a studio jeweler, where I am relatively sedentary and have little contact with the outside world. Teaching Nia allows me to see people at their best, smiling with joy, expressing creativity through free dance, healing injuries, overcoming fears, but most of all delighting in the sheer pleasure of movement. I get paid for having this much fun?

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My Locations

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Bishop Ranch Fitness Center
12667 Alcosta Boulevard, San Ramon, CA 94583, USA
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Forma Gym
1908 Olympic Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA, US
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Orinda Community Center
28 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA, US
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Pleasant Hill Park & Recreation
320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA, US
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Relictree Fitness
4231 Park Blvd., Oakland, CA, US
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My Nia Classes

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Tuesday 6:30pm - 7:30pm Pleasant Hill Park & Recreation
320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA, US
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Tuesday 6:30pm - 7:30pm Pleasant Hill Park & Recreation
320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA, US
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Wednesday 12:00pm - 1:00pm Bishop Ranch Fitness Center
12667 Alcosta Boulevard, San Ramon, CA 94583, USA
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Friday 9:30am - 10:30am Orinda Community Center
28 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA, US
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Saturday 9:45am - 10:45am Relictree Fitness
4231 Park Blvd., Oakland, CA, US
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Sunday 9:00am - 9:55am Forma Gym
1908 Olympic Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA, US
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Sunday 9:00am - 10:00am Forma Gym
1908 Olympic Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA, US
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