Press Coverage

CTV Morning Live - Nia

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By: Lianne Laing  |  In CTV Morning Live June, 2012

Lianne Laing, host of CTV Morning Live, interviews Nia Teacher Steffi Retzlaff about Nia, and joins in on a live demonstration. Watch the initial interview, and then check out the follow-up demonstration.

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KELOLAND.com - Nia: Newest Workout In Sioux Falls

By: Casey Wonnenberg  |  In KELOLAND.com June, 2012

Melissa Kirby, the only certified Nia instructor in South Dakota, and one of her students, Mary Cunningham, talk about the benefits of Nia. Be sure to watch the video.

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Shannon Miller Lifestyle - Senior Health & Fitness Day Inspirational Stories

By: Shannon Miller Lifestyle  |  In Shannon Miller Lifestyle May, 2012

"Debbie Rosas is the creator of a new fitness craze called “Nia”. And she happens to be [61] years old. Nia is designed to work functionally with the body, reducing stress and injury, and increasing overall FUN in a workout. Rosas is the image of a young, energetic woman, regardless... Read more

Beliefnet - Choose Joy!

By: Debra Moffitt  |  In Beliefnet May, 2012

Debra Moffitt, author of "Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely Inspired Life," writes about joy and Nia. ... Read more

OregonLive.com - My Workout: Creative movement in Nia rounds out exercise routine

By: Nancy Dow  |  In OregonLive.com May, 2012

Eric Johnson, a forensic and clinical psychologist with the Oregon Forensic Institute, is 58 years old and stands at 6 feet, 3 inches. Eighteen months ago, he was looking for something low-impact but aerobic to add to his workout, and began taking Nia. Now, Johnson takes two 75-minute Nia classes... Read more

Macau Closer - Nia Perfect

By: Jenny Block  |  In Macau Closer May, 2012

"When it comes to fitness, there's a lot of noise out there. Try this. Do that. Take this. Change that. But there's one thing that has stayed the same for thirty years now–the Nia Technique. And for good reason."

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CommonHealth, WBUR (Boston's NPR News Station) - Shake It Up: Nia, A Fusion Of Dance, Kicks And Spirit-Stirring

By: Rachel Zimmerman  |  In CommonHealth, WBUR (Boston's NPR News Station) May, 2012

Former dancer Rachel Zimmerman describes her first experience trying Nia and explains how it appealed to her "inner Martha Graham."... Read more

Shape.com - 7 Stress-Relieving Workouts that Aren't Meditation

By: Jessica Smith  |  In Shape.com May, 2012

Shape.com profiles seven modalities that are, "balanced and responsive to your body's needs."

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Daily Herald - ‘Dance of life’ blends yoga, martial arts

By: Lindsay Melvin  |  In Daily Herald May, 2012

"On a recent Monday night in Memphis, Tenn., women were stomping, swaying and growling to a tribal drumbeat."... Read more

Health 365 - Nia Technique with Zoë Katakuzinos

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By: Health 365  |  In Health 365 May, 2012

Nia Teacher Zoë Katakuzinos explains how Nia works and describes the benefits of the practice.

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WNC Magazine - Dance Fever

By: Melissa Reardon  |  In WNC Magazine April, 2012

"Make your move with the therapeutic fitness technique of Nia."

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Wellness Times - Top 3 Dance Fitness Trends

By: Elizabeth Marglin  |  In Wellness Times April, 2012

"As dance-fusion routines are sweeping the nation, fitness creators want to take the work out of workout. Zumba focuses on fun; Nia on joy; and the Bar Method (the most discipline-heavy of these three popular trends) on the delights of achieving a long, lean, sculpted body."

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Local Matters - Harnessing the Power of Dance

By: Health & Lifestyle  |  In Local Matters April, 2012

"A class designed to enhance self-awareness and health, while freeing the spirit, is growing in popularity on the Coast."

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The Queensland Times - Everybody was kung-fu... dancing

By: Rebecca Lynch  |  In The Queensland Times April, 2012

"Remember Zumba, the Latin dance fitness craze that swept through Australia in 2010? Well, another hybrid dance movement is now sweeping the country and it's about to hit Ipswich."

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Brant News - Nia Jam for Alzheimer’s

By: J.P. Antonacci  |  In Brant News March, 2012

"Nia’s fluid blend of yoga, dance and martial arts that exercises the mind and body make it the perfect choice for a fundraiser to help people with dementia."

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Shaw TV Nanaimo - Nia

By: Dunia Tozy  |  In Shaw TV Nanaimo March, 2012

"[Nia] brings out that child-like feeling of just being able to move that we lose as adults." -Tristin Campbell, Nia Teacher... Read more

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - Fusion Fitness

By: Helaine Williams  |  In Arkansas Democrat-Gazette March, 2012

"Six women, most of them barefoot, gear up for a Saturday morning fitness class at the Jesse Odom Community Center in Maumelle."

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The News & Advance - Sweet Briar president brings free-form fitness class to area

By: Liz Barry  |  In The News & Advance March, 2012

Jo Ellen Parker, president of Sweet Briar College, teaches Nia to students and staff three times a week.... Read more

The Seattle Times - At Gilda's Club Seattle, a decade of defying cancer

By: Jack Broom  |  In The Seattle Times March, 2012

Weekly sessions in Nia at Gilda's Club Seattle–now hosting support sessions, meetings, lectures, movies, meals, concerts, art groups, yoga and exercise classes and more for 20,000 members–gives cancer fighters a boost.... Read more

PaulaRath.com - Nia Founder Coming to Honolulu

By: Paula Rath  |  In PaulaRath.com March, 2012

Fitness innovator Debbie Rosas, co-creator and founder of The Nia Technique, is coming to Oahu to lead a week-long blue belt training session from March 17 through 23 at the Still & Moving Center.... Read more

KDRV Local News - Amateur Athlete Of The Week: Rachael Resch

By: Chris Breece  |  In KDRV Local News March, 2012

"Rachael Resch teaches a class at the Dance Space in Ashland. Don't get it confused with Zumba, because Nia blends dance yoga and martial arts all in to one; it was created about 20 years ago by a few people who wanted to prevent injuries while working out."... Read more

Experience Life Magazine - Find Your Fitness Passion

By: Gina DeMillo Wagner  |  In Experience Life Magazine March, 2012

"They say that love can move mountains. Well, if you discover an activity that you love, it can convince you to move more, too — even if you’ve never enjoyed exercise in the past."

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TDN.com - Nia Fitness Mixes it up with Martial Arts and Yoga

By: Cathy Zimmerman  |  In TDN.com February, 2012

"Dance exercise is a little like restaurant cuisine. It leaps from culture to culture, and the latest extended trend is fusion. At the year-old Snap Fitness franchise in Longview, a zesty routine is keeping members moving. Nia Dancing mixes the flavors of martial arts, yoga and ethnic folk dancing, with a... Read more

San Rafael Patch - Business Spotlight: Move Me Studio

By: Gabrielle Cullen  |  In San Rafael Patch February, 2012

"Welcome to a place where healing goes beyond the body, but includes the mind as well. Through the arts of Nia and Yoga, patrons will find inner peace and community."... Read more

Examiner.com - Chichen Itza at the end of the Mayan Calendar

By: Jenny Block  |  In Examiner.com February, 2012

"If you want an inside look into what the future might bring, you could go to the source. Debbie Rosas, co-founder of Nia Technique, the dance/exercise/fitness class that has got people buzzing, will be part of a trip to the Yucatan to explore the area with guests and speak on... Read more

Balance magazine - Let's dance

By: Sarah Proctor  |  In Balance magazine February, 2012

Sarah Proctor, Nia teacher from York, shares her passion for Nia, a mind-body-spirit dance fusion exercise, which is gaining popularity in the UK since it was developed in the States almost 30 years ago. (See Balance magazine, Spring 2012, pages 134-135.)

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Redmond KOMO News - Nia event raises $700+ for Cancer Lifeline

By: Rose Egge  |  In Redmond KOMO News February, 2012

"On December 31, the eastside Nia community came together to support Cancer Lifeline, a healing non-profit organization, and raised $720!"

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Inspirational Woman Magazine - Dancing with Bliss

By: Kirsten Meneghello  |  In Inspirational Woman Magazine January, 2012

Kirsten Meneghello discovered Nia at age 42, and now hopes to help others find their bliss by sharing her story and providing some helpful advice.

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Express.co.uk - Kickstart Your Fitness in 2012

By: Adrian Lee  |  In Express.co.uk January, 2012

If your New Year resolution is to get in shape there are lots of alternatives to the gym. Adrian Lee looks at the most popular activities on offer.

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Your Houston News - Operatunity Knocks: Exorcising his fear of ‘girlie’ exercise

By: Michael Reed  |  In Your Houston News January, 2012

Face it, for any man a perceived “girlie” exercise is as much of a deal-breakers as, say, his probable comeback suggestion of throwing around a bunch of dirty free weights in the garage would be for you. Dance, on the other hand, if handled correctly, can seem like a fair... Read more

PaulaRath.com - Nia Answers Needs of Shar Bliss

By: Paula Rath  |  In PaulaRath.com January, 2012

In a lot of exercise classes participants look grim and determined, serious and somber. Not in Nia. In Nia classes, especially those taught by Shar Bliss, a very youthful 55, there are grins all around, as well as whoops and giggles.... Read more

KABB Fox San Antonio - Mike on the Move - Synergy Studio

By: Mike Hernandez  |  In KABB Fox San Antonio January, 2012

Mike checks out the classes at Synergy Studio.... Read more

KHOU 11 News - With Nia, you can bring out your inner dancer and get fit at the same time

By: Courtney Zubowski  |  In KHOU 11 News January, 2012

"Working out can be a chore, but what if it could be just plain fun? There’s a cardio workout class in the Heights that promises to bring out your inner dancer. It’s called Nia, and the practice is catching on around the world."

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University of Virginia Health System - Nia: Giving Cancer Patients Something to Dance About

By: Amy Marshall  |  In University of Virginia Health System January, 2012

When you meet Kristy Harvey, it’s not surprising to learn that she’s the one responsible for bringing Nia to the Health System as part of the integrative medicine program and the UVA Mindfulness Center. Her smile is infectious and her enthusiasm palpable as she shares what she loves about this... Read more

The Prince George Citizen - Dancing For The Health Of It

By: Charelle Evelyn   |  In The Prince George Citizen December, 2011

Regardless of what life throws at you, you should be able to dance. At least that's how Lisa Cassidy sees it and with the dawn of the new year, she's set out to help clear the financial hurdles that keep people from finding their groove.

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Stuff.co.nz - Nia dance fitness craze uses martial arts

By: Karin O'Donnell  |  In Stuff.co.nz September, 2011

"Nia instructor Stephanie DeMay has a brown belt in karate. I'm a penguin and Norah Jones is belting out about New York City being such a beautiful disease. Playing at being a cute flightless bird, then a cowboy, then a jazz dancer is just part of the experience of Nia... Read more

Sassy Mama Hong Kong - Nia: Non Impact Aerobics that Makes a Big Impression

By: Tracie  |  In Sassy Mama Hong Kong September, 2011

"When the Sassy Girls asked me if I wanted to review Nia, I was not quite sure what they meant. A fitness technique that I had not only NEVER tried, but had never even HEARD about. After swallowing a humility pill and admitting that I am not the all-knowing fitness... Read more

Good Living - Nia Dance Your Way To Fitness

By: Karin O'Donnell  |  In Good Living September, 2011

Nia gains popularity in Christchurch, New Zealand. 

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Senior Living Magazine - Fit for Life with Nia

By: Deborah Redfern  |  In Senior Living Magazine September, 2011

Deborah Redfern talks about how she discovered Nia, got her diabetes under control, and became a Nia teacher.... Read more

Owning Pink - What is Nia?

By: Dr. Lissa Rankin  |  In Owning Pink September, 2011

After spending a week taking the Nia White Belt Training in Portland, Oregon at Nia International Headquarters with Debbie Rosas, Dr. Lissa Rankin talks about her experience, being "in her body," and how Nia has impacted her life.

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Fox 25 News - Nia Workout

By: Reporter Elizabeth Hopkins  |  In Fox 25 News September, 2011

Jenny Silverberg, owner of Studio Joy, talks about what makes Nia different and how the practice has impacted her life.

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Experience Life Magazine - Yin-Yang Fitness

By: Andrew Heffernan  |  In Experience Life Magazine July, 2011

Many fitness enthusiasts and athletes are now blending Eastern and Western exercise techniques for better results, including mind-body health. Find out why this fusion works so well – and how you can create a harmonious fitness mis for yourself.

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Spotlight, TV EUROPA HD - Camilla Steen Larsen

By: Marwan Dalal  |  In Spotlight, TV EUROPA HD July, 2011

Nia teacher and studio owner Camilla Steen Larsen talks about how Nia has affected her physically, mentally and emotionally. After losing 108 pounds, Camilla describes Nia as a "kind of homecoming." She explains that her relationship with Nia will never end, and says, "I will never sit myself down and say,... Read more

The New You Magazine - Becoming Your Most Beautiful You

By: The New You Magazine  |  In The New You Magazine July, 2011

"As the weather begins to warm, we all want to look great for swimsuit season, but that old routine at the gym just isn't making the cut. Endless miles on the treadmill and a thousand steps to nowhere may burn calories, but they do little for the mind and spirit.... Read more

Expresso Breakfast Television Programme (South Africa) - Nia Kids

By: Andrea Cibrario, Nia Teacher  |  In Expresso Breakfast Television Programme (South Africa) June, 2011

The Expresso Breakfast Television Programme previews a recently launched kids class focused on brain and movement development and based on Nia, in Cape Town, South Africa. Inserts one, two and three were filmed at OurNiaSpace Studio in Observatory, Cape Town. These classes are held at... Read more

Rhode Island Natural Awakenings - No Pain, No Gain? No Way!

By: Wendy Rappaport  |  In Rhode Island Natural Awakenings June, 2011

"For those who think we must suffer in order to get a good workout, it may be time to try Nia, a physical conditioning program based on a premise that movement is a pathway for self-discovery and personal transformation."

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That's Fit (AOL Health) - Why I Find Gratitude In Walking

By: Jenny Block  |  In That's Fit (AOL Health) June, 2011

"I am mindful now of those steps that I can, I get, I opt, I choose to take. I don't complain about a parking space in the back of the lot or a forgotten pair of sunglasses that I must retrace my steps to gather. I think instead about how... Read more

FitPro - Q&A

By: Debbie Lawrence  |  In FitPro May, 2011

Every issue, FitPro asks their bank of experts to tackle one training related question. This edition focuses on training a client with mental health issues.

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NY1 - Parkinson's Patients Treat Symptoms With Fitness Programs

By: Kafi Drexel  |  In NY1 May, 2011

For many, a Parkinson's diagnosis has paved the path to Tai Chi, Pilates and Nia dance classes as innovative forms of treatment. NY1's Kafi Drexel filed the following report.

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NZ Herald - Fusion Fitness

By: Megan Otto  |  In NZ Herald May, 2011

"Nia was born of a philosophy that there is no need to use pain to change the body. Developed by Californian aerobic teachers Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas in 1983 it is now one of top three body-mind programmes in the world, taught in 30 countries and has been taught... Read more