2010 Course of Study

Closing 2010... Opening 2011!

By: Debbie Rosas | Published December 28, 2010


It’s that time of year again when I give thanks for all that has happened and cast the future of Nia into the next year. I love this part of the year. It’s a time when I go into the office, light a candle and put my fingers to the keys, sensing and feeling from my heart what I want to say.

2010 has been an extraordinary year for me and for Nia. Every day has been filled with opportunities to keep my heart open, to stay focused on my work and craft Nia as if crafting an elegant diamond. Some personal challenges ripped my heart apart this year—and therefore wide open to the possibilities of stepping into my greatness. I’ve been telling everyone, “Debbie is ...

Pleasure 101: Education for Every Body!

By: Debbie Rosas | Published November 30, 2010

“Joy naturally seduces the body to breathe fully and deeply, oftentimes culminating in laughter, which is to the body like an orgasm.”
—Alexander Lowen, M.D., Bioenergetics

I began my professional fitness career in 1975, with nothing but an idea and my body—the only tool I had with which to do my research. I didn’t realize it then, but my body was the greatest instrument I could have had for exploring what does and does not work in terms of health, fitness and well-being. Back then, I had very little trust in my body and often doubted the messages it sent me. I had no idea that I had lost connection to the most natural and truthful wisdom available—the intelligence of my ...

Creating a Sacred Livelihood for Yourself and for the World

By: Debbie Rosas | Published October 26, 2010

Dance along with me, for the best is yet to be!

A new consciousness is emerging in and around us—a wave of awareness affecting everything we do in life and in business. I believe it is the 21st century soul creating a measurable “brain wave” of change and transformation. I believe we are experiencing the birth of a new archetype, which offers a new vision—a new face, heart and purpose for humanity. As I watch the world changing and shifting, I see more actions intended to create a higher standard of living, being and doing business for all people. I cannot help but think this is all part of a grand plan for us to become better human beings, people who do things not merely for s...

Cultivating Comfort with X-Ray Anatomy

By: Debbie Rosas | Published September 28, 2010

In Nia, we pride ourselves on cultivating comfort and pleasure—I personally have been called a "Pleasure Revolutionary." It’s true! I believe cultivating pleasure is one of the healthiest things we can do for the world. I’m not talking about the kind of pleasure that comes from indulging, but rather the kind that comes from listening very carefully to what your body desires. Desire and pleasure: these are words that can bring a sick body back to feeling better.

If you think about it, “feeling better” is a phrase physicians make lots of money from. It's the affirmation they listen for after giving you advice, medicine, or surgery. Throughout any treatment, the hop...

Walking Upright with All Four Paws ~ White Belt Principle 9

By: Debbie Rosas | Published August 31, 2010

This month we are focusing on White Belt Principle 9, The Upper Extremities of the Body. For those of you just joining us: This is one of the 13 principles of the White Belt, Nia's first level of training, which lays the foundation of the Nia practice, philosophy and lifestyle. As with all Nia principles, the concepts of Principle 9 can be adapted to fit any physical, mental and emotional needs, carrying beyond the classroom into a sensory-based movement lifestyle.

The Upper Extremities of the Body focuses integrating your arms, hands, fingers—and all associated body parts—into every movement through the sensation of touch. "Touch" sensations make it possible to ...

Unleashing Feeling, Healing and Expression with White Belt Principle 8

By: Debbie Rosas Stewart | Published July 27, 2010

When you watch a Nia class, it is clear every person is bringing something unique to the dance. Yes, the choreography is the same, yet each pelvis, chest and head seems to be dancing to a different drum. You see people expressing thoughts and feelings from a deep and empowering place – from the inside out. Everyone is dancing in their own way, in their body’s way.

When given the freedom to move and space to explore what feels pleasurable, a body will always move in The Body’s Way. As a teacher, knowing this gives me great confidence. If I ask my students to move and listen to their bodies – by always choosing pleasure and comfort – I can trust they will move safely and efficiently. I can trust ...

Riding the Wave of Principle 7: Three Planes of Movement and Intensity Levels

By: Debbie Rosas Stewart | Published June 29, 2010

I'm lucky I do Nia; I get to enjoy my body and life in "peak" experiences every day. Nia has taught me how to engage with my body so that everything I do – how I move, think and feel – results in "peak experience" sensations that help me stay fit, healthy and well. Nia reminds me to live in my body consciously and to sense the experience of life: of my body, of love, of my self and the world I live in.

Nia's approach to science is based on the body, which is why we call it The Body's Way. This is a method of observing the natural design of the body and using it as a guide that illustrates the correct way to use our body the way it was designed to be used. When we follow T...

Nia's Answer to Stability—Naked Feet

By: Debbie Rosas Stewart | Published June 2, 2010

I thought a lot about what to discuss for this month's focus, White Belt Principle 6: The Base of the Body. After much deliberation, I decided to talk about the feet and also to share part of Nia's history with information from our first book from 1987. This book introduced our crazy notion of working out in bare feet and eliminating the high-impact jumping and jogging of popular aerobics. It was all about stability and comfort – and it ultimately became the foundation of Nia movement.

Back then, our way of moving was not only unique, it was seen as a radical app...

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