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In Celebration of Emilie Conrad D’oud

By: Debbie Rosas | Published April 16, 2014

Memory is a great thing. It’s a place I often go to when I want to get out of where I am. Sometimes life takes me to that place of memory. Today was one of those days, when I heard one of my “body” heroes, Emilie Conrad D’oud, had died.

I discovered Emilie’s work, Continuum, in the Nineteen Seventies, when living in Marin County, California. It was a time in my life when I was starting my conscious research of the body, movement, and fitness. What Emilie had offered, confused me. It was this confusion that attracted me to her work.

Born in New York in 1934, Emilie moved to Los Angeles where she began teaching at the Actors Studio. Here she used her novel approach of movement to enrich th...

Turning 30 Never Felt So Good!

By: Debbie Rosas | Published July 26, 2013

Thank you to the heroes who have carried the voice of Nia into her 30th year.

Let’s celebrate! Let’s shimmy, shake, step, sink and rise. Let’s kick, push and pull, and sing the praise of movement, joy and love. You are my entry into the magical world of the human body, mind, emotions, and spirit and Nia is our entry into greatness!

I can’t believe it’s been thirty years since I took off my shoes and said, “Wow, my body is really moving!” My life, and the lives of thousands of people, has been changed by this one act. As someone wanting to inspire people to feel in order to heal Nia continually inspires me.

I’m kicking off this celebration with a Read more

The Voice of Nia

By: Debbie Rosas | Published June 27, 2013

My name is Nia.

For thousands of generations I have been
circulating consciousness and love throughout the world.
I am coded to be of service to people, plants, animals,
the mountains, winds, rivers, and weather patterns.

My presence and essence is manifested through you,
those who desire to master the art of moving,
living in the body, loving the body and loving life.
People dedicated to helping others find their way
on the path to becoming a Sacred Athlete.
My spirit cultivates and sustains in my every cell
the essence and energy of love,
for this is the ultimate healing energy.

Earthly, I may appear to move slowly in creating change...









Honoring Don Campbell

By: Debbie Rosas | Published August 20, 2012

Dear Nia Community,

It is with deep sadness in my heart that I share the news that a dear mentor, Don Campbell, has passed away. As one of the leaders in health and wellness who taught us all the power of music as healing sound, Don and his work, along with his joy and natural ability to touch people, will live on forever.

I feel lucky to have met him, trained with him, and watched a room ignite into a blaze of inspiration and laughter from his wisdom. The work of Nia and my heart were both touched by Don in a profound way that lives on through everyone who listens and dances to his music. My understanding of sound and the healing power...

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Moving to Heal: Nia Classes for Those with Cancer

By: Debbie Rosas | Published June 27, 2012

I am so thrilled to share this interview, which I created to highlight the women attending our Moving to Heal Nia classes (designed for those in the process of healing from cancer) at StudioNia.

These brave women agreed to sit with me and share their stories to inspire others to use Nia as a complement to the medical support and treatment they're already using to overcome cancer.

Support for this offering comes from our partnership with Legacy Emanuel Hospital, and also from the many Nia teachers successfully teaching to this special population, including Deb Reis, Barbara Meyer

Questions & Answers: The Nia 52 Moves Training

By: Debbie Rosas | Published April 24, 2012

I was recently asked, "Why are you opening up the Nia 52 Moves Training to students?" I feel this is an important question to address and share with everyone, so that my intentions are clear, and both students and teachers are inspired to enroll.

The answer is simple: Nia is my gift for all people, and for 30+ years I have given most of my teaching life-force energy, time and consciousness to training Nia teachers how to share the Nia work with the public. But to rely entirely on the teachers to reach the incredible amount of people Nia can (and should!) serve is not functional. It is actually a cog in the wheel.

My desire has always been to give my creative work–Nia&nd...

One Brag a Day Will Keep the Doctor Away

By: Debbie Rosas | Published April 23, 2012

I am sitting in the Waldorf Astoria, surrounded by old world elegance, with people from all over the world, listening the sounds of life happening in one of the most magical cities in the world: New York.

I love this city for many reasons: the numbers of people, the variety of people, and the opportunity to be and do anything at any time of the day. I feel at home here, and I feel the tension that comes from the positive energy of being unsure and even a little afraid–not for my life, but for what New York stands for... potential. Yes, my potential.

I have dreamed of living here. I have dreamed of having a Nia center here. I believe Nia deserves New York exposure. New York acceptance. New York push, the push needed ...

Debbie Does The Juice Cleanse With Dr. Rankin... And So Can You!

By: Debbie Rosas | Published January 17, 2012

This year I’ve decided to take on the challenge to research a whole new kind of pleasure by paying attention to the things I put in my mouth. I’m cleaning myself up from the inside out, and I have my friend, Dr. Lissa Rankin, to thank.

Yes, I am committing to a juice cleanse, and I want to invite you to join me! If you aren't sure if a cleanse is right for you, listen to my recent conversation with Dr. Rankin. During our talk, she told me how she changed her body and life by changing her relationship with food. She shared her personal story in the most intimate, honest, and as always, real ...

The Year's Magic

By: Debbie Rosas | Published December 30, 2011

I've attempted to write my end-of-the-year letter many times. I keep changing the subject, as each day there seems to be something more important to write about. One day it’s Zumba, the next Hillary Clinton, and the next, reminding you all to get your students to go online to vote for the 2011 Nia Teacher of the Year! All I know is, I love connecting with you and I'm going to do more of this starting January 1, 2012. People who know me will tell you I’m private. I blame it on my learning disabilities. It’s taken me a long time to feel safe sharing what I think and feel with people. Enough hiding. I’m coming out! So stay tuned for lots of juicy, good stuff.

As always, I am ending the year reflecting...

What's Mainstream?

By: Debbie Rosas | Published December 20, 2011

In 1983, I was looking for a way to workout and address more than fitness. I wanted something that would provide more pleasure and efficiency in the body, as I had lost the ability to move naturally. I was exercising and moving mechanically. I decided I wanted to regain my body’s natural wisdom and ability to move. I set out to relearn how to move by listening to the voices of my body, and by following the sensation of pleasure versus pain.

The result was Nia, a worldwide movement program that has been changing people’s lives on an international level for more than 30 years. Nia was birthed at the heights of the aerobic boom. The fitness industry took notice to what we were doing, and created an offshoot of our concep...

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