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Nia Trainer Denise Medved Begins a New Journey

By: Debbie Rosas | Published May 13, 2011

Change is afoot, and Denise Medved has decided to step down as part of the Nia training faculty. The good news is, Denise is still teaching Nia, touching bodies and lives in only the way she does: magically!

While she has taught all ages and ability levels, from children to athletes, from dancers to non-dancers, Denise specializes in movement for those who believe their movement is restricted. She helps them find they can move again with joy, and heal their bodies to improve their quality of life! She works with those over 65 years old, those with chronic illness, and those recovering from physical injury and joint replacement.

For anyone who has ever had the joy of meeting, working with...

Reflections on the Toronto FAB Training

By: Debbie Rosas | Published April 14, 2011

The Nia FAB Choreography & 52 Moves Training was created to bring all belts under the same roof, hence the term FAB (which stands for For All Belts). The first Nia FAB was in Portland, OR with more than 100 Nia teachers coming together. I’ll never forget it. 

Last week, on my way to Toronto, after almost 30 years of having Carlos as my creative partner, I couldn’t imagine feeling what I was about to feel at this FAB. The experience was a profound lesson, and made me realize how focusing so much on “Carlos and Debbie” made me, in many ways, blind to the abundance of creativity and talent right in front of my eyes, in my students – belt graduates and non-graduates alike. 

Women's International Summit for Health

By: Debbie Rosas | Published March 1, 2011

Many months ago in April of 2010, I got a call from the beautiful and talented Tera Warner. A passionate online entrepreneur, she created The Raw Divas as a means of building an international community to support women who are seeking health through nutrition and working to achieve natural, sustainable lifestyles. Her intent is to create opportunities through this project to enable and support other women in building their own independent, at-home businesses powered by passion before profit. Considering that’s exactly how I started Nia, I thought, “This is my kind of woman!”

One of The Raw Divas’ p...

Witnessing a Sensation Scientist

By: Debbie Rosas | Published February 8, 2011

Last night at Helen Terry’s RanchONia in Houston, Texas, I had the pleasure of taking a class from a new Green Belt teacher, Glen Graves. I came to Houston for my Awakening the New Feminine Spirit workshop. I had a great time with 20 amazing women who will become my creation pod to help me turn this body of work into what it was initially designed to be: a 13-month course. All of us were transformed, as only women are when they get together, creating magic. But back to Glen's class last night.


Announcing the 2010 Nia Awards and 2011 Course of Study!

By: Debbie Rosas | Published January 25, 2011

This February, I'm excited to introduce this year's course of study: "Becoming a Sensation Scientist." We'll be focusing on developing body literacy, by closely observing and studying physical sensation. With the Joy of Movement as our guide, the body will become our "laboratory" to experiment, play and gain a deeper understanding of ourselves. (Talk about adding some fun to the word "research!")

Through our practice, you will first become more aware of sensation itself, and then begin experiencing entirely new sensations—physical and beyond. Most importantly, you will develop the ability to understand the information these sens...

Behind the Scenes of a New Routine Called R1

By: Debbie Rosas | Published August 24, 2010

The journey of creating a routine is just that – a journey. While my process over the years has remained fairly consistent, it has also evolved as a result of small tweaks that go along with learning and improving.

Getting ready to film a routine video takes about six months and involves choosing the music, licensing the music, configuring the order of the songs, doing the bars numerous times, and progressing through at least thirteen rough renditions until I have a working skeleton. This skeleton is then refined until it results in the final product: a routine that conditions the body and inspires both teachers and students by delivering a new focus and experience.

R1, the newest routine (which wi...

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