Guest Story

Dancing With Horses

By: Wendy Rappaport, Nia Teacher | Published January 10, 2012

This article is written by Wendy Rappaport, who is a Green Belt certified Nia teacher in Rhode Island. Deidre Sharp is owner of Horse Play, a non-profit horse rescue and sanctuary in Sunderstown, RI.

One morning one of my students brought a friend to class. After class she was so happy with her experience she just came out and said, “Would you do this with the horses?”

Well, I knew Deidre had something to do with horses and a farm where she took care of them, but that was the last comment I was expecting to hear that Monday morning. With no fear in my heart I immediately answered, “YES, how ‘bout this Saturday!”


Trainer Rachael Resch’s Nia White Belt Trainings Now Eligible for Physical Therapy CEUs

By: Rachael R. Resch, MS PT, Nia Trainer | Published December 5, 2011

Rachael R. Resch, MS PT/LMT, is a certified Nia Black Belt instructor, Nia trainer and holistic physical therapist whose practice is devotion to the sacred body for healing, fitness, play and prayer. 

As a physical therapist and a Nia movement educator, I’m passionate about both movement and healing. I’ve always believed Nia's philosophy, “through movement we find health.”

Having just competed the Nia Next Generation Trainer program, I’m thrilled to announce that all my White Belt Intensives now qualify for 50 hours of physical therapy (PT) continuing education in the state of Oregon!

The American Physical Therapy Association calls PTs &ldqu...

Taking Risks & Discovering Nia

By: Julie Flygare | Published November 16, 2011

Julie earned her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from Boston College Law School. At age 24, she was diagnosed with narcolepsy with cataplexy during her second year of law school.This story first appeared on Julie Flygare's REM Runner website

“One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum.”
- Sir Walter Scott

Out of Habit:

Like most mornings, I awoke a creature of habit. I had no intention of stepping out of my comfort zone on this day. Nor did I plan to t...

Nia Magic Touches Fiji

By: Teresa K. Myers | Published September 19, 2011

This post is written by Teresa K. Myers, who is a Brown Belt certified Nia teacher based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She discovered Nia six years ago after an exhaustive search for an exercise routine she could do following an extensive surgery to remove cancer. View her profile or visit her website.

At the beginning of September 2011, Nia Black Belt and NGT Sophie Marsh hosted a week-long Nia retreat at the Daku Resort in Savusavu, Vanua Levu (Fiji Islands) – a beautiful location made all the more magical by our daily Nia practice. We basked in the beauty of the space where we danced each day, nestled into the side...

A Lesson from Zorba the Greek: Movement as a Path for Psychotherapeutic Healing

By: Jule Aguirre | Published August 30, 2011

Jule Aguirre, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, is a Nia Next Generation Trainer and Nia 5 Stages practitioner who has been facilitating movement for body-mind integrators, urban athletes and adventurers in wellness for over 26 years. To learn more about Jule, visit

Let’s start with a metaphor from the movies. In the final scene of Zorba the Greek, the intellectual, uptight writer, Basil, asks the exuberant older man to teach him to dance – and thereby learns to embrace life.

Dance is one of the oldest art forms, and depends on the body to communicate feeling and emotion through movement. In anci...

The Tale of Nia in London

By: Dorit Noble | Published August 25, 2011

This post is written by Dorit Noble, who is a Black Belt Certified Nia Teacher and Next Generation Trainer. Before finding Nia, Dorit was an opera singer and worked with various opera companies in South Africa and the UK.

I took my first Nia class in Cape Town with the inspiring Kathy Wolstenholme in December of 2004. After 12 Nia classes with Kathy, I left to go back home to London, UK. I had no intention of teaching Nia, I just really wanted to go to more classes and experience that magic again in my body.

So I began to search for Nia in London. I discovered, to my dismay, that there were no classes being offered there. In Janaury of 2005 I ordered all the

Listening to Dance Through Life

By: Holly Nastasi | Published August 9, 2011

This post is written by Black Belt Certified Nia Trainer Holly Nastasi. Holly has been facilitating fitness and wellness for others since 1982. She transitioned towards a holistic approach to health, through Nia, in 1993 while receiving a BS in Kinesiology and a MEd in Health Education from the University of Texas. Her insight and wisdom, along with her education and experience, helps others to go deeper into themselves. Holly currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she is the program director at StudioNia Santa Fe.

One of the things that makes Nia such a unique practice is its beautiful blend of music, movement and magic. When a trainee comes t...

RESPONSE-ability: A Conversation with Susan McCulley

By: Denise Stewart | Published July 13, 2011

The following post is written by Denise Stewart who is a writer, actor, coach and teacher. She takes Nia classes from Susan McCulley (pictured right), holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Univeristy of Virginia and worked in the corporate weight loss industry for almost three years. Visit her personal website for more information.


I like to exercise with other people. I’m not afraid to exercise by myself:  I walk in silence; I walk the dog; I do the elliptical machine while watching old episodes of Read more

My Journey with Nia

By: Ann Brewster | Published June 21, 2011

It all started November 2010 when I was feeling very isolated and withdrawn from friends. Suffering badly with distorted body image due to my battle with anorexia, I decided to take a positive step forward and find a place where woman gather. I started my search looking for yoga studios and found The Center for Nia & Yoga in Albany, NY. It looked interesting, so I called the owner, Casey Bernstein, and inquired about the program. She asked me what I was looking for in Nia. I was upfront and told her about my eating disorder. Casey said, "This is the place for you!" And so the journey began....

I was apprehensive about going, but was welcomed with open arms and kindn...

What Nia Continuing Education Means to Me

By: Tracey Fenner | Published May 13, 2011

The following post is a copy of a letter to Debbie Rosas written by Nia Teacher Tracey Fenner

Dear Debbie,

I wanted to write a letter to thank you personally for all the work you do in developing the Nia continuing education program. Last year, I thoroughly enjoyed working with all the materials of the White Belt principles that you gave us Nia teachers around the world. As an organization, Nia is continually giving so, so much to teachers, enabling me to go out and spread the body of work that you and Carlos began together so many years ago.

This year, I have been once again blown away with the body of work you have presented with &ldqu...

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