Guest Story

Keeping the Joy

By: Dr. Shondrika Moss-Bouldin | Published April 28, 2011

The following post is written by Dr. Shondrika Moss-Bouldin, a White Belt certified Nia teacher in Georgia. The story first appeared on

Over ten years ago, I completed a Nia White Belt Training and earlier this year, I had a burning desire to re-commit to Nia. Fortunately, my trainer, Winalee Zeeb (the Nia trainer of the year) was waiting with open arms, literally and metaphorically. A few days after I completed my audit* I bought a t-shirt that boldly stated: “The journey is the destination.” I laughed aloud. It was perfect! It reite...

Nia Blossoms in the Catskill Mountains

By: Lyn Koutcher & Lori Lynn Meader | Published April 26, 2011

Lyn Koutcher is a Blue Belt certified Nia Teacher and Lori Lynn Meader is a Black Belt certified Nia Teacher.

On the weekend of March 25-27, 2011, a group of amazing women and men gathered to join six Nia teachers (Lyn Koutcher, Lori Lynn Meader, Jayne Mielo, Gay Norwood, Lynn Peebles and Hanna Weare) for “Move Your Body, Mind and Soul with Nia: A Weekend to Relax, Renew and Restore.” We danced, laughed, rested and shared our love for Nia at New Age Health Spa, nestled in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York.

The overarching focus for the weekend was “Listening to the ...

Life As Art - Altering our Perception to Sense Beauty

By: Allison Wright | Published April 26, 2011

The following post is written by Nia Black Belt Teacher and Next Generation Trainer Allison Wright, and first appeared on Allison's blog at Allison's personal website is

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” – Dr.Wayne Dyer

Anyone who has ever taken a drawing class is likely to relate to the Nia concept called "Life As Art." In most high school and college drawing classes, you’re presented with a still life or model and asked to sketch the object fro...

My Experience at the FAB Training with Debbie Rosas

By: Marilyn Wong | Published April 15, 2011

Marilyn Wong is a Nia graduate who took her White Belt Training with Martha Randall. Marilyn takes classes from both Felicia Shulman and Judy Atlas in Montreal. ... Read more

Nia Instructor Spotlight: Susan Tate

By: Gretchen Musgrove | Published April 4, 2011

The following post is written by Nia Teacher Gretchen Musgrove of Seattle, WA. It was first published on her Blissful Fitness blog at Read more

White Belt Principle 5: Awareness and Living in the Mystery of the "Now"

By: Allison Wright | Published March 18, 2011

The following post is written by Nia Black Belt Teacher and Next Generation Trainer Allison Wright, and first appeared on Allison's blog at Allison's personal website is

In Nia, we have this really cool way of organizing information into what we call triads. As you may infer from its name, a triad is a three-pointed structure – a triangle. I like to think of triads as tools that provide us with three-step directions; they tell us how to do something in a specific order. Each point offers a specific...

Never Underestimate a Pregnant Woman

By: Nicole Teed | Published March 15, 2011

The following post was written by Nicole Teed, who takes Nia classes from Christina and Bill Stewart at Spirit Moves in Charleston, South Carolina.

I went to Nia Saturday morning, the dawn of the weekend and of my third trimester of this pregnancy. There are days that I consider whether it is ridiculous or simply asking for trouble to continue to go dance wildly for an hour once or twice a week. But I love it, and my doctor assures me that as long as I am not having any complications and I keep myself adequately hydrated, I can do pretty much whatever I feel like.

I feel like dancing.

Nia incorporat...

Traveling in Directions – Science and Philosophy of the 52 Moves of Nia

By: Allison Wright | Published February 18, 2011

The following post is written by Nia Black Belt Teacher and Next Generation Trainer Allison Wright, and first appeared on Allison's blog at

“There are two questions in life we must ask ourselves. First, where am I going? And second, who will go with me? If you ever get the order of these questions reversed, you’re in big trouble…” – Author Unknown

Traveling in Directions is one of the 52 Moves we use in the Nia practice. It may strike you as odd that “traveling in directions” is considered a move, but when you look a...

Nia On The "High-Rise"

By: Lynett Putterman | Published February 9, 2011

Lynett Putterman has been teaching Nia since 2002 in Chicago, Illinois and Chesterton, Indiana.  

I have presented Nia at a nursing school, a center for victims of torture, a Gilda’s Club (for people living with cancer) and numerous physical therapy offices, but the latest venue I taught at was a ground-breaker:  the party room of a high-rise in my own city.

When the building manager asked me to lecture on the benefits of exercise at his staff meeting, I agreed but insisted on giving everyone a Nia class in order to practice all the points in my lecture. I described the benefits of exercise in Nia language (the 5 Sensations, 13 joints, 200 bones, 700 muscles, pl...

What is Nia?

By: Laura Mabe | Published January 24, 2011

The following article is written by Laura Mabe, and first appeared on Swing Into My Walk Space.

On Friday I found myself back on 10th and Yamhill in downtown Portland. I was sent on a mission by Polaris Dance Theatre to pass out flyers about the upcoming event the Fertile Ground Festival's new dance hub, the Groovin' Greenhouse, which is hosted at the Read more

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