By: Nia | Published February 22, 2012
For a "once-in-thousands-of-years" opportunity, our very own Debbie Rosas will be gathering with other leaders at the high center of Mayan knowledge for the end of the Mayan calendar – and the birth of the great cycle of transformation and renewal – on December 13-22, 2012.
You are invited to join her, by registering for this incredible eight-day experience. You'll gain entrance with special governmental permission into Chichen-Itza (when it is closed to the public) and at the exact time of the solstice! Explore a 60-mile area with impressive ancient temples and buildings. In particular, see the "El Castillo" Pyram...
By: Nia | Published February 22, 2012
Are you looking for a movement practice that makes your body feel good? Would you like to increase your flexibiltiy? Become more agile and grounded at the same time? Want to tap into your body's ability to self-heal?
Clear your calendar for the upcoming Nia 5 Stages Training at StudioNia on March 10-11th. Led by Carol Gonzalez and Laurie Bass, this two-day experience is based on the five stages of human development: Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing and Walking. Practiced with awareness, these stages have the power to facilitate optimal alignment, improved function and comfort in the body.
Open to everyone, the Nia 5 Stages Training pr...
By: Nia | Published February 7, 2012
After tallying the votes, we're thrilled to announce Dana Hood is the 2011 Nia Teacher of the Year. This award reflects both a dedication to the Nia practice and a strong community of students who have been personally moved by that commitment.
Located in Denver, Colorado, Dana is a Black Belt certified Nia teacher who has loved dance since she was a child. After her first Nia class in 2006, Dana knew she had discovered a new path to pleasurable fitness. She fell in love with how Nia encourages fun and energetic movement with self-expression, while also emphasizing creativity, conditioning, community, spirit, acceptance and love for the body just as it is.
It is Dana's passion t...
By: Nia | Published January 31, 2012
NiaWear is growing very fast, so we are expanding the line to include a wider range of items that promote both active and leisure lifestyles. The Yoga Pants are one of our newest designs, and are unique and sleek. Wear them to Nia, yoga or lunch with friends. You'll never feel under- or over-dressed. At 50% off their retail price, these pants are a steal at $57.50. View more photos, check out our sizing chart, and order yours now! This is a limited-time offer.
Details: Our Yoga Pants sport a modern look with detailed seaming that flatters all shapes. The legs feature a bootcut design instead of a flare opening. A fold-over wa...
By: Nia | Published January 18, 2012
The Nia Black Belt Training is magical to say the least. And it's perhaps the least talked about training in our five-belt series because it's about "entering the river of the unknown – a place of infinite creativity." The principles are only known by those who attend the transformational, one-week experience. However, we wanted to give you a peak into the most recent training with Debbie Rosas and Ann Christiansen at StudioNia by sharing some photographs.
To view the full collection of photographs from the 2011 Black Belt Training at StudioNia, vi...
By: Nia | Published January 17, 2012
Janet Shook Leitâo is a White Belt certified Nia teacher located in Lisbon, Portugal. She first found Nia while working as a dancer and dance teacher in Istanbul, Turkey.
Nia: How did you first begin practicing Nia? Where were you and what was your mind-set at the time?
Janet: Even though I grew up in Oregon, I had not heard of Nia before. I moved away in 2005 and was living abroad in Turkey, working as a dancer and dance teacher of Orientale and Turkish Gypsy. Then I came home for my sister's wedding in Corvallis. I was looking at a notice board for some sort of exercise class just to get my body moving, and the only thing that caught my ...
By: Debbie Rosas | Published January 11, 2012
We are pleased to announce that Holly Nastasi is the 2011 Nia trainer of the year!
Holly is honored as trainer of the year for many reasons. As a Nia teacher, Holly has been successful at creating strong and vibrant communities in Austin, Texas, Sante Fe, New Mexico, and now Lincoln, Nebraska where I have no doubt she will rock the house as she always does.
I remember Holly's first White Belt Training. She was the one sitting on the floor with piercing eyes that questioned what we were doing. Made sense to me, as she is a trained, educated Kinesiologist. As life would have it, she fell in love with Nia, and went on to teach classes at the University of Texas and...
By: Nia | Published December 19, 2011
Every year we honor an outstanding Nia teacher with the Nia Teacher of the Year Award. However, this year marks the first time that members of the Nia community may choose the recipient by voting online. Everybody can vote, including students, teachers and trainers. Votes may be casted through December 30th, 2011, and the winner will be announced in January.
Here are a few things you might consider before casting your vote:
Does (s)he inspire students?
Does (s)he model the w...
By: Nia | Published October 25, 2011
From the music that makes us groove (downtempo, world, reggae, electro-acoustic, jazz, rock) to the clothes that make us feel free to the workouts that let us dance from our hearts, Nia is so much more than an opportunity to sweat and get our heart rates up. It's a chance to remind ourselves just how much we love our bodies and lives. And here are 12 tips to make every experience that much better:
1. Arrive with purpose
Set a personal intent for yourself before you walk in the room. What do you hope to accomplish?
2. Dress for passion
Wear cool, loose fitting clothes that make ...
By: Nia | Published October 17, 2011
After a beatiful evening spent celebrating our latest line of NiaWear at StudioNia, we've been crafting a new photo gallery where you can browse all kinds of images from Nia, purchase prints, and get free downloads. We'll be posting some of our favorite moments from Nia trainings, events, classes and more. Below are a few of our recent additions from the Portland NiaWear fashion show.
All NiaWear looks can be worn on the dance floor, around town or out for a night of wining and dining. It's this kind of flexibility that makes NiaWear truly adaptable to any style. Mix and match our signature pieces with your own wardrobe, and never ...