In an article on Psychology Today, Alan Fogel (Professor of Psychology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City) discusses the benefits of movement with body sense awareness. He states, "Cardiovascular exercise with body sense has more benefits than exercising while otherwise preoccupied." He goes on to say, "[Nia] combines a cardiovascular workout with movement awareness and is done barefoot to music. Nia uses elements of tai chi, aikido, modern dance, Feldenkrais, and yoga, among other methods. Using the sounds and silences of music, students experience feeling the sense of joy in movement in a way that encourages an embodied self-awareness of agility, mobility, stability, flexibility, and strength." Read the full article here. If you'd like to read more about body sense, check out Alan's other article entitled "Embodied Exercise."