Nia Testimonial: Angela, Nia Student

LMSW
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

About me:

I have enjoyed being active since a young age. Although my last dance experience before starting Nia was a ballet class at age 4. I started Nia a year ago. I am a social worker by profession and enjoy animals, meeting new people, all forms of music, and ice cream. 

Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?

I started taking Nia classes because I was intrigued by one website's description. It said something like, "Participants will leave feeling peaceful, yet energized." I have loved it ever since starting! I always leave the class feeling better than when I came in. The music is great, and it helps me to improve my connection with myself while also not taking myself too seriously. 

Where and with whom do you take Nia classes and/or trainings?

I take Nia classes at a couple of studios in Michigan, and I am looking forward to taking a white belt training next year! 

What is one thing most people don't know about Nia?

Most people I've met have never heard of Nia! When I explain a little bit about it to them, they get a better idea of what it is. I think that Nia's capacity to heal is one thing most people don't know about it. 

What tip can you give someone who is considering trying Nia for the first time?

I would say to be open-minded and don't worry about how you look. Try and only pay attention to yourself. It gets easier with time!