Nia Testimonial: Mia Kuusisto, Nia Teacher
I was born in Sweden in 1970, where my Swedish-Finnish family and friends still live in Eskilstuna. In 1991 I moved from Finland to Turku. I worked as a nurse, beauty therapist, and photographer in my own company, FaceVizio Tmi. I started dancing Nia in 2006 and have been practicing the Nia Technique all these years since then. Finally, I found an exercise program with all those elements I love- from dancing to martial arts. Since my early teenage years I have been trying to find an exercise program that blended jazz dance and martial arts like Karate & Krav Maga. Since finding Nia, the journey has been so much fun and filled with positive energy while having such a great time practicing the technique.
Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?
Through Nia I found the joy of the martial arts again after more than a 15 year break. I am a yellow belt in Tae kwon do and train regularly at Budokwai Taekwondo in Turku. When I have some spare time I like to take different dance and martial art classes. So far I have tried different martial arts like Yi quan, Tai Chi, Qi gong, Escrima, Thaiboxing, Capoeira, Karate, Krav maga, and of course Taekwondo. Different dance arts such jazz dance, salsa, reggaeton, ballet, afro, and modern dance are near to my heart as well. I truly feel that the martial arts and dance arts are very close to each other, and that´s why Nia is so important to me.
In 2013 my goals are to become a Green belt in Tae kwon do and to become a licensed Zumba instructor with teacher Steve Boedt. I will also be adding a Nia class in Stockholm in March, and hopefully having more Nia classes together with Angela D´Orazio in Stockholm city.
Where and with whom do you take Nia classes and/or trainings?
I teach Nia in Turku, Finland 3-5x per week. In the spring of 2013 I will also have a Nia class in Stockholm, Sweden.
What is one thing most people don't know about Nia?
Nia works! It is a powerful and effective exercise program. I receive feedback about this often and find my students are often surprised by what a great workout it is.
What tip can you give someone who is considering trying Nia for the first time?
Take at least 5 classes to really understand what Nia ia all about.
What are your future goals?
To share the joy of Nia with more people in Finland and Sweden!