Nia Testimonial: Sandra Fontana, Nia Teacher
Licensed in Esthetics
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
After being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness in 2004, I changed careers – leaving the demanding world of retail to become a Nia teacher. I was seeking to restore balance to an overly stressful work-focused lifestyle, and tried Nia at a therapist’s suggestion. I knew immediately that Nia was for me. It was then that I experienced the total freedom that comes from personal expression. Now a Nia devotee, I treasure the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits that come from incorporating Nia into my daily life, one of which has been the gift of remission from Lymphoma.
As a Nia White Belt teacher who has personally trained with Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas, I concentrate on increasing self-awareness and promoting healing by encouraging self-expression and self-discovery through the integration of body-mind-spirit. I love how Nia choreography is simple, allows for interpretation and freedom of expression, and requires no experience whatsoever. My philosophy is that fitness should be pleasurable and never feel like punishment. The only limitations on our life's possibilities are the ones we create.
Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?
I teach Nia as a healing modality for my body's well-being. A holistic doctor first suggested I try Nia to get the toxins out of the body after six months of Chemotherapy.
Where and with whom do you take Nia classes and/or trainings?
I teach Nia classes in Rhode Island. I took my White Belt Training with Casey Bernstein.
What is one thing most people don't know about Nia?
Many people still do not know what Nia is...
What tip can you give someone who is considering trying Nia for the first time?
If you love to dance, you will love Nia!
Is it possible to earn a living as a Nia teacher?
Yes! I've supplemented my income every month for the past six years.