This is the Nia White Belt! | The voice of a first-time student.

By Abby Thompson Music fills the beautiful Nia studio and the crowd of students bounce and sway. We readily put into practice what we have learned after a day with Nia White Belt super trainers D...

TEDWomen 2015 - Part 2 | Debbie Rosas Journal Entry

A #highfivefriday to #TEDWomen2015 as we share excerpts on two new speakers from Debbie Rosas’ TEDWomen: Momentum speaker journal. Sakena Yacoobi, has supported millions through her organization...

Where It All Began...

Going back to your roots as a company and acknowledging the community that helped build you is vital. Nia is a company with worldwide presence, and it all began in Marin County, California. Marin is w...

#LivingNia | White Belt Finland!

Dynamic trainer Ann Christiansen recently led a Nia White Belt workshop, bringing the joy and depth of Nia knowledge to Finland! Ann, shared her experience, the warm welcome she received, and why atte...

TEDWomen 2015 series! Debbie Rosas shares her Journal

Today we launch our #TEDWomen2015 series!  Debbie Rosas shares the highlights focusing on women with bold ideas who are creating movement and momentum in how we think, live and work.Walk with Deb...

Living Nia | Moving at School

For more than four years now I have been working at a private school in my hometown of Hamburg teaching Nia to over 100 kids. Dancing Nia with kids is a desire I share with many of my colleagues world...

Living Nia | Loving Your Body

Popular culture perpetuates an ideal body, encouraging self-worth built on the way we look. Nia’s vision of an ideal body comes from making choices to feel good - we call this “feel b...

An Invitation to Living Nia | You and the 52 Moves

An Invitation to Living Nia | You and the 52 MovesLiving Nia is more than the experience inside the studio. Living Nia is the wealth of knowledge and body communication that can be used in all aspects...

Manifesting Magic with Ann Christiansen In Hamburg, Germany

In Nia, we often say "Magic" - and in the course of our educational program Mystery and Magic are already introduced in the Nia White Belt, the first of Nia’s five training l...

Nia + Wanderlust

Nia + Wanderlust We love music festivals, the feel, the air, the community and the experience…Add yoga and you have Wanderlust, the popular international yoga festival filled with communit...

Nia Technique @TEDx

Nia Technique @TEDxLola Manekin, Nia Technique teacher, was born and raised in Brazil where dance is an important part of everyday life. In her May 29th Hampden Women TEDx talk  “Taking Mov...

Coming Home - from seeking to living

For more than 24 years of my life, athletics, sports and success in business represented to me pressure to perform and competition to always be the best. I used to carry this experience almost into my...

Honor Your Father- enhancing masculine energy with Nia

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 21st, a time we honor the men in our lives, fathers, brothers, husbands, boyfriends, uncles, mentors, friends, etc.   We honor the masculine spirit in...

Body Honesty - an Overdue Trend

Hip-Hip-Hooray!  Here’s to real hips, breasts, legs, and faces. And, three cheers for the women who are sharing their “real” bodies on Facebook, blogs, Tumbler, etc. Social...

(Happy) Lymph and the Brain, Scientific Breakthrough

Nia offers many health benefits for the body, mind and spirit. Most of us are familiar with the strength, flexibility, balance and cardio conditioning benefits of Nia movement.  But there’s...

The Crazy Lady That Loved Me

It was a Monday morning in March of last year. Fear and insecurity pulsed through my veins as I timidly walked into The Synergy Studio to take a Nia class from a teacher that I had never even met...

Riding the Flow of Natural Time

As the Summer Solstice approaches (June 21) it’s the perfect time to reflect on “Natural Time.”  What do we mean when we talk about Natural Time?  Natural Time is organic, ...

The Trend is Toward Inclusiveness

June is Gay Pride Month, let's celebrate and continue to inspire the trend toward inclusiveness for all! Yesterday, President Obama issued a gay pride month proclamation in which he pointed out th...

Kick Off Your Shoes and Help Someone in Need!

Who doesn’t love shoes? But, many of us have a “shoe problem”. Be honest, do you like shoes a little too much?June 1st is National Go Barefoot Day and a perfect opportunity to help s...

The Trend is using Personal Power for Peace

Everyone wants peace. We know inherently that without peace, there can be no happiness. Celebrities, famous artists, business people with immense personal power, willingly stand for peace and lend the...

Standing in Power; Yin Yang Harmony

Home  When people ask me where I live, I say Portland, Oregon, but I know that’s not the truth. I live in my body. My body is my home.When I woke up this morning, I asked my body home what ...

The Power of Desire

If you haven’t taken your Nia Brown Belt Training yet, I recommend that you do it…and as soon as you can! The whole concept of Choice and Manifestation from Principle 9 really works, and ...

Realizing My Childhood Dream

Nia came to me as a present never expected! I met Nia in 2002 in the US, in San Antonio, Texas at a Health Club while I was training for my regular triathlon. Ever since then I’ve danced Nia at ...

The Trend is the Coffee Can Revolution

“What have you come here to do with your life? You can choose to ignore that question, or you can pursue it.  And the pursuit is the beginning of the journey. The Hero’s Journey&rdquo...

Dating Magic - 5 Little Tips

May is “Date Your Mate Month.” The intention of course, is to put energy into strengthening your primary relationship. Studies show that having healthy, close relationships will increase o...

The Trend is Toward Change

Shift happens.  There's no way around it.  The universe is designed to be responsive, adaptive and constantly changing.  Our bodies are microcosms of the macrocosm.  On a cellu...

Let Go of Fear to Create the Change You Want

"I think fearless is having fears but jumping anyway." Taylor Swift  On Mother’s Day, Taylor Swift shared that her greatest fear was losing her mother, who was diagnosed with...

Mothering The Mother Within

I have learned one of the most important credos any woman can follow is to “mother the mother within”. This mothering begins by being honest with yourself, by getting to know yourself, and...

Honoring My Mother

Everything I needed to know in life about being a woman, I learned from my body and my mother. The wisdom and gifts associated with being a woman, in a woman's body has taught me to embrace life a...

Sharing A Gift Beyond Measure ~ Nia in China

In April of 2015, I had the thrill of visiting Beijing and teaching the third Nia White Belt Intensive in China. Trainees from around the world stepped-in: Spain, Venezuela, England, Holland, Finland,...

Kids Love Nia Too!

Recently, I taught 3 back to back classes at what is often considered Houston's top Montesorri School. I showed up Relaxed, Alert and Waiting(RAW), with nothing specific prepared. With 10 minutes ...

Feeling the Joy in Paris

 …We just had an incredible week with our 22 White Belt trainees in Paris, teaching in a yoga and dance studio in the artist quarter of Bastille/Marais. Kathleen even came from Sweden to b...

Today's Trend is toward (Not) Moving

“Sitting has become the new smoking.”  According to Wikipedia's "Exercise Trends" entry, there is a worldwide trend away from movement and exercise, and toward a se...

Movement is the Mother of Fitness

There are infinite ways to be a mother beyond bearing a child. Bringing forth the creative spark of love; nurturing and caring for the gift of life. This is what it means to be a mother.  Motheri...

La Dolce Vita di Nia in Italia

In 2005, I was a passionate Nia Blue Belt who was living and teaching Nia in Hamburg- Nia’s European capital. Nia was, and still is, infused in my life. I felt at the right place at the right ti...

The Trend is Redefining Beauty

"[Beauty is] …the sound of anyone singing her heart out in the shower!"  Kelly Clarkson   Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but that eye can be heavily inf...

Aging with Youthfulness

Aging is something that every “body” has to deal with. But times have changed, and the way we age has changed too. There is truth in the popular sayings about age. Age is just a number. Yo...

Today's Trend: Sustainability

Sustainable.  We hear the term on nearly a daily basis in regard to our environment, economics, politics and culture.  But, what does it mean to be sustainable?  In its broadest sense, ...

Choosing the Body's Way

I have been writing a book about the body from the moment I was conceived. I tell myself the story that this is why I was conceived, “To help people get into their body to transcend”.Most ...

Last Day

There will always be endings, which is why being in the moment is so important.Saturday was my last day of the ever so precious opportunity to be with anatomist Gil Hedley. My sadness of the last day ...

This Body Spaceship Suit

As I go deep into exploring the body through its anatomy, dissecting layer by layer, I have come to believe the body is the perfect suit, Gucci perfection. The body is the only garment designed to ada...

Earth Day~3 Everyday Ways to Honor the Earth

Imagine you are a child cradled in the womb of your loving Mother. You are loved and accepted, nourished and protected. Now, imagine that cradling support expanding out in all directions. That is how ...

Nia Jam to Benefit "Surviving in Number"

Boston is one of those places, and it is the home of many amazing Nia teachers. One in particular, Suzanne Cohen, is teaming up with Robyn Maltz, Jenny, Holly, and Leslie to host a Nia Jam for a local...

Anatomical Dissection and Social Media~Discovering Connection

Every year for the past five years I’ve given myself a gift as an act of self-love. I go to study anatomy via human dissection with the amazing anatomist Gil Hedley. Gil has changed my...

Mindful Fitness and a Cosmic Salary

Benjamin Franklin said there were only two things certain in life: death and taxes. And what do these two things have in common?  They both exist only in relation to our ...

Today's Trend: Mindfulness

When it comes to being mindful, I remember how remembering is not my skill! My skill is in allowing the master mind of the universe to talk to me-through me. It's noisy, and there's a lot to s...

Rockin' the Nia High in Colorado

"... I wanted desperately to love my body, know my body and love myself..."  In 2012, I was blessed with the opportunity to change my perception of my body, my mind, and the way I ...

No Judgement of Self, Body, Or Others

A Letter from Nia Black Belt Teacher, Lisa-Anne French  I just had to write to tell you about my class today.  I was teaching my Eating Disorders Group today.  I debuted the routine Dre...

Today's Trend: Food as Art

From an explosion of cooking shows, to gourmet cooking classes, there is a trend toward approaching food as though it is a “work of art”. This trend plays nicely into Nia’s Danc...

Living in Awareness

World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on April 7th. Awareness is something we practice during every Nia workout.  We practice awareness by tuning into the b...