Nia White Belt Training
June 20, 2015 NiaStudio in Portland, Oregon, US
About the Nia White Belt
The Nia White Belt Training is the first level of a five-belt training series that presents a body-centered approach to health, wellness and fitness. If you have a desire to share Nia in a professional capacity, the White Belt Training is your entryway into teaching. Those who choose to pursue the path of personal enrichment use this training as a starting point for becoming a master student.
Over the course of one week, you will comprehensively explore physical sensation through five core-competency areas of study including movement, music, anatomy, science and philosophy. This joyful journey into the self is instrumental in helping you develop body knowing by learning to listen, interpret and consciously respond to the information your body communicates to you via sensation. Enroll in an upcoming training today, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live.
Upon graduation, you are eligible to become a livelihood member. As a livelihood member, you obtain a teaching license (whether you decide to use it or not) and have exclusive access to an in-depth continuing education program, an online forum, and special benefits and privileges. You may enroll in the Green Belt Training - which is dedicated to the craft of teaching - at any time after completing your White Belt Training. You may also enroll in the next level of training, Blue Belt Training.
Meet the Trainers
"Nia inspires me to continue on a personal journey of self-discovery, self actualization and healing. For me, learning is one of the most exciting journeys and being in a body is one of the most poetic and romantic experiences. I thrive on educating, motivating and inspiring people to fall in love with themselves and their bodies. To me, life is my art and my body is the canvas." – Debbie Rosas
Debbie Rosas has been a pioneer and leader in the body-mind fitness industry since 1976. She has dedicated life to self-healing and self-mastery. Her extensive exploration of dance, martial arts, graphic arts, music, therapy and healing inspired and developed into the creation of the internationally acclaimed body-mind fitness program and lifestyle company, Nia Technique, Inc. Debbie’s work also includes the writing and production of Nia® educational materials and lifestyle products, such as music CDs, DVDs and the NiaWear™ clothing line. Together with creative partner Carlos Rosas, Debbie has co-authored two books: Non-Impact Aerobics and The Nia Technique™, as well as the “Holistic Fitness” section of the AFAA Instructor Training Manual.
Nia brings concepts and forms from eastern and western practices into mainstream fitness classes and has been instrumental in the evolution of the fitness industry. As of August 2013, Nia Technique, Inc. is a thriving business supporting approximately 2,200 Licensed Nia Teachers across 40 countries.
In constant exploration of Nia's philosophy, The Body’s Way, Debbie continues to develop educational curriculum to facilitate optimal health and wellbeing. In addition to the Nia body of work, she has played a key role in developing programs for doctors at The Naturopathic School of Medicine, Shriner’s Hospital’s women and teen departments and the arthritis and autism departments at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Adored by the press, Debbie and Nia have been featured in over 850 publications and numerous television shows worldwide. Debbie served on the Mind•Body Committee for the IDEA Health and Fitness Association and has presented at IDEA World and Inner IDEA Fitness Conventions, IRSA, The Northwest Fitness Summit, The National Wellness Conference, Whole Life Expo, International Spa and Fitness Association, Science and Consciousness Convention, Sound Healers Convention, Mind Body Convention, OHSU, Fireman’s Fund and at Lucas Films.
Debbie currently travels worldwide, offering workshops, Master Classes, Nia Training, and Licensing to communities across the globe, stopping regularly to teach and train in Portland, Oregon, home of StudioNia and Nia International Headquarters.
Holly Nastasi, MEd, Nia Training Faculty, Ist Generation Trainer.
I loved to move from an early age. I spent hours enthralled with records and never missed a chance to get up and dance. That love led me to the formal study of dance at UT Austin when I was 18. An intense exposure to Jazz, Ballet and Modern dance during that time taught me the art of movement. After two years, my life took a turn as I focused my attention on building a family. However, it wasn’t long before I was dancing again, this time as an aerobics instructor teaching Jane Fonda-style aerobics.
This began my fitness career in 1982. I succeeded and pursued my credentials in the field, ultimately earning a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a Master’s degree in Health Education from UT Austin. My studies included anatomy, biology, biomechanics, human physiology, as well as human behavior and the idea of wellness. I was introduced to Nia in 1993 at a Health Promotion Conference I attended as part of my studies. Deborah Kern, now Nia Black Belt, was presenting on “The Motion in Emotion”. Just returned from her White Belt, Deborah was beaming with eagerness to share about Nia. Her talk changed my life forever.
Shortly after I was in my own White Belt with Debbie and Carlos, beginning my transformation. My early passion for dance and my dedication to exercise had been met with Nia. I began teaching two weeks after my White Belt and have never looked back. Nearly twenty years on, I am committed to sharing Nia with the same eagerness I heard from Deborah at that conference years ago.
As a Nia teacher, I love sharing the pleasure of movement with students and I recognize the value of my role as guide in their experience. The principles of Nia, through all the Belts, guide me on my path as a teacher and in life. I’ve taught thousands of Nia classes and love it more each time. This love has led me to open numerous studios, including NiaSpace in Austin, Texas, as well as ZiaNia, Studio Mateo, and StudioNia Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I’m grateful to have worked with so many talented Nia teachers and students along the way. Currently, I am helping build StudioNia Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska. We have a small team of teachers and White Belts that will only grow.
It has been a privilege to share the Nia White Belt Training with so many since I began as a Trainer in 1998. I feel blessed to know the work of Nia, and to have teachers like Debbie and Carlos. Nia has shaped my life and filled me with purpose by being a tool to live into my greatness. I’m especially honored to be part of the Nia Training Faculty and to be able to count as my colleagues and friends so many wonderful people. We touch the world in a special way!
Notes About this Training
Start: Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 4:00 pm
End: Friday, June 26, 2015 - 4:00 pm
Graduation Celebration Friday evening. 7:00pm - 9:00pm (Optional)
We want to thank you for training at StudioNia with Debbie Rosas. Debbie invites you to join her in a beautiful, graduation celebration honoring YOU and your training week. Dress up and be ready for lots of laughter and FUN!!! Prosecco, sparkling water and hors d'oeuvres will be served. CELEBRATE with Debbie!!!
Note: 15 AFAA continuing education credits available with this certification.