Finding Positivity

Do you ever find yourself lost in a stream of judgement and criticism - negative thoughts that flood into the winding trail of our mind? Of course you have! But never fear! YOU can change the downward...

Barefoot Free: The Art of Health Through The Foot

Our feet get put through the grinder of life. We use them 24/7, whether exercising or simply walking. We easily forget how vital they are to us, and how crucial it is to sustain the health and happine...

4 Reasons To Take a Nia White Belt Training

Tap into your highest creativity and knowledge through movement! Take the Nia White Belt training and dive into an experience all about YOU and YOUR body. More than a fitness class or instructional ...

A Letter To My Body

Dear Body, You have my attention. After days of laying in my sun-heated room, fan blowing, blankets astrewn, staring at my ceiling, I want you to know I hear you. I am fatigued. I feel weird, off. ...

Music Edition! TEDWomen 2015 - Part 4 l A Debbie Rosas Journal Entry

Debbie Rosas shares the music edition of her #TEDWomen2015 journal entries, in which, she highlights three stand-out female performers including Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Somi, and Gina Loring....

3 Tips for Prioritizing Positivity

Your joy and happiness begins with a choice. Lahnna Catalino, Ph.D., recently published an article on the Berkeley website: Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, discussing the power of posi...

Finding Wholeness Through Nia

Nia teacher, Mandi Degner, knows the tiring battle against the debilitating power of physical and mental pain all too well. And now, after overcoming her personal battle with PTSD and anorexia, she is...

TEDWomen 2015 - Part 3 | A Debbie Rosas Journal Entry

Introducing two more dynamic and stand-out speakers from #TEDWomen2015! Read the next installment of Debbie Rosas’ TEDWomen journal highlighting Nancy Lublin, a creative mobilizer and founder of...

Authentic Living | I Take a Stand for CommUnity.

Nia teacher and trainer Tracy Stamper recently published her thoughts on mindful community in the Elephant Journal, a publication focused on creating the enlightened society. Tracy credits her passion...

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

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 Debbie Rosas (Nia&rsquo...

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 Moves Living 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 asp...

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...