Nia | A sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness

10 Kata Steps to Gain Personal Power

Every part of your life can become a rich canvas for developing personal growth and lifestyle change. Each day, we are presented with very unique opportunities to engage in our own personal growth and...

The Body Electric

Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul - Plato My relationship with music has always been a whole, physical, and energy body experience. It began in sixth grade playing ...

Lighting the Way Through Change

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. ~ C.S. Lewis Letting go of past history promotes spiritual, professio...

The Sacred Dance of Nia Sounding

Nothing brings us closer to the sensation of sacred than making sound, toning, and singing to the universe. “Sounding” is Nia’s approach to using the voice for fitness, well-bei...

Sensing Your Strength

Strength in your muscles is sensed as energy moving inward. It is the physical feeling of containing and sustaining power. Strength is nurtured by opening and closing joints, and by balancing the acti...

A Three Step Sensory Kata

Moving energy is one of the best things you can do for your body. Use this sensitizing Kata to stimulate your body and its energy. The benefit of adding all of these three elements into your life is t...

Love Is All You Need!

In Nia, we approach movement with love. It is by connecting to love and by directing our choices with love that we grow easily and effortlessly. Guided from an internal place, love becomes the only ch...

Smell The Moment!

Without breath we die. Breath is our universal connection to everything. We breathe all the time, but not always efficiently. Breathing can be simplified into two actions, inhaling and exhaling. To br...

Creating Sustainability In Your Body

For greater staying power and muscle balance, work with dynamic ease. Use only the necessary amount of physical effort needed to move and sense dynamic relaxation, so you don’t overuse or build up t...

The Sum is Greater than the Parts

There is an existence of collective intelligence among groups of people who cooperate well that extends beyond the cognitive abilities of the group's individual members. The tendency to cooperate ...

The Difference Is Nia

A woman stands in front of me telling me, “Nia has changed my life.” A man writes to us that, “Nia saved my marriage.” A divorcee says, “Nia made it possible for me to survive.” And a rec...

Are You Listening?

Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis said, “Listening, is nothing less than our ‘royal route’ to the Divine.” He believed a hidden but primary function of the human ear is to charge the brain with electrica...

The Power of "IT"

If I’ve learned anything from all my years teaching Nia, it’s the power of “IT”. The “IT” is the thing that deeply ties you to wanting, to what you love, desire, an...

Radio New Zealand Interview with Debbie Rosas - Healing The World One Body At A Time

Listen to Debbie's interview with Radio New Zealand. Debbie discusses the history of Nia, and talks about her 6-week Nia tour in New Zealand and Australia.  Radio New Zealand Interview Des...

Pulse Sensation

There’s no question, the Body’s Way, which is Nia’s way is what keeps the work of Nia and Nia teaching on the right track. Squeeze-release is part of what we call Nia language. The main idea wit...

Health : The Science of Floating

As a child growing up in a time when free love and mind-body-spirit were emerging, floating was something we did in Marin County, California. I am reminded of my first experience in salt water-filled ...

Stay Healthy with the Change of Seasons

The holiday season always seems to come too soon! Staying in the flow helps me stay healthy and well during the hustle and bustle, connecting to the sensation of fluidity as I move, think and manage e...

Confessions of a Nia Teacher

For some time, I could only recall one long period of time in my adult life when I saw myself as beautiful. It was when I was expecting my first son. I was invincible and everything was possible. I di...

Born to Move

I was born to move! In fact, I have been moving my whole life. I had no idea my worlds as an athlete and fitness guru would one day collide and synchronistically click with my life as a mind-body psyc...

Everyone Needs Moving to Heal: A letter from Debbie

Portland, Oregon, is fully into the swing of fall. The sunny, cool days help me appreciate the transition into a new weather season and a new season of projects. I love diving into new projects. I&rsq...

Movement is Medicine: Nia presents at the World Parkinson Congress

Last week, Caroline Kohles and I attended the 4th Annual World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon.  Caroline has been teaching Nia for Parkinson’s Disease (PD) at the Jewish Communit...

Nia Dances Into Bulgaria

In 2014, when I went on maternity leave with my son, my husband (who is Bulgarian) and I moved to Sofia, Bulgaria. Being a full-time mom brought new challenges to my life, specifically in how to keep ...

How One Teacher Uses Nia in the Classroom

As I busily sharpen pencils, label notebooks and individually reflect on the names of my students in third grade, a sense of awe descends. These families are entrusting their most precious gifts into ...

Stepping Into Beginner's Mind

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” Shunryū Suzuki As I lay flat on my back and relax into NiaStudio’s wooden f...

Behind the Scenes with Ann Christiansen

We all have those days when getting out of the house is a struggle and making it to a Nia class seems out of the question. Perhaps we have a young child at home or an aging family member we have to ta...

From Little Things Big Things Grow

Communities thrive when they share a common purpose and sense to connect and contribute. In the words of iconic Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly, “from little things big things grow.&rdq...

Nia Newbie

Recently, I took my first Nia class. Nia is an exhilarating, body/mind practice based with the philosophy that exercise should feel good, and movement can optimize health and promote well-being. The...

Choosing Love: Creating a Strong Nia Community

There have been many bumps along the road in creating my Sacred Livelihood over the last 10 years, but I’ve managed because of my Nia community. They have been the wind beneath my wings, full of...

Awareness Rising

Have you ever had a moment in your life when you realized how unhappy and out of touch you are with not only yourself, but with your actual body? I was fortunate enough to have this “ah-ha&rdquo...

Reflecting on the White Belt

It is the weekend after the White Belt training that I co-facilitated with Laurie Bass in Portland, Oregon. The weekend after any training is my time to sit, feel, sense and recapitulate the past week...

Discovering Me

A Poem by Julie "Jewels" Smoot "My past does not define who I am What has happened in my past does Not define me. It has made me who I am today And leads me on a path to become...

FloorPlay Training Debuts in Germany!

By: Debbie Rosas Last week I completed the first two-day FloorPlay Training in Hamburg, Germany, with 40+ Nia teachers who were hungry for knowledge! Ann Christiansen co-trained with me and it was ...

A Veteran Finds Vitality In Nia

I have been challenged by physical and psychological issues directly connected to my service in Vietnam. My first tour 1965-1966 began when I was 17 years old with the United States Marine Corp (USMC)...

Blue Skies, Blue Belt

When is it time to take the next step? During the fall season of my 57th birthday I had been listening and dancing to the Nia routine, “Soul.” The long blond braids of its creator,...

How Nia Is Improving My Life...

On an emotional level... Nia is helping me to let go, to express my emotions, to release my anger and my nervosity and to soften my emotions. Nia is helping me to find peace within and a relaxed st...

Keeping Our Mothers' Stories Alive

Several years ago my mother gave me a gift, her diary. Curled up in a chair, Earl Grey tea (my favorite) in hand, I read it from front to back. Her gift to me was a story, and it changed my relationsh...

My Moving To Heal Experience

Moving To Heal was an exceptionally positive experience for me. I have been struggling with a left-arm injury, now diagnosed as a rotator cuff injury. I had breast cancer the year prior and had und...

Eat, Dance, Shine

Ever since I studied Biology in High School I have been fascinated with the human body and how to stay healthy. This led me to my first degree in Physiology and Biochemistry, and then on to a M.Sc in ...

The Joy of Tweeting

When I first joined Twitter in 2009,  I had NO CLUE what it was or how to use it.  It seemed like a confusing and disconnected space. Back then, there was no pleasure,  only&nbs...

How My Purpose Helps Me Manifest

pur·pose noun : the reason why something is done or used : the aim or intention of something : the feeling of being determined to do or achieve something : the aim or goal of a person : wha...

Love Your Body, Love Your Life

“Love Your Body, Love Your Life” is one of Nia’s mottos. Nia as a lifestyle practice is a way for me to move through life, choosing wellbeing in body, mind and spirit. As I continue ...

Nia Brand Book is Here!

We are excited to bring you the Nia Brand Book! This presents the purpose, philosophy and meaning that drives the Nia brand and Nia programs, services and products. Although our brand, philoso...

Getting Fit With Nia

Do you ever struggle to explain ALL of the physical benefits of Nia? Unique to each individual is the Nia class experience, and putting to words WHY our bodies feel so good, can be difficult...

Womanhood Wisdom

By: Debbie Rosas, Nia Co-Founder To me the wisdom and gifts associated with being a woman are a constant process of trial, error, and forgiveness. I had to learn to embrace my own femininity, not j...

The Healing Power of Nia

I am a Navy Veteran, Women’s Veteran Advocate, photographer and author that has been on a healing journey for a long time. I have tried many different ways to heal Post-Traumatic Stress. Earlier...

Choosing Exercise to Better Your Brain Health

Exercise is widely accepted as an activity to control weight, fight disease, improve mood, and boost energy, but what exercise is best for your brain? Two new studies look at different types of exerci...

The Path of Least Resistance

The mind plays an important role in everything we do. The mind can help or hinder us. It can distract you, take you out of an experience or be used to take you more deeply into your body. In Nia we te...

Nia and Medicine: A Harmonious Blend

By: Skye O'Neil PA-C As a Physician Assistant with extensive training and experience in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, I am invited each year to join a group of Palliative Care Clinicians in ...

Nia Trainers Share the Joy!

By: Nia Co-Founder, Debbie Rosas What a great way to step into 2016! Last week the Nia Training Faculty came together for their very first Trainer’s Summit. What is a Trainer’s Summit? ...

Accepting an Uninvited Guest in My Body: Parkinson's

By: Shannon McGuire I have lived with Parkinson’s Disease for over 10 years, yet I am living proof that there are multiple benefits from dancing for those suffering from neurodegenerative dis...