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Experience Nia: Sounding

Heidi Koenigsmann, a Zumba teacher, explains her profound experience at Nia's 52 moves class during the Sounding portion of the class....

Penny Adams

Nia Teacher Shines with Prosthetic Leg and Finds New Meaning to Health and Fitness

I grew up in a large family in the beautiful city of Nelson, New Zealand. When I was born, the lower part of my left leg had not developed correctly. By 10 months old I was wearing an artificial leg. ...

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Looking Good Never Felt Better

It’s written all over their faces. Watch how the new Nia Brown Belts shine as they tell us about their recent training. One thing is obvious, Nia is guaranteed to make you smile wider, have...

Moving to Heal

Moving to Heal

"My belief is in the blood and flesh as being wiser than the intellect. The body-unconscious is where life bubbles up in us. It is how we know that we are alive, alive to the depths of our souls ...

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30 Years: Changing Lives

In this inspiring video founder Debbie Rosas and President Jeff Stewart share their thanks in celebrating Nia’s 30th anniversary. It includes a touching story from a Nia instructor who resolved ...

Celebrate 30 Years

Turning 30 Never Felt So Good!

Thank you to the heroes who have carried the voice of Nia into her 30th year. Let’s celebrate! Let’s shimmy, shake, step, sink and rise. Let’s kick, push and pull, and sing the p...

Book Recommendations

2 Favorite Books

Aikido Basics Prior to inventing the Nia Technique, I practiced Tae Kwon Do which teaches you to resist forces. Aikido is very different. Aikido is about grace, grounding, relaxing, awareness, cen...

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Barefootin’: An Essential Element for Health and Healing

Think about this: your foot is a masterful network of 35 joints and 28 bones held together by 120 ligaments and activated by at least 20 muscles. Over 7,000 nerve endings in each foot are constantly s...

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NiaSounds

Jeff Stewart, President of Nia, tells us about the uniqueness of NiaSounds and how important the music is for each routine. He also tells us how he wrote a personal letter to Moby, which launched Nia...

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Nia has Profound Affect on Alzheimer Patients and Healing Populations

I was exposed to Nia in 1988 in Syracuse, NY through Dani Riposo. She had just attended the IDEA fitness conference where Debbie and Carlos had presented Nia for the first time. It was at the peak of ...

Kathy Wolstenholme

Movement that Touches the World

Many years ago Kathy Wolstenholme sat with Carlos and I in Portland, Oregon asking to become a Nia trainer. She wanted to take Nia to Cape Town, South Africa. This was a place so far away from my real...

Top 10 NiaSounds CDs - Summer 2013

Current Top Ten NiaSounds

One of the most compelling elements of all Nia workouts are their soundtracks. Here is a list of the top ten NiaSounds that trainers around the world love the most. R1: takes you on a journey ...

Awareness of Forearm Bones - Sensing Spiraling

Awareness of Forearm Bones - Sensing Spiraling

By design the forearm bones spiral over each other. One forearm bone, the ulna, lies on the little finger side of your forearm. The second forearm bone, and the smaller of the two forearm bones, is th...

Vibe - The Class Experience DVD + CD

THE NIA TECHNIQUE ANNOUNCES NEW “VIBE” WORKOUT DVD

FEATURING WELL-KNOWN MUSIC ARTISTS. “Vibe” is a brand new DVD and workout released by the Oregon-Based Nia Technique, Inc. Starring founder Debbie Roasas, The DVD features tracks by Mo...

Celebrate 30 Years

You’re Invited To Our 30th Anniversary Celebration!

Free Classes All Day! Flash Mob! And Birthday Party! Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 27th as we celebrate our 30th birthday at StudioNia in downtown Portland, Oregon. The festivities kick ...

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Share Your Stories With Video: Toast and Roast Us!

Remember Us in Spandex 30 years ago? Do you have a funny story that happened to you at Nia? Perhaps you had a profound moment while you were dancing? We are putting together a video compil...

Nia Goddess

The Voice of Nia

My name is Nia. For thousands of generations I have been circulating consciousness and love throughout the world. I am coded to be of service to people, plants, animals, the mountains, winds, r...

Awareness of Elbow - Sensing Precision

Awareness of Elbow - Sensing Precision

Mastering the Sensation of Moving the Elbow Joint This month we’re exploring the elbow joint, a shallow hinge joint formed by your upper arm bone; the humerus and your two forearm bones; the...

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National Dance Week Nia Flash Mob

What better way to Celebrate Nia’s 30th Anniversary and National Dance Week than with a Dance in the Park? On Saturday, April 27th, park goers at Portland’s, Director’s Park wer...

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Experience the Magic of Nia Dance As you Celebrate National Dance Week

Restore, revitalize and invigorate your senses through Music, Movement and Self-Expression. Nia is the dance of Body, Mind and Spirit. The perfect blend of Form and Freedom. Join us for a special Nia...

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Loss Within Our Community – Celebrating the Life of Haviva (Vivi) Kraft

I remember taking a bath one night and bursting out in tears. I became aware of the many people I am privileged to know, and the number of deaths I will be a part of. I cried from the depth of my bein...

Debbie Rosas Inspiring Women Summit 2013

Change Your Life, Change the World; Join Debbie for the 4th Annual Inspiring Women Summit

Get inspired to Wake Up, Step Up, reclaim your Feminine Essence and offer it back into the world in a much bigger way. Do you feel change and growth coming? Are you looking for the inspiration to ...

Vickie Saito

Update on Nia's Support for Architecture For Humanity

Vickie Saito is a Nia Black Belt Teacher and White Belt Trainer. With over 22 years experience in the movement arts, Vickie brings somatic skill and playful self-discovery to each Nia experience. She ...

Rockets Game Flash Mob - One Billion Rising

Dreams Come True! Rockets Game Flash Mob

The following post was written by Helen Terry, international Nia Black Belt Teacher and Trainer. Recognized by Origins Magazine as a "Top Inspirer in Texas", Helen is multi-talented wit...

Sophie Marsh

The Power of Love - One Billion Rising

The following post was written by Sophie Marsh, Nia Black Belt Teacher and White Belt Trainer. Sophie thrives on sharing her contagious passion for Nia, inspiring people to live their authentic j...

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Get In Your Body!

Celebrate Nia's 30th Anniversary With Us This year is dedicated to doing what Nia does best: Getting people in their body. Whether you're a parent, lawyer, school teacher, waitress, web gu...

International Women's Day

Celebrating International Women's Day

Join Nia teachers worldwide on Friday, March 8th for a global celebration of International Women's Day. Fifty-five classes will be held in twenty-three countries including Scotland, France, I...

Nia 2012 Awards

Nia Teacher, Trainer, & Sacred Athlete of the Year

Every year we honor key individuals across the global Nia community who exemplify what it means to embody and share Nia as a fitness, wellness, and lifestyle practice. We're excited to announce th...

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Nia Graduates 40 New White Belt Trainers!

We're overjoyed to announce that we've added 40 new White Belt Trainers to the Nia Training Faculty!  On January 31st, 2013, the Nia Training Faculty grew from 13 to 53 trainers worldwid...

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One Billion Rising with Debbie Rosas

This Valentine's Day, join Debbie Rosas and Nia teachers worldwide to awaken the new feminine spirit in alliance with OneBillionRising.org In collaboration with women and men around the world, we ...

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Awakening the New Feminine Spirit - One Billion Rising Master Class at StudioNia

This Valentine's Day, join Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas and Nia teachers worldwide to awaken the new feminine spirit in alliance with One Billion Rising. In collaboration with women and m...

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Let's Move - A Nia Promo Video from Ann Christiansen

Check out the latest promotional video from European Nia Trainer Ann Christiansen! This video features Ann and Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas presenting a Nia 52 Moves training in Hamburg, Germany. The ...

Annette Girps

Celebrating Spektrum Studio + Annette Girps

Germany's newest Nia-centered fitness studio is up and running, and we'd like to celebrate it! On October 1st, Nia Black Belt teacher Annette Girps launched Spektrum Studio in Friedlingen, Ger...

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Nia in new book - Licking the Spoon!

Nia is really hitting the big time these days. It’s even featured in a book released this month titled, “Licking the Spoon,” written by Nia devotee Candace Walsh. Here’s the b...

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Give the Gift of Nia

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, at NiaNow.com, it’s not only easy, it’s always the most thoughtful thing you can do for the people you love. The choices are ...

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Honoring the Passing of Nia Teacher Lisa Geddings

“No matter what may be happening in my life, or in the world around me, I always choose to look for the promise, the hope, the bright, the beautiful, and the good. And because I look . . . I fin...

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Nia Sweeps the Natty Awards!

The results are in! Nia is a winner in three categories for the 2012 Natural Choice Awards. Sponsored by Natural Awakenings magazine, the Natty Awards are based on popular vote from the Portland-...

Passion - The Class Experience Workout DVD

New Nia Workout Released! Passion DVD

That's right! Nia has released a new public workout, just in time for the holidays. The Nia Passion workout DVD is known for its dynamic mix of music, which inspires you to express yourself throu...

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David Scott - The New Rules of Marketing and PR

From the publisher: For marketers, The New Rules of Marketing and PR shows you how to leverage the potential that Web-based communication offers your business. Finally, you can speak directly to c...

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Joanna Runciman - The Radiant Woman's Handbook

From the publisher: A radiant woman is peaceful, flexible and happy. To enjoy radiant skin and love your body discover why sleep, skin care and loving your food matters. Learn how to simplify your...

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Barry Moltz - Small Town Rules

From the publisher: Technology and economics are transforming business in a completely unexpected way: suddenly, even the largest companies must compete as if they were small, local businesses. Su...

Gabrielle Roth

Honoring the Passing of Gabrielle Roth

Yesterday October 22nd 2012; The world, our world, lost a gifted teacher, sage, guide, teacher, and master of the art of living and moving in the body. Gabrielle Roth was a woman of great vision who c...

The Bodys Way

Celebrate The Body's Way Training

Register now for only $500, a $395 savings!* February 1 - 3, 2013 | StudioNia, Portland, OR Learn about the function, design and wisdom of your body in Nia's newest training, The Body'...

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You Shared, Nia Listened!

$100 off Any Nia training* Dear Dedicated Nia Dancers, We understand making the trip to Nia's International Headquarters in Portland, OR is not possible for everybody. That's why we'r...

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Watch "Nia - Don't Stop Dancing!"

Check out the new Nia Technique informative video, "Nia - Don't Stop Dancing!".   Nia Founder and Co-Creator, Debbie Rosas, provides insights into Nia as a practice, the history a...

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When the Body and Spirit Rejoice

The following post is written by Jodie Allenson, who is a White Belt Nia teacher based in Noblesville, Indiana. For centuries, many have realized that the mind/body/spirit connection, the relationshi...

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Rhythmwood: A 10-Year Vision

The following post is written by Nia Trainer Martha Randall, who is based in Toronto, Canada. "Take me to the places on the earth that teach you how to dance, the places where you can risk ...

Don Campbell

Honoring Don Campbell

Dear Nia Community, It is with deep sadness in my heart that I share the news that a dear mentor, Don Campbell, has passed away. As one of the leaders in health and wellness who taught us all the pow...

Allison-Rivers

An Interview with Allison Rivers Samson

The following interview features Allison Rivers Samson, who is a Brown Belt certified Nia teacher and the creator of Allison's Gourmet. What is your background? I live with my husband, David,...

Erika-Ruber

A Powerful Act: The Integration of Nia and Therapy

The following post is written by Erika Ruber, who is a Black Belt certified Nia teacher and LCSW in Portland, Oregon. Today I experienced a beautiful culmination of my paths as Nia teacher and psycho...