Ethics | Nia Menu


The Nia Technique Training Faculty is a professional organization that is united by all its members aligning to a common vision and set of ethical guidelines for the delivery of Nia intensives, classes, workshops and other outlets for sharing Nia education. In many ways, these ethical guidelines are inspired by and intertwine with the Nia Technique’s philosophy of The Body’s Way.

By agreeing to work and play together in this supportive atmosphere, our community grows in a harmonious and cooperative way. The individual behavior of each trainer and teaching member of the community helps to create the peaceful manifestation of the vision of the Nia Technique. Overall, the Nia trainer and Nia teacher are dedicated to holistic health and well-being of their individual body and of the bodies of their students and community members.

The depth of our commitment to this philosophy is illustrated by the fact that most differences within our community are viewed as vehicles for increasing the appreciation of diversity within our community, while upholding the clear vision of Nia Technique Founder and Co-Creator Debbie Rosas. Rarely do disagreements within the teaching community require any sort of intervention, but our ethical guidelines and grievance procedures provide a framework for dealing with any ethical issues that may not be immediately resolved.

Nia's Ethical Guidelines

Nia professionals and practitioners are health educators modeling holistic lifestyles. We recognize that we live in a web of interdependence with all life; individual human health is fundamentally connected to the health of our communities and environment. Who we are and how we interact with all those around us matters. We are committed to the path of self-knowledge as sensation scientists, in order to artistically cultivate personal mastery and live sacred livelihoods. We are healers and educators supporting our students and all those with whom we interact to experience health and wellness.

Nia's ethical principles support and work in tandem with the Energy Allies and honest communication. Like the allies, principles are not rigid rules; principles act as a northern star, giving us guidance on our voyage across the sea of unique circumstances. These principles serve to create a container for our community and to establish shared values to give us clarity, especially in difficult times. They help us understand how, as Nia practitioners, we bring about healing through our personal actions in the world.

The following concepts play a key role in shaping how we act and maintaining alignment:

Use your Energy Allies.
The energy allies help us create optimal learning environments.

Speak with impeccability.
Speak from the first-person perspective, and use the word "I."

Don't assume anything.
Do not entertain an internal dialogue that tells stories about others or yourself.

Don't take anything personally.
Don't fall prey to self-importance or self-pity.

Always do your best.
Give what you can, in the moment, to the best of your ability.

Communicate that Nia is for everybody.
We welcome and will support all students, regardless of their gender, age, race, ability, disability, religion, class, creed, nationality, cultural background and/or sexual preference.

Be a Sacred Athlete.
Play the game of life with impeccable regard for your physical appearance, actions, words and thoughts. Honor and love yourself as a sacred being. Honor and love all others as sacred beings. Stay centered in your sacred self and you will connect more powerfully to your inner greatness and the inner greatness of all those who surround you.

Seek personal mastery.
Practice self-inquiry and mindfulness through Nia to continually enhance who you are and who you will become. Stay on your own path of self-healing by uniquely (spirit) sensing (body) and expressing (emotion) a willingness and curiosity for life-long learning (mind).

Create a Sacred Livelihood.
Consciously choose to pursue your personal, higher purpose. Recognize that all beings have the right to a sacred livelihood, and act in accordance with that recognition through all your actions, words and thoughts. Model loving kindness to others, without blocking, obstructing or diminishing the flow of nature, compassion, mercy and gentleness.

Conduct and express yourself in a genuine manner that reflects your love, respect, and wonder for the science, craft and art of Nia. This expression comes naturally out of your practice. Using your body, mind, emotions and spirit, show your enthusiastic love for sharing Nia.

Listen to your students, peers and teachers as you would listen to the primordial energies of RAW, silence and sound.

Maintain "Beginner’s Mind."
As a teacher you are always learning about yourself; share this with students so that they can relate to you as a student and teacher. Celebrate the beginner--the embryo. This is the place of greatest potential; it is the place where we remain the most vulnerable and the most open to transformation.
We want to take every Heel Lead as if it is the first one of our life, connecting deeply to the intimacy of our greatness and living into our potentiality horizon. We are not here to be experts in Nia, rather, we are here to learn about our bodies, self-heal, heal others and facilitate transformation by creating sacred livelihoods.

Return to center.
All realms (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) have a center. Every cell in your body has a center. Learning how to return to your center is the high art of the Master; it is a discipline that helps maintain the sensation of dynamic equilibrium in the body.

Every time we return to center in any realm, we make ourselves stronger. Having a willingness to take risks, to lose balance, and to make mistakes, is important. This is about having the willingness to "suck" or become vulnerable to others by revealing who we are in every moment. We never want to perform sub-optimally, but sometimes risk-taking requires that we make mistakes. At the same time, we want to use these instances to generate an ability to return to center as fast as possible, in any and all of our realms. As the sage said, “Fall down seven times–stand up eight.”

Activate your Conscious Personal Trainer (CPT).
Develop the skill to assess yourself truthfully using the Nia 5 Stages of Self-Healing (embryonic, creeping, crawling, standing and walking). Being "embryonic" in anything is never an indicator of our worth or value. At the same time, we want to exude confidence.

Comparisons to others are useless; stay strong with the Energy Ally of "Not Taking Things Personally." To this end, we work with our Conscious Personal Trainer to remove self doubt. Don’t put yourself down, but objectively show your physical limitations and the limits to your knowledge. When you don’t know the answer to a question, say, “I don’t know.” Be willing to do research and to bring an answer back to the student as soon as possible. Your honesty and diligence will earn respect from students and peers.

Stay body-centered and receive generative feedback.
Feedback is an amazing tool for learning. When feedback helps a person learn, it is generative and increases self-knowing. Stay connected to sensation in your body. Know that all Nia teachers are inspired to live into their greatness and are committed to creating a Sacred Livelihood. Offer feedback as a gift that will optimize each person’s personal journey.

Maintain relationship alignment.
Relate to one another with unconditional love and integrity, without selfishness or being manipulative. Restrain from misconduct (sexual or other types including pre-verbal gesturing, spoken misconduct, or inappropriate body language) and maintain harmonious relationships with all students, peers and teachers. Strive for impeccable communication while being mindful of agreements made with others.

Model intellectual humility.
Practice upholding the strengths and weaknesses of your thinking with equal vigor. Be modest when showing or describing your talents and experiences. If you attempt to impress the students, you are more likely to create discord and a lack of rapport with them.
Truthfully and accurately represent your teaching experience and training in all self-promotions.

Practice truthfulness.
Be genuine and authentic to your inner nature, have integrity, be honorable, do not lie, do not conceal the truth, do not downplay or exaggerate. Always, when asked, tell the truth.

Practice non-stealing.
Do not take what is not yours—money, goods or credit. Allow people to have their own experiences and freedom. Practice a non-desire for the possessions, qualities or statuses of others.

Practice non-attachment.
Practice non-grasping, non-possessiveness, non-covetousness, and non-attachment to possessions.

The Nia Technique Ethical Grievance Procedure and Guidelines

Download now.