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Janet Kaufman

Janet Kaufman

  • janetrkaufman@gmail.com
  • (510) 853-9144

My Credentials

  • B.S. Psychology

Janet Kaufman

Nia Black Belt Teacher
Moraga, California, United States

Nia was an unknown to me… I spent years in regimented fitness, running, weight lifting and doing high impact aerobics.  I was often injured, my muscles were overly tight, and my posture did not reflect good health.  Once I experienced the healing benefits and pleasure of Nia, I wanted to soak up as much education as possible.  I enrolled in the Nia Intensive at the Nia International Headquarters in Portland, Oregon.  The transition from student to teacher didn’t happen quickly.  I floundered for a while learning a routine, became frustrated, and shelved the idea of teaching for 2 years until in 2005, Debbie and Carlos Rosas, the co-creators of the Nia Technique, came to the Bay Area.  I took three days in a row of their classes in packed rooms filled with energetic and enthusiastic Nia  “groupies”. The weekend reignited my passion and my desire to teach. Just days after my epiphany, I received a call from the owner of a new wellness center looking for a Nia teacher.  I quickly learned the choreography to a song, auditioned a few days later, and was hired on the spot. Ten years later, I’ve expanded my teaching to gyms, studios and recreation centers, and returned to Portland many times for the Belt Intensives and workshops. Nia is the perfect compliment to my other job as a studio jeweler, where I am relatively sedentary and have little contact with the outside world. Teaching Nia allows me to see people at their best, smiling with joy, expressing creativity through free dance, healing injuries, overcoming fears, but most of all delighting in the sheer pleasure of movement. I get paid for having this much fun?

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My Locations

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Forma Gym
1908 Olympic Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA, US
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Oakwood Athletic Club
4000 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549, USA
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Orinda Community Center
28 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA, US
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Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park
233 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA, United States
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My Nia Classes

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Monday 9:30am - 10:25am Orinda Community Center
28 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA, US
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Tuesday 11:20am - 12:15pm Oakwood Athletic Club
4000 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549, USA
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Tuesday 5:45pm - 6:40pm Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park
233 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA, United States
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Friday 7:00pm - 8:30pm Forma Gym
1908 Olympic Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA, US
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Friday 9:30am - 10:30am Orinda Community Center
28 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA, US
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Sunday 9:00am - 9:55am Forma Gym
1908 Olympic Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA, US
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