I first heard about Nia from my massage therapist. As I visited with Sarah weekly to submit to intense sessions of deep tissue massage to relieve pain brought on by running and cycling, I was intrigued as she described Nia, a group dance class that combines elements of martial arts,... Read more
Neurologists are studying the link between mind-body practices and positive changes in mobility and
stress levels. Those suffering from Parkinson’s disease(PD) are enthusiastic about the benefits they are
experiencing from Nia practice.
Some people with PD say Nia has helped them with balance, strength, endurance, and vocalization.
Anecdotally, Lemen says, they are hearing a... Read more
Candace Walsh, a StudioNia community member who wrote this article, is also the author of Licking the Spoon: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Identity. She writes about her personal transformation through Nia in the book as well.
New Mexico is well known for outdoor sports like skiing and hiking, but... Read more
In a recent class at StudioNia Santa Fe, Nia black-belt teacher Kelle Rae Oien cues up a piece accented by cellos and flutes. As the friendly chatter in the room subsides and the notes swell to a crescendo, Mona Lisa smiles appear on the students’ lips. They take a single step forward as an... Read more
New students will have a unique opportunity to experience a Free Nia class first hand and learn more about this new and exciting practice called Nia. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with co-owners and Nia trained instructors Jenny Silverberg of Westborough and Amy Podolsky of... Read more
Who says exercise has to hurt? With Nia the phrase ‘no pain, no gain’ does not exist. Established in the 80s by Debbie Rosas, Nia is fusion fitness – a dynamic blend of the dance arts, martial arts and healing arts. It creatively integrates the mindfulness of the martial arts... Read more
As children, we had no inhibitions. Learning to crawl, climb and walk were second nature and all part of the development process. However, as soon as adolescence kicked in, so did “the fear”. Fear of our physical environment and fear of fitting in. Visiting a Nia class (Nia is a... Read more
In this cover story, Studio Gaia owner Sally Burgess talks about her studio and about Nia. "Nia is growing wildly in popularity and at this moment in time, Studio Gaia is the only place it it offered in Edwardsville and the surrounding area. Like chocolate, Nia must be experienced... Read more
This fitness round-up includes the Nia Technique, about which writer Carri Wilbanks says, "Get ready to groove with an open mind. Nia encourages students to make their own movement choices based on a provided structure. Combining concepts from yoga, tai chi and dance, this sensory-based workout will keep you moving... Read more
"Nia Fitness is a dance workout that includes both martial arts and healing arts. Jill Pagano stopped by New Day with some other Nia instructors to show what it's all about," producers of the morning television show New Day explain.
Pagano speaks eloquently about the practice and does a demonstration for... Read more
It seemed a good way to start the first work Friday of 2013 – an introduction class to Nia Technique – fitness with a difference. The invite to the media champagne breakfast instructed that I wear loose clothing, and directed me to Studio Kairos in Hume Road, Dunkeld West.
With MacArthur’s many years of experience as a teacher of the Nia Technique (a martial arts, dance, and healing arts practice), along with a background in facilitating Trance Dance Rituals, and Jane’s 20 years of Women’s Circle work, together they have created spaces for people around the world to nurture... Read more
We all say we're going to do it, and then most of us never do: Resolve to finally achieve a healthy, active lifestyle in the New Year. Fitness guru Debbie Rosas discusses nine tips to transform your resolution dream into a reality
“Exercise that’s done strictly for its own physical sake, divorced from the emotions and human spirit, isn’t satisfying, isn’t fun, and eventually fails. To feel good enough to last a lifetime, an exercise regimen must satisfy the heart and soul.” - Debbie Rosas
The holiday season can be mentally and physically draining, unless you take time to take care of yourself. Writer Ann Brown shares tips from Nia co-founder Debbie Rosas about how you can stay mentally sharp and physically fit.
When Helen and Felice decided to meet twice a week to take a Nia dance class (which incorporates martial arts moves, yoga and modern dance), they were hoping to improve their flexibility and strength. Little did they know that three years later, they would gain an unexpected benefit: height! Their... Read more
Rochester Nia Black Belt teacher Jane Pagano will hold "Dancing 4 Walls" to raise funds and awareness for the 4 Walls Project/Proyecto 4 Parades at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 29 at the Tango Café Dance Studio, 389 Gregory St.
What exactly is the core? When I asked this of my 92-year-old mother-in-law, she said it had something to do with her abdominals. When I taught anatomy for a Pilates certification training, I decided to survey fitness and health professionals on what they felt the core muscles were.
"It was the most mindful movement practice I have ever done; I was able to tune out of any self-criticism and tune into sensation at an exponential level. The music pulsed through me and I felt more sensations than I ever thought possible; my hair brushing my back as I... Read more
"Isabelle Walker-Lefebvre, 47, a Nia dance teacher, will be feeling a lot more of the winter chill this year after having her long curly hair removed to raise money for depression-recovery charity Journeys."
"Nia is not your average dance class. It’s a wonderland of high kicks, shimmies, punches, stretches, noises, sweat, and lots of laughs. And before you think this sounds strangely like Zumba or Jazzercise, it’s not."
"Nia is founded in the idea that fitness meant not only physical but emotional and spiritual well-being, and that pleasure and joy rather than pain and guilt produce lasting results, NIA carved new ground in the field of fitness by combining aerobic movements with T’ai Chi and other martial arts,... Read more
"The Nia sequences were relatively simple and straightforward to follow, and mixed in different elements, such as karate chopping with the hands and kicks to the side. Some students smiled the entire time, and their enthusiasm was infectious." - Nicole Tsong
Little did Sarah Love know that when she started taking Nia classes in 1999, she would become one of the movement’s most dedicated instructors and eventually teach college students about the role that movement, visual art, music, writing and media can play in problem-solving.
"Shannon Mairs first experienced Nia, a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts, in 2003. The mother of twins (then 3 years old), she was overweight and easily became winded and short of breath. She knew it was time to make a change."
"Like so many of us, Minna Aalto took a few detours until she found her niche. Instead of following a career with her Master’s degree, she was moved to carve out a livelihood by teaching Nia, a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance and healing arts."
Jill Factor, of Boulder, is a Nia Black Belt teacher and White Belt trainer. She has studied dance most of her life (modern, jazz) and was a member of the 40 Women Over 40 dance group. She discovered Nia 12 years ago and liked it because it combined movement and... Read more
"Thanks to Zumba infomercials and testimonials, everyone knows that you can burn a lot of calories from dancing, but a new-to-NEPA dance fitness class hopes to teach participants more than just moves that burn."
Nia Teacher Maureen Small has her Nia class featured on French Television in a report by journalist Bérengère Bourgeot for France 3 Rhone- Alpes' regional edition. Bourgeot gives a short synopsis of the many benefits of Nia as a "new" fusion fitness that is growing in France. The report explains... Read more
"With so many new workout options available, it can be hard to figure out which one is right for you. Luckily, we’ve done some of the work for you! Here are 7 FOFriendly workouts that you’ve probably never tried but should! Plus, they were all started by FOFs!"