Press Coverage

NeurologyNow Magazine - This Way In: Nia for Parkinson’s Disease

By: Olga Rukovets  |  In NeurologyNow Magazine April, 2013

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

New Mexico Magazine - Inside Sports

By: Candace Walsh  |  In New Mexico Magazine March, 2013

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

The New Mexican Newspaper - Love your body, love your life

By: Leticia López  |  In The New Mexican Newspaper February, 2013

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

South African Woman & Home Magazine - W&H Trend Report 2013

By: W&H  |  In South African Woman & Home Magazine February, 2013

We asked top global trendspotters to predict what we'll be buying, eating, watching - and even thinking - in 2013.

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The Villager - Studio Joy to hold open house tomorrow

By: Wicked Local Northborough  |  In The Villager February, 2013

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

Caldera Spas: Twenty-minute Renewal - Sitting Well: Improve Posture with these Ten Healthy Habits

By: Tara Rayburn  |  In Caldera Spas: Twenty-minute Renewal January, 2013

This story lists Nia as one of ten simple habits to improve posture.

10 Simple Habits to Improve Posture

  1. Begin and end your day with chest opening and upper back (rhomboid) stretching and strengthening exercises.
  2. Set a timer every half hour and take immediate note of your posture. Relax and reposition. Please, uncross... Read more

Marie Claire, South Africa, Online - Nia: Mind and Body Fitness

By: Thabile Mnguni  |  In Marie Claire, South Africa, Online January, 2013

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

101.9 - Chai FM - Susan Sloan and Taryn Harris on the Afro Yiddish Princess Radio Show

By: Afro Yiddish Princess Producers  |  In 101.9 - Chai FM January, 2013

Hear Susan Sloan and Taryn Harris talk about Nia on South African Radio 101.9 - Chai FM on the Afro Yiddish Princess Radio Show.

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Niagra Advance - Dance to end Violence Against Women

By: Penny Coles  |  In Niagra Advance January, 2013

Local Niagra area media reports that Nia, a local dance and fitness group, is opening its community centre class on Valentine’s Day to those who want to join in this [One Billion Rising] movement.

If you’ve watched Nia, you will understand why it is an appropriate expression of support for women.

It... Read more

The Citizen - Fitness Fusion

By: Genevieve Vieira   |  In The Citizen January, 2013

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

Yoga and Spa Magazine - The Metamorphosis of Studio Gaia

By: Sally Burgess  |  In Yoga and Spa Magazine January, 2013

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 - YourHub - Fitness Out of the Box & Your Chance to Win

By: Carri Wilbanks  |  In - YourHub January, 2013

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

New Day, King5 TV - Nia = Martial Arts + Healing Arts on New Day Morning News Show

By: New Day Producers  |  In New Day, King5 TV January, 2013

"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

Longevity Magazine - Stepping into the World of Nia

By: Kim Bell  |  In Longevity Magazine January, 2013

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.

To be... Read more

Big Island News - Get Real Now - A New Re-Treat for Women

By: Lisa Chaly  |  In Big Island News January, 2013

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 - How to get - and stay - healthy this New Year

By: Jenny Block  |  In December, 2012

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 

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Fifty Plus - Putting your mind to it: Holistic fitness exercises body, mind, and spirit

By: Lynn Pribus  |  In Fifty Plus December, 2012

“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

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The Network Journal - How to Stay Mentally and Physically Fit During the Holiday Season

By: Ann Brown  |  In The Network Journal December, 2012

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.  

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Natural Awakenings, Austin, TX Edition - Nia, Not the Average Dance Class

By: Staff Writer  |  In Natural Awakenings, Austin, TX Edition December, 2012

Nia teacher Julie Wylie explains how the modality is designed to condition individuals to meet the demands of life at every age.

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Woman's Day Magazine - Teaming Up for Health

By: Molly M. Ginty  |  In Woman's Day Magazine December, 2012

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 - "Dancing 4 Walls" Nia Class to Benefit 4 Walls Project

By: Staff Writer  |  In December, 2012

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.

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Huffington Post - Getting to the Core: Four Myths About Strengthening Your Abs

By: Stacy Barrows  |  In Huffington Post December, 2012

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.

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A Weight Lifted - Experiencing My First Nia Class

By: Melissa - Green Mountain Fitness Intern  |  In A Weight Lifted December, 2012

"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 - A New Movement Form That Feels Good

By: Staff  |  In November, 2012

Yonit has three cervical bulged discs and two lumber bulged discs. Her doctors told her she should not be dancing. Yet dance was part of Yonit's life, and her inner voices told her not give up.

... Read more - Health Briefs: Nia Fundraiser to Benefit Salvation Army

By: BlueRidgeNow Editorial Team  |  In November, 2012

"A Nia fundraiser is set for 10:15-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Henderson County Family YMCA at 810 Sixth Ave. W. in Hendersonville.

A donation of $10 is suggested. Proceeds will be donated to The Salvation Army's Christmas Cheer Program, which will benefit more than 5,500 individuals in this area... Read more

Thrive Magazine - Nia Technique - Stop Exercising and Start Moving

By: Thrive Staff Wirter  |  In Thrive Magazine November, 2012


"But what if exercise was fun and perhaps so much so, that we could actually look forward to it? According to those who regularly do Nia classes, that’s exactly what it can be."

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Skagit Valley Herald - Healing Through Movement

By: Erinn Unger  |  In Skagit Valley Herald November, 2012

Debbie DuPey leads a class in Nia at the Anacortes Center for Happiness. Nia includes elements of yoga, dance, and martial arts.

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Seven News Brisbane - Nia Technique in Australia on National TV

By: Liz Cantor  |  In Seven News Brisbane November, 2012

Nia Technique in the news in Brisbane. Reporter Liz Cantor takes a class with the fabulous Sophie Marsh.

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Rochdale News - Dance Teacher Shaves her Head for Charity

By: Colin Henrys  |  In Rochdale News November, 2012

"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."

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Good Health Magazine - A Spirited Workout

By: Good Health Magazine Editors  |  In Good Health Magazine November, 2012


"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."

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WEGO Health Blog - Guest Post: Debbie Rosas, Co-Founder of Nia Technique

By: Jenny Block  |  In WEGO Health Blog November, 2012

"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 Herald LA FEMME - Life-changing Nia at work

By: Neo Bodumela  |  In The Herald LA FEMME October, 2012

"There are no criteria to be met, you can just step into the room and build an awareness of your body and mind."

Photo by Fredlin Adriaan... Read more

The Seattle Times - In Nia Class, Kindness Comes with the Exercise

By: Nicole Tsong  |  In The Seattle Times October, 2012

"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

... Read more - Eastsider teaches movement and creativity classes at Evergreen State College

By: Nina Bondarook  |  In September, 2012

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.

Love, who holds a blue belt in... Read more

ORIGIN Magazine - TWO Nia Trainers listed as "Leaders Who Inspire" in Origin Magazine's Sep/Oct issue

By: ORIGIN Magazine  |  In ORIGIN Magazine September, 2012

Jule Aguirre and Helen Terry both were selected as Leaders Who Inspire in the September/October issue of ORIGIN Magazine.


Jule Aguirre, Dallas, TX.
International Nia Trainer

"move. Be Moved. BE.™" inspires me! Living and moving me while embracing the wholeness of Being delivers "life-enhancing, jaw-dropping transformation!"

Nia Black Belt Somatic Educator with the... Read more

Natural Awakenings - Nia Training with Shannon Mairs

By: Robert Dean  |  In Natural Awakenings September, 2012

"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."

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INTOIT magazine - Minna Aalto INTO Movement

By: INTOIT magazine  |  In INTOIT magazine September, 2012

"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."

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Kirkland Reporter - Eastside Woman Teaches Movement & Creativity Classes at Evergreen State College

By: Nina Bondarook  |  In Kirkland Reporter September, 2012

"Eastside resident Sarah Love teaches Nia philosophy and techniques at Evergreen State College as part of the “Therapy Through the Arts” program taught by Gilda Sheppard and Carl Waluconis."

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Asia Spa Magazine - The Healing Power of Dance

By: Insiya Rasiwala-Finn  |  In Asia Spa Magazine September, 2012

"Universal among movement practices, dance is probably one of the most ancient, diverse and most lyrical ways through which humans have expressed ourselves."... Read more

Boulder Daily Camera - Classic Nia

By: Aimee Heckel  |  In Boulder Daily Camera August, 2012

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

The Weekender - Fitness through dance with Nia

By: Nikki M. Mascali, Weekender Editor  |  In The Weekender July, 2012

"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."

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Xnet Lifestyle - The Nia Technique: Moving with Joy

By: Karin Arad  |  In Xnet Lifestyle July, 2012

Nia is a fun workout and lifestyle. It is based on the body's way, inspired and guided by the joy of movement. Nia teaches us to self-heal, condition our bodies and express our being.

Feel free to add your "talkbacks" at the end of this article.

... Read more - 5 Awesome Workouts for New Moms

By: Julie Revelant  |  In July, 2012 highlights five workouts, including Nia, that help new moms lose baby weight, increase their energy levels, relieve stress and more.

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France 3 Rhone - Alpes' Regional Edition - Nia with Maureen Small

By: Bérengère Bourgeot  |  In France 3 Rhone - Alpes' Regional Edition June, 2012

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

Mind Body Spirit Guide - Nia Trainings: Discover what your body and mind can do

By: Jenny Block  |  In Mind Body Spirit Guide June, 2012

On pages 28 and 29, Jenny Block talks about Nia trainings and why every student should consider enrolling.... Read more

The Huffington Post - It Ain't Over: Too Big For Ballet? Dancer Returns To The Barre In Midlife To Prove Them Wrong

By: Lori Weiss  |  In The Huffington Post June, 2012

Dancer Kerry Ann King "breaks up" with ballet at the age of 14, and discovers, years later at the age of 41, that she is still a dancer, thanks to Nia.

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Conscious Dancer Magazine - Local Motion

By: DJ Root  |  In Conscious Dancer Magazine June, 2012

"DJ Root travels deep into the heart of our country and talks with five dynamic leaders about what it takes to create community."... Read more

Elephant Journal - Nia: Where Dance Meets Fitness

By: Jenny Block  |  In Elephant Journal June, 2012

Author and Nia student Jenny Block describes why she love Nia.... Read more

FabOverFifty - 7 workouts you’ve probably never tried…but should!

By: FOF Health Blog  |  In FabOverFifty June, 2012

"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!"

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Yahoo! Voices - Moving Harmoniously Throughout Your Day

By: Debbie Rosas  |  In Yahoo! Voices June, 2012

Nia Co-Creator Debbie Rosas talks about staying connected to the sensation of harmony.

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