Press Coverage

NZ Herald - Fusion Fitness

By: Megan Otto  |  In NZ Herald May, 2011

"Nia was born of a philosophy that there is no need to use pain to change the body. Developed by Californian aerobic teachers Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas in 1983 it is now one of top three body-mind programmes in the world, taught in 30 countries and has been taught... Read more

That's Fit (AOL Health) - The Nia Technique: How The Dance Craze Helped Jenny Love Exercising Again

By: Jenny Block  |  In That's Fit (AOL Health) May, 2011

"Nia is based on a belt system White, Green, Blue, Brown, and Black. They are intended for both instructors and those wanting to deepen their practice (although Green is designed solely for instructors). After completing the White Belt, a practitioner can become licensed to teach. Nia Technique is headquartered in Portland, Oregon,... Read more

New Haven Magazine - A Fitness Potion High on Emotion

By: Karen Pasacreta  |  In New Haven Magazine May, 2011

"Are you ready to learn the secrets of the pleasure principle? All you have to do is let your inhibitions go and dance. No experience required. Get your body moving to jazz, funk, Middle Eastern chants and yes, even disco. It's all in an incredible exercise called Nia, a combination... Read more

Get It Lowveld - Turn the Beat Around

By: Sumeera Dawood  |  In Get It Lowveld May, 2011

"Exercise is a gruelling, boring chore, right? Wrong. As the Nia technique hits the Lowveld, it is set to revolutionise our relationship with fitness by introducing a danced infused with the philosophy of pleasure. Sumeera Dawood meets up with Taryn Harris, the blue-belt instructor responsible for bringing the world's first... Read more

Brigitte Balance Magazine - Nia... The Extra Kick

By: Nicole Reese  |  In Brigitte Balance Magazine April, 2011

A translated version of this article will be posted shortly.

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American Way - The Nia Way

By: Jenny Block  |  In American Way April, 2011

If the ’80s fitness craze was about ignoring what your body had to say, the wave of the future is listening to it. During the high-impact aerobics and Nautilus machine days, trainers preached, “No pain, no gain.” And, yeah, people lost weight and got buff. But what they didn’t do... Read more

The REPs Journal - Mental health - time 4 inclusion

By: Debbie Lawrence, MA, and Sarah Bolitho, MSc  |  In The REPs Journal March, 2011

"According to the Mental Health Foundation an average of one in four people will experience some kind of mental health problem over the course of a year. Debbie Lawrence and Sarah Bolitho look at the arena of mental health issues and explore how exercise can help."

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Conscious Dancer - New to Nia and loving it

By: Jenny Block  |  In Conscious Dancer March, 2011

Author Jenny Block describes her experience taking the Nia White Belt Training with Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas in Portland, Oregon.

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Woman & Home Magazine - New Directions

By: Svenja Gernoth  |  In Woman & Home Magazine February, 2011

Kathy Wolstenholme, 51, hung up her job as a schoolteacher in Colorado, USA, to open her own Nia Technique studio in South Africa. She has three grown-up children and lives with her husband, David, in Newlands.... Read more

Marie Claire South Africa - Four Reasons to Try Nia

By: Marie Claire  |  In Marie Claire South Africa February, 2011

Marie Claire describes Nia as, "the most advanced form of fusion fitness, blending martial arts and dance with self-healing to create a high-powered workout."... Read more

deStentor - Playing Ping-Pong With The Hips

By: Henriëtte Aronds  |  In deStentor January, 2011

Below is a translated version of this article:

“Kick you right leg to the front. Step. Now your left leg: step, as if kicking a balloon up in the air. Cross your arms and hands in front of your chest like kickboxing, and move back with your arms up then wide... Read more

Fresh Living - Fun Fitness

By: Bridget McNulty  |  In Fresh Living January, 2011

Bridget McNulty scouts out Nia as a unique sport that's such fun, you won't even notice you're exercising. She describes benefits as, "Increased mobility, strength, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning."... Read more

The Huffington Post - Where Have You Been?

By: Jenny Block  |  In The Huffington Post January, 2011

Author Jenny Block, a recent White Belt graduate, describes how Nia is helping her to be in the present moment through awareness.  

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Spirituality & Health Magazine - Expressing Myself Through Nia

By: Leela Devi  |  In Spirituality & Health Magazine January, 2011

Leela Devi, a Nia instructor who's been practicing Nia for more than 14 years, talks about the many benefits of Nia – and the ways it differs from traditional group exercise classes. She explains, "The workout leaves me drenched with sweat but feeling energized, deeply relaxed, and blessed with a... Read more

Asia Spa Magazine - Discovering Nia

By: Tracey Fenner  |  In Asia Spa Magazine November, 2010

"A dancer since the age of three, Tracey Fenner explored many movement forms before finding her calling as a Nia instructor. She tells us about her journey into soulful movement..."... Read more

Psychologies Magazine - Find Your Rhythm

By: Nadia Marks  |  In Psychologies Magazine October, 2010

An exercise class that improves your mood as well as giving you a full-body workout? Nia is a form of dance-meets-aerobics that allows you to let yourself go.

... Read more / Psychology Today - Nia: Embody The Skin You're In

By: Lissa Rankin, MD  |  In / Psychology Today October, 2010

Renowned Author and Gynecologist Lissa Rankin writes about Nia, her national book tour, and embodying the skin your in.

... Read more - The Nia Workout: Don't feel the burn

By: Joe Miller  |  In October, 2010

"It's about indulging yourself. It's about pleasure. It's about listening to your body and doing what it wants to do, not what some hard-body drill instructor wants it to do. And, strangely, it's exercise."

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Fall 2010 Issue #12 Conscious Dancer - Nia

By: Conscious Dancer  |  In Fall 2010 Issue #12 Conscious Dancer September, 2010

"Conscious Dancer" features Nia and describes Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas as "tireless advocates for the joy of movement."... Read more

FabFitFun by Giuliana Rancic - So You Think You CAN'T Dance...

By: Giuliana Rancic, "E! News" Anchor  |  In FabFitFun by Giuliana Rancic August, 2010

E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic describes Nia as a "cool class" and encourages people to check out the website. She also reviews Zumba, Burlesque, Jazzercise and Hip Hop. ... Read more

BlogTalkRadio - The Role of Pilates and Nia in Fitness and Anti-Aging

By: Dr. Leonard A. Rubinstein, M.D., Bernadette Flavell, and Gail Condrick, Nia Teacher  |  In BlogTalkRadio August, 2010

Nia Teacher Gail Condrick speaks with Dr. Leonard A. Rubinstein of BlogTalkRadio about the benefits of Nia, and how it can help you achieve a more healthy and rejuvenated body.... Read more

Naturally You - A Health and Wellness programme on the Home Channel - Nia in South Africa

By: Lisa Katz, Kathy Wolstenholme  |  In Naturally You - A Health and Wellness programme on the Home Channel August, 2010

Kathy Wolstenholme (along with students of OurNiaSpace studio in Cape Town, South Africa) gives a class and talks to Lisa Katz about Nia and the joy it brings to everyone, on "Naturally You" – the Health and Wellness television programme on the Home Channel on DSTV.... Read more

Time Out Hong Kong - Body language: Nia

By: Ben Sin  |  In Time Out Hong Kong August, 2010

Nia may just be the perfect workout for those looking for variety, writes Ben Sin.... Read more

Psychology Today - Slow Movement with Awareness: Better than Exercise?

By: Alan Fogel, Professor of Psychology at the University of Utah  |  In Psychology Today July, 2010

"There is mounting evidence that slow movement, with body sense awareness, has astounding health benefits by itself and in combination with regular exercise routines. According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, there are a growing number of pain clinics and integrative medicine centers that offer... Read more - Mamma Nia

By: Sheryl Raskin  |  In July, 2010

How can one workout be all things to all people? Philadelphia area native, business guru and Nia teacher Donna Teitelman has the answer. Nia... empowers people to achieve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Almost anyone can do this exhilarating exercise class to get moving, intensify an existing regimen or... Read more

The Globe and Mail - Nia: a workout that requires your imagination

By: Amy Verner  |  In The Globe and Mail July, 2010

In the "Health and Fitness" category of Globe and Mail's "Life" section, Amy Verner writes about Nia and interviews Nia Teacher Jennifer Hicks. To read the full article, click the link below.

... Read more - Nia – Exclusive Web Feature

By: Erika Fulenwider  |  In July, 2010

Editor Erika Fulenwider takes her first Nia class at the Yoga Romm in Sheung Wan with Tracey Fenner, the very first Nia teacher in Hong Kong.... Read more

WONDERWORD - Nia Exercises

By: David Ouellet  |  In WONDERWORD June, 2010

Now featuring a "Nia Exercises" puzzle, WONDERWORD is described as "the world's most popular puzzle," appearing in approximately 225 newspapers around the world. It is estimated that some million people of all ages enjoy solving WONDERWORD puzzles every day.

WONDERWORD first entered syndication in Edmonton and Montreal in 1970. Universal Press Syndicate of Kansas... Read more

Natural Solutions Magazine - New Life After Divorce: Rediscovering self-worth when a marriage dissolves

By: Candace Walsh  |  In Natural Solutions Magazine May, 2010

Nia is described as a "holistic emotional experience" by recently divorced Candace Walsh in the May 2010 issue of "Natural Solutions" magazine.... Read more

Moods Magazine - Health Through Movement: How Nia Changed My Life

By: Jennifer Hicks, Speech-Language Pathologist and Brown Belt Certified Nia Teacher  |  In Moods Magazine April, 2010

"And how did I discover this innate mood stabilizer? I believe that it’s because as I was searching for wellness, I was drawn to creative remedies. I was open to experiences that helped me feel more at home in myself. And so I was led to Nia. My secret to maintaining stability in... Read more

11:11 Magazine - Beyond the Illusion

By: Simran Singh, Founder of C.H.O.I.C.E. Alliance Network and 11:11 Magazine  |  In 11:11 Magazine March, 2010

Simran Singh, Founder of C.H.O.I.C.E Alliance Network and 11:11 Magazine, writes about her decision to take the Nia White Belt Training and to place Nia classes on the schedule for the Believe Center. Her story begins on page 38 of Volume 3, Number 2.

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Local Flavor Magazine - The Dance Within

By: Emily Beenen  |  In Local Flavor Magazine March, 2010

Learn how an aerobics teacher gave up traditional running and weight training that caused chronic pain – and opted for Nia instead. She explains how the practice helped her move better, heal emotionally, manage personal relationships and start a new life.... Read more

Australian Natural Health Magazine - The Nia technique

By: Su-lin Sze  |  In Australian Natural Health Magazine February, 2010

In the late 1990s, US-based health scientist Dr. Deborah Kern studied the effects of the Nia technique compared to standard aerobics activity on mood, anxiety and self-esteem. Dr. Kern found the Nia technique participants enjoyed an increased sense of well-being 'beyond the physical realm,' many reflecting on the usefulness of... Read more

Black Rose Magazine - Introducing Sophie Marsh and the joy of movement with Nia

By: S'Roya  |  In Black Rose Magazine February, 2010

Through Nia we let go of physical tension and stress, build confidence and self-esteem and connect to the happiness of life through the joy of dancing.... Read more

Maine News, Fit At Five - Fit at Five: Nia

By: Kelly LaBreque, Maggie Bokor   |  In Maine News, Fit At Five November, 2009

Kelly LaBreque, WCSH6 Meteorologist and host of Fit at Five, interviews Nia Teacher Maggie Bokor. ... Read more

Alternative Sante - Now I Am: Je Danse Le Nia

By: Laurence Pinsard  |  In Alternative Sante November, 2009

Read the translated version of this article in English below:  

A new technique, taught in over thirty-eight countries, Nia combines dance, martial arts and body awareness. Fun and joyful, this discipline releases physical tension and stress.

Now I am: I dance Nia

At first glance one could think that Nia is just... Read more

San Francisco Chronicle - Healthy Obsession: Nia

By: Sam Whiting  |  In San Francisco Chronicle September, 2009

Troy Brady, 50, of Walnut Creek is a restaurant manager who takes Nia classes twice a week. Here she talks about why she loves the practice, where she trains, and the NiaWear gear she can't live without.... Read more

Free Spirit, A South African Television Programme - The Nia Technique

By: Natalie Becker, Debbie Rosas Stewart  |  In Free Spirit, A South African Television Programme July, 2009

Debbie Rosas Stewart talks about Nia – its history, technique and influence.... Read more

Oprah Magazine - Life, Love and Beauty

By: Kathy Wolstenholme  |  In Oprah Magazine May, 2009

Nia helped Kathy Wolstenholme overcome the trials of acne, abortion and breast cancer. Here, she reveals how the technique helped her fall in love again – with herself.... Read more

Business Insanity Talk Radio - How Do I Work With My Spouse?

By: Barry Moltz, Debbie Rosas Stewart, Jeff Stewart  |  In Business Insanity Talk Radio April, 2009

Listen to Barry Moltz, host of Business Insanity Talk Radio, interview Debbie Rosas Stewart and Jeff Stewart about how to maintain a healthy marriage while running a business together. Their keys to success have been: 1) Committing to the idea that it is going to work, 2) Putting their personal relationship... Read more

El Segundo TV - The Nia Technique at Lululemon

By: Alex Batres  |  In El Segundo TV March, 2009

El Segundo TV interviews Nia Teacher Sun Yu about her Nia class at the Lululemon athletic store in El Segundo. 

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Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts - Sister Revolutionary: Debbie Rosas

By: Mama Gena  |  In Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts March, 2009

Mama Gena interviews Debbie Rosas about Nia, what she wants most women to know, and what she means by the "wisdom of the body." View the interview in its original post, or read the full transcript below.

School of Womanly Arts: You have a unique understanding of the body as it... Read more

TriCity Magazine - Finding Peace Within

By: Andrea Deering  |  In TriCity Magazine February, 2009

Author Andrea Deering recounts Stephanie Cirihal's story of using Nia to lead a life on her own terms.... Read more

MORE Magazine - A Cure for Shame

By: Jan Jarboe Russell  |  In MORE Magazine November, 2008

Jan Jarboe Russell spent her life loathing her body. Then she discovered the physical – and sacred – power of dance. Download the article or read the text below for the full story.

I grew up in a Southern Baptist home where dancing was prohibited. In the winter of 1957, I... Read more

The New York Times - PERSONAL FITNESS; Said the Doctor to the Cancer Patient: Hit the Gym

By: Anahad O'Connor  |  In The New York Times August, 2008

"Gyms and fitness centers have begun stepping in to meet a small but growing demand for programs designed to not only hasten recovery but to address the fatigue of chemotherapy, the swelling of lymphedema and the loss of muscle tone."... Read more

Seattle Woman Magazine - Every Body Dance

By: Ashley Griffin  |  In Seattle Woman Magazine May, 2008

"In recent years, Seattle's dance scene has grown exponentially – particularly in regard to so-called 'alternative' dance forms like African dance, belly dancing and Nia. Each style caters to a distinct personality, but at their root they share a common thread. While traditional modes of fitness might bore or create... Read more

BBC Online - Nia Technique

By: Sam Hyde  |  In BBC Online January, 2007

"Sam Hyde was unhappy at work and suffering from a back injury when she discovered [Nia]."

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Utne Reader - Soul Aerobics

By: Megan Kaplan   |  In Utne Reader May, 2006

Megan Kaplan of Utne Reader describes a Nia class in Minneapolis. She talks to James Garrick of the Center for Sports Medicine and Maureen Small, a physician at the University of New Mexico Hospital who teaches Nia to seniors over 70.... Read more

Elle Magazine - ElleFitness: Learn Routines

By: Elle Magazine  |  In Elle Magazine June, 2004

"Shocking but true: Not everyone wants a yoga body. These alternative workouts will open your mind and flatten your abs without the ehlp of a downward dog."

... Read more - Find Fitness Bliss With NIA

By: Gila Leiter, MD  |  In May, 2003

"For her doctoral thesis in the mid-1990s, Kern followed 40 people who took NIA classes for seven weeks, along with 40 other people who did low-impact aerobics... Both groups saw cardiovascular benefits, says Kern, whose study was not published. But overall anxiety levels, as measured on a commonly used psychological scale, dropped in... Read more