Thrive! Take a Dance Break

By Nia co-founder, Debbie Rosas


Manage your daily actions and feelings with movement and you can thrive!

Dancing Through Your Life means turning every move you make into something that feels like a dance. It also means being responsible for bringing dance into your life as the medicine you use to stay happy, calm, relaxed and healthy. By taking as little as sixty-seconds throughout the day to create moments of full-blown, unscripted dance breaks, you can benefit from the medicine of movement. The fact is, you’re wired to move. Movement is the body’s medicine that strengthens and heals. It develops the brain and body, and the best news of all, it is completely organic, natural and free!

Discover Your Dance

Every body can dance. Think of dance as moving in your own way and in your own time, as something you do to keep your body, mind, emotions and spirit alert, agile, strong, flexible, mobile, stable and young. Whether it’s dealing with depression, self-esteem, stress, weight loss or anxiety, brief bursts of dance are pleasure-time release capsules to make you instantly look and feel better.

How To Do It

Stay connected to the sensation of peace in the body. When tensions arise, breath becomes shallow, the jaw or hands get tight, or if the mind gets in the way of experiencing life as joyful, take a Nia dance break. No matter where you are, get up and dance full-on. Dance for at least sixty-seconds, and if you have access to music, put on your favorite song and let it rip for the entire song. Take every opportunity to use dancing as medicine!

To get the most out of your dance break—

  • Don’t think, just move. Tap into the power of pre-verbal communication and speak what you feel through your dance, using every part of your body, even your voice.
  • Affirm the changes you feel after dancing by letting the body know you have received the medicine and gifts of moving by saying, “Thank you body. I feel (speak out loud what you notice has shifted).”
  • Invite others to take dance breaks with you; consciously dance to shift energy in and around you!

Remember, thrive! You can use movement as medicine anywhere you are.