Nia Blue Belt Training
August 3, 2013 StudioNia in Portland, OR, US
About the Nia Blue Belt
Blue Belt, the second level of Nia education, explores how to create healthy relationships through body-centered communication. This intensive introduces the next set of 13 Nia principles, which focus on the mental, emotional and spiritual realms of the body. While the White Belt curriculum focuses entirely on awareness of physical sensation, Blue Belt applies these skills to explore internal sensations as perceived through – but distinct from – physical sensations in the body.
Blue Belt Principle #1: The Joy of Being in Relationship, integrates the sensation of Joy with the awareness that Joy is something outside the self, which we can invite into our physical experience. As a result, we begin to deepen our ability to listen with clarity and sustain awareness of details outside our body.
Meet the Trainers
"Nia inspires me to continue on a personal journey of self-discovery, self actualization and healing. For me, learning is one of the most exciting journeys and being in a body is one of the most poetic and romantic experiences. I thrive on educating, motivating and inspiring people to fall in love with themselves and their bodies. To me, life is my art and my body is the canvas." – Debbie Rosas
Debbie Rosas has been a pioneer and leader in the body-mind fitness industry since 1976. She has dedicated life to self-healing and self-mastery. Her extensive exploration of dance, martial arts, graphic arts, music, therapy and healing inspired and developed into the creation of the internationally acclaimed body-mind fitness program and lifestyle company, Nia Technique, Inc. Debbie’s work also includes the writing and production of Nia® educational materials and lifestyle products, such as music CDs, DVDs and the NiaWear™ clothing line. Together with creative partner Carlos Rosas, Debbie has co-authored two books: Non-Impact Aerobics and The Nia Technique™, as well as the “Holistic Fitness” section of the AFAA Instructor Training Manual.
Nia brings concepts and forms from eastern and western practices into mainstream fitness classes and has been instrumental in the evolution of the fitness industry. As of August 2013, Nia Technique, Inc. is a thriving business supporting approximately 2,200 Licensed Nia Teachers across 40 countries.
In constant exploration of Nia's philosophy, The Body’s Way, Debbie continues to develop educational curriculum to facilitate optimal health and wellbeing. In addition to the Nia body of work, she has played a key role in developing programs for doctors at The Naturopathic School of Medicine, Shriner’s Hospital’s women and teen departments and the arthritis and autism departments at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Adored by the press, Debbie and Nia have been featured in over 850 publications and numerous television shows worldwide. Debbie served on the Mind•Body Committee for the IDEA Health and Fitness Association and has presented at IDEA World and Inner IDEA Fitness Conventions, IRSA, The Northwest Fitness Summit, The National Wellness Conference, Whole Life Expo, International Spa and Fitness Association, Science and Consciousness Convention, Sound Healers Convention, Mind Body Convention, OHSU, Fireman’s Fund and at Lucas Films.
Debbie currently travels worldwide, offering workshops, Master Classes, Nia Training, and Licensing to communities across the globe, stopping regularly to teach and train in Portland, Oregon, home of StudioNia and Nia International Headquarters.
Ken Gilbert, MA, is a Theater Artist and Somatic Educator. Through his teachings of body-centered movement and creative integration he inspires, motivates and educates people in becoming more sentient and feeling as human beings living into the embodiment of thoughts, feelings and actions through the physical body. Ken is committed to developing and teaching personal empowerment through movement practices that stimulate body/mind integration, emotional agility and spiritual awakening into Creative Integration of Self-Expression. Ken’s approach to Pilates – “Integrating Pilates” – is based in The Ron Fletcher Work™; he is a First Generation Nia Trainer teaching Nia Classes and Workshops and training Nia White, Green and Blue Belts domestically and internationally.
In 1983 Ken initiated his somatic journey into self-awareness, self-realization and self-actualization when he began re-birthing. Wanting to sense more depth into his psyche and physical integration of body•mind•emotion•spirit he began Reichian Therapy in 1986, truly beginning his inner journey of “self” as an artist in the world. Two years later, he trained in Hakomi, body-centered psychotherapy; not to be a therapist, rather to be more lovingly present when he later began teaching group classes and facilitating private and semi-private training sessions.
Ken’s work in somatic and movement precision was initiated in 1994 when he began training in Pilates; studying with teachers Ellen Croft, Cathie Murakami, Pat Guyton, Ron Fletcher and Kathy Corey. He became a Pilates Teacher in 1996 when he met Ron Fletcher, with whom he studied for 10 years finding the depth, dimensionality, and expressivity of detail in spinal mechanics “for the body•the mind•the breath•the spirit.” From Ron he learned how to live in the spirit of moving in the details of each breath. Currently Ken teaches his evolution application of the traditional work “Integrating Pilates” based on the fundamentals inherent of the work of Joseph H. Pilates, The Ron Fletcher Work™, and Nia®.
In 1997, Ken began his study and work with Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas, co-creators of Nia®. In Nia Ken found a program and fusion of transformational health and fitness, well-being and life-style. He is a visual/kinesthetic learner who has adopted auditory styles of learning; practicing Nia’s “Sensation Science”. He became a Nia Black Belt in 2003 and in 2005 one of the First Generation Nia Trainers facilitating Workshops, Master Classes, and Nia White Belt, Green Belt and Blue Belt Trainings; training in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and North America including Canada.
Expressivity has always been a part of Ken’s life journey particularly when he discovered his home in the theater at Sacramento State College (Fall 1971) and later at the University of California, Davis (1972 – 1979 with completion of his MA in 1983). He is a body-centered actor/director in the theater; directing and performing with DramaDogs, a Theater Company (www.dramadogs.org) with his wife, E. Bonnie Lewis. Currently, his theatrical artistry is evolving within DramaDogs, a theater production and education company, where as co-artistic director he produces, directs and performs. Body-centered from inception to performance, DramaDogs creates challenging and entertaining theatrical productions and provides enriching workshops and theater arts programs. His creative work gives voice to the unconventional and offbeat; providing audiences and students with the opportunity to experience a greater compassion and understanding of ourselves and others.
Living in Santa Barbara, Ken owns EmBODYment, Somatic Education in Body-Centered Movement and Creative Integration (www.embodyment.com). Ken teaches in Santa Barbara at CenterPoint Pilates and Yoga Soup as well as other locations in the United States and Internationally. Ken’s philosophy is based on the belief that we are here to Awaken into the Awareness of sensation and feelings; to become more connected to our physical•mental•emotional•spirit realms through the physical body. Ken helps people awaken into the awareness of their body through the joy and pleasure of movement.
I began teaching in the fitness industry in 1981. I had a passion for exercise, and teaching aquatics courses, water exercise and aerobics filled that passion. These traditional fitness practices and my unconscious movement patterning ultimately led me to exhaustion, burnout, and physical pain. In 1984, I severely injured both my knees. I had numbed myself to my body’s voice of pain and I required surgery.
In July of 1991, I was on the edge of quitting teaching. I attended the IDEA Fitness Conference and I saw a sign that read, “Body, Mind, Spirit Workout.” I had not seen the word ‘spirit’ used in any other courses offered. Immediately, my curiosity drew me to take the workshop. It was a Nia workshop, and I clearly recall watching Debbie and Carlos enter the room. Every cell of my being recognized their radiance. They took the stage and did something unheard of at that time in the fitness industry – they invited us to take off our shoes. Those first barefoot seconds of conscious movement had my wounded knees saying, “Ahhhhhhh” as they experienced healing through movement. After tearfully dancing a profound healing awakening, I registered for their next White Belt Intensive. I sensed a deep knowing within myself that Nia had much to teach me. I eagerly attended the Blue, Brown, Black, and First Degree Black Belt trainings in succession.
In February of 1997, after years of practicing Nia and many hours of teaching, I was blessed with the honor of becoming a Nia Trainer. Words cannot express the infinite gifts my heart receives from the privilege of sharing the Nia Belts. I travel internationally teaching Nia, and I am passionately in love with what I am privileged to share. I sing professionally. I am a motivational keynote speaker, and a yoga teacher. On February 14, 2009, I opened Heartdance Studio - a magical space. The teachings of Nia have brought me my ability to balance all I am passionate about, and I am so very grateful.
I am honored to joyfully dance in the sea of life with all of you!
Notes About this Training
Start: Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 4:00 pm
End: Friday, August 9, 2013 - 4:00 pm