Nia in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


About Nia

What is Nia?

Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music in more than 45 countries. Trainings are designed for those seeking personal enrichment and professional development. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities. Step into your own joyful journey with Nia, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live.

How does Nia work?

Nia draws from Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, jazz dance, modern dance, Duncan dance, yoga, Alexander Technique and Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais. Every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities. Stiff beginners and highly fit athletes alike can adapt Nia to meet their needs by choosing from three intensity levels. Consecutive trainings collectively explore 52 principles for personal enrichment and professional development. Read testimonials from people of all ages, backgrounds and locations.

Why was Nia created?

Nia’s purpose is to grow a worldwide community of healthy people who are empowered to do great things. We believe every person can discover, explore, unleash and enhance their individual potential to live a fulfilling and meaningful life – by engaging their senses and listening to their bodies. With the right tools and education, we can increase our confidence and happiness. We can become connected to others to shape a consciousness that extends beyond our own. Together we will unearth possibilities never before imagined.

Our Classes

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Classic Nia

Day: Saturday

Time: 10:00am


420 Weber Street North, Waterloo, ON, Canada


Jan 7 - Mar 11

10 week session $120 +HST

Drop-in - $15

Pay in advance via e-transfer, cash or cheque.

Notes About This Class

The studio is located upstairs in the building, in suite #203. 

Veer left as you turn in the drive from Weber Street to access the correct side of the building.

Bring water in a reusable container. 

Wear comfortable clothes, such as yoga pants and supportive tops. Add flare with little flippy skirts or sleeves too! ;-)

I teach a dynamic and accessible-to-multiple-fitness-levels class. I invite you to remain aware of your body's needs throughout the class and encourage you to challenge yourself as you heal and grow in your body. And most importantly, aside from the physical fitness aspect, we are going to have fun!

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