The Citizen - Fitness Fusion
By Genevieve Vieira | The Citizen :: January, 2013
"What’s great is that the activity is adaptable to every level of fitness, every age and body type, which means no more intimidating trainer standing over you and pushing you beyond your means. In Swahili, “nia” means “with purpose” – a good name for an experience that hopefully results in health, well-being and self-love. Nia attempts to create conscious awareness of the sensation of movement by continuously drawing your mind’s attention to what your body is doing. "
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 fitness technique that fuses many different types of movement) is perhaps a way of combating that fear, in that it requires a return to this childlike state, where any form of inhibitions will only serve to hold you back.