The New Mexican Newspaper - Love your body, love your life
By Leticia López | The New Mexican Newspaper :: February, 2013
"When was the last time you shouted your own special brand of ferocity and passion, barefoot and in public—and got away with it? In a Nia class, you can. And the cheers you hear? Those will be from your doctor, as the practice of Nia gets your heart rate up and your stress level down."
In a recent class at StudioNia Santa Fe, Nia black-belt teacher Kelle Rae Oien cues up a piece accented by cellos and flutes. As the friendly chatter in the room subsides and the notes swell to a crescendo, Mona Lisa smiles appear on the students’ lips. They take a single step forward as an act of “stepping into the practice in a mindful way,” Oien says. Then they begin to sway as she sways. “Like an easy breeze,” she whispers into the microphone of her headset.