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Sarit Sela

Sarit Sela


My Credentials

  • B.Arch., M.Sc., AIA, LEED AP

Sarit Sela

Nia First Degree Black Belt Teacher
Gainesville, Florida, United States

My Nia Journey

I was lucky enough to step into a Nia class in 2005, in Stanford, CA. From that first time, I was hooked. I loved the music and the movement, enjoyed the atmosphere and the relaxed yet inspiring instructor. I could let the child in me play and dance again, move freely, without fear or competition. I witnessed that the movement variety helped me clarify tangled emotions and clear up troubled mind. So I regularly returned to that Saturday morning class, almost religiously, for 5 years.

In 2009, while pregnant with my second child, I decided to take the White Belt Intensive, the first level of Nia instructor certification training. I flew out to Nia HQ in Portland, OR, and trained with Nia founder Debbie Rosas. This week-long training was a life changing experience to me. An entire new world opened up, hinting about new dimensions of body sensory awareness and so much more. Empowered, I happily danced Nia till the last day of my pregnancy and even during labor (!).

Since relocating to Gainesville, FL, in 2010, I gradually began to teach Nia and build a local community. Our group is still growing, offering a non-competitive atmosphere for movement and self expression. I am proud that two of my students became certified Nia instructors themselves. In the past few years I also completed the Green, Blue, Brown, Black belts and most recently, the Nia First Degree Black Belt certification.

Teaching Nia energizes me and fills my heart with joy. Keeping Nia as a hobby, aside from my main profession and livelihood, helps maintain it as a passion that I enjoy discovering again and again. 



"Nia is joyful and energetic movement done in bare feet to music with a soulful groove. It is an hour for me to disconnect from my stress and reconnect my mind and body. Nia is a great dance workout that is low impact and easy to follow. Sarit is an experienced teacher and her love for Nia is contagious. She teaches each move in stages, adding on as you master it. She gives options to vary intensity, making the class perfect for all fitness levels. Each class is unique, so you never get bored.  I leave the class feeling happier, more flexible, energized, and looking forward to my next class!" Kim, 54, Pilates Instructor

"I started going three months ago. I have no dance training, and in general never take dance or exercise classes. But I love Sarit's Nia class. It is a moment to fully enter my body and enjoy my body. She is inspiring--the love for dance infuses her every pore, and it is a joy to try to follow her. At the end of the class I feel reconnected to my body, my higher self, and a community of like-minded dancers." Liz, 34, Physician.

"I love Nia so much. It's playful, joyful, and invigorating. It opens up my heart and soothes my soul. It's the funnest exercise class I've ever taken". Kiona, 41, Physician

"Nia has become an important part of my week. Stepping into a Nia session, I am invited to leave all other distractions outside and to find my own pace. As I move into an exploration of music, emotion, and movement, I come back home to myself. In the non-judgmental and non-competitive community that Sarit Sela creates in her Nia classes, I experience play and fun as well as focus and serenity. When I step out of a Nia session, I feel freer, lighter, and more grounded to face my life. NIa has become part of what I consider to be essential to my self care!" Lyn, 55

"I know Nia has given me a lot more confidence in the way I move my body and how I interact with the world.  It's fun, but still gets my blood flowing -- I don't get bored of it like I do with weights.  I don't think I've ever smiled more during a workout! After being sick for so long and losing a lot the strength and mobility I had as a teen, I was terrified to attend any sort of exercise course.  Yet, somehow, Nia wasn't as intimidating as the rest.  It's a go-at-your-own-pace, so I didn't feel like I would be judged for maybe moving a bit slower than others.  It's been so much more than that, though.  It's brought a sense of joy into my life -- teaching me how to listen even more to what my body is telling me and what it needs. Ever since I started going to Nia, I've gained the confidence and strength. When I first attended the class, I felt anxious but curious.  Now, I feel confident and empowered.  Thank you, Sarit, so much for providing such a wonderful experience.  I can't speak for everyone, of course, but I'm sure many share my appreciation." Sean, 25

"About 3 years ago, a friend invited me to join her for a Nia class that Sarit was teaching. That was it! One class and I was hooked! The combination of the yoga techniques, the aerobic workout, the balance practice, the martial arts moves, and the focus on wellness are just such an interesting and dynamic experience. Sarit takes her Nia practice seriously and shares her expertise with her students so that each and every class is consistently of high quality. Her loving spirit is evident always! If I could use one word to typify my Nia experience it would be JOY!" Georgia, 59, Educator

"Nia for me is a healing process of my tired body, stressed mind and spirit. I almost have stopped exercising after giving a birth to my daughter, due to time constraints and workload. Then, I had a chance to try a Nia class.  It was just an enlightening experience for me. It was “Wow!” because I did not have to wear socks or snickers which almost other exercises require. My body felt so light without wearing socks or shoes. It was “Wow” because Nia movement had structure and freedom of modifying the movement based on what makes sense to oneself. I can say Nia has its own structure and creativity side at the same time. It was “Wow” because I can be me, myself without being self-conscious of others. In Nia class, I can be a child acting silly or funny and nobody cares about it. My body feels refreshed, strengthened and full of energy after the Nia class. Nia can be invigorating, refreshing, energizing, relaxing, healing and strengthening, but most of all, it is a Great Fun!" Alice Jo, 34, Phd Candidate

"Part of my New Year's Resolution was to get moving again. I'm in my 60's and I want to dance more in this life. I began NIA classes with Sarit Sela the first week of January, 2016, and boy did I find the right thing! Sarit is an excellent instructor and NIA is a very well thought-out movement class. Every time I do it I experience joy. This movement/dance class is for anyone at any level. Everyone is moving their bodies however their bodies move! There are general directions to follow but everyone does their own thing.....Come, enjoy, dance more in this life!" Lorry

"Despite my innate sense of rhythm, I have an incredibly difficult time learning choreographed moves; & have left more than one dance class with a clenched fist & quivering jaw. Like so many of us, I need group fitness classes to get me off of the couch & into a sweat; but my learning disabilities make most forms of group aerobic exercise feel absolutely overwhelming. Over the years, I have carved unique niches for developing my own yoga & cardio-kickboxing practice; but the effort required to hold myself accountable to a routine, remains insufficient. When I first read about Nia, which melds the arts of yoga, martial arts AND dance inside of Santa Fe College's Adult Education flyer; I was trepidatious but curious. Be that as it may, after a single class, I was sold; & have been investing in weekly opportunities to move, express & expand "in my body's way" ever since. The atmosphere of Sarit's Nia classes is incredibly comfortable - I rejoice in dancing next to women & men of different ages, physical abilities & general walks of life. I love feeling as though I can dance - rolling around in the energy that each class constructs; & that which each participating body manifests. Whether you are new to the world of group fitness or not; agile or not; comfortable in your own body or not; I highly recommend a dose of Nia with Sarit. I'll be that girl fumbling through the routine with a big, fat grin on her face all-the-way :)" Brianna, 31, Counselor and Kids Yoga instructor

"Pure bliss for my spirit & body. Extention of self into movement & dance. Music which inspires me to move, stretch, hop, extend, stretch, dance, and feel happy and free. Practicing Nia during pregnancy kept me in good shape, and I have no doubt that my baby was affected in a good manner from this - she has a good, natural sense for rythm and ever since she started walking she loves dancing whenever there's music around her." Inbal, 37, Googler, PhD

"Nia is like a waterfall of flowing life energy that rolls over and through you, as breath and body and heart and soul all synchronize to Music and each Other. As personal as it communal  in its sense of place and space of being in the world - words can only hint at the sensei-sensibility of a marital joy made manifest." Henri, 54, Nurse

"No one has ever accused me of being graceful but in Nia I feel as though I am becoming a friend to my body while I am stretching, moving and strengthening every part. I love watching our instructor move so gracefully and in my mind's eye I imagine myself moving that way too. The instructor, Sarit, makes everything so easy to follow (I've never been one for aerobic dance classes- they seemed too complicated for me). These classes are low impact kind of moves and you may be surprised when you find yourself stretching your aerobic limits."
Laura, 54, Retired Nurse






My Locations

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Hip Moves Dance Studio
708 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL, United States
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Stillpoint Therapy
2730 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32605, United States
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Visionary Crossfit
716 N Main St, Gainesville, FL, United States
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My Nia Classes

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Wednesday 6:00pm - 7:00pm Visionary Crossfit
716 N Main St, Gainesville, FL, United States
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Friday 9:15am - 10:15am Hip Moves Dance Studio
708 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL, United States
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Sunday 9:30am - 10:30am Hip Moves Dance Studio
708 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL, United States
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Sunday 10:00am - 11:00am Visionary Crossfit
716 N Main St, Gainesville, FL, United States
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