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Stay Healthy with the Change of Seasons

The holiday season always seems to come too soon! Staying in the flow helps me stay healthy and well during the hustle and bustle, connecting to the sensation of fluidity as I move, think and manage e...

Confessions of a Nia Teacher

For some time, I could only recall one long period of time in my adult life when I saw myself as beautiful. It was when I was expecting my first son. I was invincible and everything was possible. I di...

Born to Move

I was born to move! In fact, I have been moving my whole life. I had no idea my worlds as an athlete and fitness guru would one day collide and synchronistically click with my life as a mind-body psyc...

Everyone Needs Moving to Heal: A letter from Debbie

Portland, Oregon, is fully into the swing of fall. The sunny, cool days help me appreciate the transition into a new weather season and a new season of projects. I love diving into new projects. I&rsq...

Movement is Medicine: Nia presents at the World Parkinson Congress

Last week, Caroline Kohles and I attended the 4th Annual World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon.  Caroline has been teaching Nia for Parkinson’s Disease (PD) at the Jewish Communit...

Nia Dances Into Bulgaria

In 2014, when I went on maternity leave with my son, my husband (who is Bulgarian) and I moved to Sofia, Bulgaria. Being a full-time mom brought new challenges to my life, specifically in how to keep ...

How One Teacher Uses Nia in the Classroom

As I busily sharpen pencils, label notebooks and individually reflect on the names of my students in third grade, a sense of awe descends. These families are entrusting their most precious gifts into ...

Stepping Into Beginner's Mind

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” Shunryū Suzuki As I lay flat on my back and relax into NiaStudio’s wooden f...

Behind the Scenes with Ann Christiansen

We all have those days when getting out of the house is a struggle and making it to a Nia class seems out of the question. Perhaps we have a young child at home or an aging family member we have to ta...

From Little Things Big Things Grow

Communities thrive when they share a common purpose and sense to connect and contribute. In the words of iconic Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly, “from little things big things grow.&rdq...

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