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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...

Nia Newbie

Recently, I took my first Nia class. Nia is an exhilarating, body/mind practice based on the philosophy that exercise should feel good, and movement can optimize health and promote well-being. The f...

Choosing Love: Creating a Strong Nia Community

There have been many bumps along the road in creating my Sacred Livelihood over the last 10 years, but I’ve managed because of my Nia community. They have been the wind beneath my wings, full of...

Awareness Rising

Have you ever had a moment in your life when you realized how unhappy and out of touch you are with not only yourself, but with your actual body? I was fortunate enough to have this “ah-ha&rdquo...

Reflecting on the White Belt

It is the weekend after the White Belt training that I co-facilitated with Laurie Bass in Portland, Oregon. The weekend after any training is my time to sit, feel, sense and recapitulate the past week...

FloorPlay Training Debuts in Germany!

By: Debbie Rosas Last week I completed the first two-day FloorPlay Training in Hamburg, Germany, with 40+ Nia teachers who were hungry for knowledge! Ann Christiansen co-trained with me and it was ...

A Veteran Finds Vitality In Nia

I have been challenged by physical and psychological issues directly connected to my service in Vietnam. My first tour 1965-1966 began when I was 17 years old with the United States Marine Corp (USMC)...

Blue Skies, Blue Belt

When is it time to take the next step? During the fall season of my 57th birthday I had been listening and dancing to the Nia routine, “Soul.” The long blond braids of its creator,...

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