Nia Moving To Heal

I’ve recently returned from a Nia Moving to Heal® (M2H) training in Dallas with the founder of Nia, Debbie Rosas. Like Debbie, I have always believed that Nia, at its heart, is a healing program. The conditioning we get from practicing Nia has been the wonderful extra benefit we receive and I have loved that…

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Expanding Nia

I’ve had many wonderful opportunities to expand Nia into Lincoln these last few weeks. It began with taking on a class at the new Firethorn Resort back in August. A new venue means new people, and I love introducing new people to Nia. Although classes are small, there is an enthusiasm that’s growing. I then…

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Nia Down Under

I just returned from a trip to Australia and New Zealand. It is spring time there now. Coming from the Midwest, preparing for winter, I was thrilled to be in the bright, hopeful energy of spring. The greens were fresh and young, and flowers were blooming everywhere. I was accompanying my husband on a scientific…

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Exploding Inward and Outward

Little did I know back in March that so much change and growth were at my doorstep. The transition to teaching online Nia classes was an epic shift for me and all of Nia. Beyond catching up with and understanding the technology, I have had an immense inward expansion that has connected me in new,…

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Everything I Learned From My Right Foot

Long ago, when I first began my career as a group fitness instructor, my goals were driven by charts, measurements, distances, time, scales, and body fat percentage. These numbers, along with their ranking from poor to excellent, defined my reason for exercising and teaching aerobic dance classes. However, I had found my way into it…

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Transition and Renewal

My life is a story written in chapters that revolve around where I was living at the time. The chapters have included Venezuela, Nicaragua, Libya, Italy, Switzerland, England, the UAE and the US. My father took the opportunity to work in the oil business overseas, thus the international background. Relocating is a signature move of…

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Completion

I’ve enjoyed 25 years as a Nia® teacher, trainer and choreographer. In the years prior to my Nia career I studied dance and theatre, group fitness, kinesiology, human physiology, and human psychology. Dance has been the defining aspect of my life, beginning at age 20 when I studied dance at UT Austin. It was a…

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Delivering the Promise

My goal as a Nia teacher is to “deliver the promise” of Nia, one of the tenets of our practice. The promise is to deliver a body/mind/spirit class, honoring The Body’s Way, led by the Joy of Movement, and made available to everybody. Until recently the classic Nia class has been mostly accessible to the…

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Building Community

Ask anyone who is a Nia aficionado, and they will tell you one of the most valuable gifts of Nia is the community that grows around it. In fact, community may be the greatest gift of all for our health and well-being and Nia delivers that. According to Susan Pinker, author of The Village Effect:…

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Moving on with Moving to Heal

I launched myself into Nia Moving to Heal (M2H) a year ago. Since then I have taught three classes a week at a independent living complex, as well as twice a month at a memory care center. To quote a friend of mine, “This work is changing me.” As a teacher, Classic Nia calls for…

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