Teaching Nia Online

Nia has seen an incredible change since the start of the pandemic.  There is so much Nia available online now, from Body and Life Trainings to ongoing Nia classes of all types, we can tap into it whenever we want.  The ease and convenience of doing it from home are perfect for many, but not…

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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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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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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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International Happiness Day

March 20th is International Happiness Day. It was celebrated yesterday by a group called Positivity Matters in Lincoln, NE. I was invited to offer a ten minute dance break to the group. I jumped at the chance, knowing that dance can be direct source to joy and happiness. A small group gathered at the local…

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From Standing to Sitting

My intent through my work has been to bring movement to as many people as possible. I’ve been practicing this intent for 35 years now, beginning with Jane Fonda aerobics and ultimately finding Nia. It’s been an amazing journey that marks my life in a powerful way. As I age I look ahead to the…

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Sing-a-Long

I taught a Nia Moving to Heal class at a memory care residence called Country House yesterday. It was my first experience working with this population. I had compiled a playlist of hits from the 50’s and 60’s, songs I knew they would be able to sing to. As I was setting up and waiting…

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Creating the Space

I’ve just returned from a week of immersing myself in the Nia White Belt experience. The Nia White Belt is the first level of somatic education offered by the Nia Technique. It’s a week-long process of discovering the magnificence of the human body and its potential to live into greatness through an embodied practice of…

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Art of Sensation

I am days away from stepping into a Nia White Belt training in Lincoln, NE. The White Belt is the entry into Nia’s art of sensation; what it means to live a sensory life. I began this journey for myself in 1993. I have facilitated scores of White Belt trainings since then and am always…

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Dancing Through Despair

Sadly, in my 24 years as a Nia teacher I have danced through terrible tragedies, personal and world-wide. The first was the Oklahoma bombing. I was teaching Nia at the University of Texas. It was a time when high energy aerobics just wouldn’t be appropriate. Fortunately, Debbie Rosas had choreographed a routine called Heal Our…

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