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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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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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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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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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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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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