Nia Technique® – The Joy of Movement!
Watch this video for a taste of a Nia class through a beginner’s eyes.
Nia Technique® is a sensory based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts that helps you self-heal your body, mind, spirit and emotions using music and movement.
You get a great physical workout and the opportunity to sense your body’s way. Nia Techniques® empowers people of all sizes and shapes by adapting the movement to individual needs and abilities. But most of all Nia class is a place to have a great time. Kick off your shoes and dance through life with Nia!
Your First Class: What to Expect
The class consists of a warm-up, moves into a higher intensity – cardiovascular level – and ends with a cool down. In Nia, we start easy. Small is good: it allows you to sense your body and establish the neurological connections that lead to self-healing. With each song, we start with “level one” movements, focusing on finding the foot pattern or rhythm of the music, and an easy pace. We gradually add the arm motions when we are ready. And then we slowly build intensity. Going at level two, we begin to add a larger range of motion or intensity: taking bigger steps and lifting our legs and arms higher, and level three giving it more personal expression along with a higher intensity.
Your energy, your way.
You can choose which level to work at, based on your fitness level and even how you are feeling on that day of class. You are in charge: following the cues for each level you can work at level one, level two or level three – or a combination. It is your work-out, your time for yourself, and entirely up to you.
The class flows. While I may take some time to demonstrate new moves, or how a particular move is done, you will not hear ‘you aren’t doing that right’. Class is never stopped for individual correction. What you will hear are reminders to work at your own pace, to listen to your body, to find the joy in the movement and to enjoy yourself, especially if you are a beginner. You only get to be a beginner once, so allow yourself the freedom to enjoy being a beginner. It is all about the joy of movement!
Listen to Debbie Rosas, co-founder of the Nia Technique® talk about the development of Nia:
Nia is 30 years old this year!
I love Nia! I think of it as a moving meditation. There is that point in Nia class where it all comes together: that feeling of no-thoughts and detachment from ego, really of being One. And yes, at times Nia is as challenging as sitting meditation: impatience and wishing to be somewhere else when fatigue sets in! And then as I refocus and rededicate my attention it overflows into a delicious sense joy and deep peace.
Deborah Redfern, Certified Nia Technique® Teacher
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