What Is Nia?
Physical: A classic Nia class is a non-impact, sustainable cardio workout that blends choreography with guided free dance. Ideally practiced barefoot, Nia teaches us how to make movement choices for pleasure and longterm health and adaptability. Stiff beginners and highly fit athletes alike can adapt Nia to meet their needs by choosing from three intensity levels.
Mental: Nia engages the imagination by using the power of music and movement together to create a magical experience. Students who may be bored in traditional fitness classes often love Nia since they don’t notice the time passing. Nia is great for our brains since we routinely cross the mid-line and challenge our bodies to do patterns with dominant and non-dominant sides. There’s guaranteed to be at least one new-to-me move in every class!
Emotional: Nia encourages each of us to express, physically and with vocalizations, to release emotional energy that can get stuck in our tissues. It’s like ‘playtime’… but for adults! My students range in age from 25 to 85 years old, all moving together in the same class. It brings so much joy.
Spiritual: I feel it. I know Nia is good for my soul when I feel the deep relaxation and sense of belonging in my body, that extends to my whole life. A sense of energized serenity floods me during and after class. I invite you to experience it for yourself!
Nia with Erin Press
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