Nia has changed my life. It allows me to connect with my body in a fun, safe way.
— Student in Westbrook

What Is Nia?

I love everything about this class. Erin is fantastic! She’s the best teacher I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a lot of teachers!
— Betty

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 draws equally from nine movement forms.

Nia draws equally from nine movement forms.

The magic of Nia is that every class is a homecoming. Guided so lovingly by Erin, I’ve be able to listen and learn to love my body as is. I am so very thankful.
— Student in Cape Elizabeth
“Nia is one of my most precious tools for staying connected to my body and spirit. Erin’s classes are dynamic and fun and always adaptable to my particular mood: if I need to sweat I can sweat and if I need to be gentle there’s always room to move in my body’s own way. Nia is my time to plug in and recharge.”
— Bess Welden
THANK YOU for making movement fun at any age!!
— Student in Cape Elizabeth

Nia with Erin Press 

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Now you can enjoy the pleasure and power of a Nia class from the comfort of your home, office, hotel room, or anywhere you access the internet! We know that nothing can replace the real-time, community feel and positive energy of a live class, but when you cannot get to a class you now have an alternative! As a Nia Black Belt Teacher, I encourage you to expand and deepen your Nia practice by learning more HERE!