What Is Nia?
Nia is an exhilarating barefoot cardio workout combining the martial arts, dance and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Nia is:
a martial arts dance class that improves how you think, feel, move and look
a blend of technique & creativity; the fusion of The Body’s Way with Your Body’s Way
a marriage of form & freedom that optimizes physical conditioning & adaptability to life change
Nia teaches you to listen to your body’s sensations as a method to achieve your fitness goals. Nia integrates 52 moves to increase your range of motion, strength, flexibility, agility and stability. It's movement designed for the body: for the sustainability and love of the body.
Nia draws from Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, jazz dance, modern dance, Duncan dance, yoga, Alexander Technique and Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais. Every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities. Stiff beginners and highly fit athletes alike can adapt Nia to meet their needs by choosing from three intensity levels.
Nia takes play to heart. In Nia we embrace the power of play and staying curious and open to the unexpected... We like to practice unknowing what we think we know, so we can be present for what's really happening!
Nia gets you in your body, it’s fun, and it delivers results: cardio and muscle conditioning, weight loss, stress reduction, and increased energy and vitality!
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