Hi. I'm Tina.
Thanks for stopping by. One of my many interests and passions in life is in helping others find their way on their adventure to self discovery. For me, Nia is one of the many ways that I have found to nourish the mind, body and soul. My goal with this blog is to share information about Nia as well as, the wealth of information I have gathered from teachers on my own journey to living a healthful life. I hope you find this blog informative and helpful in finding your own path to well being.

So What Is Nia?

I just thought it fitting that my first blogpost would be about Nia®. For those of you that have experienced Nia before, I'm sure that you have your own unique description of what this technique is about. For those of you that haven't practiced Nia before, I'm sure you're wondering just what exactly you can expect when you go to a class. I'll pass on to you the definition that the Nia founders, Debbie and Carlos Rosas use to describe this fitness style they developed. For Nia in action please follow the links to some great videos.

About The Nia Technique® 
Created by Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas in 1983, The Nia Technique combines movements and concepts from Martial arts, Dance arts and Healing arts, blending music, vocal sounding and self-expression into dynamic, hour-long routines. While most often practiced in hour-long classes, the true depth of the work lies in a rich body of education, which for many develops into a powerful life practice. With a philosophy rooted in “The Joy of Movement,” Nia teaches people of all lifestyles to use the sensation of Pleasure as a map toward physical, mental and emotional health.
Revolutionizing the world of fitness and wellbeing, Nia is today taught to over 100,000 students by over 2,200 Licensed Teachers in over 40 countries. With a “More-Gain, No-Pain” perspective, Nia bursts boundaries of age, gender and fitness levels, delivering a fun, effective and life changing practice for all walks of life.

From Nia’s Co-Founders, Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas...
For the past twenty-five years, we have devoted our personal and professional lives towards the dream of transforming fitness to include healing and lifestyle changes. Our approach to movement involves mindful integration of what we believe to be the four main elements of wholeness: the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Our initial vision in 1983 surprised even us. In taking off shoes, eliminating repetitive jogging and adding vocal sound and emotional expression, we found ourselves creating a new model for traditional fitness, expanding the choices available to all populations for reaching - and sustaining – optimum health and well being. Fluid and interactive, Nia’s balance of form and freedom provides an integrated, balanced workout, turning ‘working out’ into ‘bodywork’. Nia offers a new perspective on how, where and what you can do to improve your not only your health and well being, but your ability to experience Pleasure and Joy in each moment. We continue to explore and develop The Joy of Movement for future generations and look forward to sharing the Joy of Nia with you.

About Nia’s Creators…
Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas met in 1981. Fired with inspiration to develop a truly fun and effective movement practice, the choice to continue their personal paths together was inevitable. Together, Debbie and Carlos went deeper into their personal study of a vast range of Eastern and Western movement forms, including group exercise, martial arts, various dance techniques, body integration therapies and music theories. In 1983, they integrated this study into a body of work today practiced personally and professionally in 37 countries and growing: Nia. Ever evolving, exploring and developing this practice, Debbie and Carlos continue to teach, train and devote their lives to developing the Nia promise, Through Movement We Find Health.

What To Expect...
The first thing you’ll notice in a Nia class is the smiles, fun and genuine sense of Joy – in addition to the sweat. You’ll see bodies of all ages, shapes and sizes, and people from all lifestyles, professions and movement backgrounds. Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, Nia provides a platform for exploring and aligning every aspect of the human experience. Every Nia class includes both structured and free-form experiences, a harmony of movements soft and powerful, sharp and fluid, linear and spiraling, explosive and relaxing. ‘Sounding’ and vocalizations are used to release tension, engage emotion and imagination, effectively engaging the physical body and increasing cardiovascular endurance. While Nia’s 52 Moves provide the choreographic foundation for each class, each person’s movement is guided in the voice of their own body.

What Nia® Offers...
For many people, Nia results in a life-changing process of growth and discovery. While best known by its structure as a one-hour workout class, Nia is ultimately a philosophy that can develop into a vibrant lifestyle choice. The foundation of The Nia Technique lies in what Nia calls The Body's Way; the science of observing the physical design of the body, using this as a map to dictate proper function and use, and using the sensation of pleasure as a guide. Nia integrates core techniques from three different forms of: martial arts, dance arts and healing arts and seamlessly integrates them into a single motivating and sustainable practice, inviting people to move with Dynamic Ease through every aspect of life.

Nia is:
• Balanced, grounded cardiovascular fitness
• Versatile, exhilarating, multidimensional and effective
• Fitness developed through the sensation of Joy and Pleasure rather than effort and pain
• A body, mind, spirit fitness and lifestyle practice developed through playful, conscious movement
• Celebration of the body, inquiry of the mind, expression of spirit and emotion
• Practiced in bare feet, but invites all to participate regardless of special needs or orthopedic requirements 
• A program that honours your body's strengths and limitations and encourages you to work in that power without fear of judgement 

Nia results in:
• Increased strength, flexibility and power
• Increased balance and range of motion
• Increased comfort and energized ease in the body
• Improvement in breathing and vocalization
• Increased confidence and creativity
• A stronger connection to and awareness self; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually

Nia is for:
• Athletes, dancers, yoga practitioners, martial artists, fitness and health instructors
• Children, the elderly, the disabled, the recovering
• Couch potatoes seeking a fun way to get fit
• Therapists, doctors, psychologists, educators
• Everyone!

So there it is. Hopefully this has shed some light on What The Nia Technique is all about. You can also stop by the national Nia site at http://www.nianow.com/ or the Canadian chapter at http://www.niac.ca/. Remember, Nia has to be experienced to be understood. Contact me any time to try a free class.

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