Nia is a well-being fitness and lifestyle practice that uses expressive movement – The Body’s Way – to achieve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and well-being. As a creative blend of the dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts – guided by joy and sensation – Nia awakens body awareness and wisdom.
Bodies of all shapes and sizes can find a place to move and weave together, one that allows them to uniquely express and nurture themselves.
Before you begin
1. Be of beginner’s mind. Approach everything with fascination.
2. Grow with dynamic ease. Start out easy and grow with ease.
3. Let go and dance. Personally experience your own ways of moving.
4. Seek pleasure and comfort. Adjust what you do, and how you do it, to achieve harmony, balance, and peace.
5. Intend. Direct your mind to help your body develop new skills. Energy follows attention and intention.
6. Get the most out of Nia. Use all parts of your body as free weights and minimize effort by adjusting how you use these weights.
7. Use your feet as the foundation. Rest into them and push to rise.
8. Use breath and make sound. Improve conditioning and gain core support.
9. Move through planes, levels, and ranges of comfort. Shift into higher or lower planes to build strength and flexibility.
10. Be mindful and conscious. Pay attention and notice what is happening and to what you feel.
11. Listen to your body. Respond to even the smallest sign of discomfort. It is asking you to change what you do and how you do it to feel pleasure.
12. Avoid the fitness / warrior / athlete syndrome. Develop awareness and mastery over time.
13. Personalize each workout. Every time you workout, discover more about you by creating movement variety. Use repetition to move in different and unique ways.