What is Nia?

Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness.        Created by Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas in 1983, it empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music in more than 45 countries.

Nia is a unique form of fusion fitness which provides a cardiovascular program that uses whole-body, expressive, grounded movements.

Nia draws from disciplines of the martial arts (Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do and Aikido), dance arts (Jazz, Modern and Duncan dance) and healing arts (Yoga, The Alexander Technique and the teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais).

The focus of Nia is The Joy of Movement, allowing the body to sense pleasure and ease in all movement choices. Students are also encouraged to move in their own natural time, listening to their body and moving in their own body’s way.

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.

For more information about Nia see www.nianow.com

Photograph provided by Nia Technique (www.nianow.com)

“Through Movement, We Find Health”
– The Nia Technique