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nirvana in motion

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Nirvana in Motion

About Karen

Karen Firebaugh - Licensed Nia¬ģ 1st Degree Black¬†Belt Teacher
certified in Classic Nia, Nia FreeDance, Nia Moving to Heal, and Nia 52 Moves
trained in MELT Method¬ģ Hand & Foot and Ageless Grace¬ģ
doTERRA¬ģ Wellness Advocate


Creativity. Conditioning. Connection. Community.

I've done many different fitness programs throughout my 65 years. Like BodyPump BodyFlow and BodyCombat, and T'ai Chi Ch'uan - I even tested successfully for Teacher Apprentice in T'ai Chi and won a gold medal competing in tournaments. But that was all before Nia!

I fell in love with Nia in 2012 before I even danced a step! I asked the physical therapist I was working with (to help alleviate knee and hip pain) to customize a workout regimen for me. Instead, he told me about (what he called) a "Non-Impact Aerobics" class at the Y. Local class times didn't jibe with my work schedule, so I found myself driving an hour each way every Saturday to dance, kick, punch, sweat, and smile my way through Nia classes at Joy of Movement, Chatham Millis in Pittsboro North Carolina.

During a guided meditation, asked what I'd do if I listened to my heart, I was surprised to realize I wanted to share Nia as a teacher! I took the Nia White Belt Intensive Training in November 2013 and three weeks later, the Green Belt Training. Since then I've completed Blue Belt, Brown Belt, and Black Belt, and Nia 52 Moves and Move IT and Moving to Heal trainings, and, the newest tool in my kit and one of my favorite ways to move, Nia FreeDance!! And I finished re-taking Nia FreeDance again (#3) - there's so much juice in re-taking; I learn something new each time. And NOW ... drum roll... thanks to the brilliance and generosity of Debbie Rosas, the co-creator of Nia, I was fortunate to take the First Degree Black Belt Training in September 2018. Focus: Art of Self | Intent: To explore your personal potential. I felt ready... nervous, excited, yet ready for the adventure! It did NOT disappoint! In 2019, I look forward to retaking Green Belt (Art of Teaching) and a new Nia FloorPlay training with Debbie... in Pittsboro! By year-end, counting re-takes, that'll be 23 trainings in 6 years - I love to learn and revisit that learning with new perspective and yet with beginner's mind! Nia training nerd extraordinaire! 

Through my practice of Nia, I am more connected with my body and more connected to Joy - and that connection is by no means limited to class time. I feel more graceful, more alive, sexier, and more beautiful. And I know I'm stronger, have greater range of motion in my hip joints, am more flexible in my spine, and have more muscle definition in my chest and shoulders. And I have little or no pain in my knee and hip. Life is just more fun! And! I've developed a deep and abiding trust and love for myself and my body through Nia and Nia FreeDance! Karen Firebaugh Nia Brown Belt Teacher

I've been interested in natural ways of caring for myself and my family since college; whole foods, homeopathics, herbs, flower essences, and essential oils. Then several years ago, my niece began using doTERRA¬ģ essential oils and that was¬†my re-introduction to the power of oils, CPTG - certified pure therapeutic grade - essential oils. So now, I'm a doTERRA Wellness Advocate¬†and love being part of a company that's "revolutionizing the way families manage their health" using "nature's most powerful elements". It was a natural progression to begin diffusing oils in my Nia FreeDance classes and creating Chakra-balancing Nia playshops! Now, as I lead¬†Essential Healing Circles, I am continually¬†delighted & surprised at the powerful synergy Nia & essential oils create together.

Both MELT Method¬ģ and Ageless Grace¬ģ are such natural compliments to Nia and living in a body that I received training in 2016 - from the programs' creators, Sue Hitzman and Denise Medved, respectively.

MELT is a simple self-treatment technique that is designed to reduce chronic pain. "Learn how to live a healthy, pain-free life … at any age!"
Ageless Grace is a cutting-edge brain fitness program based on neuroplasticity that activates all 5 functions of the brain - analytical, strategic, kinesthetic learning, memory/recall, creativity and imagination. "It's never too late to begin. It's never too early to start."

My passion is sharing the Joy of Movement and natural healthy living with all ages, genders, fitness levels, and body types. My focus is on building a vibrant Nia community ... the time and space to be free to choose joyful movement - nirvana in motion... and getting Essentials Oils into the hands of people looking for natural life and health solutions! I teach classes and playshops in Pittsboro. Greensboro. and Beyond. When I visit my son and granddaughter in Sewanee, Tennessee or my sister in Belfast, Maine, you can bet there will be a Nia class! And an Essential [Oils] Healing Circle class! I dream of taking this on the road in an ever-widening circle. Want to connect?!