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nirvana in motion

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Nirvana in Motion

Nia is

Movement-Medicine for Body and Soul

Nia is the expressiveness of dance.
The power of the martial arts.
The wisdom of the healing arts.
Mindful barefoot movement practice and lifestyle.

Inspired by the chemistry of nine movement forms - Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Jazz, Modern Dance, Duncan Dance, Yoga, the Alexander Technique and the work of Moshe Feldenkrais® - Nia is a transformational movement & lifestyle practice anchored in body-centered awareness.

Created as an alternative to the "no pain, no gain" attitude to fitness, Nia is designed to nourish and nurture your body now and in the future - a design system for sustainability in the body. More than "working out", Nia moves you from the inside out. Your Body's Way.

Imagine the freedom to explode like Tae Kwon Do, groove like Jazz, flow like Tai Chi, and center like Yoga.    silly. savage. sexy. sassy. serene  ...  all in the same class experience!

Got a Body? Then Nia is for you. Inviting you to step in. To feel better. To discover why Nia says: "Through Movement We Find Health. Wellness. Fitness"!

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"I love Nia! It's a total mind, body, spirit celebration."
-- Christiane Northrup, M.D., Author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"An emotional fitness odyssey, Nia is just plain exhilarating."
–- New York Times

"For me, Nia is an exhilarating culmination of the joys I have pursued throughout my life – movement, music, healing, world cultures, and connecting to humanity."
-- Ann Christiansen, Nia Teacher and Trainer

"When I took my first Nia class in September 2002, I knew in that moment that all I want to do is teach Nia. Nia has become a lifestyle for me. It brings me joy, healing, peace & conditioning within all my realms. Nia has healed me, changed my body & my life personally & professionally. Today, as a trainer I am proud to inspire others to step into their greatness."
-- Yonit Lerner Ofan, Nia Teacher and Trainer

"I discovered Nia in 1995 when I was disabled with asthma. Nia helped me heal by teaching me how to listen to my body and distinguish between healthy and unhealthy sensations in my lungs. As a result of becoming body literate, I am now medication-free. I’ve been teaching Nia since 1999 and leading Nia White Belt trainings since 2011..."
-- Rachel R. Resch, Nia Teacher and Trainer