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Nia: Fusion Dance Fitness Class

Nia with Kat Mansfield
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Nia® is an expressive body-mind-spirit movement program that offers an artistic and innovative approach to fitness and healing. Blending aspects of Martial Arts, Dance Arts, and Healing Arts, Nia® provides a variety of movement dynamics to create an experience that involves your whole body, as well as your spirit. The stillness and concentration of Tai Chi, the dynamic poses of Yoga, the explosive power of Tae Kwon Do, and the grace and spontaneity of Modern and Ethnic dance make it possible to create a whole new sense of well being! The use of eclectic, rich music, guided imagery, powerful kinesthetic cues, and heart-felt joy add to the full experience of a Nia® class.

Your first class is FREE! Here’s an overview of all the elements you can experience during one single Nia session:

Nia is dance:

Music and rhythm play a big role at every session. Jazz dance elements make for lightness; a party feel and unadulterated enjoyment of life. Moves taken from modern dance play with opposites, e.g. falling and getting up or tightening and relaxing. So-called Duncan Dance segments offer boisterous, expressive, almost childlike dance moves promoting the feeling of freedom and enjoyment of life.

Nia is a martial art:

The precise, powerful kicks and punches derived from tae kwon do provide explosive power for muscles and the soul, helping to relieve aggression. Circular moves from aikido harmonise while simultaneously being powerful and agile. Extremely slow tai chi moves earth participants, creating good links between mind and body.

Nia is a relaxation technique:

Exercises taken from yoga boost concentration, stretching and relaxation. A range of move patterns based on the work of Moshe Feldenkrais and the Alexander Technique provide the body with an equilibrium and natural stretching. They are taught in such a way that anyone can do them immediately.

The result is freedom of movement and harmony of mind, body and soul. You will leave every Nia session with an increased feeling of inner balance.

What can Nia achieve?

Nia can have an effect on a range of areas in your body and your life after just a short time:

Your feel for your body will be significantly improved
You will experience greater strength and flexibility
You will gain a physical and mental equilibrium – you are able to stay calm and relaxed
Participants develop a conditioned, healthier body
Your posture improves
Your moves become more harmonious and graceful; you will be able to coordinate both halves of your body far better
You will have an increased feeling of relaxation and inner balance
A positive attitude and greater self-satisfaction
More enjoyment of life and of moving
Your inner motivation to move will increase – there will be no more tussles with your “weaker self”
Your feel for music and rhythm will improve
You will become more creative, spontaneous and fun-loving
People who dance Nia feel attractive and healthy