Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. 


The Nia Experience:

Nia dance cardio fitness classes are taught by instructors licensed in the Nia Technique. Each class includes movement guidance and education; class cycles include warm-up, non-impact aerobics, and strength training, cool down and stretching. Nia Fitness classes are taught to music, including pop, electronica, jazz, Latin, New Age, Indian and hip hop. They employ 52 basic movements and techniques that draw on a combination of Jazz, Modern and Duncan Dance styles, Tai Chi, Taekwondo and Aikido; and the body mind healing arts of Yoga.

Nia’s purpose:

Nia’s purpose is to grow a worldwide community of healthy people who are empowered to do great things. Every person can discover, explore, unleash and enhance their individual potential to live a fulfilling and meaningful life by engaging their senses and listening to their bodies.

Nia trainings are for people of all shapes and sizes. They teach you how to get in your body. All Nia education and movement is rooted in sensation and making choices to feel good and look good. 

Nia Belts:

Inspired by traditional martial arts, Nia intensives follow a series of progressive belt levels: White, Green, Blue, Brown and Black Belt. Each belt explores five body and life competencies for health and vitality: philosophy, science, anatomy, music and movement.  

As you progress through these levels, you develop refined and expanded skills, a sense of self-awareness, and deepened connection to your body, mind, emotions and spirit. You learn about physical sensation, communication, energy, creativity and transformation.

Over the course of Nia training, you learn 52 principles for body-centered awareness.

Benefits of Nia:

  • Develop greater body literacy.
  • Fall in love with your body
  • Increased body awareness
  • Increase self-confidence and ease.
  • Integrate your right and left brains.
  • Integrate somatic and cognitive functioning.
  • Embody the basic laws of physics.

Nia is for bodies of all shapes and sizes and helps you connect your body, mind, emotions and spirit. To gain deeper understanding of your body’s wisdom, capacities, literacy, and the ability to listen, understand and consciously respond to the signals of your body.