Nia

Love the way You Move

Embodying mindful movement

What is

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you ask?

Nia technique is a holistic movement practice that combines elements of dance, martial arts, and healing arts to promote overall well-being and fitness. Founded in the 1980s by Debbie and Carlos Rosas, Nia seeks to connect the mind, body, and spirit through joyful and expressive movement. The practice is based on the idea that each individual’s body has its unique way of moving, and it encourages participants to listen to their bodies and move in a way that feels natural and comfortable for them.

Nia incorporates various dance forms such as jazz, modern dance, and Duncan dance, as well as martial arts like tai chi and tae kwon do, and elements of body-mind practices like yoga. The benefits of Nia include improved cardiovascular health, increased flexibility and strength, stress reduction, enhanced body awareness, and a sense of joy and self-expression through movement. This inclusive and adaptable practice can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels, making it a popular choice for those seeking a balanced and enjoyable approach to physical activity and personal growth.

Elevate your Event

Want to add an interesting and fun element to your next event? Why not include some holistic mindful movement and expressive dance? 

Share the amazing gift of Nia to your business events, self development programs, with your family and friends next time you are all together. Whether it’s for your birthday, a fundraiser or even your bachelorette, contact me to book a Nia session.

Let’s get ready to dance it out!

My Nia Journey

Nia and I spontaneously discovered one another in 2015. I was looking to attend an adult ballet class, when I looked through the studio windows, finding, people moving very differently than the formal ballet I was searching for… Mia Steyn, now my friend and Nia mentor, saw me, and gestured while she was moving, for me to join the class. I was already in movement clothes, as I just finished teaching a Pilates class at my studio, so I thought, “well, why not, let me join and see what this is all about”…

That was that! I fell in-love with Nia, and I feel the relationship was reciprocated. It was an on and off relationship during the last 8 years. I was not sure on my commitment levels, finding that Nia helps bring out the truth within me, and I wasn’t always ready to see my keystones and to grow myself to the extent that Nia can hold the space for.
I grew up with many boxes and control in various forms from society and expecting many things from myself, that was too much to live up to. Nia showed me, while I am growing as a person, a teacher, a Pilates instructor, or wellness couch, I can find the joy in what ever I pursue, which in return brought the “success” classified by society.
Mia and I worked together, each with our modalities from the first time we met, even reconnected during Covid, and presented our NPY (combining 3 teachers, each teaching their own modality – Nia, Pilates, Yoga in a class) online. In March 2022, Mia came to Knysna, to open the pathway for Nia in the Garden Route, and inviting me to step into this journey with her.
It was wonderful, to see how many people came out of “nowhere”, even from Wildernis, Plettenberg Bay and George, to come Nia with us! It showed us that there is indeed an interest and a need for Nia. Since then, I wanted to continue my Nia story with Mia, so I waited for Mia to qualify as a teacher/presenter of the Art of Sensation course.

The Art of Sensation (white belt) course, was one of the hardest, and most beautiful things I have done for myself! It was an eye opener of note. I found my energy body, I rid my physical body of pain through the power of movement, which in return also inspired my focussed healthy eating habits. I connected with the most amazing bunch of people. When I walked out of that week, I stepped into my Nia practise with a purpose for my life, an opened throat chakra and a child-like energy that I haven’t felt for years!
I felt that all that I have done in my past and the timing of my Nia course, was perfectly alighed and it helped me to continue to introduce this magical practise to the Garden Route.

To move in my body’s way, to feel what My body needs, to listen, not just to music, but what ever needs to be heard, with my whole being. It holds the space for me to express, to observe my emotions, good and bad, and to allow myself to be in a moment of now. It is a friend that is always there, holding space for what I need, and to feel connected.
Nia has even helped me grow as a Pilates instructor! I usually encourage my clients, to talk to me in how they are feeling, as I can’t feel what they feel. Nia has shown me how I can use my words more mindfully and playfully, to help cue people during sessions. I can play around using the Nia routine themes and incorporate it into the Pilates sessions I present. I feel supported by a community of positive input and effort, to be a vehicle to extent those magical and mindful efforts to more people.

The Nia practice has given me the freedom to feel embodied in my movement, connecting my mind, body, soul and emotions.

Nia has shown me that there is even more room for freedom in a movement, even in a Pilates movement which can be very technical. The Nia practise has reminded me that there is space to Not perform, but to be who You Are and to truly feel and listen what you are experiencing. This has shown me how people talk to themselves, and to help enourage others to find positive self talk. Nia is more than movement to music, it is a way of thinking, feeling, living, being.

Nia colors the human experience in for me with joy, creativity, beauty and art. I know there is still much more to learn from my Nia-friend, which makes this path super exciting, always having new rainbows to look out for!

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Upcoming Nia Events

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Classes & Fees

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WILDERNISS

TLC Studio @ Fairy Knowe Hotel

Wednesdays
10h30 – 11h30

R120 pp/ class
R440 for 4 consecutive classes

KNYSNA

Movement Studio

Thursdays
17h15 – 18h15

R500 for 4 class monthly
R130 drop in

 

Rheenedal

Studio @ denBosch

Fridays 
08h30 – 09h30

R120 pp/ class
R440 for 4 consecutive classes

plettenberg bay

The Space Between

Saturdays
08h30 – 09h30

R170 pp (discount available with a class card)
Book on Fit with Wix App or https://thespace-between.co.za/