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As a Nia student and Nia teacher for 6 years now I have experience first hand so many benefits to my life and to my body-mind-spirit through dancing Nia. Nia is a wonderful movement and lifestyle practice that had touched me deeply and inspires me on a daily basis to be a better human being. I have never felt fitter and I love that my body feels and is it’s healthiest and happiest ever!
We have many many options available to us when it comes to choosing what to do exercise wise to improve our health and well-being. What I love about Nia is that the practice has evolved very organically over 30 years. With 10,000′s of students in over 48 countries now practicing Nia regularly. Nia proves that it is a movement and lifestyle practice that lasts, and will be around for a long long time to come. Nia is still very young when compared to the origins of Yoga and even Pilates but I believe it is the 21st century’s answer to wellness. The movement variety and benefits that Nia offers keeps people returning and returning to class. It was born out of the desire that fitness could be better, be fun and cater to the whole person. For more background on Nia, one that will make you really understand the inspiration behind this sensory-based movement practice, please click here to find out the Nia Story
Nia has revolutionized the fitness industry and transformed people’s bodies and lives. Here are some benefits of dancing Nia….
Nia inspires people to make choices for themselves. Every person can discover, explore, unleash and enhance their individual potential to live a fulfilling and meaningful life.
Cardiovascular conditioning which facilitates weight loss and results in proper weight maintenance. Nia improves endurance and stimulates organ function, particularly that of the hearts and lungs.
Nia’s grounded bare footed approach helps to improves a connection to the earth. This strengthens the base of the body, our foundation, which in time generates more grace and power in the whole body.
In Nia there is no jogging or jumping, low impact fitness results in participants listening to their bodies and moving in safer ways. Better efficiency in the body while moving with dynamic ease.
By integrating every part of the body and moving systemically Nia improves better circulation.
The first cycle of any Nia class is setting a focus and intention. This is a wonderful way for people to really pay attention and feel the results by the end of each class. Energy follows attention. I believe approaching our lives with more focus and intent will result in living the life that we truly desire.
The 9 movement forms of Nia and the Nia 52 Moves create movement variety and improves creativity. Stimulating both right and left sides of our brains.
A Nia class creates an environment for people to take safe risks, to stretch the boundaries of their comfort zones. This can lead to alleviate emotional problems, including depression and anxiety. Nia helps to calm the mind, which relieves and reduces stress.
Improved communication skills, listening from within ourselves in order to transmit with more clarity to others. Improved self esteem which increases confidence and happiness.
The current continuing education that Nia HQ are sharing is “Becoming a Sensation Scientist”. This is an extensive body of work created by Debbie Rosas (Co-Creator and Founder of Nia) which looks at the science of the body and encourages people to research for themselves how truly amazing our bodies really are! By understanding how our bodies function and to be more fascinated about anatomy we are then truly on the path to feeling in order to heal. Enhancing sensory awareness in the whole body.
Nia improves concentration and cognitive function.
During a Nia class we balance out the five sensation responsible for functional fitness. These are Flexibility, Agility, Mobility, Stability and Strength. By connecting to each of these sensations we stimulate the body in many positive ways. For example this leads to strengthening muscles, improves muscle time and increase muscle definition. More mobility in all the joints increases the flow of chi energy throughout the entire body. Increased grace and flexibility improving posture and alignment.
Through movement we find health, more love and joy which increases the pleasure of living in a healthy body, living a happy and fulfilled life.
To feel the benefits of Nia for your body please click here to find a Nia class near you.
About Tracey Fenner
Dancing has been part of Tracey’s life since the age of 3 years. Tracey left home at 16 years to attend the Northern Ballet School in Manchester, England. After extensive classical training Tracey graduated & danced professionally for a number of years. Tracey now has almost 2 decades of teaching experience, traveling extensively worldwide. In 2007 Tracey discovered Nia, a path that would change her life forever. Tracey is trained by the Co-Creators of Nia, Debbie Rosas & Carlos Rosas as well as International Master Trainers Helen Terry & Ann Christiansen. Now based in Hong Kong, Tracey has been instrumental in introducing the Nia Technique to the city, and is currently the only Certified Nia Black Belt in Hong Kong. Tracey is the Founder and Artistic Director of Nia Hong Kong and facilitates transformational Nia class experiences, workshops, & retreats around the planet at renowned yoga conferences, academies for performing arts, multi award winning health resorts & destination spas, creating a sacred space for her knowledge & wisdom to inspire others.
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