Holistic Wellness & Fitness Classes inspired by the Nia Technique®
"Don't stifle your rhythm, your beat, by trying to clone ours.This is your workout for your body & psyche, and it will look like you, not us." ~ Nia® co-founders, Debbie Rosas & Carlos AyaRosas
inAbout On The Move
Colleagues and Licensed Nia® instructors, Liz Lane & Carleen Weber are 'On The Move' within the Greater St. Louis Area sharing their passion for the Nia® movement & lifestyle practice and leading Nia classes for all ages. They are committed to exploring fresh, fun, and unique ways to enhance holistic health, wellness, & fitness inspired by the Nia Technique®. Liz & Carleen's outstanding teaching partnership offers two instructors at each class modeling three intensity levels/movement modifications for all (ages, levels of fitness, body-types, and physical abilities). While igniting your personal potential and engaging in mindful movements set to inspirational music, Liz & Carleen warmly welcome all people ranging from athletes to gentle movers & children to seniors to step-in to Nia's "feel good fitness" and holistic conditioning of the mind, body, spirit, emotions, while experiencing positive changes from the inside~out!
Meet Partners 'On The Move'
Liz Lane (pictured right) is a Licensed Nia® Instructor and holds an MS in Education and BA in Dance/Theater. Liz has been practicing the Nia Technique® for 6 years and instructing classes for 4 years. Combining her 9+ years of elementary teaching experience and extensive background in performing arts (dance & choreography), Liz enjoys leading Nia Technique classes in a fun, light-hearted way promoting pleasure through purposeful movement. She reflects Nia's "No Pain~All Gain" attitude with simple guided instruction and a smile. The wealth of healthy benefits that continue to evolve within the Nia practice are limitless and Liz is grateful to share that education and lifestyle with others.
Carleen Weber (pictured left) is a Licensed Nia® Instructor and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Carleen has been practicing Nia for 10 years and instructing classes for 5 years. Her 18 years of social work experience is the perfect blend for her love of movement, fun, and psychological well-being. Carleen’s movement style is easy to follow and brings out the natural beauty and joy of living in our body. As facilitator, counselor, and friend, her dynamic approach to delivering the Nia promise leaves you wanting more.
About The Nia Technique®
Based on the work of Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas, The Nia Technique® is a sensory-based movement & lifestyle practice stemming from: Martial Arts (Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido), Dance Arts (jazz dance, modern dance, Duncan dance), and Healing Arts (yoga, Alexander Technique, Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais). Classes include dynamic, low-impact movements within 7 cycles: 1) class focus, 2) step-in, 3) warm-up, 4) cardio, 5) cool-down, 6) floor conditioning 7) step-out. The Nia® practice embodies the holistic-self conditioningmind, body, spirit, and emotions through "feel good" movements set to motivating music. Classes arePerformed bare-foot while stimulating over 7,000 nerve-endings in each foot, promoting greater flexibility, agility, mobility, strength, and stability for ultimate cross-training. Nia® encourages one to move "The Body's Way", the way it is naturally designed to move, "maximum efficiency with minimal effort", (no torquing, pounding of the joints or fatigue). Due to it's adaptability, the Nia Technique® welcomes gentle movers to athletes of allages, genders, body-types, fitness levels and physical abilities, to experience fusion fitness like no other. New to Nia®? No worries! There is no prior experience is needed and your 1st class is FREE! Get ready to step-in to sustainable wellness & fitness you can enjoy for the rest of your life!
Nia's holistic health, wellness & fitness allows you to . . .
* Move ‘The Body’s Way’ sensing pleasure through efficient, scientifically based movements that are fun! * Step-in to barefoot movements stimulating nerve endings in the feet, promoting balance and increasing stability & agility. * Ignite mind/body connection helping you maintain focus & sharpening thought process. * Ease into movement, get your heart pumping, and find freedom and flexibility with conditioning on the floor. Learn how to descend to the floor, strengthen, stretch & relax, and to return to your feet in your own natural time with guidance of two certified instructors. * Welcome all ages, genders, fitness levels, body-types, and physical needs including those with limitations or undergoing rehabilitation.
Additional Healing Benefits for those with Weak Knees High Blood Pressure Foot Problems Backaches Range of Motion Depression/Anxiety Arthritis Hips/Joint Aches
* Nia is adaptable and modeled for those requiring a wheelchair or seeking the aid of a chair.
Nia® FAQ's What is Nia®? Nia® (pronounced "nee-ah"), is a sensory-based movement lifestyle practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music in more than 45 countries worldwide. Trainings are designed for those seeking personal enrichment and professional development. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities. Who created Nia®? Nia® was created in the early 1980’s by Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas, who were, at that time, fitness professionals in Marin County, California, searching for a better, more meaningful way to workout and stay fit. How does Nia® work? Nia® draws from disciplines of the martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. Every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities. Participants from all fitness levels ranging from beginners to highly fit athletes can adapt Nia® to meet their needs by choosing from three intensity levels. Consecutive trainings collectively explore 52 principles for personal enrichment and professional development. What are people saying about Nia®? Read testimonialsfrom people of all ages, backgrounds and locations. Does Nia® require special equipment? No. Nia® was designed to be performed in bare feet to improve balance and stability. While barefoot, our body receives messages from our proprioceptors- special nerves which relay information to the brain about our movement and position. Stronger arches, more stable ankles and knees, and better posture are the result. You are welcome to wear footwear. If you choose to, we suggest soft-thin soled shoes such as ballet slippers, jazz shoes, or Yoga Stick-e socks as good alternatives. Follow your body's way and what feels best to you. *Yoga mats are always welcome for floor-play movements. Where can I find Nia®? Nia®is taught in nearly every state of the United States, as well as in 45 other countries around the world. It is offered in a variety of settings - from gyms and fitness centers to spas and resorts. You'll find Nia® in fitness and health clubs, yoga centers, YWCAs, Pilates studios, non-exercise facilities, healing and wellness centers, senior centers, retreat programs, summer camps, personal growth and transformation seminars and conferences, HMO programs, corporate wellness programs, sport vacations, teen and inner city youth groups, university PE, theater, and pre-med departments, dance and martial arts schools, spas, hospitals, prisons, and drug/alcohol and cardiac rehabilitation centers – and more! Who takes Nia®? Due to it's adaptability, Nia® is for people of all ages, fitness levels, body-types, and physical abilities. Nia tends to draw people who love to move, are passionate about change, and desire a conscious, fun, expressive and pleasurable way to get healthy and fit while enriching their lives. Nia may be performed while seated in a chair; a wonderful option for those recovering from injuries or surgeries, those with knee and/or foot pain, or those wheelchair-bound. Three levels of intensity are incorporated in Nia routines to maximize one's potential with minimal effort. . . "The Body's Way!" What about Nia® for children? We offer a variety of classes for children: Mommy & Me Nia®, Nia®Totz, and Nia®Kidz. Mommy & Me Nia promotes bonding with your children through. . .Inspiring Music ~ Mindful Movement ~ Stimulation ~ Relaxation! These classes are for moms to be, and moms with newborns and infants. We suggest moms wear their children in slings or wraps to free up their arms for ease of movement. Independent child movers welcome too! Nia®Totz is a fun, bonding class for toddlers and adults to engage in sensory-based, holistic movement. Nia®Kidz is for the independent child who wishes to move freely in self-expressive, holistic movement; adults are always welcome to join in the fun! Each children's class offers dynamic routines set to playful, upbeat music to motivate and inspire the movers, shakers, and dancers in all of us. Nia classes for families and children offer a wealth of healthy benefits including an increase fine/gross motor skills, brain development, and creativity while promoting cardio-vascular health and body strengthening through balance, coordination, and agility. It enhances social skills, improves attention span, encourages participation and group interaction, teaches art appreciation, and provides opportunities to lead, share, and respond to others. Nia for children: "MOVEMENT~MUSIC~MAGIC!" How much does a Nia® class cost? Nia class rates vary and can range anywhere from $5- $15/class depending on class duration and location. Many times, special package rates are offered when purchasing more than one class at a time, and in some cases the first Nia class experience is Free! What type of training do Nia® teachers receive? Inspired by traditional martial arts, Nia follows a series of progressive belt training 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. Over the course of Nia training, you learn 52 principles for body-centered awareness. All belt levels include 50+ hours of education in the form of movement, interactive discussion, and self-reflection.
What are the benefits of taking Nia®?
Increases the pleasure of living in your body
Facilitates weight loss and proper weight maintenance
Strengthens muscles, improve muscle tone, and increase muscle definition
Calms the mind and relieve stress
Increases grace and flexibility
Balances the autonomic nervous system
Improves posture and even increase height
Improves organ function, particularly that of the heart and lungs
Enhances sensory awareness
Heightens sexual function
Builds reservoirs of chi energy
Alleviates emotional problems, including depression, anxiety, and stress
Improves circulation of blood and improve lymphatic drainage
Improves concentration and cognitive function
*Nia® FAQ's information based on the work of Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas and gathered from the NiaNow website: http://www.nianow.com/ Quote: The Nia Technique®, The Revolutionary, Pain-Free Way, by Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas with Katherine Martin, Published by Villard Books, Division of Random House, Inc., 1987, and The Nia Technique®, The High-Powered Energizing Workout That Gives You A New Body And A New Life, by Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas, Published by Broadway Books, Divisin of Random House, Inc., 2004. For more information please visit NiaNow website: http://www.nianow.com/nia-print-material