Welcome to your first Nia Class!
Like all fitness programs, it is wise to work in relationship with your health care provider when starting any new fitness program.
What to wear
Clothes you are comfortable to move in and sweat in! Some people like shorts and a t-shirt, some like sweat pants, some like yoga wear and some like dance wear. The key is to be comfortable. Listen to your body...
In Nia, the base of the movement is Tai-Chi. Although the class is very athletic, there is no jumping--we are moving our bodies the way they were naturally meant to move. So, you don't need shoes. If you choose to wear shoes, no problem! Any soft-soled shoe will work (jazz shoe, running shoe, tennis shoe, etc)
And when you work in a bare foot, you can get more movement, more strengthening and flexibility in your ankle and calf with each step you take. Did you know there are approximately 7,000 nerve endings in each foot. So imagine how alive you will feel after an hour of dancing in happy, bare feet!
When you arrive
Be sure to introduce yourself and let the teacher know if you have any particular challenges you are working with. This class is for YOU so settle in, relax, let go of the day ahead of you or behind you and get ready to have some fun.
We offer a "Newbie Special" of $20 for your first class and your second class is FREE! Then you can decide if you want to purchase one of our discounted class cards or continue as a drop-in. Please refer to our Pricing page for more details.
Ways to make the class more beneficial for you!
• Relax. Let your body adjust to Nia movement and allow yourself the freedom to enjoy being a beginner. Keep your interest and fascination up and criticism and judgment down. Be patient, allow yourself to move through levels and stay on plateaus--this is the way to master and enjoy Nia.
• Listen to the Voice of Your Body. Seek pleasure based “body sensations.” Capture the rhythm of the feet and leg movements first and slowly add the core, arms and hands
• Go Barefoot. Experience the 7000 nerve endings in your feet to help you move in safe and efficient ways from the ground up. While barefoot is best, you can wear shoes with a soft flexible sole for comfort or support for medical purposes.
• Pick Up Your Feet. To protect your knees, don’t drag your feet. Instead, pick up your feet and place them in the direction you want to go.
• Seek Dynamic Ease. Never force a motion. Avoid getting breathless or fatigued. Move within your own comfort zone and put loving information in to your muscle memory.
• Find Your Rhythm. Get in as much nonstop movement as possible by finding your own pace. This may mean working slower and longer, rather than faster and harder. Tap into Your Body’s Way.
• Protect Your Knees. When you lower your body weight, feel your bottom naturally move back and behind you and avoid pressing your knees to the front.
• Engage Your Spine. Keep your spine mobile and flexible by using your eyes to look, and by moving an imaginary ring of air at your waist and neck.
• Use Your Arms & Hands. Generate arm movements by engaging your hands. Keep your wrist, elbow and shoulder joints relaxed to obtain power and grace.
• Dress for Passion. When you dance, wear anything that makes you feel free, comfortable, and excited to move. Yoga clothing, street or exercise wear, even a skirt changes the way you feel and move.
• Express Yourself. This is your dance. Express your own unique rhythm and body language. Be jazzy, luscious, lyrical, snappy or sensual. Most of all, be yourself and have fun.
• Breathe & Make Sound. Use your voice to blend body motions with breathing. Inhale by smelling the moment and exhale with sound to condition and engage your core.
• Love your Body. Combine a healthy lifestyle with your Nia practice and you will see and feel results far beyond changing the shape of your body.
• Have fun! This is your class, your hour and your body. Celebrate all of that!
Welcome to Nia!