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Nia is Joyful Movement

Apr 10, 2011 11:01PM

In 1983 Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas catalyzed a dramatic change in the fitness industry...they took off their shoes and eliminated what was the main staple of aerobic exercise -- repetitive jogging up and down.

The Nia Technique was born from the idea that fitness could look, feel and be experienced differently, in a less painful, more pleasurable way. Nia integrates movements, concepts and philosophies from both Eastern and Western traditions such as Yoga, Tai Chi, Aikido, Jazz and Modern Dance with routines set to world music. All Nia movements are adaptable and can be personalized for any level of fitness and agility.

In Nia, martial arts and meditative techniques teach mindfulness, a powerful tool for self-discovery. Dance techniques teach how to move with grace and fluidity. Integrative body therapies lead to awareness and alignment that improves functioning.

The practice of Nia offers both traditional and non-traditional benefits. Traditional benefits include cardiovascular conditioning, flexibility, strength, balance, endurance and relaxation. Nia delivers more esoteric benefits through meditation and concentration techniques. Nia engages the spirit and touches the heart. It encourages inner exploration and self-discovery and guides students to move through their own unique, infinitely creative space. Nia is guided by the Pleasure Principle -- if the body feels good, accepted and loved, it will naturally become stronger and heal.

Living Yoga, 333 17th Street in Vero Beach offers Nia classes Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30am and Sundays, 4-5pm. Call 772-978-1099 for more information.

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