Nia is feel good fitness for the body, mind and soul. It is a barefoot cardio-dance, wellness practice that blends diverse, energizing music with easy to follow choreography. Moves are inspired by the power and precision of the martial arts; expression and playfulness of the dance arts; and the mindfulness of the healing arts. As an ongoing practice, Nia promotes mindful awareness of the body and increased joy.
Yoga is a mind and body practice. Various styles of yoga combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. Yoga is an ancient practice that may have originated in India. It involves movement, meditation, and breathing techniques to promote mental and physical well-being.
The beauty of yoga is that you don’t have to be a yogi or yogini to reap the benefits. Whether you are young or old, overweight or fit, yoga has the power to calm the mind and strengthen the body. Don’t be intimidated by yoga terminology, fancy yoga studios and complicated poses. Yoga is for everyone.
In JourneyDance™, we dance without mirrors to release judgement of ourselves and others. JourneyDance™ is not about learning steps, it’s about revealing, recovering and re-discovering your natural intuitive movement. We activate imagination and utilize diverse forms of freestyle improvisational dance, yoga, ritual, theater, and shamanism to a soundtrack of inspiring world music, creating a barefoot ecstatic celebration of the human spirit.
Nia FreeDance class and practice focuses on stimulating people's uniqueness, creativity, and self-expression using movement form and freedom. Through dance and somatic guidance, students learn how to intentionally craft multidimensional, (that is, body-emotion-mind-spirit) creativity. Student learn truly listen to their body and practice being seduced by the music, to allow emotional expression and increased movement variety.
Sense the freedom of letting go of self judgement and approach movement with curiosity and wonder.
Gentle /INTRO TO nia
If coming to a "dance" class is alittle bit scary for you, don't worry, you are not alone.
We have created this warm and welcoming class for beginners or those new to movement. We break down the moves and move and groove slowy and with emphasis on listening to your body and enjoying the music.
You will still get a workout, but the level of conditioning won't be the same as a classic Nia class.
Belly dancing connects us with our bodies and our sensuality. It is not erotic but sensual, empowering and fun! It is a great way to exercise even if you’re not that coordinated. It is a great core workout and helps to build stamina and endurance.
You can wear whatever you feel fun and beautiful in. It is fun to dress up with funky pants, jewelry and there are always coin belts to dance with. Baring your belly is encouraged but not required and please note-all beautiful bellies are welcome!
Qigong (pronounced Chee-Gong) uses simple poses and breathing patterns to promote a healthy flow and reduce stagnation of qi. Proper flow of qi can help the body engage its own healing processes. The literal translation of qigong is “to work with qi.”
Qi Gong is rooted in traditional Chinese Medicine and can be beneficial for energy flow, relaxation, grounding, alleviating depression and boosting immunity.
Somatic Play is a movement practice that helps us move and feel better. A gentle, playful practice, it explores mindful movement from ground, seated and standing.
Somatic play combines breath work, ground play, and easeful movement explorations to help us listen with wonder and curiosity to the wisdom of our body. Moving with gentle attention we provide space for the re-patterning of some of our less helpful movement habits.
What is our body asking of us in this present moment? How does our body want to move in order to cultivate self-regulation, inner stability, and self organization for easeful supportive movement?