Preparing for a Nia class

Nia™ is a fantastic fusion of 9 movement forms made up of Dance arts (including Jazz dance), Martial arts (including Tai Chi), and Healing arts (including Yoga). The combination of all the movement forms reinforces the Nia slogan: "Through Movement We Find Health".

A typical Nia class will follow seven cycles:

  1. Setting the Focus
  2. Stepping In
  3. Warming Up
  4. Get Moving
  5. Cooling Down
  6. Floor Play
  7. Stepping Out

Throughout the class, Stephanie will demonstrate 3 intensity levels for various movements: low, medium, and high intensity. You can then choose which intensity level best suits your body (which will vary from time to time). Using the Pleasure Principle, Nia has changed the fitness adage from "No pain, no gain" to "No pain, ALL gain!" This allows anyone, no matter their level of health or fitness (or the type of day they've had!), to participate in any of the classes.

These classes provide a non-judgemental, supportive environment which aids in the commitment to your health and fitness. Often, others find it is fun when they come with a friend...so bring your friends along. Nia is designed for every Body!

What to wear, what to bring

  • Nia is always practiced barefoot, so no specialty shoes are required.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing that will allow you full freedom of movement.
  • Bring a water bottle to keep hydrated.
  • It is advisable to bring a small towel. Come prepared to sweat.
  • For the Floor Play cycle, you may also wish to bring a yoga mat or blanket.