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tone your body, free your mind, and ignite your creative power!

Nia is an exhilarating movement practice that combines dance, martial arts and healing arts. Some have called it the exciting, aerobic "cousin of yoga" due to the combination of movement awareness and fitness that it creates.

Nia cultivates fitness by choosing pleasure over pain and listening to sensation as the way to connect with fitness, mindfulness, and inner self. Nia classes are a tantalizing blend of form - in which your body is trained to develop new fitness circuitry - and freedom - leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced.

A fun, creative path to well-being, Nia's world-wide classes are taught at 3 levels of intensity and adaptable to individual fitness levels and needs.

"Your physiology becomes your psychology." Nia tones your body while transforming the blocks that have become a part of your cellular memory. Dancing between the physical world and the world of energy, Nia is more than just a workout. Nia addresses each aspect of your life - body, mind and soul - using a wide variety of music to inspire you.

When I (Dhyana) came in contact with the elegant fusion of various east west fitness modalities in Nia I was deeply impressed. I had created and was leading the first Holistic Fitness classes in Vancouver, combining aerobics, yoga and meditation. However I immediately attended the extensive week-long Nia white belt training in Portland that took us deeply into ourselves on every level. Since then I have completed several intensives and am a certified black belt instructor. Nia has become a way of life, a way to "dance through life" into the freedom of being our self. I offer classes:

  • in Gibsons, BC, Canada, from April to December, 10am Sat. & Tues. at DanceWorks Studio, 923 Gibsons Way
  • in La Manzanilla, Mexico, from January to March at Casa Luz, 9:15am Sat. & Tues.

Watch Nia co-creator Debbie Rosas as she demonstrates a collage of some of Nia's 52 Moves and music variety with a group of teachers and students:

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For more information on Nia visit the headquarters website at

Find Nia classes in your area, taught by licensed Nia teachers, at

Nia is also available on-line, at

"I love Nia! It's a total mind, body, spirit celebration!" - Dr. Christiane Northrup (author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom)