What is Nia?
Nia is the art of movement the body’s way.
Nia is a cardio-dance workout, a movement practice, and lifestyle based on the intelligent design of the body.
Nia tones your mind and tunes your body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced.
Nia cardio-dance workouts combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts to get you fit in 60 minutes – body, mind, emotion, and spirit.
Nia is practiced barefoot, non-impact, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities.
A bit about Edie’s Nia practice….
Edie was diagnosed with congenital hip displaysia at the age of 27. Not wanting to take pain medication for the chronic pain, she sought out alternative healing modalities and was fortunate to meet a physical therapist who specialized in working with dancers. She introduced me to Pilates and Yoga. These two forms helped me to strengthen and stretch my body, learning ways to manage the pain and maintain my range of motion.
In the summer of 2003, Edie moved from NYC to La Jolla, CA. She discovered The Nia Technique that summer at a small fitness studio near her home. Edie began practicing Nia which taught her how to move fluidly through life, truly focusing on the joy of movement. It was a great opportunity for Edie to train her mind and body to move with dynamic ease rather than pain. At the age of 34 she finally made the decision to have two total hip replacements. Nia helped Edie fully integrate her new hips into my body, She relearned how to trust my legs, and for the first time move without pain. The non-judgmental environment of the Nia classes allowed Edie the time and space to teach herself how to move with grace, strength and ease.
Nerve damage to her deep peroneal nerve during her first hip replacement resulted in my left calf and foot being paralyzed. Waking up to learn that she could not move her leg from the knee down was an incredibly surreal experience. She was fortunate that the nerve began to wake up and she believes continue to regenerate. For the first year, as she regained strength in the leg and foot, Edie danced with sneakers and my brace on. Nia classes again provided me a supportive environment to learn and grow and most importantly, be in my body’s way.
In December 2007, Edie completed her White Belt Nia Teacher Training program at Nia Headquarters in Portland, OR. She has been sharing Nia with students in San Diego, New York, Costa Rica. Modesto, Livermore, and now online since her certification.
The Joy of Movement. Truly it is something every person can experience in their own way. Edie strives to teach classes that allow each attendee to feel honored and respected as they find their own grace and ease. Nia believes every person can discover, explore, unleash, and enhance their individual potential to live a healthy and meaningful life by engaging their senses and listening to their bodies.
Edie looks forward to sharing the joy of Nia with you! All classes are currently on line. To find out more about class schedule, please sign up for Edie’s Newsletter.