Thursday, August 31st, 2017 - Nia Australia

Hundreds of barefoot Nia enthusiasts across six Australian cities will enjoy a morning of nourishment and dance on Sunday, September 10th,  ahead of the United Nations International Day of Peace.

September’s ‘Nia’ dance project will take place simultaneously in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Byron Bay, and Stanthorpe, with the Adelaide event being held at the The Yoga Centre, 51 Gilbert St.

Adelaide's Nourish Yourself National Playshop Day coordinator, Natalie Ermer Jensen, said that the event was similar to global meditation projects of recent years, connecting people nationally for amplified effect.

"Nia is a fitness practice which invites student and teacher to think outside the box, and be more intuitive with how they choose to move their body,” Ms Ermer said.“The Playshop will connect Adelaide with other Australian cities, and we’ll get away from all the bad news so we can nourish our body and mind. Nia makes me feel amazing, it helps me to connect to my true essence, and it heals me."

Nia technique, a blend of dance/martial arts/healing arts gaining world appeal over the last thirty 30 years, is now taught by over 2,000 teachers globally.

Its creator, energetic 66 year old fusion dance pioneer Debbie Rosas of Portland Oregon, says the practice integrates body movement with sensory awareness, mental focus and emotional expression, for free spirited joyful and sustainable activity.

Ms Rosas who visited multiple cities through Australia and New Zealand earlier this year says, “Nia will teach you to move safely and efficiently by shifting body weight versus jumping up and down, providing extraordinary strength and flexibility benefits.

“In Nia you’re encouraged to seek pleasure in every movement.”

Nia is taught in a fitness class setting, and is used in specialised classes such as for Parkinson's, dementia, and domestic violence survivors.

Harvard Medical School has released studies suggesting dance is of immense benefit to brain health, being a significant factor in reducing likelihood of dementia related disease, and easing Parkinson's[1]

Robert Tickner on Australia's Red Cross website says, “Social connection with other people matters; it enhances our sense of wellbeing and quality of life, supports good mental health…makes us more resilient to life’s knocks and challenges.”

For further details on Nia Nourish Yourself National Playshop Day with the intent of finding inner peace at The Yoga Centre on 51 Gilbert St., Adelaide  check

The word Nia means 'with purpose' in Swahili, and what better purpose than to dance for health and peace with communities across Australia.





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Inspired by the martial arts, dance arts & healing arts, Nia is a transformational movement & lifestyle practice anchored in body-centred awareness.

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