Thursday, August 31st, 2017 - Nia Australia

Hundreds of barefoot Nia enthusiasts across six Australian cities will participate in a coordinated national event  focusing on peace and nourishment, with an intent to generate positivity and inclusiveness, on Sunday, September 10th  ahead of the United Nations International Day of Peace.

September’s ‘Nia’ dance project will take place simultaneously in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Byron Bay, and Stanthorpe. The event is similar to global meditation projects of recent years, connecting people nationally for amplified effect.

Nia, a holistic dance practice gaining world appeal over the last 30 years, integrates body movement with sensory awareness, mental clarity and emotional expression, resulting in a free spirit barefoot dance experience.

The word ‘Nia’ means purpose in Swahili, and Jo Behlau, National Nia Chair and Brisbane’s National Event host, says, “Nia makes me feel amazing, it helps me to connect to my true essence…and it heals me.

“This event is about taking time to look after yourself, your body and your spirit…feed, relax and energise you and help you connect to that space within where you find peace.”

Ms Behlau is a certified Brown Belt level Nia teacher.

The Nourish Yourself Nia Playshop Day was inspired by a visit early this year by Nia Technique’s Portland, Oregon based co-founder and “firecracker” co-creator, 66 year old Debbie Rosas.

Ms Rosas 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.”

There are now thousands of certified Nia teachers globally.

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

Robert Tickner on Australia 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.”

So not only is the Nia Nourish Yourself Playshop Day good for your physical health, it will improve your brain, and overall wellbeing, and may help world peace.

The national event is a precursor to the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21st.

For information about the Nourish Yourself National Playshop Day in any of the six cities, go to


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Jo Behlau, National Nia Chair

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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.

Offering holistic conditioning and a connection to pleasure, Nia classes are suitable for every body; no experience necessary.

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