Hundreds of barefoot Nia enthusiasts across six Australian cities, including Byron Shire’s Brunswick Memorial Hall, will enjoy a morning of nourishment and dance on Sunday, September 10th. ahead of the United Nations International Day of Peace.
Byron Bay's Nourish Yourself National Playshop Day coordinator, Julie Bartley, says September’s project is scheduled for the same time in each location, similar to global meditation events of recent years, connecting people across borders.
Ms Bartley says, “Community comes together Australia-wide to share the gifts of Nia.
“Nia teaches us to listen to our body, to activate our own personal trainer and be guided by the voices of the body."
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
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 Byron Shire’s Brunswick Memorial Hall on Fingal St., Brunswick Heads check www.eventbrite.com.au/e/nourish-yourself-nia-australia-national-playshop-day-registration-tickets-36477524257
Byron Shire’s Brunswick Memorial Hall
Julie Bartley – Nia teacher Byron Shire
The word Nia means 'with purpose' in Swahili, and what better purpose than to dance for health and peace with communities across Australia.
Julie BartleyP: 0402-980-805
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.
Jo Behlau, National Nia ChairP: 0423-337-337