Thursday, August 31st, 2017 - Nia Australia

Hundreds of barefoot Nia enthusiasts across six Australian cities, including Stanthorpe’s Broadwater Hall and Brisbane’s River City Ballroom, will enjoy a morning of nourishment and dance on Sunday, September 10th. ahead of the United Nations International Day of Peace.

Stanthorpe's Nourish Yourself National Playshop Day coordinator, Alison Gaffney says, “National Playshop Day is a morning of mindfulness, joy and wellbeing.

“With Nia I have discovered what it means to come home to my body and I honour this wonderful gift of living in a body with Joy."

Brisbane's Nourish Yourself National Playshop Day coordinator, Jo Behlau, 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.

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 River City Ballroom on 4 Mollison St., West End  check www.eventbrite.com.au/e/nourish-yourself-nia-australia-national-playshop-day-registration-tickets-36477524257

For further details on Nia Nourish Yourself National Playshop Day with the intent of finding inner peace at Broadwater Hall on 638 Texas Rd.,  check www.eventbrite.com.au/e/nourish-yourself-nia-australia-national-playshop-day-registration-tickets-36477524257

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

 

Ref:

 [1] www.neuro.hms.harvard.edu/harvard-mahoney-neuroscience-institute/brain-newsletter/and-brain-series/dancing-and-brain

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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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