get up off your nia-s!



What is Nia?


Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music in more than 45 countries.  

talked my daughter into taking this class with me. assured her it would be great, low-key, fun, we would just blend in, (i have a history of having stamina, enthusiasm and strength, though not a lick of coordination, and she detests being the center of attention), and i stressed that it would be a relaxing, bonding experience for us, all while getting in great shape. 

the class started out slow, with a challenging set of movements and stretches and new-agey music, then i heard someone talking about the ‘good auras’ they were seeing and chakras all around, and it was on!  there were all sorts of interpretive dance moves and exercises happening – people twirling, gliding, karate-chopping, leaping. my daughter glanced over at me, we both were smiling, though she had the look of ‘really, what next, are you kidding?’ on her face. i believe i may have seen an eye-roll as well. 

at this point, i’m going to go out on a limb and guess that it all took a final bad turn for her when our trainer announced that we would ‘each act out our day with a dance,’ and she had chosen my daughter to go first and to solo. i felt the glare, a bit more intense than kryptonite, coming towards me, and i did my best to avoid any eye-contact. soon after, she blurted out, ‘how am i supposed to do this?! i have had a hell on earth day, i’m in the construction business – dealing with historical commissions, zoning boards, sub-contractors, neighborhood councils, city council, requests for bribes, and an incompetent supplier!?’ 

she did a little twirl, the trainer and the rest of the class clapped for her, and that was the last move of our nia experience together. i believe some people’s chakras may have been thrown off a bit. 

15 responses »

  1. Do not giggle Katie….do not giggle.

    Ohhhh your poor daughter. I think if I did something with my daughter like that she would …I have no idea what she would do. Then again, mine is only 13 and HAS to do what I say.

    Ok….so you and the daughter are not going back together….are you going again though? It kinda sounds fun *smiles*


  2. I tried NIA a few years back and pretty much had the same experience as ur daughter. There was an free dance part that did me in. I live dancing but usually to, you know, DANCE music. She had some new agey/ tribal music going so I ended up doing dance moves I got from Beavis and Butthead. No joke! Didn’t phase the instructor but others in class gave me the major stink eye.


    • @foodandwine – i know it is a bit crazy, and i love the dance you chose. it’s over now, but at least it was a good workout ) also love that some in the class couldn’t handle your improv )


  3. I am a member of a Unitarian Universalist fellowship and I have seen some of our members dancing out their days or the sermon. It always makes me uncomfortable but mostly because I lack the interest to express myself in that way. My thoughts are that we all need to find out what does make us comfortable often by trying on the hats of others and then sticking with it when we find it.


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