The first time I heard about Nia was during my recent visit to Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. It was one of the classes offered, and since I felt I needed to move my body, I went to check it out.
Nia (previously “Non-Impact Aerobics”, now “Neuromuscular Integrative Action”) is a workout program designed to deliver cardiovascular aerobic exercise and whole-body conditioning in a fun, safe and personalized way. It was created in California 1983 by Debbie Rosas (now Debbie Rosas Stewart) and Carlos Rosas (now Carlos AyaRosas), with the intention of empowering people of all shapes and sizes to discover, explore, unleash and enhance their individual potential to live a fulfilling and meaningful life by engaging their senses and listening to their bodies.
Nia, now practiced in more than 45 countries, draws from disciplines of the martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music and offer a unique combination of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities.
Nia offers three levels of intensity, so that beginners and highly fit athletes alike can practice it and get excellent results.
Watch the following video to get a sense of what Nia is:
To learn more, please visit their website.