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Nia® San Diego

Nia’s sensory-based movement practice empowers self-awareness and emotional expression.

Nia’s 9 Movement Art Forms “MADAHA”:
3 Martial Arts:  tai chi, tae kwon do, aikido
3 Dance Arts: jazz, modern, Duncan
3 Healing Arts: Alexander, Feldenkrais, yoga

Class Schedule

New To Class?                         class guidelines

People in more than 45 countries love Nia’s technique soul-sounds and barefoot balance challenge.  Step into “the Joy of Movement” with Nia, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live.


How does Nia work?
Nia joins the creativity of personal expression with body disciplines.  To accomplish this, it draws from 9 Movement Art Forms: 3 Martial Arts, 3 Dance Arts and 3 Healing Arts (“MADAHA”). Nia strengthens proprioception  and kinesthetic awareness (your sense of ‘self’) by emphasizing 5 main body sensations, “FAMSS”:  Flexibility, Agility, Mobility, Strength, and Stability.  And Nia’s “52 Moves” enlivens three main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities.  By choosing from the 3 Intensity Levels, beginners and the highly fit alike can adapt Nia to meet their needs.

These are all set in a 7-Cycle class the embodies both form and freedom, choreography and freedance.


Why was Nia created?
Nia is growing a worldwide community of healthy people who are empowered to do great things.  By engaging the senses and listening to the body every person can discover, explore, and unleash their individual potential to live a fulfilling and meaningful life.   With the right education and tools, we can increase confidence and happiness in our body, mind and heart, and in the communities in which we live.  Eight Elements West offers Nia Trainings for those who seek further personal enrichment and professional development.


What will my first Nia session be like?
You will first be asked to fill out a client intake form with questions regarding your health history and goal in seeking us out. Come dressed in comfortable workout clothing that hugs the body.  And prepare your body for a wonderful fitness, movement and awareness experience.


How many times a week should I do Nia?
Attending Nia regularly 1-3 times a week will greatly enhance your connection to the 9 Movement Art Forms MADAHA, the 5 Sensations FAMSS, and the 52 Moves.  The result is better body awareness, cardiovascular tone, deep strength, and joint flexibility.


Is Nia cardiovascular?
Nia is cardiovascular and it increases proprioception – that means while you work out you also increase your felt-sense of what’s right for your body, and what’s not, including what you eat, and how much. With an enhanced intuitive felt-sense, you don’t have to over-think, you just “know” what works.   Many people find this one of the most pleasurable ways to improve fitness levels.


8 Benefits
1)  Nia is flexibility, strength, agility, stability and mobility.
2)  Nia is body-centered awareness.
3)  Nia is heart-centered expression.
4)  Nia is self-empowerment.
5)  Nia is sensory-based movement.
6)  Nia breaks old habits in movement.
7)  Nia is great for dance and music lovers.
8)  Nia is whole-person well-being.

New clients:  try one first-time SPECIAL OFFER

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