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What is Nia?

Nia is a wellness and fitness format that combines the expressiveness of dance, the power and explosiveness of martial arts, and the mindfulness of the healing arts. The foundation of Nia is “through movement we find health.” With over 52 movements that mobilize the base, core and upper extremities of your body, Nia is a holistic practice that creates a pathway for you to explore both your movement potential and capacity for wellness. As you learn to listen and respond to your body, you begin to feel increased joy and pleasure in movement, which inherently improves your well-being.

Nia
 was co-created by Debbie and Carlos Rosas over 35 years ago and was the first non-impact aerobics practice that focused on joy, pleasure and designed movement around the body’s way. Nia’s philosophy is that “fitness must address the whole human being, not just the body. Exercise that’s done strictly for its own physical sake, divorced from the emotions and human spirit, isn’t satisfying, isn’t fun and eventually fails. To achieve whole-being integration, you must address the whole person. Nia accomplishes this by combining several classic movement forms.”

The nine movement forms that comprise Nia, that you experience in Nia classes, are:

  • Dance Arts: Jazz, Modern & Duncan Dance
  • Martial Arts: T’ai Chi, Tae Kwon Do & Aikido
  • Healing Arts: Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique & Yoga

Nia is practiced barefoot, non-impact, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities.

I am a first degree black belt level trained Nia teacher, the highest level of training for a teacher. I am also trained in several other Nia specialty practices: Moving to Heal, Nia 5 Stages and 52 Moves.

Live in themoment (1)I discovered Nia in 2003 as part of my graduate training in the Experiential Health and Healing program at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. The experience was truly transformational! After feeling paralyzed by grief, one Nia session opened the floodgates and allowed me to start moving and feeling alive again. I knew from that first day I wanted to share the magic of Nia with others.

I’ve practiced a lot of different types of movement. Nia is unparalleled. While there is a form and structure, there is also plenty of freedom and individuality. The guiding sensation of Nia is pleasure. The guiding principle is the joy of movement. Together, they make it so that through movement we can achieve a state of wellness in mind, body, heart and spirit.

My Nia classes focus on developing a student’s self-love and ability to feel joy in their bodies.

As a facilitator, I strive to create a loving, mindful and open space for you to experience the joy of movement, self-expression and healing power of the Nia technique.

My maiden name, Lucero, means “bright star.” I am excited to move, groove and share my light with you.

Nia Class Schedule:

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Nia at Dharma Yoga House in Dana Point, CA

Nia at Dharma Yoga HousWhen: Fridays
Time: 10:45am – 11:45am
Location: Dharma Yoga House, 34207 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629
*Studio is located upstairs
Cost: Donation-based (suggested $10-$20)

Nia is a wellness and fitness format that combines the expressiveness of dance, the power and explosiveness of martial arts, and the mindfulness of the healing arts. The foundation of Nia is “through movement we find health.” With over 52 movements that mobilize the base, core and upper extremities of your body, Nia is a holistic practice that creates a pathway for you to explore both your movement potential and capacity for wellness. As you learn to listen and respond to your body, you begin to feel increased joy and pleasure in movement, which inherently improves your well-being.Nia is practiced barefoot, non-impact, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities.My Nia classes focus on developing a student’s self-love and ability to feel joy in their bodies.

As a facilitator, I strive to create a loving, mindful and open space for you to experience the joy of movement, self-expression and healing power of the Nia technique.

Feb 1 Dharma YogaFor the month of February, we are focusing on the emotional realm of Nia which includes conditioning the core of the body: the pelvis, chest and head. All of our major organs and our chakra system are located in the center of the body – each one protected by the regions defined as the pelvis, chest and head. When we mobilize these three areas, we charge our chakras and feel into emotion that is stored in these energy centers. Thus, conditioning the pelvis, chest and head allows us to strengthen and support our emotional body.

Payment: Cash, check, Venmo, Square or PayPal (below)


Nia at Dharma Yoga House




Nia: Moving to Heal – NEW class in Newport Beach, CA

M2H Nia Winter CYC (1)Gentle Dance that is Movement as Medicine

Moving to Heal is a gentle Nia class. Nia is a fusion of dance, martial arts and healing arts such as yoga. Moving to Heal is adaptable for anyone returning to movement, recovering from injury or illness, or simply needing a slower pace. This beautiful class format is designed for people seeking ways to feel better and more joyful in their bodies. Enjoy easy-to-follow choreography to fun music in a supportive atmosphere of safety and trust.

When: Wednesdays from 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6 & 13, 2019
Location: Marina Park Community Center, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA, US 92663
Instructor: Jennifer Lucero-Earle
Class fee: All 6 classes: $113.00 (Resident), $123.00 (Non-resident)
Drop-in’s welcome! Drop-in to any class $20 *Pay the front desk.

Things to bring and know:


Nia: Dance into a Healthy Body – Saturdays in Corona Del Mar

Nia Winter CYC, part 1Dance into health with Nia! Improve your muscle tone, posture, flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, stress threshold, and capacity for joy. Nia combines the expressiveness of dance, the power of martial arts & the mindfulness of the healing arts. The moves are simple to follow & practiced barefoot to soul-stirring music.

When: Saturdays from 10:15am – 11:15am
Dates: January 19 & 26, February 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2019
Location: Community Youth Center (CYC), 3000 Fifth Ave, Corona del Mar, CA 92625
Instructor: Jennifer Lucero-Earle
Drop-in’s welcome! Drop-in rate: $20

Drop-in’s can pay in person at the front deck at the Community Youth Center (CYC). The drop-in process is below.

To drop-in:
– Arrive about 10 minutes before class to check-in.
– Go to the Community Youth Center (CYC) front desk.
– The fee is $20 (resident and non-resident fee).
– You can pay via cash, check or credit card.
– If paying in cash, you must have the exact amount (they do not have change).
– If paying via check, make it payable to City of Newport Beach
– Then take your shoes off, go to the Corona del Mar room and let’s dance!
**If after paying the drop-in fee you decide you want to do pay for the entire series, they will transfer your drop-in fee to pay for the series.


Introducing Beautiful World, a Nia-inspired routine by Jennifer Lucero-Earle

Beautiful World San DiegoDate: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Location: Dorothea Laub Dance Place, 2650 Truxtun Rd, San Diego, CA 92106 – Studio Room 106
Cost: $15 drop-in or class card with Janice & Kriszti
Pay in person. No need to pre-register for this class.

Beautiful World is an expression of my hopes and dreams for embodying presence on this sacred planet we call home. Inspired by the tarot card of Justice and one of its archetypal expressions as sacred activism, Beautiful World celebrates gratitude, hope, truth, humanity, compassion, possibility and universal love. The physical focus is Beautiful World is sensory awareness. The intent is to experience deeper embodiment and presence with ourselves, one another and the world we live in. It’s the perfect Nia creation to embody in preparation for the Dance of Sacred Activism.

Come to class, then take a short break and come back for the ArcanaDance: The Dance of Sacred Activism workshop at 2:30pm!


Nia: Dance into a Healthy Body – March 2019 sessions in Corona Del Mar

Registration is open.

Nia Winter CYC, part 2Dance into health with Nia! Improve your muscle tone, posture, flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, stress threshold, and capacity for joy. Nia combines the expressiveness of dance, the power of martial arts & the mindfulness of the healing arts. The moves are simple to follow & practiced barefoot to soul-stirring music.

When: Saturdays from 10:15am – 11:15am
Dates: March 2, 9, 16, 23  & 30, 2019
Location: Community Youth Center (CYC), 3000 Fifth Ave, Corona del Mar, CA 92625
Instructor: Jennifer Lucero-Earle
Register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/cnbreg/Activity_Search/nia-dance-into-a-healthy-body/44500

Class fees, two options:
1. All 5 classes: $80.00 (Resident), $90.00 (Non-resident)
2. Drop-in rate: $20

You can register for all five classes online OR you can drop-in to any class for $20.
Drop-in’s can pay in person at the front deck at the Community Youth Center (CYC). The drop-in process is below.

To drop-in:
– Arrive about 10 minutes before class to check-in.
– Go to the Community Youth Center (CYC) front desk.
– The fee is $20 (resident and non-resident fee).
– You can pay via cash, check or credit card.
– If paying in cash, you must have the exact amount (they do not have change).
– If paying via check, make it payable to City of Newport Beach
– Then take your shoes off, go to the Corona del Mar room and let’s dance!
**If after paying the drop-in fee you decide you want to do pay for the entire series, they will transfer your drop-in fee to pay for the series.


Nia with Jennifer in Seattle on March 5, 2019

Copy of Tori Amos SeattleDate: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Time: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Location: Balance Studio in Fremont, 418 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Cost: $15 or class card with Naomi Scher

I am excited to introduce a new body of work I’ve been creating. The routine is called “Beautiful World” and is an expression of my hopes and dreams for embodying presence on this sacred planet we call home. It’s a work in progress – in its early stages of development. The focus is Beautiful World, is sensory awareness. The intent is to experience deeper embodiment and presence with ourselves, one another and the world we live in.

Huge thanks to Naomi Scher for hosting me! I am thrilled to hear that Naomi is now teaching the 6pm Nia class on Tuesday nights at Balance Studio.


Promo Video:

Enjoy this short and sweet little promo video created by NiaSeattle first degree Black Belt teacher Jason Alan Griffin as part of the NiaSeattle Visibility Project. Check the NiaSeattle Facebook page for more videos of Nia teachers in Seattle!

Nia in action:

What to wear

Wear loose comfortable clothes that you can easily move and sweat in.
Nia is traditionally practiced barefoot. If, for health reasons, you must wear shoes, please ensure that they are “indoor” shoes only.

What to bring to class

Bring drinking water.
You may want to bring a towel.

Tips for class:

  • Listen to your body. In Nia, we follow the pleasure principle: if it feels good, keep doing it. If it doesn’t feel good, tweak it until you find what feels good for you.
  • Do less. Don’t worry about breaking a sweat at first. Instead, connect to your feet. Allow your feet time to develop strength so that you stay comfortable. Increase intensity gradually.
  • Give yourself time to “learn” the moves. Once your legs are dynamically involved, begin to add more movement of the core and arms. Increase complexity gradually.
  • Express yourself. Use your voice and breath to stimulate your core. Be yourself and move in your own unique and beautiful way. Let go of fear and dance.
  • Play. Instead of spending energy on expecting, analyzing, or critiquing, let your inner child come out and open yourself up to having an amazing experience.

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