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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 in Dana Point – Fridays in December 2018

Nia DP DecemberJoin me for three special Friday classes at Dana Point Fitness in Dana Point, CA. These drop-in classes are open to everyone!

Date: Fridays (see below), 10:30am – 11:30am

  • December 14, 2018 – Stretch & Fly Yoga Dance with Jennifer & Liziah: The Dance of Renewal
  • December 21, 2018 – Nia with Jennifer: Learn Joy!
  • December 28, 2018 – Nia with Jennifer: Learn Cadence

Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
Location: Dana Point Fitness (formerly Mind Body Wellness Club), 34207 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629
*Studio is located upstairs
Cost: $18 drop-in or all 3 classes for $50
Come to one, two, or all three classes. Drop-in’s are welcome! 

Classes are one hour and practiced barefoot to soul-stirring music. Everyone is welcome. The choreography is simple to follow and you get to do it your own way. Start where you are and come explore your movement potential!

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


Nia in Dana Point: Explore your Movement Potential




Nia in Newport Beach – Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 10:15am

Nia Sacred U with J&M

Join Jennifer & Marilyn for the final class of the year before 2019 session begins on January 12.

This Saturday, December 15, we are co-teaching a fusion of the Nia routines Sacred and U. The mix of Sacred-U, or U-are-Sacred, is a celebratory soundscape. The focus of Sacred-U is the bones of your skeletal system. The bones protect and support your body and help form your shape. The intent is to honor and celebrate your bones as the sacred supportive containers of your skeletal system and organs and the unique shape of you.

When: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 10:15am – 11:15am
Location: Community Youth Center (CYC), 3000 Fifth Ave, Corona del Mar, CA 92625
Instructors: Marilyn Tradewell and Jennifer Lucero-Earle

Class fees, two options:
1. All 7 classes: $110.00 (Resident), $120.00 (Non-resident)
2. Drop-in rate: $20

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), $25.00 (Non-resident)
– 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: Moving to Heal – NEW class in Newport Beach, CA

Registration opens on Thursday, November 8, 2018

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 Lido Isle, 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)
*No drop-in option for this class.
Register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/cnbreg/Activity_Search/nia-moving-to-heal/44590

Things to bring and know:


Introduction to Nia workshop in Corona del Mar – Saturday, January 12, 2019

Dance Into a Healthy BodyJoin me for this introduction to Nia.

This one-hour workshop will include a brief overview of Nia and a Nia class. A great option for beginners and people curious about Nia. Come join us!

Dance 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: Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 10:15am – 11:15am
Location: Community Youth Center (CYC), 3000 Fifth Ave, Corona del Mar, CA 92625
Instructor: Jennifer Lucero-Earle
Cost: $20
Register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/cnbreg/Activity_Search/nia-dance-into-a-healthy-body-workshop/44501

 


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

Registration opens on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

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
Register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/cnbreg/Activity_Search/nia-dance-into-a-healthy-body/44499

Class fees, two options:
1. All 6 classes: $95.00 (Resident), $105.00 (Non-resident)
2. Drop-in rate: $20

You can register for all six 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: Dance into a Healthy Body – March 2019 sessions in Corona Del Mar

Registration opens on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

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.


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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