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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.

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.

2020 OC ClassesI’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.

I have used my extensive training and love for the in depth practice of Nia to create Archetypal Choreography, unique Nia-inspired routines that blend with archetypal storytelling.

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

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Nia with Jennifer via Zoom Video (live)

Announcement: As the world monitors this global health crisis, I am moving classes online for the time being. I will assess this option on a week by week basis. You can register for these online classes via the links shared below.

Nia Zoom AprilThis week, I am offering three classes:
Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 6:00PM PDT
Saturday, April 4, 2020, 10:30AM PDT
Sunday, April 5, 2020, 10:30AM PDT

Join for one, two or all three classes. Please be sure to click on the links below to register. Your registration in advance allows me to contact you quickly in the event of an unexpected change (internet outage, illness, etc).

Each class will be one hour but I have allotted 1 hour and 15 minutes to allow for tech snafu’s and for a closing circle.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
6:00PM PDT – 7:15PM PDT
Register in advance for this class:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAuceigpjsoujJ2T0skOuKokDloqGb89A

Saturday, April 4, 2020
10:30AM PDT – 11:45AM PDT
Register in advance for this class:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkdu6qqDIjOyEp-5br_2XtnHfXo-4FMw

Sunday, April 5, 2020
10:30AM PDT – 11:45AM PDT
Register in advance for this class:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vpIpdeqppjIiOahIr6mt8Ibj1WzBQkIW4A

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class/meeting.

All of these online classes are offered by donation.

Pay what you can:
Venmo: Jennifer-Lucero-Earle or https://venmo.com/jennifer-lucero-earle
PayPal: jenniferlucearle@gmail.com or https://paypal.me/jenniferluceroearle
Zelle: jenniferlucearle@gmail.com

There will be no in person classes in the near future. I will continue to heed the guidance of the CDC and local government professionals. Let’s all do our part to flatten the curve.

Feel free to share this invitation with others!

What to wear and have with you:

  1. Wear comfortable clothes to move in freely.
  2. We dance barefoot but if you need the additional support, feel free to wear flexible (and comfy!) sneakers or shoes.
  3. Have water nearby so that you can stay hydrated.
  4. Feel free to have a yoga mat, towel or chair for our last song.
  5. Optional: Earbuds or wireless headset. You may want to use a wireless headset/headphones – it appears to be a good way to hear the music more clearly. If not, feel free to hook up a speaker to your laptop, tablet or phone OR use the speaker in the device you are using. It’s all good! Make the choice that feels right for you.

Some helpful tips:

  1. If you are not familiar with Zoom, this webpage offers excellent instructions: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting
  2. You may want to use a wireless headset – it appears to be a good way to hear the music more clearly. If not, feel free to hook up a speaker to your laptop, tablet or phone OR use the speaker in the device you are using. It’s all good!
  3. Log in to Zoom a few minutes beforehand. I will long in 10-15 minutes before class. This extra times allows us to greet each other, check in and play with the sound together 😉
  4. Find a place where you have some room to move around freely.
  5. When entering the Zoom meeting, put yourself on mute.
  6. Make Sure Your Sound and Video are ON – there’s a way to test this on your screen.
  7. Select “Speaker View” on the top right corner of your screen to have the image of me large and clear.
  8. Enjoy the class and each other <3

Looking forward to dancing with you online until we can resume dancing together in person.

 


Nia Dance – The Joy of Movement – Saturdays in Corona del Mar – Canceled 

Notice as of March 27, 2020: The City of Newport Beach has canceled all classes indefinitely.

This is what they said:

“All City of Newport Beach Spring classes have been postponed until further notice. We continue to monitor our class schedules and have assured participants that refunds will be issued for classes not held. Any classes that are shortened or cancelled will be either partially or fully refunded at the end of the session. Additionally, we have paused registration and are not accepting new sign-ups. We will encourage participants to remain patient or consider transferring into a later session in the hopes that we will return to regular programming soon. Our goal is to stay as flexible as possible to enable us to be ready to return as soon as we receive clearance from the Governor.”

What’s next?
We wait.
We visualize a swift return to normalcy.
We pray for the vulnerable and hold them in safety.
We look out for each other.
We find ways to stay connected.
We practice self-care and compassion.
We find a way to dance!

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Move your body and maximize your joy through Nia. A mind-body fitness practice, Nia blends dance moves, martial arts and healing arts (such as yoga) to leave you feeling strong, flexible, agile, centered and uplifted. Dance barefoot to super fun and diverse music (sneakers welcome). Moves are easy-to-follow, fun, energizing and stress-busting. Join our joyful and judgment-free community!

Canceled CYCWhen: Saturdays from 10:15am – 11:15am
Canceled dates: March 14, 21 & 28, 2020
Location: Community Youth Center (CYC), 3000 Fifth Ave, Corona del Mar, CA 92625
Instructor: Jennifer Lucero-Earle

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: Moving to Heal – Wednesdays in Newport Beach, CA – Canceled

Notice as of March 27, 2020: The City of Newport Beach has canceled all classes indefinitely.

This is what they said:

“All City of Newport Beach Spring classes have been postponed until further notice. We continue to monitor our class schedules and have assured participants that refunds will be issued for classes not held. Any classes that are shortened or cancelled will be either partially or fully refunded at the end of the session. Additionally, we have paused registration and are not accepting new sign-ups. We will encourage participants to remain patient or consider transferring into a later session in the hopes that we will return to regular programming soon. Our goal is to stay as flexible as possible to enable us to be ready to return as soon as we receive clearance from the Governor.”

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. Open to drop-in’s!

Marina Park April 2020When: Wednesdays from 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Canceled Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29,  2020
Location: Marina Park Community Center, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA, 92663
Instructor: Jennifer Lucero-Earle

Things to bring and know:

 


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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