Nia, co-created by Debbie and Carlos Rosas, is a wellness and fitness practice 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 9 movement forms, 13 somatic principles and over 52 movements that mobilize your entire 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.
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:
Nia in Dana Point – Fridays October 12, 19, 26 & November 2, 2018
The Body Literacy Series
Join me for this introductory series focused on exploring body literacy and how to become more attuned to your body’s signs and signals.
To be literate means to read. To be body literate means to read the body and it’s signs and signals. Essentially, body literacy is to know yourself fully and deeply.
In Nia, there are four languages we learn to become literate in our four bodies: the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual realms. We live our lives in all four realms and we always have the opportunity to become better attuned to the messages these realms have for us about how to live healthier and more fulfilling lives.
The physical realm is where we tune in to the messages of our physical body – from the skeletal and neuromuscular systems to the muscles, bones, joints, and connective tissue. The mental realm is where we tune in to our thinking mind – from our memory, beliefs, habits, creativity and consciousness. The emotional realm is where we tune into feeling – exploring our emotional depth and range and what information our feelings give us about how we move or can move through the world. The spiritual realm is where we tune in to what makes us unique – from our connection with the divine/source/God to our values and what holds meaning for us.
In this series we will devote a class to learning how to embody deeper literacy with each of these realms – all through the practice of Nia routines that invite us into these explorations.
This series is excellent if you are new to Nia or want to deepen your practice.
Date: Fridays (see below), 10:30am – 11:30am
- October 12, 2018 – Body Literacy with the Physical Realm
- October 19, 2018 – Body Literacy with the Mental Realm
- October 26, 2018 – Body Literacy with the Emotional Realm
- November 2, 2018 – Body Literacy with the Spiritual Realm
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
Location: Mind Body Wellness Club (upstairs), 34207 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629
Cost: $60 for the 4 week series or $18 drop-in
Come to one, two, three or all four 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 Newport Beach – Saturdays at 10:15am, October 13 – December 15, 2018 (Registration opens August 2, 2018)
The next seven-week series of Nia on Saturdays in Newport Beach with me (Jennifer) and Marilyn Tradewell begins on October 13, 2018.
No classes will be held on: October 27, November 10 and November 24.
When: Saturdays from 10:15am – 11:15am
- October 13
- October 20
- November 3
- November 17
- December 1
- December 8
- December 15
*No classes will be held on: October 27, November 10 and November 24.
Location: Community Youth Center (CYC), 3000 Fifth Ave, Corona del Mar, CA 92625
Register: Register through the City of Newport Beach website.
Registration opens on Thursday, August 2, 2018.
Search for Nia: Dance Into a Healthy Body.
Instructors: Marilyn Tradewell and Jennifer Lucero-Earle
** The instructor is listed as Marilyn Tradewell, Black Belt. However, you get two Black Belt trained teachers for this class, Marilyn and me! We will co-teach all seven classes.
Class fees, two options:
1. All 7 classes: $110.00 (Resident), $120.00 (Non-resident)
2. Drop in: $20 (Resident and Non-resident)
You can register for all seven 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.
– 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)
– 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.
Join me for two Nia classes while I am visiting Seattle, WA in late October:
Team teaching: Nia with Melanie McFarland and Jennifer Lucero-Earle
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
Location: Move2Center, 3618 SW Alaska Street, Seattle, WA 98126
*Studio is on the Lower Level
Cost: $18 drop-in or Move2Center class pass
Cornflake Girl: Nia to the music of Tori Amos with Jennifer Lucero-Earle
Date: Sunday, October 28, 2018
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
Location: Balance Studio, 418 N. 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Cost: $15 drop-in or class pass with Jason Alan Griffin (JAG)
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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