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Expressing Myself Through Nia

I practice the Nia Technique, a dynamic fusion of moves from dance, martial arts, and healing arts that integrates body, mind, emotions, and spirit. The workout leaves me drenched with sweat but feeling energized, deeply relaxed, and blessed with a sense of well-being. Nia, however, isn’t like a traditional group exercise class or an ecstatic dance practice; it differs in many ways. Here are just a few:The first cycle of class — stepping into the space and releasing all distractions — allows me to tune in to where I am, physically and emotionally, in that moment. It prepares me to gently move into those places that yearn for more mobility and to adjust my movement around those places that need a little extra care. “Stepping in” sets the stage for moving with awareness.Moving together in synchrony with others nurtures a sense of belonging. I progress through a range of feelings, that pass through my body in bursts and flows of sweat and sound, as I move to music of varying speeds, emotional tones, and intensities. The sassy, teasing, playful moves of jazz dance, for example, make me feel sexy and bold. T …

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