#412 – Nia

Which exercise form begins the class with a focus, is done to really cool music and incorporates movements from Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, jazz dance, modern dance, Duncan dance, yoga, Alexander Technique and the Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais?


The first time I ever went to a class, Judy Cashmore, instructor extraordinaire, asked us to focus on the joints. "Imagine your joints opening up," she said. Now, isn't that a great thing for those of us with joint pain to do?

What struck me about this class besides the music, is that people of all ages and abilities were partaking. If need be, it can even be done while seated in a chair. The movements aren't repetitive, nor do you feel like you have to have a body built for spandex.

Most of the participants do their routines in bare feet but because of the nature of these feet of mine, I was able to wear clean running shoes and do what I could. It's wonderful to be in a class that is so accepting of one's abilities and also one that is so inviting and encouraging.

Here's what a class looks like:

Remember, you do what you can do.

If it's something you'd like to try, please check with your healthcare practitioner. Click here to find a Nia class.

2 Replies to “#412 – Nia”

  1. Nia looks like a lot of fun, Marianna 🙂 I can see why you are enjoying it. It actually feels more like a fun dance class… I’m tempted to see if they offer such a class by me. I would like to get back on the exercise horse again!

    1. It is fun, Dorlee. Unfortunately, I’ve been lobbying to try to get an instructor to come out to our municipality, to no avail. I’ve found one in a neighbouring community, so I will give that class a try.

      Many classes offer a drop-in rate, which is a wonderful way to sample it and the instructor. Will you let me know how you like it? 🙂

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