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Ever hear of NIA?


Posted by vicki l.

Looking for a different way to workout? Not too long ago, I stumbled upon a story on NIA, which stands for Neuromuscular Integrative Action. According to the Web site, NIA " is a personal growth, body-mind-spirit fitness program. It is a 'living system' that works with the natural wisdom and intelligence of the body, mind, spirit, and emotions. Nia supports the Pleasure Principle: If it feels good keep doing it, if it hurts, stop! The blueprint of Nia is practical, experiential, and focuses on internal guidance to change and develop awareness." The practice was founded in the early 1980s by Debbie and Carlos Rosas, fitness professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area who were searching for a less-painful way to workout and stay fit. It is based on 52 basic moves, drawing from t Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Duncan Dance, Jazz, The Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais and Yoga. . You can learn more about it and find out if there's a teacher in your area at http://www.nianow.com
 
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What an interesting theory. You got to love it. I recently started myself on a European diet that basically goes along the same principles - if it tastes good, eat it. No, I'm just kidding. But there is some truth behind the concept that we believe it's only working if it hurts. That does not have to be the case. There are several different ways to move your body that focus on building strength in a non-aggressive fashion and are extremely effective. This sounds super cool - I'll check it out.
Nia saved my life! When I discovered Nia, I was managing anorexia, an exercise obsession and was in the midst of being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Now I dance Nia and use it to help me manage my mental health struggles!
Nia saved my life! When I discovered Nia, I was managing anorexia, an exercise obsession and was in the midst of being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Now I dance Nia and use it to help me manage my mental health struggles!
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