Nia (fitness)

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Nia Technique is a global health and wellness program that stands for Neuromuscular Integrative Action (formerly Non-Impact Aerobics) and is based on sustainability in the body, fitness innovations, and somatic art of movement practices.[1][2] Originally co-created in 1983 by Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas, Nia Technique draws on Jazz, Modern and Duncan Dance styles, Tai Chi, TaeKwonDo and Aikido martial arts techniques; and includes the bodymind healing arts of the Feldenkrais Method, the Alexander Technique and Yoga.[3]

Nia Technique is taught in 51 countries by 2,600+ licensed teachers and trainers via classes, workshops, books, podcasts, online streaming videos and DVDs.


From 1972 to 1983 Debbie Rosas operated an exercise business in the San Francisco Bay Area known as the Bod Squad.[4] In 1983 a series of sports related injuries prompted her to research and develop an alternative method of aerobic exercise and strength training aiming for safe, non-impact, bodymind based movement.

This led to the establishment of the Nia Technique.[5] Nia Technique headquarters moved to Portland, Oregon in 1991 and is currently overseen by Debbie Rosas, CEO.

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Nia dance cardio fitness classes are taught by instructors licensed in the Nia Technique. Each class includes mindful movement guidance and somatic education; class cycles include warm-up, sustained non-impact aerobic conditioning, strength training, cool down and stretching. Nia Fitness classes are taught to music, including pop, electronica, jazz, Latin, New Age, Indian and hip hop. They employ 52 basic movements and techniques that draw on a combination of Jazz, Modern and Duncan Dance styles, Tai Chi, TaeKwonDo and Aikido; and the bodymind healing arts of Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique and Yoga.

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