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Nia With Guki

Below explore the new Nia Class spaces!

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Nia Classes in Spanish in SantaFe

I am excited to announce that I will begin teaching Nia classes in Spanish in StudioNia Santa Fe. Classes will be held live as well as live streamed. To see my upcoming schedule click on the button below.

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Nia Classes in English in Abiquiu

Come explore Nia in these in person classes in Abiquiu. To reserve your spot email me!

Nia is a sensory-based movement practice based on principles that raise the awareness of Body, Mind, Emotions and Spirit (BMES).  

The foundation of this unique self-exploratory journey of our BMES is Joy of Movement.  


With JOY as the foundation, I have learned to move in ways that bring not only pleasure, but also more agility, stability and balance in all aspects of my life.  These days I literally feel like I can dance through life joyfully regardless of what is happening around me. 

  • What is Nia?
    Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts suitable for all levels of fitness. It’s a tailored workout done barefoot for body, mind and soul that uses multi-directional movements, easy choreography, soul-stirring music, diversity and a subtle way that engages your mind and body without you even noticing that you’re working out.  It has been defined as “joy-based fitness for people who dislike working out”. This system was designed in the 1980’s by Debbie and Carlos Rosas in Portland, Oregon with the intention to offer a way to work out without pain or discomfort in a way that heals the body as it build strength, mobility, flexibility and agility. With the focus on the joy of movement and feeling good, it is designed to suit every BODY emphasizing the uniqueness of every individual allowing each person to tap into their own power at the level they’re at.  
  • Why is Nia done barefoot?
    Without shoes, one comes directly in contact with the ground enhancing the sensation and feedback of 7000 nerves ending in each foot. This is essential for our motor coordination, balance, stability, flexibility and strength. (Think of all the countless hours your feet are inside a shoe; dancing barefeet is one of the joys of life.)
  • What are some of Nia’s benefits?
    Nia has been described by many as joy in motion. It focuses on the sensations of the body through specific movements and by using a phenomenal array of world music, Nia offers several ways to incorporate pleasure into your movement by achieving more strength, flexibility, balance and relaxation. As well as improving posture, it is an excellent cardio workout. It is also excellent for the brain by activating the left and right hemispheres in creative and fun ways through rhythm, step counts, left and right among others.
  • Who can benefit from Nia?
    Nia classes can be adjusted to meet participants exactly where they’re at in their “now” body. It’s suitable for all age groups independent of fitness or training levels. The basic premise is anyone who is interested in exploring the joy of movement in a safe and pleasurable way is welcome. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary.
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