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Movement Philosophy

“Through movement we find health.”  A major tenet of the Nia philosophy.  Not just any movement, but movement based on comfort, pleasure, joy, and self-expression!  All of our classes at Life-force emphasize safety, comfort, and learning to move the way the body is designed to move.  You learn body awareness.  This body awareness translates into more care and fascination with your body and its potential.  You learn body acceptance.  Nia classes take us even further.  We encourage you to dance and move your body to express yourself, your unique spirit in community.  You transform body, mind, emotion, and spirit and become your best self.

Class Descriptions 

Classic Nia : 

This is a one hour class that conditions your whole body and being with pleasure, comfort and joy. We move the way the body is designed to move and learn to personalize movement that feels good for us.  Moving with the sensations of comfort and pleasure and from the idea that we deserve to take care of ourselves, teaches us to treat our bodies well.  We no longer fight or force.

Nia Floorplay :

This one hour class is designed to guide you conditioning your whole body while playing with gravity, space and time. The floor or earth gives us feedback to track sensations such as strength, flexibility and stability as we move away from and to the floor, as we contract and release, as we move into and away from. Regular attendance will increase strength, muscle tone, and flexibility.

Nia : Moving to Heal

Moving to Heal classes focus on “less is more” and developing a collaborative relationship with your body. This “tai chi” or gentle approach to movement increases body awareness and circulation. We cultivate gratitude for our bodies and what they can do.  We become our own conscious self-healers.

New to Nia : Learn the Technique

This is a one hour class offered periodically to help you become familiar with the 52 moves of Nia. You will become confident to move your body in new ways.

Hatha Yoga

Gentle yoga classes focus on body awareness and dynamic postural alignment.

Qi Gong

Qi Gong (Pronounced Chee Kung) is a slow, gentle practice, rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, that integrates mental focus and physical movement with breath awareness.  Qi is the life-force, or bio-energy that supports and sustains the body, and underlies everything in the Universe.  Gong translates as accomplishment or skill that is developed through consistent practice.  Through the discipline of of QiGong, one cultivates this vital energy, circulating to break up energy stagnancies, cleanse and bring balance to all the organs and systems of the body. No prior experience necessary.  Please wear comfortable clothing so you can move freely.

Class and Membership Fees (Give you access to all classes)


$40 a month with premier membership

$35 a month

$360 for a 1 year membership

$15 drop-in class

*Pay with cash or check (payable to Elaine Wolf).

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