NIA: Neuro-muscular Integrative Action
The Body’s Way…….
“Sense me. Breathe with me. Awaken to the organic intelligence and love that resides within. Every part of you is a doorway. Open to the gifts of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wisdom.”
Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas, The Nia Technique
Combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness, Nia (neuromuscular integrative action) tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice addressing each aspect of your life – body, mind and soul.
We believe every person can discover, explore, unleash, and enhance their individual potential to live a healthy and meaningful life by engaging their senses and listening to their bodies.
Nia is based on the intelligent design of the body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced.
Nia cardio-dance workouts combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts to get you fit in 60 minutes – body, mind, emotion, and spirit.
Nia is non-impact, practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Nia is self-paced and teaches us to self-condition and to self-heal.
Nia Offers Us
Fitness that is pleasurable and joyful rather than painful!
Awareness to be your own Conscious Self-Healer and Personal Trainer.
Increased cardiovascular fitness.
Improvement in range of motion leading to greater physical power and comfort.
Increased strength and flexibility of muscles and stability in joints.
Improvement in balance, agility, and a supple spine.
Safe movement to heal injuries.
Systemic movement for all fitness levels and bodies.
Energy for your body, peace of mind, balanced emotions, and self-expression.
Movement and music that arouse the senses, our child within, our inner athlete, warrior and dancer.
Nia gently coaxes you out of unhealthy habits of body and mind. Nia opens you up and teaches you new, healthy, and mindful habits of body and mind you can use everyday as you “dance through life.” Come dance with me and awaken The Body’s Way, uncovering and unearthing your wisdom.
“Life Force Sanctuary is a welcoming, safe, supportive, loving place. Elaine Wolf knows the “missing link” bridging the gap between the physical and the spiritual. She has created extremely affordable programs and opportunities that invite you to “come” to your health via elegantly guided and accessible physical and spiritual activities artfully calibrated to empower you to discover (or more likely rediscover) and cultivate your innate health – the balance and power of a healthy physical and spiritual awareness and practice.”
Phil Eisenman M.A,Ed., CAS
“When was the last time you went to the gym and had fun? I realized most of my exercise routine was static, stretching, weight training, but not dynamic, not enough movement for overall health. Nia offers several benefits: The continuous motion is great cardio. The varied movements improve balance and coordination The routines involve full body motion, great for muscle tone and flexibility But most of all, it doesn’t just feel good, Nia is fun! Nia is not competitive, we aren’t there to out do one another, it’s your motion in your time. You don’t need to be a dancer or an athlete to enjoy Nia.”
John – age 66
“Wow, this is something. I am learning how to be in my body and play in my body. The movements are accessible and connect energetic and physical body.”
Alicia, age 28
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.
Move to Heal with Scoliosis
Offered Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:30pm beginning December 2018. This class blends Nia, Qi Gong, and Yoga to help anyone living with curves in their spine that might cause them pain or make them overcompensate leading to imbalances. We gain postural alignment, strength, and flexibility.
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.
Gentle yoga classes focus on body awareness and dynamic postural alignment.
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.