Nia 2nd Degree Black Belt Teacher & Trainer
Elaine has been an athlete her entire life. Always loving to move and to learn, Elaine has created a life and business focused on movement, health and continual learning. Her teenage years were spent in competitive sports and her young adult life on dance, Tai Chi, and yoga. Elaine was a modern and jazz dance performer until she met Nia; the movement practice that combined all of her loves.
Nia is the practice which blended Elaine’s study of philosophy, dance, women’s studies, yoga, Tai Chi, Aikido, education and systems theory. Elaine has practiced Nia for over 19 years and is a certified Nia 2nd Degree black belt, Nia Moving to Heal specialist , and a certified 52 Moves Nia teacher. She has also completed the Nia FloorPlay training and Nia FreeDance training.
Each of Elaine’s classes focus on mindful movement and guide people in an integrative experience of body, mind, emotion and spirit. Her body awareness and sensory intelligence, combined with her knowledge of how the human body is meant to move and how the brain works, make her a master level teacher. Elaine knows how to guide you in listening to your body’s wisdom. You will become your own self-healer and personal trainer.
Hatha Yoga Instructor
Julie Piato is a semi-retired school psychologist and has been practicing NIA and yoga for over 20 years. While working in Syracuse City Schools she thought that the practices she was doing might be helpful to students and staff. She began her training in children’s yoga in 2019. She holds a 95 hour certification as a children’s yoga instructor from Childlight Education Company and taught in-person at the YMCA before COVID. Once Julie started doing yoga with students, staff asked if she would provide some yoga for them so she completed a certification as a yoga instructor from Yoga Fit in 2021 and offered yoga classes afterschool for staff. Julie is delighted to have the opportunity to explore opening ourselves up to pleasure and joy of our own making, through yoga.