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Published May 16th 2017
Rediscover the joy of movement with Nia
Last week I had the pleasure of attending Ann Boon's Nia class at the Cannon Hill School of Arts. What is 'Nia' you might ask? For those of you who may not know, Nia is an expressive body-mind-spirit movement practice that is a beautiful fusion of modern dance, jazz, yoga, tai chi, tae kwon do, aikido and Feldenkrais, just to name a few. This unique class is a way to learn to listen to your body's wisdom, deepen your self-awareness, plus heal and condition your body through the power of music, movement and mindfulness.
The class begins with a gentle warm up. The participants first begin to move freely around the room, becoming present and mindful of their body and their movements. Once the body has warmed up, the participants begin to follow some simple choreography that includes 52 unique moves that help to condition your whole body from head to toe. The music is eclectic and powerful and includes a wide range of genres.
Some of the many benefits of Nia include cardiovascular health, alleviation of stress and anxiety, hormonal stability, mental clarity and an overall sense of tranquillity. Nia's ethos is that it makes no judgements and welcomes all. Nia embraces freedom and free dance and is a lovely practice for self-expression and for inviting joyful motion into your life.
Nia instructor Ann Boon's classes are wonderful. Her love for Nia radiates through her passion for the practice. She writes "Remember, your body LOVES to move, especially in its own way. Beginners are always welcome and please know that YES you can do it." To be a part of Ann's uplifting Nia class please make sure to visit her webpage for all the details.