Nia student-teacher training is fashioned after the martial arts system - advancement through four basic belt levels that spans a minimum of four years. The first level, white belt, focuses on learning all about the Nia basics and creates a foundation for the advanced study of mind body spirit work in both the fitness and the wellness fields. The second level, blue belt, focuses on all aspects related to teaching, specifically guiding communication by emphasizing intimacy as the way to establish relationship. The third level, brown belt, focuses on going beyond the physical, addressing all aspects of energetically working with the body, mind, emotions and spirit. The final first stage, black belt, focuses on using personal creativity and art to create on-going life-style transformation and healing.
ACE and AFAA continuing education credits are available .
All Nia intensive trainings is a 50+hour, / day long course. You will recieve a three month, pre/post-training program that includes the Nia at-home study course with a DVD and reading material.
Upon completion of the Nia intensive training you may purchase a Nia Teacher license , at the Whitebelt Intensive it will be for a 15 month period- the following years 12 month period,
Your teacher license enabels you to call yourself a certified Nia whitebelt Teacher, teach and share Nia presenting Nia classes and workshops it also includes all your working material.
• 4 Nia Routines, educational and class/workshop material
• Permission to use the Nia name and logo
• Use of the Nia 800 phone number (in America only)
• Written material for re-print
• The Nia Newsletter and Nia Teacher's forum
• Option to purchase the Nia Business and Marketing Manual, complete with art, educational, technical and professional support
• Professional, personal, public relations and office support, including class, workshop, presentation and speaker referrals.
In the Nia Whitebelt 7 Day Intensive Training you will learn and embody the 13 first principels of Nia- they benefit you- as a personal growth student (no desire to teach) and is the foundation for you who have the desire to share Nia as a teacher. The Nia whitebelt is for everyBODY!
13 Whitebelt Principles
The 13 principles are at the heart of Nia.
The thirteen primary principles of Nia are the foundation of the practice and provide a framework for experiencing fitness as personal growth. They are the tools you use to get fit, stay healthy, and make lifestyle changes. Take the time to become physically intimate with each principle, and your Nia practice will soar to new heights!
Principle 1: The Joy of Movement
Joy is the primary sensation to seek from all movement. If you momentarily loose joy, tweak your movement until joy arises again.
Principle 2: Natural Time and The Movement Forms
All of your Nia movements are done in your own personal, natural sense of time and include movements and energy from nine classic movement forms.
Principle 3: Music and the 8-BC System
Nia is practiced to the silence and sound of music, using an 8-beat counting system to organize the movements and connect to the resonance of a variety of musical landscapes.
Principle 4: FreeDance
Anything goes, movement-wise, freedance allows us to let go of structure. The FreeDance system is an eight-stage movement process that stimulates creativity.
Principle 5: Awareness and Dancing Through Life
In Nia, you become aware that every movement in life is a part of your dance and that each and every movement can be used to self-heal.
Principle 6: The Base – The Feet and Legs
Your feet are the hands that touch the earth, and through your legs they carry the energy of the earth to your whole body. The Base is the foundation of all movement.
Principle 7: The Three Planes and Intensity Levels
Every movement can be done within three planes – low, middle, and high – and can be done in three different levels of intensity. Mixing the intensity levels and three planes creates a wide repertoire of movement choices.
Principle 8: The Core – Pelvis, Chest, and Head
These three body weights are the home of your emotions and energy centers. The pelvis is a container of energy, the chest transmits and receives energy, and the head processes energy. Connection to the core of the body enables you to consciously circulate and increase energy.
Principle 9: Creative Arm and Hand Expression – The Arms, Hands, and Fingers
The upper extremities are tools used to heal, touch, direct energy, and create connections. They are extensions of your feelings and thoughts, and allow you to express yourself in personal and purposeful ways.
Principle 10: X-ray Anatomy
X-Ray Anatomy is the practice of using your eyes, other sensory organs, and intuition to “see” within. You can penetrate the veil of your flesh to reveal the proper placement of your bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles, and then use this information to self-heal.
Principle 11: Buisness and Marketing
Fitness can be achieved by listening to the voices of the body by setting goals, creating plans, and attaining results. Achieving success is a process of conscious change. For teachers this set you off on the path to become a Nia professional- teaching and sharing Nia.
Principle 12: Continuing Education
Your Body-Mind-Spirit Education
Healing the body is a practice that never ends. Every new workout is an opportunity to re-educate your body, mind, and spirit. How to embody, learn and Share a Nia Routine (for teachers to be)
Principle 13: Teach and Dance What You Sense
When you experience the primary lesson of Nia – that life should be lived through sensation – you become connected and you can heal through every movement.