Nia is Holistic Dance Exercise

Nia with Marcia, Black Belt Nia Instructor

Nia is a fitness and personal development program that stimulates and integrates your mind/body/spirit and leaves you feeling recharged, rejuvenated, and fully alive.  Nia blends dance, martial arts, yoga, and healing arts to allow your child, athlete warrior and dancer within to expressively emerge.  Each student is encouraged to modify their movement, speed, and range of motion so all ages and fitness levels can self-guide their Nia practice to meet their needs in the moment.

Nia classes can range from meditative to downright wild!  The limits are in your imagination!  Nia utilizes a body, mind, emotions and spirit approach to movement. 
The goal is fitness, health and vitality.

Recommended Reading: The Nia Technique: The High Powered Energetizing Workout that Gives You a New Body and a New Life  by Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas

See Schedule for Days, Times and Locations of Ongoing Nia Classes.

What is Nia?  Nia is:

Neuromuscular Integrative Action
This means that Nia is designed to build health and wellness of the body, mind and spirit.  We do this in a dance exercise format.  We emphasize fun and pleasure, not competition.

Incorporates Dance, Martial Arts, Healing Arts
The grace of Dance:  Jazz, Modern, Duncan
The explosive force of the Martial Arts:  Aikido, T’ai Chi, TaeKwondo
Balance and alignment using Yoga and other techniques.

NOT non-impact aerobics
Most choreography starts at the low impact level (one foot always on the floor) and moves into a medium and occasionally high impact movement.  The choice is yours. 

Is done barefoot, and yes, you CAN wear shoes if you want!
Being barefoot allows you to engage the muscles of your feet and lower legs.  This helps to build strength and flexibility of the feet to support the entire body.  Each class starts with a scientifically designed warm up to prepare your feet and legs to dance barefoot.  Nia instructors know a lot about feet, talk to us!

Is for all ages and fitness levels
Nia is designed for people of various fitness levels to work out in the same class. 
Modifications are shown so that each person can move at their pace within the choreography. 

Will I sweat?
YES!  I do!  The level of exertion is up to you.  Nia can be very fast paced.  We start with a warm up, move into a cardiovascular section followed by a cool down with stretch and brief meditation. 

According to my students:
Bliss, Invigorating, *Energizing*, Release, Smiles, Radiance, Exhilarating, Transforming, Equanimity, Freedom, Exercise, Fun, Whole, Variety, Profound, Groovy, Elegant, Powerful

Taught by highly trained licensed professionals:
Instructors attend a week long intensive to learn the basics of teaching Nia, and use the Nia Technique Continuing Education program to further develop their skills with the guidance of an experienced local instructor.  There are 4 levels of training for instructors, each belt level is introduced by a week long intensive and the trainee incorporate the material over a one year period before progressing to the next belts level.    The levels of training reflect the Martial Arts belt system: White, Blue, Brown and Black.

Nia is:
A fusion of dance, martial arts and healing arts
A fitness and personal growth program
A lifestyle practice
Freedom and form
Beauty, Power  and Grace
Dancing from your Soul
Transformative Holistic Fitness

T'ai Chi is Movement in Balance
Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Chi Ch'uan is an ancient Chinese martial art that combines fluid movements of the upper and lower body to produce a subtle and powerful full-body exercise.  The movements are slow and uninterrupted like a flowing stream.  They are performed by the coordination of the hands, eyes, trunk and limbs with the legs as a base and the waist as an axis.  Each part of the body is in constant motion and the mind is tranquil and alert.  Regular practice of T’ai Chi Ch’uan enables you to develop coordination, strength and flexibility, reduce stress and promote inner strength.

Marcia studied the 24 and 108 forms of Yang style as well as Parts 1 and 2 of Chen style Tai Chi Chuan with Dr. Tingsen Xu, Ph.D., formerly of the People's Republic of China. She teaches the 24 forms of Yang style Tai Chi Chuan.

See Schedule for Days, Times and Locations of Ongoing Tai Chi Chuan Classes.

To arrange for private or small group lessons at your location, please contact Marcia at
Rates start at $50/hour.

Reiki is Universal Energy is Chi

Marcia Babcock, Reiki Master Teacher

Reiki is a form of healing and spiritual awakening, received and developed 100 years ago by a Japanese man, Mikao Usui, and brought to the West via Hawaii in 1937. It is passed on from one person to another through instruction and practice. The Japanese word Reiki can be translated as 'universal or spiritually guided life force' and the Usui System is a way of working with Reiki for healing of self and others. The word healing is used in the sense of regaining harmony and wholeness and Usui Shiki Ryoho addresses the whole person, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

First Degree students are introduced to the elements and aspects of Reiki and learn how to treat themselves and others. Second degree takes people deeper into the System and requires greater commitment. Practices taught at First degree prepare the student for this next step and it is recommended that there be a minimum of three months between the First and Second Degree.  

Recommended Reading:  Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art by Diane Stein

Reiki Treatments, Classes and Attunements for Reiki I and Reiki II
By Appointment
Please contact Marcia at 303 774 1074