Nia with Alison
What do i wear / bring to class?
Wear clothes you feel comfortable to move in. Bring a water bottle and a willingness to explore new ways of moving. Some choose to bring a yoga mat or towel for the FloorPlay section toward the end of class, however, this is up to you. Friends are also great to bring!!
I am uncoordinated / overweight / unfit... (fill the gap). can i still do nia?
Nia is literally FOR EVERYBODY. Initially as you ‘Learn the Moves’, we encourage you to keep your interest and fascination up and your criticism and judgment down. Be gentle, be patient and allow yourself to be in beginners mind and beginners body. In natural time you’ll feel ready to move and energise the Nia moves in a way that is unique to you. In Nia we learn how to "tweak" the moves so that we are constantly moving with ease and pleasure in a very personalised way. Remember, you are in the drivers seat and we encourage you to build intensity gradually, guided by pleasure and comfort.
I am in my latter years. am i too old
Nia’s low impact, grounded movement can benefit people at all ages and stages of life. Nia can improve mobility, stability, agility, flexibility, balance, strength and energy levels. The adaptability of Nia means there’s no age limit on the ability to practice (or enjoy) Nia.
I suffer from a chronic illness / i have an injury. can i do nia?
One of the guiding ideals of Nia is what we call "the pleasure principle"; using comfort and ease as a way to move and get fit. In Nia, students are guided and empowered to make their own safe movement choices moment to moment. With awareness and time, Nia may help to heal. Please do share any illness or injury concerns with your teacher prior to class so they are aware of how to best support you. It may also be wise to discuss your intent to do Nia with your health practitioner.
can i do nia if i'm pregnant?
As with any form of exercise during pregnancy we'd advise first consulting with your health professional. However, Nia is inherently a low-impact form of exercise where you can self-regulate your exertion level. For the many women who practice Nia well into their pregnancies, it is the perfect pre-natal class.
Fun Fact: Alison was still teaching Nia classes at 8 1/2 months pregnant!
is there a format to a nia class?
Yes. Every Nia class has 7 cycles:
i enjoy an intense cario workout.
will nia be enough for me?
Nia is offered at 3 levels of intensity within various planes of movement (high, middle, low). Students are encouraged to play with movement variety to condition. To create a more athletic workout you could choose to increase range of motion (reach higher & sink lower), speed up movement sequences and introduce jumps / leaps where appropriate. While Nia is low impact, it offers excellent whole body cardiovascular conditioning. Come prepared to sweat.
is it required to do nia barefoot?
Nia is designed to be practiced barefoot. With bare feet we have access to sensation through 7000 nerve endings, providing greater stability as we strengthen the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the feet, legs and trunk. However, if being barefoot is uncomfortable, a soft sole shoe may be worn.
is nia for kids?
There are children’s Nia classes in many locations. Some general classes welcome older children too. Know that although Nia is great for all ages, having young children in a general class may be disruptive to the group or may be a class geared specifically for adults so please do check with your teacher whether children are welcome in class.
Note: Alison is open to children attending class with a parent / caregiver, however please advise in advance to discuss.
do men do nia?
Yes!! The gender balance generally tips in favour of women as is common for group fitness classes. However, message for the men, don't let that stop you from stepping into a Nia class.
when and where are nia classes with alison?
Intro-to-Nia 6 class series starts Saturday 6 November 2021, 10-11am.
The Studio, 207 High Street, Lower Hutt (Studio 1).
where can i park?
Riverside carpark (south end has 2hrs free parking)
War Memorial Library carpark (2hrs free parking)
Queensgate Mall carpark (2 hrs free parking)
Anywhere in the CBD (paid)
what qualifications / experience does alison have?
Alison registered as a Nia teacher in 2007 after completing the accredited first level Nia White Belt Training with the Nia co-founders; Debbie Rosas Stewart and Carlos Aya-Rosas at Nia Headquarters in Portland, Oregon, USA. Since then she has achieved:
* Nia Blue Belt, NiaHQ, Portland, Oregon - 2009
* Nia Green Belt (advanced teacher training,
Auckland, NZ - 2011
* Nia Brown Belt, Brisbane, Australia - 2015 & 2017
* Nia Black Belt, Brisbane, Australia - 2019
Alison has also retrained the entire Nia White Belt training twice since her original White Belt to further anchor and embody the content. She has also retrained parts of the Nia Blue Belt, all of the Nia Brown Belt and has attended numerous Nia Master Workshops with various Nia Faculty Education Trainers.
Aside from offering regular Nia classes, Alison has offered Nia workshops around NZ and internationally; from building a 30+ strong Nia community in Subic Bay, Philippines during 2010 whilst travelling, to sharing Nia with guests on a super yacht helipad, to being an in-house guest teacher at Five Star exclusive resorts including the luxurious spa resort Kamalaya in Koh Samui, Thailand.
Alison is one of NZ's most experienced and qualified Nia teachers.
How do i pay for classes?
are gift vouchers available?
Yes! Gift vouchers are a great way to give the gift of Nia for a special occasion. Vouchers can be made out for any amount and can be used for any Nia class with Alison. Contact us directly to arrange.
i just want to sample a nia class.
can i do a trial class for free?
No, Alison does not offer trail classes for free. However there are low cost / low risk ways to step into Nia. From 2022 there will be a special Intro-to-Nia 2 weeks Unlimited pass available for all new to Nia folk. This pass will be valid for all Wellington region Nia classes both In-Studio and Online. Also, the Intro to Nia workshop that Alison will offer throughout 2022 will be very reasonably priced to allow a low cost option for those who would like to sample Nia.
what are alison's terms & conditions?
These are currently being formulated. Please check back soon.
is there a health & safety policy?
do classes run during the school holidays?
No. Classes run in term time only.
Where can I find out more about Nia, and Nia in the Wellington region?
- Bookmark the Nia Wellington Facebook page to see all Wellington Nia classes and events.
- Check out www.NiaNow.com, the international Nia website.
- Get the Book: "The Nia Technique: The High-Powered Energizing Workout that Gives You a New Body and a New Life" (2005) by Debbie and Carlos Rosas. It explains Nia's history, guiding principles, and Nia’s 52 Moves with some easy to follow sequences.
- Ask your local Nia teacher. We are passionate about what we do and love to share our Nia stories.