On December 2, in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk, Nia Southern Oregon offers a free Nia class,“The Temple of Sound.” The event takes place at The DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey, #10, in Ashland, 5:30-6:45 pm. No previous dance or movement experience necessary.
Every First Friday, local Nia instructor Rachael R. Resch presents a free Nia class. “Nia is about creating community, and this is our way of giving back to the community,” says Resch.
“This month we’ll move and lift our voices along with the music ,“ says Resch . “It’s not about singing or hitting the notes, but about exercising our voices and lifting our spirits.”
“When we move and make sound at the same time, we increase the conditioning benefits to the body — especially to the heart, the lungs and the core of the body — in a way that is natural and fun.”
The Nia Technique® is a sensory-based movement and lifestyle practice for all body types, from the desk-bound to the athletic. Developed in 1983 by Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas, Nia is based on the joy of movement. Nia blends nine specific movement forms from dance , martial arts and healing arts, such as modern dance, Tai Chi and yoga to integrate body, mind, emotions and spirit through movement. Today there are over 2300 Nia teachers in 49 countries.
Rachael Resch, MS PT, LMT, is a certified Nia Black Belt instructor, Nia Next Generation Trainer and owner of Synergy Physical Therapy in Ashland. She holds degrees in science, religion and dance, and since 1978 has studied with leading teachers in mythopoetics, somatics, energetics and the arts.