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Nia Mentorship Series: Source Routine

May 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, repeating until August 4, 2019

One event on April 7, 2019 at 9:00 am

Conducted by Renée Tillotson and Krista Hiser, 2nd & 1st degree Nia black belts

12 Sundays  • May 5 – August 4, 2019

No session on Mother’s Day – May 12.

9 -10:15 am (HST)

12 sessions for $150

The series is conducted in person at Still & Moving Center as well as online via GoToMeeting, on which all participants can be seen and heard, live time.

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You will find in this mentorship program important instructional tips and a huge virtual hug of support and encouragement.  The bonds of fellowship and interconnectedness that you will share with your fellow mentees and mentors are almost palpable. Participants in former mentorships series have evolved into teaching single songs as guest instructors; teaching partial or whole classes as subs; to teaching classes of their own.

This mentorship series will use the focus of the routine Source – the eyes – to study both the practice and teaching of Nia. We’ll also explore living consciously in the 4 realms – Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spirit – via the eyes.

During mentorship we enjoy time for check-in and sharing our individual Nia practices, time for experimenting with our Nia toolbox of skills, time for decoding the music, and time for moving with the music.

A 1st Degree Nia Black Belt, Krista provides tips  to unpack each song of Source, musically and choreographically. Renée shares insights from her 17 years of applying Nia practice to the art of living. Both trainers trace their Nia “source” to Nia’s co-founders, Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas.

Our participants can range from New Zealand to Canada, from Georgia to Wyoming, and of course Hawaii.

Focus:  The focus of SOURCE is the eyes.

Intent: The intent of SOURCE is to use the eyes and eyesight to engage the spine and direct attention.

Description: The Nia routine SOURCE helps you engage with the most complex of the body’s five senses: eyesight. From the moment we wake up to the time we go to bed our eyes are busy working with dark and light, taking pictures, and sending messages to our brain for analysis. The eyes, the “windows of the soul” are our greatest resource for connecting us with the world. Like all parts of the body, if we don’t use our eyes they become weak.

Using the eyes directs and focuses attention and connects you to the environment and space around you, thereby heightening safety and function by using the eyes to engage your spine, to look and see, to move forward and back, up and down, in and out, over and under, across and behind, in a circle, and in small and big ranges of motion. Use your eyes to initiate moving in a direction, to engage the systemic movement of the spine, and to enhance your spatial awareness, and orientation of your body and its parts in space.

$150 for the 12 week Series. Normal drop-in rates of $17 paying online in advance or $20 paying in person will apply for those who can only attend the parts of the series.

Source routine is available from Nia headquarters with your Nia Teacher Membership and viewable on Nia TV. Please note: Teaching Nia requires a Nia Teacher Membership.

How to access Nia Mentorship Series via GoToMeeting

Please join our meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.


You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (646) 749-3122

Access Code: 840-202-509

If you have trouble reaching us by GoToMeeting, you can call Renee directly: 808.864.0495



“I’m grateful to Renée and her mentorship program, and the participants from around the world. We dive deep into all aspects of Nia with our mind, body, emotions and spirit. It is healing, supportive, inspirational and truly transformative. I found my Nia teaching wings in this program and I continue to grow each week. Thanks Renée.” – Lorna Moglia, White & Green Belt from California.

“The Nia Mentorship Series that I’ve attended online with Still & Moving Center has been such a great opportunity for me to stay “connected” to my Nia practice and Nia community in a way I could not have imagined when I signed up. The experience, love and appreciation of Nia that Renée, Nancy and others that have shared in the mentoring of this class and what they bring to the table and the dance floor is incredible!
Learning a new routine with the class, reviewing and diving deeper into the Nia principles and practices has been such a great learning opportunity for me.Through this Mentorship Series experience I continue to learn and grow in my confidence and ability to share Nia as a newer teacher as well as my own personal Nia practice.
I have also improved immensely the ability to put into practice my learnings as I draw from the “well” of  Nia and “dance through life” in my own mind, body spirit experiences of each day.” – Mikelle Ivers, Nia White, Green & Blue Belt from Wyoming. 

Krista Hiser

For Krista, Nia is the ultimate in efficiency: in one hour, she gets a physical workout, a mental re-set, an emotional experience through music, and an energizing connection to her sacred purpose on the planet. It’s a workout, a dance party with friends, and a therapy session wrapped into one amazing hour! Nia is THE 21st century fitness modality.

Krista creates an energetic, potentially athletic experience for every-BODY, grounded in the joy of movement, clarity of the 52 moves, freedance, luxurious floorplay, and guided relaxation. Students love her eclectic playlists inspired by ecstatic dance.

“My style is athletic, creative, and zany. I teach Nia from my heart and I’m usually surprised at what comes out.”

Yes, you can just show up to work out and break a sweat, but Krista’s classes are designed to catalyze transformative change. She says, “I teach Nia to empower each participant to love their body and their life, and to impact our community and the world by doing whatever it is they do, and doing it better because they feel better and are connected to life force.”

Krista Hiser is a Nia Black Belt with specialized training in Nia FreeDance and Nia 52 Moves. Krista’s vigorous classes are accessible and inspiring for all levels. She currently teaches Classic Nia and Nia FreeDance.

She has been committed to Nia as a personal practice for over a decade, and has been teaching and sharing this work for eight years as a cumulative subject of inquiry.

Renée Tillotson

Renée brings great enthusiasm to every class and event she leads. As the founding Director of Still & Moving Center, Renée is motivated by the motto: Move your body. Still your mind. Find center, Find Joy!

Renée says, “Through Nia I realized that I was born to dance…and perhaps everyone is! For me, Nia is a connection to pure Joy. My aspiration is to extend that joy into the rest of my life and share it with every student who steps into my circle. Nia embraces both the yang and yin energies, helping all of us to balance our natures. Nia is all about awareness. If you are ready to bring greater awareness to your life, Nia may be for you. Nia is a moving meditation for me, as well as a chance to play like a child again! I like to think of my classes as invigorating the body and elevating the spirit.”

Having been a competitive gymnast and dancer in her youth, Renée as an adult missed the physical activity of her earlier years. Fortunately, Renée found the joy of Nia in 2002. She is privileged to have taken all of her Nia intensive trainings at Nia International Headquarters from the co-creators of Nia: Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas.

Now a 1st Degree Nia Black Belt and soon to gain her 2nd Degree, Renée has been moving and sharing the Joy of Nia since 2002. Considering herself a citizen of the world, Renée brings under one roof at Still & Moving Center mindful movement practices from around the globe.



May 5, 2019
9:00 am - 10:15 am
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