About the Nia Brown Belt

January  21-28, 2021

By the time you reach Brown Belt, the third level of Nia education, you have developed a proficiency in sustaining awareness of your physical body and paying attention to the sensory details of the four realms: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. This level of training explores the experience of living as energy beings, as every experience of sensation in the body is an energy experience.

Winalee Zeeb

Winalee_laughing_lower_rezI began teaching in the fitness industry in 1981. I had a passion for exercise, and teaching aquatics courses, water exercise and aerobics filled that passion. These traditional fitness practices and my unconscious movement patterning ultimately led me to exhaustion, burnout, and physical pain. In 1984, I severely injured both my knees. I had numbed myself to my body’s voice of pain and I required surgery.

In July of 1991, I was on the edge of quitting teaching. I attended the IDEA Fitness Conference and I saw a sign that read, “Body, Mind, Spirit Workout.” I had not seen the word ‘spirit’ used in any other courses offered. Immediately, my curiosity drew me to take the workshop. It was a Nia workshop, and I clearly recall watching Debbie and Carlos enter the room. Every cell of my being recognized their radiance. They took the stage and did something unheard of at that time in the fitness industry – they invited us to take off our shoes. Those first barefoot seconds of conscious movement had my wounded knees saying, “Ahhhhhhh” as they experienced healing through movement. After tearfully dancing a profound healing awakening, I registered for their next White Belt Intensive. I sensed a deep knowing within myself that Nia had much to teach me. I eagerly attended the Blue, Brown, Black, and First Degree Black Belt trainings in succession.

In February of 1997, after years of practicing Nia and many hours of teaching, I was blessed with the honor of becoming a Nia Trainer. Words cannot express the infinite gifts my heart receives from the privilege of sharing the Nia Belts. I travel internationally teaching Nia, and I am passionately in love with what I am privileged to share. I sing professionally. I am a motivational keynote speaker, and a yoga teacher. On February 14, 2009, I opened Heartdance Studio – a magical space. The teachings of Nia have brought me my ability to balance all I am passionate about, and I am so very grateful.

I am honored to joyfully dance in the sea of life with all of you!

 

Training Cost: $1,599

$799.50 registration fee + $799.50 instruction fee

September 13-17, 2018

45 hours of training

Open to: all Nia Belts, all levels

Register: here. 

For more information, you can email Winalee directly:  winalee@nianow.com

Focus: Music-Movement-Magic

Intent: To condition the central nervous system

This 5-day training comprehensively helps you to transform the White Belt principles into real, on-the-dancefloor teaching skills with clarity.

New teachers develop confidence, craft and skill by learning and practicing the foundations of teaching. Seasoned teachers refine and deepen their understanding, building on their craft and receiving feedback from peers to deliver the most powerful experience possible.

 

We journey into the Nia’s 5 Core Competencies for increased skills & knowledge with:

  1. Nia’s Philosophy – The Body’s Way and the study of the Body’s inherent wisdom
  2.  Science – the study of  awareness and vitality in order to create knowledge for a healthy body and lifestyle to live as a sacred athlete into your greatest potential.
  3.  Anatomy – the study of the body parts and system for body literacy.
  4.  Movement – the study of healthy potential to use movement to transform the body.
  5.  Music – the study of sound, health and expression.  Enhancing our connection to the language of sound.

We clarify the 13 Nia White Belt Principles so you embody the skill to confidently teach Nia.

All unfolds in a relaxed, loving, and encouraging environment with generative feedback to grow and embody teaching tools.

About the Nia Green Belt

Green Belt is an optional training, which focuses entirely on developing and embodying the skills to effectively teach Nia. All belt levels who teach or desire to teach are strongly encouraged to attend this training.

The Nia Promise and Delivering the Nia Experience are phrases we use to express the transformative power of Nia; to a Nia Teacher’s ability to deeply move and touch people within the classroom environment. As a teacher, your role is to guide people through a meaningful journey of physical conditioning and self-discovery. Teaching Nia is all about sharing your personal experience – your physical and emotional sensations, visual images and feelings. To do so, you must have a solid understanding of the form, objective curriculum and communication techniques.

Green Belt comprehensively explores all mechanics of delivering the work, including embodying the choreography, cueing, creating intentional silences, dancing to the music and helping people achieve their personal fitness goals. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned teacher, Green Belt will further your teaching skills. New teachers develop confidence, craft and skill by learning and practicing the foundations of teaching. Seasoned teachers refine and deepen their understanding, building on their craft and receiving feedback from peers to deliver the most powerful experience possible.

The Green Belt training includes a pre-training course based on the 13 White Belt principles. As part of the training, you will learn and work with the routine, Wild.

 

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Initial consult:                  60mins Price: $85

(includes a beginners’ ball kit, $15 value)

Follow ups:                       60min $75/each

MELT Method®️is an innovative self-care practice.  Restore youth, vitality and flexibility in just minutes a day!  In one to three 60-minute sessions, you can learn basic to advanced techniques for MELT Method®️ treatments that you can do on your own at home or work.  MELT Method for hands and feet will restore, renew and revitalize your connective tissues, fascia and celluar fluids, allowing ease of movement and pain relief or pain prevention.  This groundbreaking self-healing practice complements other self-care and fitness practices. MELT uses rubber balls of different densities and sizes to create tolerable compression to support the nervous, hormone and immune systems throughout the entire body.  

Lani will tailor adaptations to each individual’s needs.

 

Lani Kwon

Lani Kwon, MA, RYT is a Transformative Life Coach, Nia Blue Belt, Hatha Yoga Teacher and MELT Hand and Foot Instructor.  Her own journey towards recovery through almost 20 years of acute and chronic pain, due to daily stress, sports-related injuries and whiplash in a car accident, has led her to combine these movement practices into an accessible workshop for anyone interested in learning an empowering practice to reduce pain.  Lani can also make adaptations using a chair or wall for additional support and balance, depending on individual student needs – please contact instructor in advance.

For more insights on MELT, please go to their web site and check out a recent article by Scientific American about the Interstitium System of the body.

Cost: $39, a beginner’s hand and foot kit (small mesh bag, large soft ball and small soft ball) will be included in the cost of the two-hour workshop (a $15 retail value) so that participants can continue to practice becoming more pain-free at home.

Nia class of “Deep Dive” 12:15 – 1:15 pm +

Plearn of “Deep Dive”: 1:30 – 7:30 pm

Snack at 4:30 pm!

 

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Cost includes both the class and the Plearn workshop

$95 at the door

$85 – Early bird through Feb 9  

 

Plearning is all about being a student, finding the ease of playing into the new, fresh-off-the-press Nia routine “Deep Dive”. Immerse yourself in “the joy of learning” the big picture of “Deep Dive”.  This is Winalee’s own choreography adopted as an official Nia routine. Open to all Nia belts / teachers.

Be like water and connect to the liquid space within the body and with each movement you make. Immerse into pleasurable sensations of sliding and gliding with spring-loaded joints. Mobilize the liquid inner space of your body and imagine moving and touching water around your body. Water is Life! Flow with aliveness.

As you connect to fluid movement from move to move and song to song, notice the enhanced ease of mobility. You may also become aware of benefits to all aspects of your being – the flow of your thoughts, emotions and unique spirit – as you dance through life.

winalee zeeb

I began teaching in the fitness industry in 1981. I had a passion for exercise, and teaching aquatics courses, water exercise and aerobics filled that passion. These traditional fitness practices and my unconscious movement patterning ultimately led me to exhaustion, burnout, and physical pain. In 1984, I severely injured both my knees. I had numbed myself to my body’s voice of pain and I required surgery.

In July of 1991, I was on the edge of quitting teaching. I attended the IDEA Fitness Conference and I saw a sign that read, “Body, Mind, Spirit Workout.” I had not seen the word ‘spirit’ used in any other courses offered. Immediately, my curiosity drew me to take the workshop. It was a Nia workshop, and I clearly recall watching Debbie and Carlos enter the room. Every cell of my being recognized their radiance. They took the stage and did something unheard of at that time in the fitness industry – they invited us to take off our shoes. Those first barefoot seconds of conscious movement had my wounded knees saying, “Ahhhhhhh” as they experienced healing through movement. After tearfully dancing a profound healing awakening, I registered for their next White Belt Intensive. I sensed a deep knowing within myself that Nia had much to teach me. I eagerly attended the Blue, Brown, Black, and First Degree Black Belt trainings in succession.

In February of 1997, after years of practicing Nia and many hours of teaching, I was blessed with the honor of becoming a Nia Trainer. Words cannot express the infinite gifts my heart receives from the privilege of sharing the Nia Belts. I travel internationally teaching Nia, and I am passionately in love with what I am privileged to share. I sing professionally. I am a motivational keynote speaker, and a yoga teacher. On February 14, 2009, I opened Heartdance Studio – a magical space. The teachings of Nia have brought me my ability to balance all I am passionate about, and I am so very grateful.

I am honored to joyfully dance in the sea of life with all of you!

Sign Up Now!

 

$ 75 pre-reg by Feb 19

$95 at the door

Plearning is all about being a student, finding the joy and ease of playing into a new, fresh-off-the-press Nia routine. Students and teachers all welcome Name of Nia routine: Pulse!
Learn includes 11am -12pm Nia class free of charge plus 1-6 pm workshop $75 for pre-sign-up by Feb 19, and $95-at-the-door.

winalee zeeb

I began teaching in the fitness industry in 1981. I had a passion for exercise, and teaching aquatics courses, water exercise and aerobics filled that passion. These traditional fitness practices and my unconscious movement patterning ultimately led me to exhaustion, burnout, and physical pain. In 1984, I severely injured both my knees. I had numbed myself to my body’s voice of pain and I required surgery.

In July of 1991, I was on the edge of quitting teaching. I attended the IDEA Fitness Conference and I saw a sign that read, “Body, Mind, Spirit Workout.” I had not seen the word ‘spirit’ used in any other courses offered. Immediately, my curiosity drew me to take the workshop. It was a Nia workshop, and I clearly recall watching Debbie and Carlos enter the room. Every cell of my being recognized their radiance. They took the stage and did something unheard of at that time in the fitness industry – they invited us to take off our shoes. Those first barefoot seconds of conscious movement had my wounded knees saying, “Ahhhhhhh” as they experienced healing through movement. After tearfully dancing a profound healing awakening, I registered for their next White Belt Intensive. I sensed a deep knowing within myself that Nia had much to teach me. I eagerly attended the Blue, Brown, Black, and First Degree Black Belt trainings in succession.

In February of 1997, after years of practicing Nia and many hours of teaching, I was blessed with the honor of becoming a Nia Trainer. Words cannot express the infinite gifts my heart receives from the privilege of sharing the Nia Belts. I travel internationally teaching Nia, and I am passionately in love with what I am privileged to share. I sing professionally. I am a motivational keynote speaker, and a yoga teacher. On February 14, 2009, I opened Heartdance Studio – a magical space. The teachings of Nia have brought me my ability to balance all I am passionate about, and I am so very grateful.

I am honored to joyfully dance in the sea of life with all of you!

 


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