Nia® is an expressive body-mind-spirit movement program that offers an artistic and innovative approach to fitness and healing. Blending aspects of Martial Arts, Dance Arts, and Healing Arts, Nia® provides a variety of movement dynamics to create an experience that involves your whole body, as well as your spirit. The stillness and concentration of Tai Chi, the dynamic poses of Yoga, the explosive power of Tae Kwon Do, and the grace and spontaneity of Modern and Ethnic dance make it possible to create a whole new sense of well being! The use of eclectic, rich music, guided imagery, powerful kinesthetic cues, and heart-felt joy add to the full experience of a Nia® class.
Mark was introduced to Nia when commissioned to paint a mural for StudioNia Santa Fe. Mark timidly stepped into his first class and the inspiration and joy came flooding in! Mark found that Nia provided the athleticism he was craving, and the enriching of the soul, which was an unexpected discovery. Somewhere in early adulthood, Mark had lost the playfulness in his dance. In addition, he had stopped listening to his body and gained over 50lbs. Nia helped reconnect him to his creativity through movement and become a physically and mentally healthier person.
Through his Nia practice, Mark strives for balance between mind and spirit, masculine and feminine energies, and harmony between the 9 movement forms. He infuses each class with his fun and quirky sense of humor. His classes feature a wide range of musical styles that support the joy of movement for every body!
TEACHING SCHEDULE (All Classes are at StudioNia Santa Fe)
MONDAY: 7:30am WEDNESDAY: 9:00am THURSDAY: Noon FRIDAY: 5:45pm SATURDAY: 11:30am SUNDAY: 11:30am, 5:00pm