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The Seven Cycles Of A Nia Workout

Posted by terrepruitt on May 5, 2009

Like Jazzercise classes and Yoga classes, Nia (TM)has cycles to each routine. Nia has seven cycles. Here is a very brief description of each cycles. For more details on each cycle click here.

Dance Exercise, Nia San Jose, San Jose Nia, Campbell Nia, Nia Campbell

1. Setting your focus and intent
In the first cycle we set our focus and intent. Usually there is a class focus and intent, but you can set your own focus and intent and make the workout what you need for that moment.

2. Stepping In
This is when we, well, step in. We step into the moment. We step into the sensation of our bodies. We step in, leaving behind all the chaos of the rest of the world.

3. Warm up
This is a song or two that we use to warm up. We start our bodies moving. We get our joints and muscle loose and ready to move.

4. Get Moving
This is the portion of the workout routine where we really start to use all of our muscles. Often the music speeds up and participants can work up a sweat. This is also the time where you are charged with being your own conscious personal trainer.

5. Cool Down
This is the part of the routine were we slow down and prepare our bodies for the floor.

6. Floorplay
This is where you get to work some more muscles and or do some more stretching out of the ones your work. It is ok to have a towel or a mat for our floorplay.

7. Stepping out
This is usually the time in the routine where people start looking at the clock and then their watches and then they start looking around to see if anyone else is experiencing that the clock and their watch is broken because there is NO Way that it has been (about) 55 minutes.

2 Responses to “The Seven Cycles Of A Nia Workout”

  1. judy said

    Nice finish, Terre! I’ve never done Nia, but I know good writing when I read it!


    • Hmmm. Maybe the secret is to just relax and let it flow. This was one of those ones I just sat down and wrote. Yeah, I read it to make sure it was ok, tweaked it here and there, but I didn’t agonize over it like the rest. Hmmm. Good to know.

      Thank you so much for all of your support, my Distant-Twitter-Facebook-Blog-I-am-convinced-there-is-Nia-in-you Friend!


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