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Posts Tagged ‘Nia Articles’

Nia Belt System

Posted by terrepruitt on July 4, 2009

I feel I need to clarify something.  I keep seeing these great articles on the internet about Nia.  They are so great I get excited and I want to share them, until I get to the part where it says something like, “Nia students work through levels akin to martial arts and the different belts”.  This is where my enthusiasm for the article dies.  To me this makes it sound like a participant of Nia™ has to earn a belt in order to participate.

Nia is a workout.  A person can go to a Nia class every day and workout and never have to think about belt levels.  Belt levels never come into play during a workout.  Nia as a workout is so beneficial you may never want to progress to anything beyond that.  Think of it like yoga, you can go to a yoga class every day and never have to participate in the meditation or yoga life-style of a yogi or yogini.

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My Nia White Belt and my manual

IF someone is interested in learning more about Nia, aside from what the book and the DVDs, the classes, and the workshops have to offer, one can participate in an “Intensive”.  THIS is where the belts come into play.  Each intensive is about 40 hours of intenseness.  There is lectures and movement and workouts.  There are five belts.  Anyone can participate in the intensive, but they must be taken in order White, Blue, Brown, Black.  And they require a year in between each belt.

Each of the four belts mentioned has principles.  There are 13 principles for each belt, each belt also has a focus.

I am sure you noticed that I mentioned five belts but only named four, that is because one of the five belts is Green Belt.  Green Belt is newly added and it is for teachers.  So while any one can take an White, Blue, Brown, or Black belt intensive only teachers can take the green.  That is because Green is focused on assisting teachers.  It is just another aspect of the continuing education that Nia offers and recommends.

So, again I will say, anyone can participate in Nia as a workout and that is great and that is fine.  You will gain many, many benefits from it.  No one has to think about belts and the levels.  Only if you are interested in making Nia a practice and learning more about it do you need to even think about the belts.  Just come and enjoy the way your body feels during and after a Nia workout.  Then if you arrive at wanting more you will do so . . . in your own time . . . in your own way.

 

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