Movement is an accessible way for practitioners to cultivate mindfulness and connecting with the body is an essential skill for mindful living. The Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness is fortunate to have a community of mindfulness teachers who are also registered yoga teachers, movement coaches and/or have experience and training in teaching movement practices such as Nia, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and various martial arts.
Exploring Mindful Movement and Embodiment with the Nia Technique
A 4-Class mini-series with Licensed Nia Technique Instructor, yoga instructor, & Clinical Social Worker, Sydney Spears, Ph.D., LSCSW. The Nia Technique is a sensorimotor body-mind group experience which combines mindfulness, body awareness, dance, martial arts, and yoga. Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. This mindful fusion of movement styles is a holistic practice addressing each aspect of your life—body, mind and soul.
Nia provides the opportunity to discover, explore, unleash, and enhance your individual potential to live a healthy and meaningful life by engaging your senses and listening to the wisdom of your body. The Nia Technique is based on the intelligent design of the body. Each sensory movement brings mindfulness to your dance expression leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced.
The movements of Nia are non-impact, typically practiced barefoot, and very adaptable to individual needs, various, ages, body sizes, fitness levels, and abilities. This unique blend allows your body to move in fun and free ways that increases your health and vitality. Through listening and moving to an eclectic mix of global music, Nia teaches you to feel at home in your body, mind, emotions and spirit and to live with joy. We all need more health, community building, and joy!
Some of the many benefits of Nia include: increase of mindfulness, greater cardiovascular health, alleviation of stress and anxiety, energy balancing, and hormonal stability. This mindful practice draws on the chemistry of nine movement forms: Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Jazz, Modern Dance, Duncan Dance, Yoga, the Alexander Technique and the work of Moshe Feldenkrais®.
Upcoming Courses: (held in the Peace Pod at 11100 Ash St. Ste. 101 Leawood, KS 66211)
- Fall Mini-Series #1—Tuesdays: September 18, 25 & October 2 and 9th 6:30pm-7:30pm
- Fall Mini-Series #2—Tuesdays: October 23 & November 6, 13, & 20 6:30pm-7:30pm