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Thriving in Your Third Act: Women Finding Fire & Fulfillment After 50 — November 7-10, 2017 —
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In our mainstream culture, there’s an underlying message that after you arrive at a certain age, you’ve already achieved your goals and mastered what was meant for you in this lifetime.
However, the work you’ve done in the world in your life up until this point is only the beginning.

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The Practice

Combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice addressing each aspect of your life - body, mind and soul.

We believe every person can discover, explore, unleash, and enhance their individual potential to live a healthy and meaningful life by engaging their senses and listening to their bodies.

Nia is based on the intelligent design of the body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced.

Nia cardio-dance workouts combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts to get you fit in 60 minutes - body, mind, emotion, and spirit.

Nia is non-impact, practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Nia classes are taught by licensed Nia teachers.

Company Story

From 1972 to 1983, Debbie Rosas operated an exercise business in the San Francisco Bay Area known as the Bod Squad. In 1983, a series of sports related injuries prompted her, and one of her trainers, Carlos AyaRosas to research and develop an alternative method of aerobic exercise and strength training aiming for safe, non-impact, bodymind based movement. This led to the establishment of the Nia Technique.

She met Carlos AyaRosas at one of her fitness aerobics classes. He was hoping to get fitter to gain an edge in his upcoming tennis tournament. After taking a few classes, he approached Debbie about a job – teaching was what he had always wanted to do. Debbie gave him a routine to learn. Five days later, he came back ready to throw in the towel on his tennis pro career. The entrepreneur inside of Debbie told her she should hire him – so she did.

One day, out of the blue, Debbie decided to call a friend who was a martial artist, in the hopes of learning more about the belt system. He invited her to the Dojo where he practiced his craft. Excited and not sure what to expect, she asked Carlos to join her.

From that day on their lives changed dramatically. When they arrived at the dojo the martial artist asked them to take off their shoes. He then told them to "move." As they began doing jumping jacks and leg lifts, he shook his head. "That is not moving. You have forgotten," he said.

It was through martial arts that Debbie realized she could incorporate new energy patterns and movements into class. From that day forward she never wanted to put her shoes on again to workout. She also took on the radical idea that working out didn't have to hurt to get excellent results.

At that time, the widely accepted health mantra was, “no pain, no gain.” Together, Carlos and Debbie rejected that notion and defined a new approach to wellness – one that broke away from high-impact aerobics, repetitive movement and mind-body separation. They spent the next 13 years creating Nia together.

This catalyzed a tremendous shift towards fusion fitness. Rather than obsessing over physical results, Nia tuned into the needs of the body, mind, spirit and emotions. Athletes, dancers, casual exercisers and gym-haters alike began to embrace the movement lifestyle because it felt good. It was exhilarating, not guilt-driven; expressive instead of one-dimensional. Healing, not exhausting. Nia ultimately forged the category known as mind-body fitness today.

Debbie Rosas

Debbie Rosas is the co-creator and founder of Nia. Credited with shaping the mind-body fitness category, she is a leading fitness innovator, teacher, author, choreographer, performer, healer and artist whose work greatly influences the lives of thousands of women and men worldwide.

Debbie has co-authored two books – Non-Impact Aerobics and The Nia Technique. She also collaborated with Carlos AyaRosas to write the Holistic Fitness section of the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Instructor Training Manual. Debbie has served on the Mind-Body Committee for the IDEA Health and Fitness Association, and has presented at numerous IDEA World and Inner IDEA fitness conventions. She was also a presenter for the Northwest Fitness Summit, National Wellness Conference, Whole Life Expo, International Spa and Fitness Association, Science and Consciousness Convention, and Sound Healers Convention.

She is particularly proud to have played a key role in developing programs at The Naturopathic School of Medicine, Shriners Hospital and Oregon Health and Sciences University. These programs continue to positively impact students, women, teens, and those diagnosed with arthritis and autism.

Debbie first worked as a medical illustrator, which sparked her fascination for the human body. In 1976, she established a tremendously successful exercise studio in Marin County, California called The Bod Squad. After becoming frustrated and unfulfilled by the “no pain, no gain” fitness mantra of the time, she set out on a creative journey to define a new approach to health, wellness and fitness. The result was Nia. Since then, Debbie has been committed to evolving the Nia practice and growing the Nia community.

Currently Debbie lives with her husband, Nia CEO Jeff Stewart, in Portland, Oregon where she teaches classes and trainings at Nia International Headquarters. Visit debbierosas.com to learn more about Debbie's latest endeavors. Anyone interested in writing an article about Debbie or conducting an interview is encouraged to review the online Debbie Rosas media kit.

Carlos AyaRosas

Carlos AyaRosas, co-creator and founder of Nia, has been a leading presenter at countless events, trainings, and health and fitness conventions for more than 25 years. Some of these include the National Wellness Conference, Sound Healers Conference, IDEA World, Inner IDEA and Science of Consciousness Conference.
Carlos has co-authored two books – Non-Impact Aerobics and The Nia Technique. He also collaborated with Debbie Rosas to write the Holistic Fitness section of the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Instructor Training Manual.

Before creating Nia, Carlos spent his time as a tennis professional – teaching, competing in tournaments, and playing life on the edge of machismo. He might have gone on like that if it hadn’t been for Richard Bach and Illusions, and the faint longing for something more meaningful. Since his change of heart, he's never looked back.

In 2005, Carlos helped inspire Nia teachers to raise more than $30,000 for Hurricane Katrina victims and $15,000 for Soaringwords through organized Nia Dance Jams across the world. Now retired from Nia, Carlos currently lives in Texas with his wife and artistic creative partner, Annie AyaRosas. His many years of leadership and inspirational work continue to shape countless lives to this day.