Nia at Still & Moving

Nia Classes & Training at Still & Moving Center

What is Nia?

Nia students from around the globe seek out Still & Moving Center for its joy-filled Nia classes to soul-stirring music. As the foremost Nia studio in the state of Hawaii, Still & Moving Center offers Nia classes nearly every day and serves as the seedbed for new Nia teachers, hosting all of the Nia teacher trainings on the island.

Nia originally stood for “non-impact aerobics” in the 1980s, with the purpose of providing a cardiovascular fitness alternative. Nia has evolved since then into a wholistic somatic practice. It connects the mind, body, and spirit through the precision and power of the martial arts (such as Taekwon Do, Tai Chi and Aikido), the expressivity of the dance arts (such as Jazz and Modern dance) and the mindfulness of the healing arts (such as Yoga and Feldenkrais).

A beautiful balance of freedom and form, Nia provides choreographed movement and asks you to do it “your body’s way”. As long as you are listening to your body, and moving accordingly, YOU JUST CAN’T DO IT WRONG IN NIA! We ask you to tweak the movements so that they fit your body’s needs and your heart’s desire to express itself. No one needs to look like anyone else in Nia class. People of all different ages, shapes, and sizes love taking Nia!

The exemplary embodiment of moving meditation, Nia is the reason behind that Renée Tillotson, a 2nd Degree Nia Black Belt, founded Still & Moving Center in 2011! Renėe enthuses about how Nia as made her more mindful in daily life:

“In a mindful moment, I’m fully engaged. I’m aware of what my body is doing, and my mind tracking, interested. If my emotions enter the picture, I can watch them pass through like waves into the background. No anxiety. Just Joy. Moving meditation is part of my medicine, my ticket to a ride on the healthy life train. For me, focusing is more effortless when I’m in motion. I compare it to riding a bike: easier to balance when I’m traveling along. For me, mindfulness can be as close as a dance step away.”

Nia provides wonderful cross-training for dancers who are so accustomed to dancing someone else’s choreography, they’ve forgotten the childlike freedom of true self-expression, which we find again in Nia.

Nia also gives you an effective cardiovascular workout that will increase your strength, agility, mobility, and flexibility. We practice Nia barefoot. The martial arts aspect empowers us to connect with our breath by using our voices, which can be especially powerful for women, or any of us who want to find our voice.

Still & Moving Center proudly offers many different Nia classes online and in-person in Hawaii, hosted by our talented instructors. Come as you are and leave with a newfound personal enrichment.

All of our classes are taught LIVE – never pre-recorded.
Offered in 3 learning formats:

LIVE, Online: 
Virtual class that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home!

In-studio LIVESTREAM:
Join your fellow students in studio to follow your favorite virtual instructor streaming to our large screen monitors.

In-person:
Classes led the “old-fashioned” way- with your teacher leading the session in person in the studio.

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Theme for 2023: “CITIZENS OF THE FUTURE” Announcing the new Still & Moving Center Almanac 2023!  Available now, in time for the holidays! Inspire your self every week and each day with themed quotes that will lift your spirit! Invite yourself to become one of the “CITIZENS OF THE FUTURE”, which is the theme for […]

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LIVE, Online & In-personFridays, 5:45-6:45pm HSTJan 6- Mar 17, 2023**Except Jan 13, 2023 $210 plus tax- regular rate$185 plus tax - starving artist rate Please, select online or in-person option when enrolling."Throughout my professional dance career, the rhythmical structures that I learned in Indian dance class gave me an edge over my fellow ballet and […]

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Jan 14, 2023 January 14, 2023, - March 11, 2023,
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7 Week Series:January 14 to March 11, 2023*Saturdays, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm HST*No classes Feb 11 & 18, 2023 $210 plus taxSign up here for Drop-in class Jan 7, 2023 This 7 week series will culminate in a performance for our annual Birthday celebration Mar 18, 2023. In this weekly series, keiki aerialists will […]

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Jan 22, 2023 January 22, 2023, - April 30, 2023,
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The body is resilient. Human beings are born resilient. Nia movement and Nia routines provide the perfect map to develop body and life resilience skills.

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Jan 30, 2023 January 30, 2023, - March 13, 2023,
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7-Week Series:Jan 30 to Mar 13, 2023Mondays 5:30 - 6:30 pm HST$210 plus tax This 7 week series will culminate in a performance for our annual Birthday celebration Mar 18, 2023 What does it feel like to move in and suspend in the air, and have increased body awareness and balance? This is your series, […]

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Jan 31, 2023 January 31, 2023, - March 14, 2023,
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7 Week Series:January 31 to March 14, 2023Tuesdays, 7:15-8:15 pm HST $210 plus taxSign up here for Drop-in classes This 7 week series will culminate in a performance for our annual Birthday celebration Mar 18, 2023 In this class, you will learn dance skills in the Hammock, as well as in floor exercises and stretching. […]

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7-Week Series:Feb 3 to Mar 17, 2023Fridays 5:30 - 6:30 pm HST$210 plus tax This 7 week series will culminate in a performance for our annual Birthday celebration Mar 18, 2023 Prerequisite: Intro to Aerial silks and instructor permission. This class is designed for students who have knowledge of climbing, foot locks, inversions and balance […]

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    This class is for 7 to 12 year olds 12 week Spring Series: February 5  to April 30, 2023 (no class Apr 9)Sundays 9:15-10:15 amPlus performance for May Day- May 6, 2023 Price: $230Participation in this hula halau (school) is one of the best introductions to Hawaiian language and culture. Children will learn […]

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Feb 05, 2023 February 5, 2023, - April 30, 2023,
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    This class is for 13 to 17 year olds 12 week Spring Series: February 5  to April 30, 2023 (no class Apr 9)Sundays 3:30-4:30 pmPlus performance for May Day- May 6, 2023 Price: $230 Participation in this hula halau (school) is one of the best introductions to Hawaiian language and culture. Teens will […]

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Feb 11, 2023 February 11, 2023, - February 19, 2023,
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