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.

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Global, HI United States
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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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Sep 14, 2021 September 14, 2021, - November 2, 2021,
Global, HI United States
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8 week seriesSep 14 to Nov 2, 2021Tuesdays, 7:15-8:15pm HST $199 plus tax This 8 week series will culminate in a performance for our annual Diwali presentation Nov 7, 2021  In this class, you will learn dance skills in the Hammock, as well as in floor exercises and stretching. The techniques and strength-building exercises are […]

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Sep 17, 2021 September 17, 2021, - November 5, 2021,
Global, HI United States
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8 week seriesSep 17 to Nov 5, 2021Fridays 5:30-6:30pm HST$199 plus tax This 8 week series will culminate in a performance for our annual Diwali celebration Nov 7, 2021       What does it feel like to move in and suspend in the air, and have increased body awareness and balance? This is your […]

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Oct 17, 2021 October 17, 2021, - December 12, 2021,
Global, HI United States
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This class is for 7 to 12 year oldsOctober 17- December 12, 2021  (except Nov 28)Sundays, 9:30 -10:30 am HST Price $165Participants in the Keiki Hula series will have an opportunity to perform at our annual Merry & Bright celebration, Sunday Dec 19, 2021   Enrolling your child in this hula hālau (school) is one […]

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Oct 23, 2021 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Oct 31, 2021 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Diwali Vegetarian Indian Cooking Workshop – LIVE ONLINE, Interactive with Nantha Kumar    Sunday, October 31, 2021 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm  HST (7:30 - 9:30 pm EST)  $39 20% Discount for Golden Circle & Platinum members Join Nantha for a culinary trip with the South Indian diaspora to sample dishes that you will love […]

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Nov 07, 2021 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Diwali Festival of Lights!   With the Still & Moving Center Faculty, Staff & Students Sunday, November 7, 2021 @  3:00-5:00 pm HSTIt's that time of year! Mark your calendars for that favorite of Still & Moving Center’s annual events: Diwali! India’s Festival of Lights bursts with energy and talent as Still & Moving Center’s teachers […]

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Nov 13, 2021 November 13, 2021, - December 11, 2021,
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Saturdays, November 13 to December 11, 2021  (Skipping November 27)4:00 - 8:30 pm HST Price: $475 In English and Japanese, translation by Eriko Jones Pre-registration is required. Currently accepting students. Please send an email to Kumu Mālia at malia@stillandmovingcenter.com to introduce yourself and share why you are interested in the course. Mahalo! This “Origins and […]

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Nov 13, 2021 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Day 2:    November 13, 2021 4:30 - 6:30 pm HST Price: $55 for one workshop -  $95 for two workshops 20% discounts to Golden and Platinum circle members on single workshops 日本時間:11月14日(日 )                                            […]

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Dec 11, 2021 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm
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Saturdays   December 11, 2021  •  January 8, 2022  •  February 12, 20223 online sessions 8:45 - 9:45 am HST Offered free of charge • Donations to the Still & Moving Center scholarship fund gladly accepted~ A Twelve-Week Process with a Monthly One Hour Gathering ~ 3 Pages of free-journaling per day & One Artist’s Date […]

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