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Nia: Embody The Skin You’re In

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Nia: Embody The Skin You’re In

When I heard that Debbie Rosas, founder of the Nia movement classes was going to be teaching a dance class at Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts, I thought “Sign me up.” I grew up taking dance classes and was in a ballet company in my younger years. Someone told me Nia was part dance, part martial arts, part healing arts, and as a dancer/doctor, I thought, “Perfect!”

Where have I been?

Somehow, I had never heard of Nia prior to this day. Now — a few months later — I can’t believe I missed it for all these years. Seems like every person I’m meeting lately is a Nia teacher and every dance studio and gym hosts Nia classes all over the world. Talking to my friends, I realize that I have been missing out. Nia is taught in 45 countries and is well known for empowering others to live joyful lives by moving, owning, and fully inhabiting their beautiful bodies. My colleagues in the healing professions recommend Nia to their clients with body image issues (such as eating disorders), not just because the movement can be tailored to the sickest body or the buffest one, but because Nia celebrates the body, just as it is, in all its richness, and can be part of the therapeutic equation.

I know all this now, but at the time, I was a Nia virgin, open for anything, ready to dance. So there I was, in a conference room with 250 Sister Goddesses, when someone invited us to get comfy, find a spot in the room that resonated with us, and get ready to have our bodies blown away (in a really good way).

My girl crush

But before I tell you about my Nia cherry-popping, I have to tell you about Debbie Rosas. From the outside, she’s stylish, classy, and sexy as hell. This woman radiates confidence, oozes sensuality, and holds herself with remarkable grace, poise, and an attractive sense of grounding I admired right away. Then she opens her mouth, and your jaw drops because she is so wise, calm, intelligent, and mindful while still fully embodying the skin she’s in. It didn’t take me long to realize that Debbie Rosas is the bomb.

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.  She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.  Lissa blogs at and also created two online communities - and She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.


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3:36PM PST on Jan 10, 2011

Thank You

12:55PM PST on Nov 21, 2010

Nia is a wonderful workout and fun as well. Thanks for the article!

6:03PM PST on Nov 16, 2010

Thanx for article

8:13PM PST on Nov 12, 2010


12:50PM PST on Nov 12, 2010

sounds awesome, thanks!

3:36PM PST on Nov 11, 2010

This sounds absolutely fabulous. I want to do it !

8:27AM PST on Nov 11, 2010

thanks for the article, will look into nia, never heard about it before

8:56PM PST on Nov 10, 2010

thanks for the wonderful article.

6:37PM PST on Nov 10, 2010

Sounds like a wonderful, exhilarating experience.

4:04AM PST on Nov 10, 2010

Thanx for the article.

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