Ν.Ι.Α. Alternative Dance Fitness

NIA (Now I Am) is a holistic fitness practice, a non-impact, bodymind based movement, the first system worldwide to combine elements of martial arts, dance, and mindfulness/relaxation techniques. It safely exercises all the body muscles and at the same time it cultivates the mind and the soul.

The technique is based on dance fitness but with an alternative attitude, encouraging the students to respect, to love and listen to their body, promoting wellness at all levels.

The dance is inspired by Jazz and develops lightness, the opposites in movement (falling-getting up), expressiveness and freedom.

NIA incorporates the explosive dynamics of martial arts and is inspired by relaxation methods in promoting concentration, stretching and body-mind balance.

For the first time in Greece, a holistic exercise method which incorporates dance (modern dance and Isadora Duncan style), martial arts (T΄ai chi, Aikido, TaeKwonDo), healing techniques from yoga and Alexander Technique, as well as the teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais.

The courses are for those who:

  • Want to achieve stamina, elasticity, good body posture.
  • Want to shed weight.
  • Want to exercise in an alternative, safe way.
  • Want to release the pressure of daily life with an exercise style which offers a sense of body and psychological well-being.

Note: NIA is practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. It is done on a wonderful and varied music selection.

Evi PatsiaEvi Patsia

Movement Therapist, Pilates Mat & Equipment Instructor, Nia Black Belt Teacher, Medical Qigong, Garuda.

Evi Patsia is the only active licensed Nia teacher in Greece (Black Belt graduate), trained in London. She has a Bachelor in Remedial Massage and Neuromuscular Techniques and was trained in Pilates Mat at the Modern Pilates School and Pilates equipment at the Polestar school, where she now collaborates as a mentor.

During her 20-year London stay, she was trained at the School of Integrated Health Studies of the Westminster University, while working as Massage Therapist and Aromatherapist at the Harley Street Cancer Clinic. In Greece, since 2016, she attends the three-year postgraduate course in Dance Therapy of the Greek Association of Dance Therapists (GADT).