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.
Movement Therapist, Pilates Mat & Equipment Instructor, NIA Black Belt Teacher, Medical Qigong, Garuda.
Evi Patsia was trained in London at the Modern Pilates School in the exercise curriculum of the Pilates method on the floor and at the internationally known Polestar company in the exercises of all the machines devised by Joseph Pilates. Evi is currently one of the two trainers/representatives of Polestar in Greece.
She also holds a Bachelor in Remedial Massage and Neuromuscular Techniques School of Integrated Health Studies of the Westminster University, London.
By placing a strong emphasis on kinesiology, anatomy, and the role of fascia in human movement, the Pilates approach becomes fully therapeutic, safe and effective for strength development up to the level of challenging training.
She also brings elements of yoga, Garuda, Nia and Qigong to her class.