Join Helen (Roo) for a weekly hour of gentle, whole-body exercise suitable for all ages, combining elements of dance, martial arts, yoga and mindfulness. This is a barefoot class.
Nia provides a gentle, whole-body workout suitable for all ages. Nia consists of 52 basic movements and techniques combining elements of dance, martial arts, yoga and mindfulness. With the freedom to do as much or as little as you like, and no pressure to “get it right”, Nia is an enjoyable alternative to the gym and conventional fitness programmes. Set to a diverse range of music, Nia is all about finding joy in movement.
Come and join these gentle classes to improve your fitness and health and leave feeling mentally clear and emotionally balanced.
Nia, which stands for Neuromuscular Integrative Action, is a hot trend in fitness classes. The Nia Technique has been practised in over 45 countries since 1982 and has transformed the lives of many. For video examples of this technique, visit the Youtube clips below:
Helen is a therapeutic movement practitioner with a background in dance. Through her own journey of healing she has developed a passion for movement, self-expression and holistic health. Knowing that the body thrives on variety and joy, Helen was drawn to and has embraced Nia. Helen has recently become a licensed Nia facilitator and is excited to share this beautiful, healing movement form with you.
Nia is taught as a barefoot class in our dance studio which has a sprung floor, giving a softer feel and absorbing the impact. Wear comfortable clothing that allows movement. As we are making efforts to preserve the expensive surfaces in our lovely new dance studio from scuffing and stone damage, we respectfully ask that you remove 'street' shoes before taking to the floor.
September 2020: "Helen Ferguson is fabulous too for Nia dance - a class like this can be a scary thought. Helen (prefers to be called Roo) is welcoming, relaxes the class and everyone loves it. We all feel wonderful after each class." Frances A