Awareness of Joints: Nia Playshop

with Emily Merritt

Dance Fitness Classes in Chicago

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Class Info

One thing’s for sure: movement is key to living a long and healthy life. If you practice Nia, you know just how good movement can feel!

While there are lots of body parts that make motion possible, joints provide us with some of the most
important mechanics for moving. We will learn how to sense healthy joints in stillness and in motion, and learn how to mobilize and use joints to self-heal and gain the conditioning benefits you desire from your movement practice.

Nia is a sensory-based mixture of dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities; stiff beginners and highly fit athletes alike can adapt Nia to meet their needs.



Course Reviews (3)
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    Dina C.

    Left 8 months ago
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    I loved this class! Emily is a wonderful teacher, and at the end of class I was not only aware of my joints but also feeling wonderful after the workout.

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    Ivy C.

    Left 10 months ago
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    Fun, casual, uplifting. YAY!

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    Emily is a Nia Green Belt teacher and has been teaching Nia since 2008. Emily has loved performing music from an early age. Through her journey of musical expression, Emily discovered Nia, a combination of dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts choreographed to music from all over the world. She fell in love with the way Nia connected body, mind, emotions, and spirit and became certified to teach. As a teacher, Emily is passionate about guiding her students to embody musical expression through Nia movement.


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