Take 5 & Go barefoot

Is it required to do Nia barefoot?

Barefoot walkThis is a question I’m frequently asked. We invite you to do Nia barefoot because it will significantly help you strengthen the muscles, tendons and ligaments of your feet, legs and body. As a result, Nia will help you with body stability, reducing the likelihood of a fall and injury. Working barefoot can also help you feel more grounded and connected to the earth.

However, there can be physical or medical reasons not to do Nia barefoot, and if this is the case for you – then just listen to your body or follow your GP’s advice and do what you need to do to look after yourself.
Read more about exercising barefoot.


Nia move of the week – Slow Clock
  • Start by imagining you’re standing in the centre of a clock face on the floor.
  • Step to 12 o’clock, then back to the centre, then step to 6 o’clock and back to centre. I often say to myself “12 o’clock, walk walk (in the centre), 6 o’clock”.
  • Alternate sides by either pausing in the centre or doing a cha cha cha to change feet.
  • Watch Laurie Bass demonstrate the move

Slow clock refers to coming back to the centre after stepping to one of the numbers and before stepping to another one. You don’t have to step to 12 and 6. You can try other numbers. In the routine “U”, Ann Christiansen, reversed the move and did 6 then 12. Very dynamic it was too!


Classes and Events

Pioneering Care Centre, Mondays at 6.30 p.m.
One more class to go in the current block of five.  Would you like the class to continue? Let me know next week. As with the current block, payment required the first week of the new block (£17.50 for the block of five) and a minimum of 10 people to ensure the class will go ahead.

Full details of all classes and events


Nia Training

I’ve been asked a couple of times recently about Nia training.
Full details of Nia playshops, training events and special workshops are available on the Nia website under “Find Nia”.

If you want to find out what’s happening in the UK only, check out the United Kingdom Nia site.

Laurie Bass will be sharing Nia 5 stages training  in the UK very soon and she’s also doing the White belt training with Dorit Noble in the London area this month.

Here’s Laurie demonstrating the Nia 5 stages (if you attend classes with me, you might recognise some of the moves as I occasionally incorporate them into the floorplay part of a class).