Center for Nia and Yoga

The Center for Nia and Yoga. located 1720 Central Ave. Colonie NY 2nd floor. Nia fitness/fusion, Moving to Heal, Yoga & Belly Dance, Nia trainers.

To provide a safe and comfortable environment for movement, yoga for everyBODY.

Nia class: A body-mind eclectic expressive fitness fusion program. Nia trainings. Nia community dance events. Yoga: Ashtanga, Kripalu, Deep relaxation, Forrest Yoga. Belly dance, drumming. Menopause support group.

Put down your coffee and news paper and Break Free of your Thursday morning routine to come and dance to the music of Queen. 9:30-10:30am You will leave with a smile on your face :)

#Nia's Floorplay today 4:30 - 5:30 pm with Casey Bernstein with focus and the spine! exercise never felt to good!

It was a dream team this past Saturday morning! And there’s room for YOU to join us!
Sweat - Laugh - Condition - Meditate
Saturdays 9AM

Come play with Queen music tomorrow morning at 9:30am. We'll be coming up and down off the floor, moving to rhythms, beats and melodies of some great tunes. Thank you Casey for an amazing floor to play on.

The question is; if you haven't been to 1720 Central Ave, why not??

5 Things That Will Happen To Your Brain When You Dance

Read why dancing is good for your brain...

Dancing frequently – 76% reduced risk of dementia
It’ll improve your muscle memory..

Join me Thursday morning at 9:30 to move to the music of Pulse. Dance to you heart's content and enjoy these remarkable benefits to your brain.

[03/16/19]   Saturday 8:45am
There is a big accident that has closed Central Ave close to the studio... coming from the West you’re fine... coming from the East you’ll need to take a left in Broderick to loop a couple of blocks before coming back to Central on Lanci!
Prayers for whatever is happening with the emergency vehicles outside 🙏💜🙏

Center for Nia and Yoga

One more week of SoCal

Close your eyes and imagine the sun shining, the warm breeze blowing and you're bare feet on the beach in sunny California. The music will take you there Thursday at 9:30am. 😎


"Hello! How are you?" Adele Friday Morning Nia! 9:30 - 10:45am!

This is "MVI_0559" by Casey Bernstein on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Venice, USA

Close your eyes and imagine the sun shining, the warm breeze blowing and you're bare feet on the beach in sunny California. The music will take you there Thursday at 9:30am. 😎

Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises Venice, USA · Red Elvises Lunatics & Poets ℗ 2004 Shooba-Doobah Released on: 2004-02-01 Auto-generated by YouT...

the mamas & papas - california dreaming - stereo edit

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray, so why not
come dance to the music where the sun always shines.
I love LA, Thursday morning at 9:30am. I promise you'll leave with a warm glow on your face and in your heart.

The Mamas & Papas lip synching "California Dreaming" at The Hollywood Palace. "California Dreamin'" is a song written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips ...

[02/14/19]   Thursday morning class is canceled today, see you next week!

[02/13/19]   Warm your heart and dance to
I love LA
Thursday morning 9:30am

Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild (Easy Rider) (1969)

Step into your Wild this week at the Center for Nia and Yoga.

Thursday morning at 9:30am and I'll be subbing again for Casey Friday at 9:30am.

This is Debbie's amazing routine and guess what?! She's coming to Albany for a workshop on Floor play. A great opportunity for every body and a perfect studio for this training.

Put it on your calendar....

Friday April 5th 2 - 5 pm. Debbie’s Pull event
Saturday April 6th & & 7th Floorplay weekend/training workshop.

We were born to be Wild!!

Queen - Don't Stop Me Now (Official Video)

In honor of Bohemian Rapidity that received 2 Academy Award nomination, we will dance to the music of Queen this week. My regular Thursday morning Nia class and I'll be subbing for Casey, Friday morning at 9:30am.

"I'm a shooting star, leaping through the sky
Like a tiger defying the laws of gravity"

Subscribe to the Official Queen Channel Here Taken from Jazz, 1978. Queen - 'Don't Stop Me Now' Click here to buy the DVD with ...

Look! You get a gift pen when you come to class at The Center! Isn't that FUN!!! Casey Bernstein

Nia Movement as Meditation this Sunday morning 10 - 11:15 Nia, 11:15 - 12:15 Restorative yoga plus tea!

The Rainbow Connection

I hope you'll join me Thursday morning at 9:30am as we connect to the music of R1. Connect to your body, mind and soul through the joy of movement.

Someday we'll find it
That Rainbow Connection
The lovers the dreamers and me

Provided to YouTube by Warner Music Group The Rainbow Connection · Sarah McLachlan For The Kids ℗ - ℗ 2002 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainmen...

A few people asked for a copy of the ‘Begin Again’ words we used at the end of class today... here they are in a beautiful tile courtesy of @niabloomington
A reminder to us all that with every breath we can Begin Again 💜
- Gemma

The JOY of Movement - Events!


Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure (Classic Queen Mix)

I'm not a believer in New Years resolutions, but I like a good 30 day challenge. So for the next 30 days I will drink more water and dance to at least 1 of my favorite songs every day. Who's up for it?
This Thursday morning Nia is a look back at some of my favorite songs from my 2018 routines. Including.....

More Queen on DVD: "This remix is very close to the final album version. The bass lines seem to be a bit more prominent in the mix and th...

It’s called Nia glow!

I woke on Saturday morning and my bed was toasty, the air around cold. My body felt stiff. My kids didn’t have to go anywhere and the option of staying in bed felt appealing.
But I reminded myself of the power of Nia.
I dressed and went to the studio and within an hour my body felt delicious, my spirit rejuvenated and my heart soft and expansive 💜
Starting my weekend with a Nia-glow is the only way! Saturdays 9AM... you are invited!
- Gemma

Queen - Don't Stop Me Now (Official Video)

Don't stop me now! Come dance to the music of Queen Thursday morning at 9:30. We will focus on the pulse of the can you resist!

Subscribe to the Official Queen Channel Here Taken from Jazz, 1978. Queen - 'Don't Stop Me Now' Click here to buy the DVD with ...

Holiday Events at The Center!

GRAND OPENING PARTY! Nia Dance party and cheer with Casey! at The new Center for Nia & Yoga 1720 Central Ave., Friday, October 19th5:45 - 7:30 pm It's FREE!!

Restorative Yoga and Deep Relaxation ( Adult Nap time!) now offered every Wednesday 12:00 - 12:45pm ahhhh.
You'll be glad you did!

Gemma Allen! Saturday Nia class start this Saturday, Sept. 29th 9:00 am! Check out the new Center for Nia & Yoga at 1720 Central Ave!

Center for Nia and Yoga

Center for Nia and Yoga's cover photo

Timeline Photos

[03/01/18]   After 21 grateful, JOY-filled years, I need to announce
to you, The Center for Nia & Yoga has been asked to vacate the space at 4 Central Ave at the end of March for construction of apartments.

1. Please do come to classes through the month of March!
I will be Nia dancing, Casey's "Best of" Routines and even video recording some of the classes.
2. My last class will be Saturday morning March 31st 9:00 am
3. There will be a GOODBYE party at The Center
Saturday, April 7th 6pm Dance Party and Celebration!
4. Move out day will begin Sunday, April 8th
5. I am currently looking for immediate optional spaces to continue my classes in the general Albany area.
6. I will consider opening another studio is the future!
Any suggestions - contacts- networking would be appreciated.
7. Please stay tuned to the schedule website, particularly in April, for other community locations for my Nia and Yoga classes.
I have been month to month at 4 Central Ave for
all 21 years. I have felt this space has been
a gift from Spirit, knowing someday this day would come.
I feel extremely grateful for having this studio in the heart of downtown Albany for this long! Thank YOU for your support and attendance over the years!

In deep appreciate and JOY!


[02/07/18]   5:45 Nia canceled tonight! Wednesday, Feb. 7th due to too much SNOW!!!

New Year's Eve Dance Party TONIGHT 5:45 - 7p ish. Bring a friend or spouse for free!

Take a DEEP DIVE this morning in 9 am NIa class with Casey!!

On the Move with Casey Bernstein at the Center for Nia and Yoga | Co-op Voice On the Move with Casey Bernstein at the Center for Nia and Yoga By Karla Guererri - September 16, 2017 109 Enter through the door on the Lark Street side of the building and walk up the flight of stairs. The first thing you will notice is the beautiful wooden floor and tall windows in the otherwise…

[09/11/17]   Gentle/Beginner Begins today at 4:30 - 5:30 pm!

Richele Corbo guest Nia teacher at The Center Mon. & Wed, April 3rd & 5th at 5:45pm!

Nia Dance Jam Tonight! 5:45 - 7pm. Nia teachers from all over come to share the JOY! 5:45 - 7pm ( regular center pass)

Center for Nia and Yoga
special class today at 5:30 - 6:30pm Yoga for those living with TBI.

The Center for Nia and Yoga. located 1720 Central Ave. Colonie NY 2nd floor. Nia fitness/fusion, Moving to Heal, Yoga & Belly Dance, Nia trainers.

The beginning of Albany's Ecstatic Dance with guest Healing sound music artist Mark Shepard hosted by Leslie Thorton as part of Sacred Sunday at The Center

Ecstatic Dance and
Hypnotic Bath Sound Healing Session
This Morning Sunday! 11am - 1pm
with Leslie M. Thornton & special guest: Mark Shepard

Timeline Photos

Upcoming events at The Center for Nia & Yoga

Introducing the NEW Nia Routine DRAGON! in all Casey's Nia Classes this week at the Center! Check OUT Nia! New to the Center pass.. any 3 classes for $20!

TGIF Nia TONIGHT with Michelle Mills! Earthsong! 5:45 - 7pm!

Ecstatic Dance this morning at The Center! Thank you Dale Caron and Leslie Thornton!

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Nia Dance Jam w/Drumming
Nia Dance Jam featuring Dhamaru at CNY




Albany, NY

Opening Hours

Monday 17:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 10:30
Wednesday 16:30 - 19:30
Wednesday 09:30 - 10:30
Thursday 11:00 - 20:15
Thursday 09:30 - 10:30
Friday 09:30 - 11:00
Saturday 09:00 - 10:30
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