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Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain

No wonder we feel better when we're dancing. 😊

>>> Join us for Nia at Shine As we grow older we suffer a decline in mental and physical fitness, which can be made worse by conditions like Alzheimer's disease. A new study, published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, shows that older people who routinely partake in physical exercise can reverse the s...

An answer to "What is Nia?"
What is Nia to you?

Wahoo! 🥳 We've got a new Nia White Belt in our community! It's our very own Alana Lu, co-owner of Shine Collective!

Congratulations, Alana! And hooray for our community! 🎉

We love you, Alana! xoxo 💜✨

What is Nia?

Join Allison's Introduction to Nia workshop and get a delicious taste!
Saturday, April 27 10a-12p

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Nia Education - The Body's Way

In Nia, The Body’s Way is the way we study anatomy. It is a unique approach to somatic education based on the science of the body that gives us a map to follow that respects the natural intelligence of the body. It gives us a way that respects and works with the inherent, natural differences of every body to develop an interactive and dynamic relationship between you, your body and the world you live in.

The Body’s Way says, “Know the way of the body and you will get to know the way of your body. The more you know about the body the deeper the relationship you will have with your body and with other bodies."

The Body's Way is guided by five fundamental principles that keep the body functioning optimally.

>> The Body's Way Principle 1

Being barefoot boosts brain development

Did you know that we dance barefoot in Nia? Ever wonder why?
Shed those shoes: Being barefoot benefits brain development and more!

Read below and then register for Allison's Introduction to Nia on Saturday, April 27 10a-12p:

"Nothing really startling there. But you might be surprised to learn that there’s scientific evidence that barefooted is better. Among other things, it’s important to development of the nervous system and to optimal brain development as well! Turns out the feet are the most nerve-rich parts of the human body, which means they contribute to the building of neurological pathways in the brain. Covering them in shoes, therefore, means we’re eliminating all kinds of opportunities for children’s brains to grow new neural connections." There's now scientific evidence that being barefoot is important to optimal brain and sensory development!

Join us for Nia at Shine...
• Mondays 10a Denay Joy Woodman + Lennie Olbrycht

• Mondays 5:30pNia with Allison: Monday Evening 8-weeks Series

• Tuesdays + Wednesdays 8:30a with Aimee Retzler

• Thursdays 8:30a with Allison Rivers Samson

> Intro to Nia with Allison: Saturday, April 27 10a-12p <

Nia: Living in Sensation, Living in Your Body

A sensational body is one that exists consciously with the person who inhabits it. The body is a living, breathing, masterpiece; one that you create and sculpt each day. Step into your body as the unique work of fine art, that it is.

We live in our bodies but that doesn’t mean we are present to them. It is one thing to conceptualize the function of the body. It is another thing to embody it—to feel knowing from your body. What does it mean to truly get in your body?

In order to step into your body and be present in a way that puts you in control of creating a vibrant and healthy life, you’ve got to:

1. Bring AWARENESS into your body and feel your body.
2. BREATHE slowly and deeply to let your body transform the energy.
3. CHOOSE the actions and behaviors that match your desired outcome.
4. LEARN and LISTEN to master living in your body.

In Nia, our goal is to find sustainability in the body. To fully engage our body’s resources for sensation, movement, and pleasure, without causing harm through our actions. This is accomplished by following the Body’s Way. Which is to learn, appreciate and respect what your body tells you is true. It is the voice of the body, that allows you to feel all of life's sensations, both minute and grand.

Be a sensation scientist and come home to your body. To be a sensation scientist means to live in constant awareness of sensation—to closely observe and respond to the information our bodies are sending us at all times. This allows us to develop a deep level of self-knowing, so we can continually grow and endlessly explore the human body—and the infinite movement potential it contains.

To be body literate is to be able to read the signals of your body—to fluently “speak” all four languages of its physical, mental, emotional and spiritual realms. This may sound like a lot to process at once, but rest assured, you already have this ability within you. You were born a sensation scientist.

Learn from the voice of sensation, body sensations are all important cues that require your attention and your ability to take action. We have one body of ours. Take care of it. Respect it. Honor and love it.


Join Allison for this Introduction to Nia Workshop!

Saturday, April 27 10a-12p

Get more info + registration details:


The MELT Method on-going weekly class is finally about HERE! So many of you have been asking when I will be offering a MELT class that includes techniques with both the MELT Balls and the Soft Roller...unique to MELT.

This THURSDAY, March 28th 10-11am at Shine Collective Studios in Nevada City is when the class kicks off and your first class is FREE! Otherwise the class is $15 drop-in special or $12.50/class with a 10-Class Card priced at $125.00.

Experience how the body will perform at its best when your connective tissue is well hydrated and your nervous system is balanced.


FREE Foundation Training Introduction Class THIS Wednesday 5:30-7:00 pm at Shine Collective Studios in Nevada City.

Come find out why and how this program can be so effective for improving or eliminating chronic pain especially for the neck, shoulders, back and hips. Not in pain? Major core stabilization & strength to help you do all that you love to do.

Visit for more information and how to register. 4-Week Progressive Beginner Series follows April 3rd. Move well...Feel well!

shauna white - certified instructor

Shauna White (certified instructor) presents both Foundation Training and The MELT Method at Shine Collective Studios for all new students!

Visit for more info.

The MELT Method on-going weekly class is finally HERE! So many of you have been asking when I will be offering a MELT class that includes techniques with both the MELT Balls and the Soft Roller...unique to MELT.

This THURSDAY, March 28th 10-11am at Shine Collective Studios in Nevada City is when the class kicks off and your first class is FREE! Otherwise the class is $15 drop-in special or $12.50/class with a 10-Class Card priced at $125.00.

Experience how the body will perform at its best when your connective tissue is well hydrated and your nervous system is balanced.

Free Foundation Training intro class offered

Don't miss out on this FREE Introduction Class on Foundation Training March 27th. The 4-Week Beginner Series will begin April 3rd (afternoon and evening series available).

For more information or to register on-line visit Foundation Training™ is a systematic movement program that virtually anyone can learn and utilize from first introduction whether they are 7 or 97. The community is invited to attend


For 8-weeks: April 1- May 20, Allison Rivers Samson, Nia First Degree Black Belt Teacher is offering this special evening class.

All levels are welcome to join.

$90/8 weeks • $50/4 weeks • $15 drop-in

SPECIAL OFFER: $80/8 weeks when prepaid by March 28. Use link in the comments below.

Begins this Monday, the 11th of March!!
Gentle Nia: Moving to Heal
with Denay Joy and Lennie Olbrycht
Join us in March and April to step into feeling better!

[03/08/19]   "Play as a path to fitness-
Remember when you were five and you flopped down on the floor pretending to be a lion, dragon or
slithery snake hissing at your childhood friend? I remember doing cartwheels until the cows came
home and army style crawling on my hands, knees and belly to perform a sneak attack on my sister
and her friends in total surprise.
This is the art of play and kids are wizards at it. They don’t think twice about getting down on the
ground or floor and spending hours there in all kinds of positions. Their bodies inform how they do it
– there is no thinking required. When their body has had enough of one position, it tells them
through sensation that it’s time to move into another position. Imagine not losing this ability to just
I recently attended a Nia FloorPlay workshop in San Rafael, CA that was intended to do just that. I
spent fourteen hours over one weekend getting the opportunity to play on the floor. I thought I would
wake up the 2 nd day of training and be incredibly sore and a bit tired. I’m happy to report that neither
was the case.
Playing felt joyful, natural, and at times, took me back to the age of five when I revisited doing the
army style crawl in a body that realized, “Hey, I’ve still got it and I don’t want to lose it”. It being the
art of play.
As a child, the floor, your body and gravity taught you to push, pull, creep, crawl, reach, roll over,
squat, stand up, run and walk. This body wisdom still lives in you, and the floor is still there. The
floor is still the body’s best playground and play is still the best way to learn, grow, develop and
receive lasting benefits.
Nia FloorPlay is a unique movement program designed to stimulate self-healing and whole body
conditioning. FloorPlay creatively takes one move and blends it into the next to create a beautiful,
whole body finger to toe dance. Best of all, FloorPlay helps you move in ways that leave you feeling
better, stronger, more flexible, mobile, agile and with increased energy and vitality by playing to
move and feel better.
Debbie Rosas, co-founder of The Nia Technique, led the workshop, and she asked us what we love
about our body and what we didn’t. I jotted down some thoughts and was surprised at what came
out. I love my strength, how my body adapts, the color of my eyes, and yes even my shape. Then
on to my list of what I didn’t love: the color of one of my teeth, my loss of 20/20 vision, sometimes
my smell and last, my shape. What? How can I love something about my body and also not love
the exact same thing?
Debbie went on to talk to us about the power of the phrase, ‘through movement we find health’. She
said, “Through movement we find health, and healthy movement hinges on pleasure and comfort,
and on self-healing and conditioning which come from working with your body, and finding the right
motivation and inspiration to stick with what’s good for you. The way to stay healthy and well is to
establish a loving, interactive relationship with your body”.
Her point was well taken and I quickly realized that love can be transformative and I can consciously
spend time cultivating the sensation of love for my body and let go of the heavy, condensed
sensations that come along with what I don’t love about my body. Today I might not like one part of

my shape and tomorrow that part may change. Because I have an interactive relationship with my
body, I can learn to love the gift of living in a healthy body that keeps on moving and I know that the
relationship I have with my body is the most important relationship I will have in my lifetime. Your
body stays with you through thick and thin. Your body doesn’t leave when it gets sick, bored or
simply tired and if we keep moving it, the body finds its way to health.
Play is a way for me to access this love and a vehicle that transports me into a loving relationship
with my body. Play is organic and brilliant at instantly organizing all of your body parts at once. Play
opens and frees the thinking mind. It naturally creates ease and reduces effort in movement thanks
to gravity. Play takes the focus off precise movement and lets you get into the zone. It is high
octane fuel that is available to everyone, anywhere, anytime and you can personalize it based on
what feels good to your body.
My sister recently called me to invite me to ‘play’ with her. She said something about a spa and this
is a version of play that I couldn’t resist. I couldn’t wait to spend time with her just one on one,
reconnecting to our past, present and future. We managed to get our own version of play time in
again and I left feeling like I was a good twenty years younger.
I ask, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and schedule a play date with someone you love. No
thinking required; army style crawls and cartwheels encouraged."-Aimee Retzler
Aimee Retzler is a licensed black belt Nia Technique teacher and has been teaching classes for
over 10 years.
Nia classes are offered at Shine Collective, 578 Searls Ave. in Nevada City every
Tues. Weds with Aimee and Thursday, 8:30-9:30am with Allison Rivers Samson, also Gentle Nia:Moving to Heal, Monday 10-11am with Denay Joy Woodman and Lennie Olbrycht. For more
information, email Aimee at [email protected], join her Facebook group, niawithaimee or call

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