Movement Class throughout the Year
MaryLee reaching out
Moving of all sorts whether it's dancing, walking, biking, strolling--I love it all. And two of my favorite movement practices, Nia and Pilates, I teach throughout the Winona Community. The photo above was taken at the Winona Friendship Center where I've been teaching Nia for over 10 years.
Nia is a class, practice and lifestyle that bring awareness to the body, mindfulness to the spirit, and connection to joy in the whole being. Classes are 40 – 60 minutes and often done bare foot. (If a person has foot tenderness, wearing soft shoes works well.) Nia is for everybody at any age, fitness level, size, shape and ability.
In Nia class, we begin with warming up the body. All types of music are found in Nia from around the world. There’s a get moving part of the class and a cooling down at the end where everyone goes down to the floor to move and stretch. We move the whole body in Nia with 52 moves. The three main parts of Nia are the dance arts, martial arts and healing arts. The simple moves are repeated to engage the body and the mind in the movement. One of the main principles in Nia is to feel good. Wear clothing that’s easy to move in with layers to add or subtract as you warm up and cool down.
Nia Moving to Heal
Moving to Heal Nia is a gentler version of classic Nia. Similar principles of sensing the body and moving in each person’s individual way are taught with fun music from around the world. We begin class with sensing how the body feels—checking in if there is sensation of pain in a part of the body and then giving it a number as we walk around the room in warming up. We move either on our feet or sitting in a chair depending on each movers need. Nia is based on the design of the body and can be modified to accommodate physical disabilities and support self-healing for most injuries and illnesses. At the end of class, we assess again our sensation in the body and then stretch and move into the rest of the day. The intention is that everyone feels better after doing Nia.
Through movement we find health. Debbi Rosas Co founder of the Nia Technique
Nia classes in Winona with MaryLee
Classes are year round.
Winona Friendship Center, 251 Main St, Winona, Minnesota,
Mondays Moving to Heal 9:15 am – 9:55 am
Classic Nia 10:15 am – 11:15 am
Tuesdays Classic Nia 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursdays Classic Nia 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Iron Bluff Fitness, Winona Mall, 1213 Gilmore Ave, Winona, MN 55987,
Mondays Classic Nia or Pilates 8:00 am – 8: 45 am
All abilities are welcome to join class.
Call 507 429-8357 to check the current class.
Come Join us! Your body will say, "Yes!"
MaryLee Eischen is a trained and licensed Brown-belt Nia,
Nia Moving to Heal, and Pilates instructor.