Nia, an abbreviation for Neuro-muscular Integrative Action, is a barefoot holistic movement practice anchored in body-centered awareness.
It draws on the chemistry of nine movement forms: Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Jazz, Modern Dance, Duncan Dance, Yoga, the Alexander Technique, and the work of Moshe Feldenkrais®. This unique blend of dance-, martial-, and healing arts allows the body to move in fun and free ways that bring health and vitality to both the body, mind, and emotions.
Some of the many benefits are cardiovascular health, alleviation of stress and anxiety, hormonal stability, and an increase in well-being, leaving you feeling energized, alive, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced.
It empowers people and bodies of all shapes and sizes by connecting, conditioning, and nourishing the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. I offer NIA movement arts through retreats. These retreats are especially great for women living with chronic tension, stress, pain, or a sensitive nervous system and women in menopause.
Thank you dear Pingel for your wonderful Nia lessons! You know how to bring the NIA method to life in an authentic way. Every lesson was a party, a joyful invitation to move. Truly move into joy! love Sjoula 😘💃🏻
I’ve been to a few of Pingel‘s NIA classes & I can really recommend them. For me NIA is a mixture of guided movement & free movement, working with a part of the body to bring more fluidity & strength to the muscles of the body. It helps with coordination & is a gentle & strong workout. Pingel has great music & brings a real aliveness & vitality to her guidance of the class. It’s an overall fun experience, GO YOU’LL LOVE IT!!
How and when
On the below dates, I offer a 7-day ‘Re-ignite your inner Sparkle’ immersion where you will learn new ways to move through life as we play with silence, our senses, nature, being gentle with ourselves, and with the healing powers of Nia. These are highly transformational and healing dance-movement retreats for body, mind, soul, and spirit These retreats will help you to restore your inner vitality at the heart of your being and to reclaim your body as a safe and magical place to live in.
Dates retreat (starting on Sunday and ending on Saturday) in the Inner Sparkle Sanctuary Jardin de Luz,
- May 1 – 7, 2022
- June 5 -11, 2022
- July 3 – 9, 2022
- Aug 28 – Sep 3, 2022
- Sep 25 – Oct 1, 2022
In NIA, playful cardio movement, free dance, and mindful movement interweave on a swinging mix of musical styles. Moments of expressive creative dance alternate with simple movement phrases that are constructed in such a way that they follow the body’s way, and invite you to attune to your senses and sensation. It balances and trains the nervous system, the cardiovascular system as well as flexibility, strength, mobility, and movement-creativity.
To make the classes safe, accessible, and pleasurable for every body, participants are encouraged to choose their own level of intensity in movement and conditioning.
Each lesson consists of a warming up, sustained low impact cardio, somatic flexibility and strength exercise, and a cool down. You move to a variety of music ranging from world music, House, Jazz, Pop, Hip Hop, Indie, Latin, New Age, and classical music.
Pingel is a certified NIA black belt teacher. She also completed the additional NIA training programs Move to Heal, Trauma Conscious NIA, NIA Freedance, and Floorplay. She is an accredited Feldenkrais practitioner, body-centered energetic therapist, Chakradance, and transformation through dance creativity facilitator.
Before I started my NIA classes with Pingel, I didn’t know what to expect. My friend had talked about this ‘new dance fitness, but I’m not the kind of person who goes to a gym. But when my friend asked if I wanted to join her, I surprisingly agreed. Well, NIA completely met my high expectations. I gained a great amount of knowledge about my body. This was the only type of class I wanted to participate in and it became a huge meditative moment for me. I think it was the combination of dance/meditation/mindfulness with taking control of your body and definitely the way Pingel taught it. Even when she moved to another space further downtown, I didn’t miss her classes. Both my friend and I were disappointed when she announced her move to Spain. Pingel is a great NIA teacher, so if you get the chance, try it. You will love it and be hooked forever.
Highly recommend Pingel’s dance workshops with a chance to be creative draw dance feel dive deep and… A very good experience hosted by a couple fully working from a place of love and tenderness.
… The place is gorgeous… And wow the food. Home-made Foccacia and fresh garden salads… Yumyum
All highly recommended…
How will you feel after the retreat?
A 7-day immersion into NIA will bring balance, health, and vitality to every part of the body, mind, spirit, and emotions. It empowers you by connecting you to joy, sensation, pleasure, inner wisdom, and to feeling home in your body.
Some of the many benefits are:
- cardiovascular health
- a renewed flow of energy
- a flexible, relaxed body, and mind
- alleviation of stress and anxiety,
- hormonal stability,
- increase in well-being,
After these 7 days, you will l feel energized, alive, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. And you will go home with a set of refined tools to set up a potent self-care practice for your daily life.
Registration and payment
Registration and payment
The dates we offer the 7-day Re-ignite your inner sparkle retreat are:
May 1 -7, 2022
June 5 – 11, 2022
July 3 -9, 2022
Aug 28 – Sep 3. 2022
Sep 25 – Okt 1
You can register below. A new window will open. You will be guided to our page on Bookretreats.com. Here you can choose your date and book through a secure payment environment.