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.
Healing, connection, strength and JOY
Some of the many benefits are cardiovascular health, a more resilient nervous system, happy joints, and bones, a flexible body, being attuned to your body and needs, alleviation of stress and anxiety, hormonal stability, and an overall increase in well-being, leaving you feeling energized, full of life, 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 various thematic retreats and solo retreats. These retreats are great to pause, recharge, reset, and reconnecting with yourself emotionally and physically. They are especially great for women who are living with:
- a sensitive nervous system
- feelings of overwhelm, and burn-out
- chronic tension
From my own experience, I also know that NIA is very beneficial and joyful for women who are going through pre-menopause and menopause.
I call the retreats “A Renewed Discovery, and Restoration of Your Inner Sparkle” As you immerse yourself in movement that respects the path of your body and your emotional needs, you will have a chance to awaken your creative self and align with your Body Wise. Learning new ways to dance through life as we play with silence, the senses, nature, and being gentle with ourselves
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 😘💃🏻
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.
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 help you get more intimate with your body’s way. All NIA lessons are crafted to guide you to attune to your senses and sensation. They are designed to restore and balance a fatigued nervous system and train the cardiovascular system, as well as flexibility, strength, mobility, and movement creativity.
To make the classes during the retreat 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 dance to a variety of music ranging from world music, House, Jazz, Pop, Hip Hop, Indie, Latin, New Age, and classical music.
Where, when, and how
These highly transformative and healing dance-movement retreats for body, mind, inner spirit, and soul can be booked from March to October as private retreats. Most women choose a 6 or 7-day retreat. These retreats will help you retrieve your inner sense of well-being and vitality from the heart of your being. Reclaim your body as a safe and magical place to live in.
The dates for the thematic small group retreats ‘Embrace Your Body Wise’ and ‘Reconnect with your Essence’ can be found on Bookretreats.com
I also offer the option of a solo retreat, fully tailored to your needs.
Retreats take place in the Inner Sparkle Sanctuary Jardin de Luz,
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 will you feel after the retreat?
A 6 or 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
- resilient nervous system
- a renewed flow of energy
- a flexible, relaxed body, and mind
- alleviation of stress and anxiety,
- hormonal stability,
- increase in well-being,
After this week, you will feel a sense of playfulness, spontaneity, and inner freedom, and you will sense more energy, inner aliveness, mental clarity, and emotional balance. You will go home with your own Body Wise wisdom map and a set of refined tools to set up a potent self-care practice for your daily life.
Registration and payment
Registration and payment
You can register below. A new window will open. You will be guided to our page on Bookretreats.com. Here you can choose your retreat, and book through a secure payment environment. If you prefer a solo retreat you can contact me directly here