Nia Belt Levels and Focuses Nia is a workout and it can be a practice. A person can go to a Nia class every day and workout and never have to think beyond the workout just completed. Nia as a workout is so beneficial you may never want to progress to anything beyond that. Nothing else need come into play. Think of it like yoga, you can go to a yoga class every day and never have to participate in the meditation or yoga life-style of a yogi or yogini.
IF someone is interested in learning more about Nia, aside from what the book and the DVDs have to offer, one can participate in an “Intensive”. Anyone can participate in the intensive, but they must be taken in order White, Blue, Brown, Black, 1st Degree Black Belt, 2nd Degree Black Belt, and 2rd Degree Black Belt. An intensive is 50+ hours of together time which includes Nia classes, lectures, talking, listening, moving . . . . and a lot more.
Each of the seven belts mentioned has a separate set of principles. (At least I THINK the additional Black Belt has principles.) There are 13 principles for each belt, each belt also has a focus.
The Nia White Belt Training's focus is the Art of Sensation -It helps you to learn and discover the foundations of Nia
The Nia Blue Belt Training's focus is the Art of Communication. The intent is to create intimacy through relationships pertaining to the body.
The Nia Brown Belt Training's focus is the Art of Perception. The intent is to live as an energetic being.
The Nia Black Belt Training's focus is the Art of Creativity with the intent to of conscious Transformation.
The Nia First Degree Black Belt Training's focus is the Art of Self. The intent is Exploring Personal Potential.
The Nia Second Degree Black Belt Training's focus is the Art of Alchemy.
The Nia Third Degree Black Belt Training's focus is the Art of Mystery.
(Intents for the Second and Third Degree Black Belt Trainings can be found at NiaNow.com)
One does not have to participate in the intensive or go beyond a dance exercise class to enjoy a Nia class, but the option is there for anyone. Nia is a great workout either way. The intensives are NOT just for people that want to teach Nia. Anyone can take an intensive. The license to teach is separate.
(This is a brief description. It is just to help you understand that one does not need to participate in the belt system to participate in Nia.)
There is an intensive just for Nia teachers, it is Green Belt. The focus for a Green Belt is the craft of teaching Nia. The intent is to effectively deliver the Nia experience. The Green Belt is not required to teach and can be taken at any time after taking the White Belt.
If you are interested in a Nia workout be sure to see my schedule for classes in San Jose.
Nia is a transformational practice. It follows life in that it flows, and ebbs, it does not remain exactly the same yet there is constants. Nia is always moving towards clarity so sometimes the language is adjusted. These focuses were taking off of the NiaNow website on April 11, 2020.