Celebrate movement and outreach

“Breaking the Chain” is a March 2 gathering to celebrate the power of community outreach through movement and to share the benefits of Nia at the Cozmic Café.

Nia is a holistic workout experience combining martial arts, dance and healing arts, designed to foster physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

This jam features a diverse community of joyful, spirited somatic educators, white belts to black belts, each leading selected songs for a total of 90 minutes of music, movement, breath and sound.

Led by certified Nia instructors Debbie Priest, Laura Linsteadt, Aimee Retzler and Erin Davidson from 1-3 p.m at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville.

The benefit is in support of the Center for Violence-free Relationships, a non-profit organization, dedicated to building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual assault and domestic violence.

Nia Technique is a sensory-based fitness program that offers unique combinations of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities.

Movement variety is enhanced with nine movement forms, three planes of movement and levels of exertion, to form an ever-changing workout which empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions, and spirit to move systemically and improve balance, flexibility, agility, mobility, strength and stability.

Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities. Movement is self-guided by sensation.

Nia is offered in more than 45 countries and has approximately 2,500 teachers. Trainings collectively explore 52 principles for personal enrichment and professional development. Each belt in the Nia training series includes 50 plus hours of education in the form of movement, interactive discussion and self-reflection sessions.

Although pre-registration is not required for the March 2 event, anyone  interested in participating in the “Breaking the Chain” Nia Jam and Fundraiser to benefit the Center for Violence-free Relationships, may reserve a spot by calling Erin Davidson at 530-391-3669. There is a suggested tax-deductible contribution of $20-30, but donations in any amount will be appreciated. Wear clothing that is comfortable to move in.

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