As a senior, it can be difficult to find the perfect movement exercise that is gentle on your body and accommodating of specific abilities. Many of the exercises that are catered towards seniors aren’t able to provide a large and diverse variety of mental, physical, spiritual, social, and emotional benefits. This blog will be sharing knowledge on a wonderful, gentle seniors movement in Hamilton that has a large number of advantages and numerous participation options.

Nia Dance And Its Influence On Seniors

Nia Dance is a one-of-a-kind exercise method that takes a holistic approach, in the form of dance, to deliver benefits and tools to improve your lifestyle and attitude. Also known under the name of the Nia Technique, Nia Dance is made up of nine different movement arts as well as powerful music, and influential spoken and mindfulness teachings. Nia Dance is a tremendous tool for improving not just your physical health but also your mental, spiritual, social and emotional well-being through gentle movements.

A Nia Dance routine, whether performed like an experienced dancer or sitting down with soft actions, should always leave you feeling clear-headed, emotionally balanced, and happy. You may leave feeling energetic and productive, or more relaxed, depending on how you altered your movements throughout your Nia Dance practice to align with your goals going into the class. 

Nia Dance is well-known to be a non-impact form of exercise and is highly adaptable to every person’s mobility levels, abilities, and other specific needs. This makes it a perfect routine for seniors to enjoy and follow along; Nia Dance can even be performed sitting down using just your upper body, while still offering the same benefits!

Nia Dance helps you utilise the pleasant emotions you feel throughout your Nia exercise outside of class and be able to feel these same emotions outside of classes or Nia workouts. As a result, the Nia Technique is more than a dance style as it can teach and motivate you to live a more meaningful, happier life.

Dance NZ’s Gentle Nia Dance Classes For Seniors

The number of Nia Dance classes in New Zealand is limited, so it might be difficult to find one in your location or online. However, look no further as Dance NZ is the solution you’re looking for! Whether you’re seeking online Nia Dance courses or in-person sessions, Dance NZ can help match you with the perfect class and method of viewing!

Dance NZ is a fantastic New Zealand Nia Dance group with a variety of ways to involve yourself in the Nia Technique. Dance NZ offers five separate courses, each with different additional assistance and advantages in specific areas. Every class gives the option of participating online through Zoom or in person at several venues in Hamilton and Raglan. There are also 24-hour replays of various classes available for purchase on the Dance NZ website. Replays give you more freedom to pause a movement you want to get the hang of or rewatch your favourite class.

Gentle Nia (a class focused on soft movement for lower mobility and beginners), Nia Dance Move to Heal (a class specialising in movements that relieve pains and aches), and Nia for Parkinsons Freedom Dance (a class only available to those with Parkinson’s and their carers) are the best classes for seniors at Dance NZ. Nia Dance Move to Heal and Nia for Parkinson’s Freedom Dance are both approved Waikato Strength and Balance classes for the elderly and others with restricted mobility. These classes are a great way to develop new social connections and fill your social meter and be rid of any isolation you may have been experiencing before!

If you’re already an attending member of Nia Dance Move to Heal classes, or have read previous blogs, please note that there is a permanent venue change for this class. Nia Dance Move to Heal will now be held at the Waikato Sports and Fishing Club at the same date and time. You can view this venue below.

Book Now

If you’re a senior or know someone who would heavily benefit from and enjoy Nia Dance classes at Dance NZ, book a class now! Have the opportunity to reach out and make new friends, add something new and exciting to your routine, or just have some extra fun in your week!

Do you have a query? You can CONTACT Dance NZ and expect a response as soon as possible.

Kind regards, Belinda.

Brown Belt in the Nia Technique. A Certified Parkinson Dance Teacher.

Dance NZ Nia Dance Classes Weekly: In-Person and Online HYBRID-Style Classes 

To participate and have access to reserving HYBRID-style classes and in-person sessions, you must first be signed up as Dance NZ free member here.

• Nia Dance Move to Heal: Participate in this class here. Time and dates: 11:15 a.m on Tuesdays. Venue address: Waikato Sports Fishing Club (Grantham Street in Hamilton).

• Classic Nia: Participate in this class here. Time and dates: 5:30 p.m on Tuesdays. Venue address: Waikato Sports Fishing Club (detailed location: Grantham Street in Hamilton).

• Gentle Nia: Participate in this class here. Time and dates: 9:30 a.m on Wednesday. Venue address: Raglan Town Hall (detailed location: 41 Bow Street, Raglan). 

• Classic Nia: Participate in this class here. Time and dates: 9:30 a.m on Friday. Venue address: Saint John’s Hall full address: (Hamilton, 20 Wellington Street).

• Nia for Parkinson’s Freedom Dance: Participate in this class here. Time and dates: 12:00 p.m on a Friday. Venue address: Saint John’s Hall (specific address: 20 Wellington Street, Hamilton). 

24-hour replays with Belinda Goodwin, as well as Nia HYBRID-style class sessions, can be purchased and booked here from the Dance NZ website.

HYBRID-style classes and 24-hour replays, including extra information and bookings, are available and accessible here.

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