There is an enormous variety of workouts and fitness forms for seniors that provides a wide range of physical benefits, but very few also focus on improving your mental and emotional well-being. Most senior exercises provide short-term happiness through the production of endorphins but long-term joy is hardly taught in most of these fitnesses. This blog will be talking about a social seniors exercise in Hamilton, Raglan and online that will completely change your way of living!

How Nia Dance Can Make You Happier and Improve Wellbeing as a Senior

Nia Dance is a very unique form of fitness, with a holistic approach that can provide more than just full-body benefits. The Nia Technique is comprised of 9 diverse movement arts, originating from the healing, martial, and dance scene, and has influential music and verbal teachings. Combining all of these factors, Nia Dance is a powerful tool for positively boosting not just your physical health but the state of your mental and emotional well-being.

During a Nia workout, there are 7 different cycles that you’ll be guided through. Each cycle affects your body differently, with movement speed and style changing to provide you with a variety of benefits. Some of these include reduced anxiety or depressive symptoms, removal of stress, calmer energy, improved feelings of happiness, increased productivity and much more.

After a Nia workout, you can expect to always feel clear-headed, emotionally balanced and significantly happier. Depending on how you adapted your movements during your Nia Dance workout and your intentions or goals heading into the routine, you may also find yourself leaving energised and feeling productive, or perhaps more relaxed and calm.

Nia Dance also teaches different mindfulness practices and verbal teachings from inspired movement arts so that you have the tools and skills to apply the positive emotions you experience during your Nia workout outside of classes. Through this, Nia Dance is more than just a dance style and can teach and inspire you to lead a more fulfilling, happier lifestyle with a joyous attitude.

Dance NZ Opening The Path To Joyous Senior Living

Few places in New Zealand offer Nia Dance classes, and even fewer that offer those classes online. Because Nia Dance is limited in New Zealand, it can be difficult finding classes in your town, making online sessions valuable. Online Nia Dance classes are needed now more than ever due to Covid too and the event of lockdowns. If you’re looking for online Nia Dance classes or in-person sessions based in Hamilton and Raglan, look no further! Dance NZ is the answer! 

Dance NZ is a wonderful New Zealand Nia Dance company that has many viewing and participation options for anybody who wishes to open the door of opportunity for health and wellness. There are five different classes available at Dance NZ, each with its own unique adaptation and design to provide extra support and benefits in certain areas. Every class has the option to participate online through Zoom or in-person at differing venue locations in Hamilton and Raglan. A 24-hour replay is made available to class attendees after each class. 

The most well-suited classes for seniors at Dance NZ are 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). Nia for Parkinsons Freedom Dance and Nia Dance Move to Heal are both approved Waikato Strength and Balance classes for seniors and individual’s with limited mobility.

Your instructor who will be guiding you through every class at Dance NZ, both online and in-person, is Belinda Goodwin. A certified Nia Dance instructor with her brown belt, Belinda can efficiently and attentively guide you through the 7 cycles of your Nia Dance routine and help you reach mental clarity and wellness.

Book Now

So, head on over to the Dance NZ website and book the ideal class for you! On the Dance NZ site, you can also find purchasable class replays and other blogs that can provide extra knowledge on Nia Dance and Dance NZ classes so you know what one is the best fit for you.

If you have questions or concerns, CONTACT Dance NZ and we’ll respond to you as soon as we can.

Kind regards, Belinda.

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

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

To gain accessibility to online HYBRID-style classes and in-person sessions, sign up to be a free member at Dance NZ through the website here

• Nia Dance Move to Heal: Reserve or check out this class here. Starting at 11:15 a.m on Tuesdays, the class venue is Saint Aidan’s Hall (detailed location: corner of Thames Street & Heaphy Terrace, Hamilton).

• Classic Nia: Reserve or check out this class here. Starting at 5:30 p.m on Tuesdays, the class venue is the Waikato Sports Fishing Club (detailed location: Grantham Street in Hamilton).

• Gentle Nia: Reserve or check out this class here. Starting at 9:30 a.m on Wednesday, the class venue is the Raglan Town Hall (detailed location: 41 Bow Street, Raglan). 

• Classic Nia: Reserve or check out this class here. Starting at 9:30 a.m on Friday, the class venue is the Saint John’s Hall (detailed location: 20 Wellington Street, Hamilton).

• Nia for Parkinson’s Freedom Dance: Reserve or check out this class here. Starting at 12:00 p.m on Friday, the class venue is the Saint John’s Hall (detailed location: 20 Wellington Street, Hamilton). 

Nia HYBRID-style class sessions and 24-hour replays with Belinda Goodwin can be reserved and purchased on the Dance NZ website here.

Other information on HYBRID-style classes and on 24-hour replays are available and accessible here.

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