What you get at Nia class: Move your whole body in a way that leaves you feeling energized from fun cardio and muscle conditioning to great music. Friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Combines martial arts, healing arts and dance arts.


Nia movement classes are based on influences from martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts, so your body gets plenty of variety. In class, you receive coaching to match the intensity to your personal needs. Beyond fitness, Nia is health and wellness lifestyle and movement art.



SPRING 23 – BALANCE. So many friends and acquaintances say, “I have terrible balance,” or “my balance is not as good as it used to be.” Balance is a major concern, but many people don’t seem to realize that it’s possible, even easy, to improve. Downhill is not the only direction they can go. My new class is dedicated to a single, important element of maintaining, or even regaining, independence. The group can include varying levels of stability. Participants may use more or less support as needed.

Very frail participants should come with an assistant, so I’m free to lead the whole group.

Wear sturdy shoes, please.

       at Willamalane Adult Activity Center

        215 W. C. St., Springfield, OR

The BALANCE class is not a Nia class. I will, however, use my filter of paying attention to sensation to guide you toward internalizing the skills you build. And I always want to create an environment of exploration and delight.

My wish: to bolster your optimism and passion for life by encouraging  movement that feels satisfying, and by creating a safe place for relating to people in person. Drop-in is ok. You don’t have to pre-register.


Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 – Everything you get in a regular Nia class, with added attention and cuing for moves that help improve bone density and balance. Drop in or use your Willamalane Pass. At Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 W. C. St., Springfield, OR.


Short Introduction to Nia Five Stages  –  a personal practice you can use at home to feel more limber and comfortable

                                 Including the “Seven Minute Workout”

          And 1/2 hour of Nia Floor Play

with music and verbal guidance

Where— At Reverence Karate Studio

642 E. 8th Ave. Eugene  (behind McDonald’s), access from Broadway/Franklin

         This space has a beautiful, squeaky-clean, soft tatami mat continuous floor, so your

       knees and  bones will be cushioned and you’ll never roll off your narrow yoga mat

Cost – $12/ class drop in


Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm  Nia Moving To Heal

zoom link to class

    Sign in with Trauma Healing Project, Eugene, OR   to fill out one-time form for new participants 

       healing attention.org

CREATIVE! we took some of the content of last spring’s Nia for Gardeners workshop and put it in an on-going class:



Blending gardening with my role as a “sensation scientist,” the coordinator at Willamalane Adult Activity Center in Springfield asked me to lead/host a Gardening 4 Fitness class. Basically, taking some of the awareness-of-body-mechanics content from my workshop and coaching folks while they volunteer to spruce up the patio at the Adult Activity Center. It’s fun. And the patio is beginning to look better. Best of all, members of the class are reminding themselves, “oh, yeah, I need to bend at the hips, not the waist.” Open to drop in any time. Tai Chi and Silver Sneakers classes following in the same location, so you could stay for those as well.