Jenn Hicks

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Challenge your mind and body

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Do you challenge your mind and body?

How often does your body (and brain!) encounter something totally new? Something never ever experienced before?  Something that taxes or increases the demands on your body and brain?

Regularly? Great!

Often? Fantastic!

Rarely? Let’s talk about the benefits of mind-body challenge.


Nia is a challenge!

It sure is! There are always what are called “new to me” skills coming up in new routines.  These are fantastic and offer us the benefit of not only novelty, but patterning and repetition.

And pleasure! Nia encourages us to find the joy of movement and experience pleasure. Amazing, right?! Well… sometimes the pleasure becomes seductive, and we lose the conditioning potential.

Here’s what Debbie Rosas (co-founder of Nia) has to say about that:

“It is easy to slack off, to slip deeply into personal comfort, to get seduced by the sensations of feel-good fitness. It’s easy to become lax in employing that extra push needed to create full, optimum fitness.”


MoveIT will take you to the next level of challenge – safely!Nia MoveIT challenge

MoveIT will stretch you. It will demand more of your body and mind.  It will condition you in new ways and you will learn to be safer in your body through achieving more precision in your technique.

Debbie Rosas says:

“While the sensation of pleasure can be measured more subjectively, the sensation of conditioning has more tangible reference points to confirm you have arrived at the sensation; e.g., increased heart rate (aerobic conditioning), an inability to sustain a movement speed (anaerobic conditioning), the ability to respond without thinking (reflexive conditioning) and the ability to consciously guide your movement choices (voluntary conditioning).”


MoveIT: Brain benefits of fitness challenge

Our brains were designed to change based on the challenges we give them. When we offer our bodies unique and safe challenges, we actually change and optimize the structure of the brain. Due to neural plasticity, we can develop new brain cells, richen the connections between them and power up the communication of various brain regions. In  MoveIT class, we integrate 4 types of conditioning using both simple and complex movements. We use this combination of conditioning to optimize the nervous system through stimulation of neural activity.


MoveIT: Physical benefits of fitness challenge

Our bodies *crave* new types of physical stimulation. If we want to live our best lives in our bodies (which may mean improving our strength, flexibility, mobility, balance, agility, stability or cardiovascular endurance) we need to continually expose our bodies to new and interesting ways of moving.

MoveIT benefits us physically by providing excellent cardiovascular conditioning; whole body strength, physical dexterity & muscle tone and improved range of motion in all joints of the body.

MoveIT even makes our cells happy! In a previous post, I shared research about the positive impact of interval training on the mitochondria (the energy providers in our cells). Those participating in  interval training demonstrated increases in both the number and health of their mitochondria. The end result? More (healthier) mitochondria = more energy = more satisfaction in living life!


MoveIT isn’t for me; it sounds difficult!

What challenges us in life is often as a result of how we perceive or think about a situation. Sometimes it’s the mindset we hold about something that makes us hesitant to experience new things.

I told myself for decades that I was not coordinated and that I could never be a teacher. When I shifted my thinking to embrace my potential, bam! I became a Nia teacher!


MoveIT is a safe challenge

Unlike any other interval training program out there, MoveIT embraces mindfulness to keep us safe.

We are ALWAYS engaging our “conscious personal trainer” – the inner voice that tells us that pain is a signal to back off and modify the move.

And as the “coach” (or teacher) of the class, my promise is to guide you towards safe conditioning.


Ready to Experience MoveIT?

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Take a look here and here to see the material referenced for this post. Quotes by Debbie Rosas were extracted from the “Language of Nia” book.

Dancing Through Life With Pleasure: Nia Student Stories

Saturday, October 14th, 2017
I’ve been dancing with Kim since 2013. She graciously shared her Nia story with me!

Nia movement is life
Nia is fun!

Nia with Jennifer turned a corner for me. 

I had previously tried all sorts of other physical activities and found they were either not fun, too repetitive (aka boring), or too constraining (striving to attain perfection is frustrating if you don’t possess a competitive personality).” 

Nia: no judgement & lots of laughter

“I love Jenn’s approach to her Nia classes – ensuring everyone feels comfortable in taking the routine only as far as their own bodies can go that day – without judgement, without goals, other than to enjoy the movement.  I always feel rejuvenated by the low impact technique and did I mention the typical laughter that also flows in each session?”

Thank you, Kim, for sharing your story and experiences with Nia!

Want to share your experience and inspire others? Contact me!

New to Nia and ready to experience a class? Take a look at my schedule or visit to find a class in your neighbourhood!