Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
PE 182X
Course Title:
Nia Technique
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Course Description

Introduces the Nia technique as a mind/body discipline that blends key elements of the martial, dance, and healing arts to provide a safe, exciting, and joyful fitness program. Applies the design and function of "The Body's Way" principles to achieve physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual fitness and well-being. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Apply sensory, kinesthetic and body alignment and awareness to fitness and health through the Nia technique.
  2. Perform safe and effective Nia exercises.
  3. Develop a lifelong fitness, health, and wellness program that incorporates Nia techniques.

Aspirational Goals

  • Experience the relationship of the mind, body and spirit.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Pre/post fitness assessments 
  • Active participation
  • Demonstrations of proficiency
  • Personal program records/portfolios
  • Written assignments and/or exams

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Somatic experiences of:

  • The 13 Nia Principles
  • The 5 Sensations of Fitness
  • The 5 Principles of The Body€™s Way
  • Use body awareness, imagination, emotional liberation and unique expression to energize and enrich the movement experience.
  • Modify movements to adapt to one€™s own level of conditioning and range of motion.
  • Increase body flexibility, strength, agility, mobility and stability.
  • Develop organic skill in a wide variety of movement styles.