Austin >Fitness > Niaspace
3212 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX | Directions 7870430.230922 -97.759440
Neighborhoods: Greater South River City, St. Edwards
Best & Most Fun Exercise EVER ! – NIA changed my life ! I was plagued by fibromyalgia and stiff as a board ... until I began NIA . That was over a decade ago. The NIASPACE studio across from St. Ed's has a superb wooden floor where we dance barefoot ... and at any level you wish : from light to intense. The owners Donna & Gerry Starnes are a friendly, welcoming couple whose work is a labor of love. The students are ages 18 to 80 ( yes ! ) and all shapes. They are a happy group with great sense of humor. NIA itself combines more than 5 different types of movement ( aikido, yoga, Duncan dance, and Feldekrais, tai chai, & more ). I knew nothing when I began , but the FUN kept me returning for more. Probably the most unusual part is "free dance" , which looks like grown-ups having fun on a playground ( I think beginners often fight this a bit scary , dancing around like you're a kid again ). This is NOT exercise ... this is PLEASURE ! And yet it keeps me in shape and in good spirits for the rest of my day. At my age of 64 , it's also a way to get my cramped bones "unstuck" in the morning. GO ! This is a space of "good vibes" !
Very relaxed, welcoming environment , Donna is great – I went to the Ecstatic Dance class and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm a bit fat and uncoordinated so I was very happy to find that this class was at your own pace and movement. It is a relaxed class with no pressure. Donna is very friendly and genuinely cares.
Wonderful workout – I had no clue what "Nia" was. But I was desperate to find an exercise class that I would stick with. I tried a Nia class and couldn't believe what a fantastic and fun workout it was -- a combination of dance, yoga, and martial arts. The music varies from funky to world music to ethereal. And you get to choose the level of intensity that's right for you. I don't really think of Nia as an exercise class but as my fun time, my therapist , my time for me. I've been to lots of different exercise classes, and NiaSpace's Nia class is the best and most joyful workout I've ever had. As a "regular" in Nia classes, I lost ten pounds over three months, gained muscle tone, and feel great! If you enjoy listening and moving to music, you gotta try Nia.
Best Place to Start or End Your Day! – I never knew "fitness" could be so much fun! The music, the people and the space is great! The diversity of classes is nice. Some days I want a slow dance like Tai Chi and other days I want a real workout like Nia - it's great that they have something for everyone.
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors – SoCo fitness studio near St. Edwards offering modern dance, tai chi, martial arts, yoga and Pilates in a pay-per-class format.
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