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Welcome to Gateway Nia! This site is dedicated to providing information on Nia to the entire Metro St Louis area. We have over a dozen active teachers and at least 40 certified teachers. Check out the schedule to find the Class nearest you and the special Events section so as not to miss any exciting workshops and classes.

Upcoming Gateway Nia Events in 2013

white belt iconWhite Belt Intensive
with Trainers Jamie Klausing & Tracy Stamper

We’re thrilled to invite YOU to join us July 6 – 12, 2013 at Studio Gaia in Edwardsville, Illinois for the transformational experpience of White Belt!

Have you dreamed of taking your Nia practice deeper? Spending a week in delicious self-discovery of personal growth? Do you want to teach Nia? The Nia White Belt Training is the first level of a five-belt training series that presents a body-centered approach to health, wellness, fitness, and living in your body with pleasure.

If you have a desire to share Nia in a professional capacity, the White Belt Training is your entryway into teaching. Those who choose to pursue the path of personal enrichment use this training for deepening their practice. Jamie (from Chicago) and Tracy (local Trainer in St. Louis) would love to have you join them for this Nia Joy ride!

Contact Jamie at and/or Tracy at with questions about White Belt. Contact studio owner Sally Burgess at with any questions about the area and for help finding accommodations.

Click here for more information and to register.

What is Nia?

Nia is...a holistic mind-body-spirit fitness program and lifestyle practice. You will work out—but not wear out—your body as you gain cardiovascular health, overall vitality, and fitness. You can lose weight while gaining balance and strength as you reconnect with the joy of being in your body.

Created by Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas in 1983, The Nia Technique combines the explosive power of Martial arts, the concentration of Healing arts, and the grace of Dance; blending music, vocal sounding and self-expression into dynamic, hour-long routines. Nine movement forms inspired Nia: Taekwando, Aikido, and Tai Chi; yoga, Feldenkrais, and the Alexander Technique; modern dance, jazz, and Duncan dance. Nia's barefoot, grounded approach maximizes body efficiency and teaches you to consciously move "The Body's Way." While most often practiced in hour-long classes, the true depth of the work lies in a rich body of education that develops into a powerful life practice. With a philosophy rooted in "The Joy of Movement," Nia teaches people of all lifestyles to choose Pleasure as the path toward physical, mental and emotional health.

Revolutionizing the world of fitness and wellbeing, Nia today is taught to nearly 100,000 students by over 2,000 Certified Teachers in 37 countries. Nia bursts boundaries of age, gender and fitness levels, delivering a fun, effective and life changing practice for all walks of life.

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