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Cheryl Parr

Cheryl ParrNia - coming soon to the NEW BODY BARN

* SPECIAL OFFER - Free introductory class for clients of New Body Barn - read more

Nia is an expressive fusion fitness programme that draws from the martial arts, dance arts and healing arts to offer something to the whole of you, your body, mind and soul.

Nia is a great cardiovascular work-out that will guide you into Loving your Body and loving your Life. It is empowering, graceful, playful and tender and all this is packaged as a one hour fitness programme.

Nia is a Mind Body Spirit dance that is a pathway to self-knowing through the wisdom and intelligence of your body. Get into your body with Nia.

For more details contact Cheryl Parr on 07788 722106 

About Cheryl:
Originally from an Art & Design background, Cheryl spent many years in the world of gallery management, curation and lecturing, eventually obtaining her Ph.D in 2002. More recently Cheryl has concentrated on running a number of businesses and raising a family. Along with a her regular Yoga practice, Cheryl found the Nia technique to be a nourishing experience of body, mind, emotion and spirit coming together in one fitness program. Now qualified as a Nia White Belt Teacher Cheryl is offering you the opportunity to step into your own exhilarating journey with Nia and to creatively shape the way you feel, look, think and live.

A one hour class is taken bare foot and Cheryl will guide you through a choreographed routine that builds in energy and aerobic intensity against a backdrop of diverse and inspiring music. The class then slows down to finish with yoga stretches and breathing. During class you are encouraged to let your body take the lead, connect with your breathing and really make the class your own. This is a time for you to play, have fun, express yourself, relax and leave with a smile on your face as well as a fit and conditioned body.


What is Nia? Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music in more than 45 countries. Nia teaches people how to get in their body, learn about The Body’s Way and cultivate body-centered awareness. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities. Step into your own joyful journey with Nia, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live.

What is the Nia Experience? The Nia experience is how we describe the sensation of taking a Nia class. Typically Nia classes include 55 minutes of movement to diverse music. Every Nia class has 7 Cycles beginning with a focus and intent. Every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: base, core and upper extremities. Stiff beginners and highly fit athletes alike can adapt Nia to meet their needs by choosing from three intensity levels.

How does Nia work? Nia has 52 moves that optimize the body’s natural design. Nia choreography is body-centered and allows practitioners to connect to nine diverse movement styles: Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, jazz dance, modern dance, Duncan dance, yoga, Alexander Technique and Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais. Nia classes balance form with freedom encouraging people to personalize the movements making choices for pleasure and comfort.

Why was Nia created? Nia was created to self-heal the body using music and movement. When Nia creators Debbie and Carlos took their shoes off in 1983, Nia as a barefoot movement class was born from a shared insight that we can learn to move naturally, the body’s way. Nia was created to explore the movement potential of the body. Influenced by the grounded non-impact movement of martial arts, Debbie and Carlos realized that through dance movement body-centered awareness could be generated through purposeful movement practice and paying attention to sensation. The 7 Cycle Nia class grew from this practice and became the basis for the Nia belt program that teaches people 52 principles for conscious movement.

What is Nia’s purpose? Nia’s purpose is to grow a worldwide community of healthy people who are empowered to do great things. We believe every person can discover, explore, unleash and enhance their individual potential to live a fulfilling and meaningful life – by engaging their senses and listening to their bodies. With the right, tools and education we can increase our confidence and happiness. We can become connected to others to shape a consciousness that extends beyond our own.