"We have a fabulous Nia teacher here in Tallahassee, Valerie Sanchez. I am totally enjoying her Wednesday evening class at Abundance Wellness Center. It is helping me move energy thru my body and energy system with joy! Energy! Delight! No matter what I go in with (anger, despair, compassion fatigue, activist fatigue) I come out transformed and sleep like a happy baby. My go to for staying energized and engaged for long run."
-Mary Beth McBride
Founder of Open Fields Healing
"I loved tonight's Nia Move IT class! It's amazing how we tend to forget about certain joints and muscles in our body; I truly feel like I worked out every part of my body tonight. From my finger tips to dancing on the tip of my toes, I worked out parts of my body I've probably been neglecting for a while. Thank you Valerie for an awesome movement experience."
Owner of Sweet Journey Desserts
"As a woman, Nia has helped me embrace my feminine, which can be a challenge in such a masculine influenced world. As a Yogi, Nia has helped me dig deeper into my practice on so many levels: body, mind and spirit. I am always discovering new layers to peel off. It's been an unexpected gift, with each dance, a surprise and discovery of myself. What a great adventure. Thanks Nia, and thank you Valerie for bringing me back home to myself."
"We are totally in love with Nia and with Valerie. It is the perfect exercise/ instructor combination to help relieve all the stress of our day and reconnect with our own feminine power in a joyous way- while sweating our behinds off. For someone who hates 'exercising' but loves dancing like us, we might have found a new home"
-Yanet & Candelaria Manzano
Mother and daughter & Owners of The Heart of Possibility
"You will love coming to Valerie's Nia Classes! Not only has Valerie emersed herself in the practice, her extensive travel and trainings have given her depth in her teaching. Stepping into a Nia class with Valerie is much more than 'exercise,' it is a multi-sensory experience, a delicious treat for your Mind, Body and Spirit. No 'Drill' here, just joy in the moment!"
Nia Technique® Instructor and Ageless Grace® Trainer
"At first, I felt silly and shy in Nia classes but I quickly settled into the practice; Nia provides a conduit to connect to my inner voice. Valerie provides a brief lecture at the beginning of each class, which I find incredibly beneficial. During our session she educates me on what my body does for me throughout the day and my overall everyday wellness. Following each class, I feel stronger, more confident and a lot of appreciation for my body. Nia sessions have helped me feel empowered and with more mental clarity during my workday.”
-Laura Mooney City of Tallahassee- Regulatory Compliance Manager for Natural Gas Utility
"Overall Nia is a different way of staying fit other than yoga. I like the movements to Nia music. I get a great workout each session and I like having it as part of our Corporate Wellness Program. Valerie is such an inspiration. She truly does this work because she has a passion for Nia and loves to see others energized and successful in all areas of their lives too. After every session I am motivated and revitalized for the rest of my day."
-Joe Cheatham, City of Tallahassee- Wastewater Operations Manager
"Valerie always knows what I need. Nia® is the perfect combination of dance, stretching and strengthening. The playlist is rich, rhythmic and spiritual. I always feel amazing when I leave her class. I feel like I've transcended through the daily grind, in just an hour, into bliss! NiaÂ® is both feminine and masculine-Â through graceful dance and strong martial arts. Every class we focus on something that makes me extra aware of my body and its functions. I burn between 400-500 calories per class, that's always a bonus!"
-Gaylon Barfield Shiver
Owner of The Carriage House Salon