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“I can’t find adequate words to express how precious Nia has become for me over the past 6 or 7 years since I joined your class. Every Monday is an unmissable date in my otherwise very full diary, a real treat and so much more! I still yearn to be able to fit in two classes a week….” and “As a therapist and healer, well, I rate the class as a stand alone form of holistic therapy, no less, and as such I often recommend it to my clients. Sophia Smith, Reflexologist, Doula and Healer
“I’m an eighty year old, awaiting heart surgery and I wake up on a Tuesday with a singing heart, knowing that my Nia class will bring energy, happiness and a positive feeling to my day. Although I’m short of puff, I’m able to join in at my own level and lose myself in the music.”Lynette Malitski
“Nia is quite simply the highlight of my week. Whatever way I’m being when I walk in, I skip out taller, stronger, more connected with myself and the group and ready for anything!”Sophie Aldred
“I’m so grateful to have discovered Nia, and to have the good fortune to live near Michele so I can attend her classes. I love the invitation to listen to my body and adapt the practice to suit my needs exactly, knowing it will be different every time and that’s how it should be. I love Michele’s gentle and joyous way of sharing the movements and ideas. I was also lucky enough to get to do the Whitebelt training a couple of years ago, and that brings an extra layer of enjoyment and identification to the classes for me.”Judith Silver musician, songwriter
“Where else can I dance and prance to my hearts content and feel the love and freedom that I can express, along with other women. It’s a great feeling.” Judi Holmes
I did Michele Kaye’s Nia class this morning at 9.15 in Kings Langley. Awesome. My two left feet and uncoordinated arms and legs felt very comfortable there. I’ve never been able to do dance classes for worrying so much about the moves that I don’t end up exercising properly but this was so different.
Tribal beats, a combination of dance and Thai chi moves that weren’t complex and really worked my muscles. Bringing conscious thought and mindfulness to body parts and gentle but expressive flowing movements left me feeling connected to the air, the room, my body and the ground. It felt so natural. What a break for my brain.
A refreshing change to my clock watching gym sessions. The class went so fast. There was such a beautiful feel in the room of acceptance and a lack of ego. A really friendly place to be.
I will be returning for sure. Loved it!Amanda Wells, Psychotherapist
“Nia is fun, offers freedom of movement and fantastic joy! An uplifting way to exercise and move my body! Free the inner dancer with Nia. And Michele is amazing – she brings light, joy and passion to the whole Nia experience!”Lin Serlin, healer
“Makes me feel I have moved and unlocked some stiff areas in my body, lovely people, lovely teacher.”Debbie Harrington, retired teacher
“I absolutely love my Nia classes. Michele is an amazing and gifted teacher. From the minute I walk into her class I feel myself relax and really look forward to the next hour. I am never disappointed. Her classes are not only fun but her routines energise me. I feel a different person when I leave. I believe Nia awakens the mind, spirit and body.”Marilyn Whyman, massage therapist
“For me, aged 69, Nia is the most uplifting form of exercise I’ve come across and I’ve tried lots! Nia is so enjoyable to do – you can do it at any age as it’s done at different levels within the class. I have problems with my knees and also occasional back pain. After only 3 classes I can already feel the improvement in my body. Nia is gentle yet energising at the same time and I particularly love dancing to the different music rhythms. ”Julia
“Nia is everything medicinal without the side effects. And Nia is very clever, it has this slow release valve that keeps me well in between classes.”Christine Orzel
“I attended Michele’s Saturday morning Nia class. The addition of two drummers, who also sang, lifted everyone’s mood and I personally found myself high on energy during and after the session. A great work out. Loved it!”Ann Bastow
“Nia is simply a place for me, where I am not wife nor mother, not daughter nor sister.”Sue
“Simple things like getting up unaided, bending down to pick up a rubber band or filling-up the salt container of my dishwasher without doing my back in, would not be possible for me, without Nia. Apart from being a lot of fun with great music, now inmy 70’s Nia is an absolute must ! Thank you Michele.”Marianan Ingleby
“Well, now, how can I begin to speak about Michele and the joy that is Nia? I started some years ago now, soon after Michele first started teaching I think and when I first retired, at 59. It was a revelation. I enjoyed having a structure to work to and confidence that the movements were all aimed at exercising the whole body. I was shocked at first at how I had lost a lot of mobility after a sedentary job. My balance was poor. My knees were weak.
I found myself really connecting to the music and my body started leading the way, after a lifetime of being led by my head. I found myself particularly enjoying the martial arts kicks and punches and the release of pent up tensions was such a relief and empowering. Then, in certain free dance sections I felt soooo good, a real clown appeared and silly walks and whirling round was absolutely fine. The music is great, good variety and different rhythms, melodic and flowing, jazzy and street, African beats, soulful. I love dancing barefooted too. My body is able to express itself freely for the first time really since I was a child. And the group holds however each one of us wants to be, quiet and reflective, wild and big, sensual, hesitant, vulnerable, giddy and all in the space of an hour, which is much more suited to women’s bodies than a gym workout. I really exercise all of me, but never feel aching or exhausted afterwards. Just good.
Over the years Michele has taught me to be gentle with myself, to listen to my body and to look for the pleasure. She uses few words, but those she does takes me into an imagination of movement rather than a physical description – I am a cat, my fingers caterpillars, I am an angel, cleaning a table, I am strutting a catwalk, a 20s flapper……
Michele has a lightness of touch, a ready smile and a yes we can attitude. I love it.
Last year I badly fractured my ankle on a cliff walk. I missed Nia for six months, (terrible!) put on a stone and a half then came back, limp and all. Now, a year after my break I can sit back on my heels in a crouch, balance on the injured foot, have lost the weight and have been complimented by the physios on my flexibility. Im 66 and can’t imagine being without Nia now. Thank you Michele. In the words of one of our dances……Yes! Yes! Yes!!!!” Ann Worrell
What was beautiful to see was the look of joy and pleasure on the face of some of your most elderly or shy students. I felt very moved when all the students interacted with each other at some point and thought to myself that such opportunities should be more widespread. Lovely work you are doing. 🙂 Nathalie
“I want to share a recommendation for Michele Kaye . I have had 2 appointments so far for some advice and support as I have an auto immune disease, thyroid problems and dysbosis. Her support, ideas and advice has been truly amazing and I she weighed me today and I have lost 6lbs in 2 weeks. So that is also a plus. She has so much knowledge but also calm and kind- would highly recommend her for any nutritional advice and her juicing workshops are brilliant.”Debbie Gilbert, Social Media Expert 2016
Book – Eat Dance Shine
Just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading Michele‘s book. It is my bedside companion and often follows me around the house during the day time. I have recommended it to clients, who tell me that have recommended it to others. I find something new and wonderful in it every time I read it. Jxx Julia Jenkins, Mindful Sound, Gong & Meditation
About the Juice and Smoothie Workshops
“Thanks so much for sending the recipes on. Friday morning’s Green Nutrition workshop was fantastic. A huge inspiration, it was even better than I imagined it was going to be. It was so positive and joyful, one cannot help but want to weave it into one’s life!” Joy Simmons, Artist
“I want to say a huge thank you to the lovely Michele Kaye, as I went to one of her workshops yesterday. I have a history of being a long time juicer and smoothie maker but found Michele shared her passion and knowledge freely, she left me totally inspired and with loads of new tips and information. Michele has a rare knack of teaching beautifully while listening to what her attendees are saying and seamlessly tailoring the learning to those requirements. I would highly recommend you get your name down on the next workshop.” Julia Jenkins, Mindful Sound, Gong & Meditation
“Thanks soooo much Michele!! I was totally inspired; went straight to the supermarket for fruit, went home and made a juice for my son, with carrot, orange, celery, ginger and apple; he immediately felt 100% better and puts it down to the juice. The boys spent the evening juicing everything they could find and we had a meal of homemade guacamole, homemade veg sushi, crispy kale and a smoothie for pudding!” Sophie Aldred, Actress