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Kristy Harvey is a Movement Educator from Charlottesville, VA. She is the former Administrative Director of the Mindfulness Center at the University of Virginia. She is a licensed Brown Belt Nia Instructor and a certified yoga instructor. She has been an invited speaker for many presentations about Mindful Movement, Nia, and yoga at the University of Virginia and around the Charlottesville community. She has given interactive lectures and presentations for UVA Human Resources and as part of the J-Term for the Curry School of Education at UVA. Recently, she was the keynote speaker at the Healthy Nurse Conference in Charleston, WV. Kristy is the author of the blog, "Mindfulness On the Move", which will be published as a book in 2014. She currently resides in Tucson, AZ.
Kristy's mindfulness journey began in 2006 when she took her very first Nia class at Studio 206 in Charlottesville, VA. After experiencing pure JOY in her body for the first time in years, she knew she had to share this work with others. She earned her White Belt and began teaching Nia in 2007, and in 2010, she earned her Blue Belt. In December 2013, Kristy earned her Brown Belt in Honolulu, HI with Debbie Rosas, the co-creator of the Nia Technique.
Kristy has taught Nia to troubled teens, community groups, and corporate organizations, including the University of Virginia. She wrote and implemented a clinical trial to study the effects of the Nia technique on the quality of life among breast cancer survivors at the UVA Cancer Center. The project is fully funded and continues to enroll patients.
In 2010, Kristy became certified in Restorative Yoga. This gentle practice focuses on relaxation, renewal, effortlessness and ease. It is a great compliment to any active practice. In 2012, Kristy received funding to begin a Restorative Yoga program for women who are being treated for breast cancer. This program continues to support women in their recovery. In October 2012, Kristy earned her 200 level RYT in Karuna Yoga, a Hatha based yoga practice. Karuna means compassion, tenderness, and devoted action to alleviate suffering. This style encourages students to practice with kindness and compassion for self and others. You can expect to experience a gentle, welcoming practice for all levels that includes traditional Hatha yoga poses while blending in the gentle holding time of Yin Yoga and restful poses from Restorative Yoga.
What is Nia?
Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness. 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. Trainings are designed for those seeking personal enrichment and professional development. 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.
How does Nia work?
Nia draws from disciplines of the martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. Every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities. Stiff beginners and highly fit athletes alike can adapt Nia to meet their needs by choosing from three intensity levels.
Why was Nia created?
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.
What is Restorative Yoga?
Restorative Yoga is a therapeutic style of yoga which utilizes props to make it easier for the body to get into certain poses, and thus, surrender to the pose. Practicing poses using props provides a completely supportive environment for total relaxation. The more your body is supported in the poses the deeper the sense of relaxation. Relaxation is a state in which there is no movement, no effort, and the brain is quiet. Typically, Restorative poses are sustained for ten minutes or for as long as you are comfortable.
Why should I practice Restorative Yoga?
In a chronically stressed state, quality of life and perhaps life itself is at risk. The body's capacity to heal itself can be compromised, inhibiting recovery from injury or illness, or it may create new illness or injury, including high blood pressure, ulcers, back pain, immune dysfunction and depression.
The antidote to stress is relaxation. Restorative yoga focuses on relaxation, renewal, effortlessness and ease. Blankets, bolsters, straps, and other props safely support the body in various postures which allows the body to move towards a state of balance. This practice soothes your nervous system, helps you quiet your mind and invites you to release deeply held tension.