Biography

Sophie Marsh is Australia’s only White Belt Trainer in the International Nia Training faculty and the first Aussie Black Belt teacher. She has completed the Nia White, Green, Blue, Brown and Black Belt trainings, the Art of Teaching (Level 1), Moving to Heal, 52 Moves and the Nia 5 Stages trainings. Sophie is based in Brisbane.

For over 18 years, she has guided and inspired people to reclaim their aliveness, fitness, well-being and sense of Self through Nia’s body-centred movement and education. After living and training in the US, Sophie brought Nia home with her when she returned to Brisbane in 2004. She has been collaboratively building and leading an Australia-wide Nia community ever since.

In her classes, workshops, retreats and trainings, Sophie holds a welcoming and playful space for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with their body’s innate wisdom and joy of movement.  

Sophie also shares adapted Nia sessions, “Joy Therapy” for populations with special needs, including multicultural communities, teens and older populations, mental health groups, cancer survivors, and for women desiring to heal their relationship with their sensuous body. 

“We are all born with unlimited magnificence. What if there was a way of moving and living in your body that reconnected you to the sensation of that truth? Whether it’s a Nia class or the 7 day White Belt training, you already have all you need within. Your body knows. You are ready now. It’s time to step in.”

Find out more about the Nia White Belt Body + Life training

Pricing and Details

Pricing for Chelmer and West End classes:  
No bookings required, join anytime, everybody welcome!

New to Nia? 3 classes for $30 (valid 1 month)
Casual $20 / $15 concession
10 class pass $140 (valid 3 months)
5 class pass $80 (valid 3 months)
Unlimited monthly $140 (valid 1 calendar month)
Nia 5 stages $10 or use your unlimited monthly pass. Knee pads provided.

Pure Health: Pure Members free, Non-members casual $25. 10 class options available – contact Pure 3324 1188.

Mobile: 0431 484 054

Current Classes

Location Class Type Time
Pure Health Clubs, 236 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo, QLD
Classic Nia 9:00am - 10:00am Monday
Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre, 38 Thallon Street, Sherwood, Queensland, Australia
Gentle Nia 1:30pm - 2:30pm Wednesday
8 Appel Street, Chelmer, Queensland, Australia
Gentle Nia 9:15am - 10:15am Thursday
8 Appel Street, Chelmer, Queensland, Australia
Classic Nia 9:15am - 10:15am Friday
4 Mollison St, West End, Queensland, Australia
Nia 5 Stages 8:00am - 8:30am Saturday
4 Mollison St, West End, Queensland, Australia
Classic Nia 8:30am - 9:30am Saturday
4 Mollison St, West End, Queensland, Australia
Nia 5 Stages 9:00am - 9:30am Wednesday
4 Mollison St, West End, Queensland, Australia
Classic Nia 9:30am - 10:30am Wednesday
4 Mollison St, West End, Queensland, Australia
52 Moves - November only 9:30am - 10:30am Sunday
Naya Ubud, Sayan, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Retreat 5 - 11 July 2019 Friday
4 Mollison St, West End QLD, Australia
Nia White Belt Training 7 - 13 January 2019 Monday

Pure Health Coorparoo

Pure Health Clubs, 236 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo, QLD

For Nia feel free to wear any exercise or comfortable clothing that makes you feel good and free to move. Bring along a water bottle and a towel or yoga mat if you have one. Nia is designed to be practised barefoot. If there are physical reasons not to practise barefoot, soft sole shoes can be worn.

A Classic Nia class is a sensory-based, cardio movement class to music that blends 52 moves with martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts – body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Open to all levels.

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Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre

Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre, 38 Thallon Street, Sherwood, Queensland, Australia

For Nia feel free to wear any exercise or comfortable clothing that makes you feel good and free to move. Bring along a water bottle and a towel or yoga mat if you have one. Nia is designed to be practised barefoot. If there are physical reasons not to practise barefoot, soft sole shoes can be worn.

A Classic Nia class is a sensory-based, cardio movement class to music that blends 52 moves with martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts – body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Open to all levels.

This Gentle Nia class is for over 50s and suitable for all levels of fitness. Ideal for beginners and for all students who want to deepen their core awareness and move more mindfully. 

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St David’s Hall – Chelmer nr Graceville Indooroopilly

8 Appel Street, Chelmer, Queensland, Australia

For Nia feel free to wear any exercise or comfortable clothing that makes you feel good and free to move. Bring along a water bottle and a towel or yoga mat if you have one. Nia is designed to be practised barefoot. If there are physical reasons not to practise barefoot, soft sole shoes can be worn.

Classic Nia is a whole body, cardio movement class that infuses the dynamics of martial arts, dance and mindfulness. Experience the healing and conditioning power of moving your body in ways that feel good to you.  Share the joy of movement to global music and leave sweating and smiling. Adaptable to all ages and levels.

Gentle Nia is a playful and relaxing movement experience set to music that benefits body, mind, emotion and spirit. It includes the fundamentals of a Classic Nia class but is slower paced for those wanting more of a work-in than a workout. Gentle Nia classes provide more time and space for you to mindfully connect and move in your body’s way. 

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River City Ballroom – West End

4 Mollison St, West End, Queensland, Australia

For Nia feel free to wear any exercise or comfortable clothing that makes you feel good and free to move. Bring along a water bottle and a towel or yoga mat if you have one. Nia is designed to be practised barefoot. If there are physical reasons not to practise barefoot, soft sole shoes can be worn.

Classic Nia is a whole body, cardio movement class that infuses the dynamics of martial arts, dance and mindfulness. Experience the healing and conditioning power of moving your body in ways that feel good to you.  Share the joy of movement to global music and leave sweating and smiling. Adaptable to all ages and levels.

Nia 5 Stages is a floor-based class designed to tap into your body’s natural wisdom, to move and feel better. Experience gentle, mindful, self-healing movement as you are guided to move in your own body’s way through five developmental stages – Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing and Walking. Realign, energise and integrate your body, mind, emotion and spirit.  What does it look like? 

Nia Sunday Series – Enter a sacred space for self and tune into your body, moving with the FUNdamentals of Nia. In this one-hour class set to soul-stirring music from around the world, you’ll get to learn and feel more embodied in the language of Nia, the 52 Moves while choosing pleasure and discovering dynamic ease. Be guided by Nia Trainer Sophie Marsh to explore creative and unique ways to bring your own personal and playful expression to the form. You’ll leave feeling more centred, connected and alive from the inside out.  Come to 1, 2, 3 or all 4! 4, 11, 28, 25 November 2018.  

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Bali Nia Retreat – Your Body~Your Temple – 2019

Naya Ubud, Sayan, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

July 5-11  with Taryn Pallister and Sophie Marsh (Nia White Belt trainer)

Step out of the busy-ness of your every day routine and feel tension melt away as you relax into a blissful sanctuary in the heart of Bali. Join International Nia Trainer Sophie Marsh and Nia Black Belt Taryn Pallister for a nurturing and life-enriching retreat, to connect deeply with yourself in beautiful natural surroundings. 
Enter a sacred and supportive space for purposeful transformation through conscious movement – 6 days of daily Nia classes, Nia Playshops, gentle Yoga, Yin yoga, meditation, Nia 5 Stages, a shamanic dance journey and meaningful rituals with plenty of time for pampering and cultural exploration.
Be lovingly guided to relax into the flow of your body’s unique rhythm, reconnect with your heart and reclaim your relationship with your inner wisdom to experience more pleasure, power and Joy in your body + life. 

Beginners welcome. No prior Nia or yoga experience is necessary! 

Includes: Full retreat program, 6 nights twin or triple share accommodation at Naya Resort, 3 nourishing organic vegetarian meals daily, daily coconuts and green juice, Balinese dance performance, Balinese temple offering, groups adventure, 1hr massage, ozone swimming pool and 1 airport transfer.

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Nia White Belt Training

4 Mollison St, West End QLD, Australia

Learn to embrace your body and its wisdom, to transform from the inside out. 

Receive the foundations of Nia’s body-centred practices to move, feel and live better.
Connect more powerfully to your Joy of Movement, life purpose and potential for living in greatness.
Share with others on a path of self-discovery, self-healing and self-mastery.
Graduate with the option to become a Nia teacher.

The foundation of Nia is based on listening to your body and moving in ways that feel healing, sustainable and increase your sense of aliveness.  Every Nia class and training is adaptable for all ages, fitness levels, and experience levels. In Nia, we highly encourage and celebrate uniqueness and personal expression. Go ahead – do it your way – and make the week the perfect intensity for you. No prior Nia experience is necessary.

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