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 20 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 safe, 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. She is a Trauma Informed Practitioner.

“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
New to Nia? 1st class Taster $5
Casual ONLINE $15
Casual IN PERSON $20. Concession $15
Unlimited JOY – 7 days ONLINE classes $35
Unlimited JOY – 7 days ALL classes $45
5-class ONLINE $60
5-class ALL $75
PAYMENT THROUGH PUNCHPASS OR BANK TRANSFER
 
On 23 September, I fractured my foot in 2 places (not doing Nia!).  Instead of  the initial prognosis of 4-6 weeks in a moon boot, after only 13 days, I’ve been given the all clear to take it off and begin moving to heal.  I hope you’ll join me as I gently ease back into offering classes from 12 October.
 
ONLINE via Zoom (Times are Brisbane AEST)
Monday Gentle Nia 7:45am-8:45am
Wednesday Nia 52Moves Practice + Play 4:00pm-5:00pm
Friday Gentle Nia 8:30am-9:30am
Saturday Nia 8:30am-9:30am
 
IN PERSON –  SUSPENDED UFN.
Monday Nia 9:30am-10:30am BrisWest 132 LaTrobe Tce Paddington 4064
Thursday Nia 9:30am-10:30am BrisWest 132 LaTrobe Tce Paddington 4064
Saturdays Nia 8:30am-9:30am RiverCity Ballroom 4 Mollison St West End 4101
 

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Current Classes

Location Class Type Time
4 Mollison St, West End, Queensland, Australia
Nia 5 Stages SUSPENDED 8:00am - 8:30am Saturday
4 Mollison St, West End, Queensland, Australia
Classic Nia 8:30am - 9:30am from 7 November Saturday
Naya Ubud, Sayan, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Retreat 2021 dates TBA Friday
132 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington QLD, Australia
Classic Nia 9:30am - 10:30am from 2 November Monday
132 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington QLD, Australia
Classic Nia 9:30am - 10:30am from 5 November Thursday
Brisbane QLD, Australia
Gentle Nia ONLINE 7:45am - 8:45am Monday
Brisbane QLD, Australia
Gentle Nia ONLINE 8:30am - 9:30am Friday
Brisbane QLD, Australia
Classic Nia ONLINE 8:30am - 9:30am Saturday
Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia
Nia 52Moves ONLINE 4:00pm - 5:00pm Wednesday

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 joyful, low impact, movement class inspired by soul-stirring music. Nia’s unique blend of martial arts, dance and mindfulness gives you an energising cardio workout that benefits – body, mind, emotions, and spirit. You will be guided to listen to your body and practice being with sensations of pleasure and ease. Adaptable for all ages and fitness levels. Nia meets you where you’re at and invites you to move in your own body’s way.

Nia 5 Stages is a richly-layered moving meditation which creates deeper body-awareness and self-healing. In this floor-based practice, you will be guided to move through the five stages of embryonic, creeping, crawling, standing and walking in your body’s way. Re-align and energize your body and calm your nervous system by connecting with the healer within.  What does it look like? 

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Bali Nia Retreat – Your Body~Your Temple – 2021

Naya Ubud, Sayan, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

dates TBA July 2020  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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BrisWest Centre – PADDINGTON

132 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington QLD, 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 joyful, low impact, movement class inspired by soul-stirring music. Nia’s unique blend of martial arts, dance and mindfulness gives you an energising cardio workout that benefits – body, mind, emotions, and spirit. You will be guided to listen to your body and practice being with sensations of pleasure and ease. Adaptable for all ages and fitness levels. Nia meets you where you’re at and invites you to move in your own body’s way.

Gentle Nia is a playful and relaxing movement experience infused with music that benefits body, mind and spirit. It includes the fundamentals of a Classic Nia class at a slower pace for those wanting more of a work-in than a workout. It provides more time and space for you to mindfully connect to life-force energy and move in your body’s way.

Nia FreeDance is a conscious dance practice that inspires you to move, explore and create in your own unique way.  Evocative music ignites a sense of freedom as your body, mind, emotions and spirit unite, taking you to the source of your authentic dance.

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Gentle Nia – Online Class

Brisbane QLD, Australia

Welcome to our online Nia community where people of all ages, fitness levels and backgrounds come together to feel better through movement.  We’d love you to join us for an hour of soul-nourishing, body-enlivening, Joy-full music and movement, in your own home.  With permission to do it the way that feels right for you, Nia will leave you feeling more energised, clear-headed, calmer and connected. 

Kick off your shoes and slip into something that makes you feel good while you move. (If there are physical reasons not to practise barefoot, soft sole shoes can be worn.)

Make sure you have some clear floor space around you to move safely. You might like to have a towel or yoga mat for when we move, stretch and rest on the floor towards the end of class. 

Gentle Nia is an uplifting holistic movement experience infused with a fantastic variety of music. It includes the Joy and fundamentals of a classic Nia class, at a slower pace. You’ll sense more time and space to learn and move mindfully for intrinsic conditioning and self-healing while playfully stimulating your body-brain fitness.

Feel uplifted and connected after this hour of sacred self-care. All Nia experiences are adaptable for every age and fitness level. Nia meets you where you’re at and invites you to move in your own body’s way.

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Classic Nia – Online Class

Brisbane QLD, Australia

Welcome to our online Nia community where people of all ages, fitness levels and backgrounds come together to feel better through movement.  We’d love you to join us for an hour of soul-nourishing, body-enlivening, Joy-full music and movement, in your own home.  With permission to do it the way that feels right for you, Nia will leave you feeling more energised, clear-headed, calmer and connected. 

Kick off your shoes and slip into something that makes you feel good while you move. (If there are physical reasons not to practise barefoot, soft sole shoes can be worn.)

Make sure you have some clear floor space around you to move safely. You might like to have a towel or yoga mat for when we move, stretch and rest on the floor towards the end of class. 

Classic Nia® is a mindful movement practice that invites you to get out of your head and move your body in a safe grounded and joyful way! You’ll be guided to connect to sensations of  pleasure and aliveness for whole body conditioning and self-healing. Nia’s unique combination of steps, stances and kicks will playfully stimulate your body-brain fitness, and you can always tweak the moves so it feels good to YOU!
 
Feel uplifted and connected after this hour of sacred self-care. All Nia experiences are adaptable for every age and fitness level. Nia meets you where you’re at and invites you to move in your own body’s way.
 

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Nia 52 Moves – Online Class

Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia

Welcome to our online Nia community where people of all ages, fitness levels and backgrounds come together to feel better through movement.  We’d love you to join us for an hour of soul-nourishing, body-enlivening, Joy-full music and movement, in your own home.  With permission to do it the way that feels right for you, Nia will leave you feeling more energised, clear-headed, calmer and connected. 

Kick off your shoes and slip into something that makes you feel good while you move. (If there are physical reasons not to practise barefoot, soft sole shoes can be worn.)

Make sure you have some clear floor space around you to move safely. You might like to have a towel or yoga mat for when we move, stretch and rest on the floor towards the end of class. 

Nia 52Moves Practice + Play:

Nia 52Moves is fun, body-brain fitness, ideal for beginners and seasoned students. The class format blends mindful awareness with cardiovascular conditioning and whole-body connection in one-minute intervals with each move. Receive movement details and tips to learn and improve your skill in Nia’s 52Moves as you listen and dance to the music.
 
You’ll be somatically coached by Sophie (moving gently as I heal a foot fracture) giving you plenty of opportunities to get into your own body as you move energise and get creative in YOUR unique way. Learn to activate your Conscious Personal Trainer for cooperative purposeful transformation!
 

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