Wearsiders can try the latest way to get fit

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THOSE wanting to get fit and feel healthier can join in a new activity on Wearside –starting this weekend.

Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts.

Created in the early 1980s, the activity aims to self-heal the body using music and movement.

Typically, Nia classes include 55 minutes of movement to diverse music.

Each class offers a combination of 52 moves which involve with the main areas of the body: base, core and upper extremities.

Nia teacher Anne Cosgrove, 30, is holding her first regular class tomorrow from 3pm to 4pm in Fulwell Methodist Church, Dovedale Road, Seaburn Dene.

Anne, who says she is of only two Nia teachers in the North East, believes that taking part in Nia sessions has both physical and mental benefits.

For further information, call Anne on 0776 214 8661 or go to www.nianow.com.