Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Nia Technique or Shape Your Self

The Nia Technique: The High-Powered Energizing Workout That Gives You a New Body and a New Life

Author: Debbie Rosas

The hottest new trend in mind-body wellness, Nia is flourishing in gyms and fitness centers all across the country. Direct from the creators of this revolutionary program, The Nia Technique is the first--and only--book to bring the Nia workouts and philosophy out of the gym and into the hands of readers everywhere.

Shorthand for Neuromuscular Integrative Action, Nia blends together martial arts, yoga, dance, and spiritual self-healing to create a joyful and exhilarating fitness practice that is also a lifestyle blueprint. Nia presents an entirely new philosophy of exercise--you're not only "working out," you're "working in." Adopted by celebrities and employed in the world's most luxurious spas, Nia has made the leap into the mainstream, and is now practiced by hundreds of thousands of people around the world who want to get fit, eliminate emotional stress, and unleash their inner optimist.

In this upbeat, energizing book, authors and Nia creators Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas present "The Classic Nia Workout" and "The Athletic Nia Workout," providing basic Nia moves that readers can perform right at home, adapting them to their own form of self-expression. With easy-to-follow instructions, black-and-white photographs, and stories of people whose lives have been transformed through Nia, the authors describe in depth not only how to do Nia, but also why.

Read also Energy Addict 101 or Morning Yoga Workouts

Shape Your Self: My 6-Step Diet and Fitness Plan to Achieve the Best Shape of Your Life

Author: Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova is a marvel of fitness. She easily outruns many women half her age, still plays tennis competitively, and loves to have fun with other sports like basketball, hockey, skiing, and more. Now you can learn Martina's "secret," a lifestyle plan that's evolved from more than 30 years of trial and error, working with nutritionists, coaches, doctors, kinesiologists, and other top experts. In Shape Your Self, this amazing athelete shares her own story and distills this wealth of experience into a set of simple strategies, tips, and small changes to achieve the shape of your life. In her 6-step program, you'll discover:

-Ways to apply the focus and mental ability of star athletes to your own personal goals

-Advice on creating an environment - emotionally and physically - that supports you so that you can reach your best

-A healthy food plan with delicious recipes - emphasizing natural foods and energizing juices - that help your body release toxins, drop extra pounds, and feel more vibrant and youthful

-A fitness plan that can be done anywhere, by anyone - from beginners to the most advanced

-Fun, unique, cutting-edge exercises that sculpt visible, fat-burning muscle and make you appreciate the power, strength, and beauty of your body

Learn the strategies that have helped Martina shape her self into the best condition of her life. No matter what your age or your challenge, Martina will help you feel great, and look great, too!


Publishers Weekly

Tennis legend Navratilova has won 20 Wimbledon titles and 58 Grand Slam titles, and at age 46, became the oldest Grand Slam winner ever. Now 49, she competes in tennis matches, skis, and plays hockey and basketball. It's no surprise, then, that she's always being asked, "How do you stay in such good shape? What's your secret?" The answers lie in a food and fitness plan that explores six areas of mind and body fitness, from thinking like an athlete (dream big, set high goals, push yourself, bounce back from defeat) to choosing organic foods (Navratilova is enamored of juicing; she provides recipes for fruit-and-vegetable drinks and meals in a 28-day plan). The book's exercise section includes photos of the author demonstrating workout moves and a list of "exercise toys" that keep fitness routines fun. It's fascinating (and motivating) to get the inside scoop on how an elite athlete trains-and struggles like the rest of us. Navratilova's coaching approach, characterized by supportive, encouraging exhortations ("Look at ability, not age" and "You are the benchmark of your own success"), will give struggling readers encouragement. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal

Navratilova holds a record nine Wimbledon titles-not to mention 58 Grand Slam titles. At 48, she still plays tennis competitively in doubles at the Grand Slams and on the WTA Tour. Here, she presents her six-step program of natural foods and regular exercise for keeping fit, which emphasizes gradual changes that can be easily incorporated into daily life and the emotional support of friends and family. She particularly stresses freshly prepared natural foods and exercises that build core stability with cardiovascular conditioning. This well-presented plan will appeal particularly to the middle aged, a huge but often overlooked audience for this type of book. Highly recommended for all public libraries.-Susan B. Hagloch, formerly with Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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