New Nia Teachers Team teach at Soma Ranch!

Thanks to Barbara and Cynthia, Public 10am Nia classes on Mondays and Thursdays continue "as usual" at Soma Ranch.

Barbara and Cynthia are "team teaching" to cover classes while Helen is leading a training in the U.K.

How wonderful to now have great local Nia teachers eager to teach at Soma Ranch!

  • Monday Aug 7
  • Thursday Aug 10
  • Monday Aug 14
  • Helen returns to teach Thursday Aug 17

BridgeWay Youth Shelter attend Soma Ranch Nia class

BridgeWay Youth Shelter brought some wonderful young people to our regular 10am Nia class. We hope this is the first of many of these opportunities. Special Thanks to Woodlands Black Belt Nia Teacher Peggy Renfroe for being the connector and supporter of this adventure.

One of the great things about Nia is how it can be adapted for special groups and populations.

Sometimes Nia will be taught as a special class for the group and other times (like this) it is possible to integrate the group with a regular class. We had a new lady in class, some local teachers, regular attendees and our special guests. Everyone expressed what an exceptional experience they had, the joy in the room was captivating. Even Phelps and Belle watched joyfully at the door!

BridgeWay Youth Shelter is a 13 bed coed facility offering emergency shelter for youth ages 10-17 who need temporary (up to 90 days) housing due to extreme family conflict, abuse and/or neglect or who are runaway and homeless. 

Volunteers Requests by BridgeWay Youth Shelter - Montgomery County Youth Services: volunteers are welcome to provide mentoring and tutoring to residents. Volunteers can also help with facility maintenance, yard work, etc.

Donation Requests by BridgeWay Youth Shelter - Montgomery County Youth Services: Clothing, non perishable food, hygiene items, sheets, towels, school supplies, office supplies, backpacks, gift cards.

Tiny Home guests continue their adventure

Sierre and Logan found us through They stayed with us for all of July, the weeks flew by. We loved the opportunity to get to know them a little and appreciate all the help AND the JOY they brought to Soma Ranch, A favorite "frame" for me is the evening Sierre and Logan sang together with guitar, around the camp fire, during our Blue Electric Storm Retreat.


Here's what Sierre and Logan shared about their experience at the ranch, I think our glowing feelings are mutual:

"Where to start? Soma Ranch is a little slice of paradise. Friendly rescued animals, quiet, peaceful nature, beautiful sunsets, and luxurious facilities. This being said, its Helen and Joe that are the true heart of Soma. Their hospitality and easy-going nature makes life here feel like home. We are so grateful for their great communication and easy smiles, and are already missing our time and friendship shared at the ranch. If everyone could spend even a little time in a place like this, the world might be a healthier and happier place."

Blue Electric Storm

Celebrating our 10th Blue Electric Storm retreat was a TREAT! We swam, danced, played with learning old Nia routines, walked the labyrinth, took a boat ride up in to the National Forrest and generally had a relaxing good time.

Joe and Helen are inspired to offer more "intimate" retreats for up to 6 guests at a time. Where we cater to the needs and desires of the group, personalizing the experience with options like Aqua Nia, cooking demos, boat rides, local excursions, personal training/coaching.  Let us know if you are interested or perhaps have a group you'd like to bring together.

Congratulations Nia White Belts

Congratulations Elizabeth, Beverly, Cynthia, Dana, Sarah, Janet, Barbara and Nancy!  What an amazing, wonderful week, bathing in the Joys of Nia. We appreciate what each of you brought. Super to see Cynthia and Barbara preparing and ready to teach regular classes at Soma Ranch soon. AND Cynthia and Beverly have already registered for the blue belt in October!



A taste of Nia White belt at Soma

From inception our number one vision for Soma Ranch was for it to be a stella Nia Education Training center. Each time we step into another training we find ways to improve, tweak and redefine the space, striving to continue to be the best Nia Training facility we can be. Here's a slide show to give you a feel for the studio, meals, grounds, donkeys, accommodations and more. Hope you can drop by and enjoy Soma Ranch live and in person some time soon.  Love Helen & Joe.

Nia Magical Dreams come True!

Something very pleasing happens inside of me when (in preparation for a white belt) I pack the schedules.

YIPEE!!  Somehow a magical moment in time is created. A confirmation of YES! another dream has come true! (both for me and each of the participants!)

Now of course I'm assuming everyone will show up tonight....  

Either way we have public Nia classes every day at 10am and special events.


We have folks coming in from the East and the West! Please welcome:



10am Nia Classes at Soma Ranch

Our classes are growing and the local community is blossoming! With this increased interest (and the upcoming Nia White belt and BES retreat) we've expanded our class schedule for July.

10am Nia continues (as usual) Every Monday and Thursday, and lots of extra days and special events (see below). All classes are $15 drop in or $40 for 4. Show up! no pre-registration required. A text to 832-567-4550 makes Helen smile with anticipation.

  • Monday, July 3
  • Thursday, July 6
  • Monday, July 10
  • Thursday, July 13
  • Friday, July 14
  • Saturday, July 15
  • Sunday, July 16
  • Monday, July 17
  • Tuesday, July 18
  • Thursday, July 20
  • Monday, July 24
  • Tuesday, July 25
  • Wednesday, July 26 (PMS)


Evening Classes/Special Events:

  • Friday, July 14  6:00pm  Nia in the Pool!
  • Saturday, July 15 7:30pm  Mask & the Mirror
  • Sunday, July 16 6:00pm Praise Move and Sweat
  • Monday, July 24 7:30pm Chakra Movement Meditation
  • Tuesday, July 25 7:30pm Dark Side of the Moon
  • Wednesday, July 26 10:00am Praise Move Sweat

Soma Sauna House!

Soma Ranch has a new addition, thanks to the amazing talents of Soma Ranch co-owner, Joe Terry. The well house is converted into a wonderful sauna sanctuary. Enjoy lovely views while detoxing in the far infra red waves. The lap pool is only a short skip and a jump away. Recommended recipe for relaxation & detox:

  1. unwind in the sauna,
  2. dive into the sparkling pool,
  3. relax in a hammock under the tree,
  4. drink essential oil infused alkaline water
  5. slip into mineral therapeutic hot tub,
  6. lounge by pool, listening to the birds,
  7. REPEAT!

Congrats Budapest Nia White Belts

Congratulations to Nia White Belt graduates. An amazing group of women came together and magic happened. Enjoy this slide show which captures many memorable moments.

Best thing to do after a long flight

Michele Keyes (UK Nia Black Belt) lives near Heathrow airport. We've got quite a routine working... she picks me up when I arrive in London around 7:30am. We share lots of giggles, and catch up, in the car.

A swift delicious smoothie at their home, refreshed and ready for teaching a 9:00am Nia class! My mum and dad enjoy class then take me home!

I find teaching a class to be the best thing to do after a long flight. My Mind and Body sync into the new time zone with ease. I'll be back Monday August 7, hope to see you on the dance floor!   Sign me UP!

If you want to know stillness move until you are unmoved by it!

I was deeply touched, first by a dance performance by Tate McRae, and again when choosing to transcribe the words shared by John Butler in an interview by Iain McNay. (it's the voice over in the dance performance). As we step into this Memorial Weekend I invite you to entertain stillness, engage presence of mind to truly BE in the experience and have an extraordinary time. Find things to do that engage you completely for sustained periods so your ability to be there, just be there, starts to return. If you're near Houston/Montgomery I can help this happen! Come dance! 

I run, I swim laps, and appreciate the level of stillness created in my mind from the endless monotony of these activities.

I also LOVE how the multi skilled task, of teaching a Nia class, demands I must go to an intensely silent place in my mind. The experience feels like I'm at the center of a whirling storm of senses, thoughts and feelings. I'm in a silent still place with the constant flow of potentially distracting random, unique things occurring constantly (music, moves, ideas, people, expression, noises, memories, nervousness), a well of inspiration I can draw from at any time without feeling the necessity, or desire, to "attach" at any time. It's a fabulous "vacation of presence" for an hour and I'm rather addicted!

Transcript from "Stillness - dance performance"

"When you find yourself deeply absorbed in just doing something, whether it is making an airfix model or painting a picture, whatever it is, see if you can see the really moving part of the experience is when you are so absorbed with it, for a moment you loose all sense of yourself.

The other thing is because we feel so unsettled, if we did have the space, we need distraction to draw us out of how we actually feel... so the point is.... One thing is to create space by bringing less into our lives so we have more space to enter into things. And the other is to settle ourselves enough so we can actually enjoy being there in the experience…    All the stress, agitation, tension we feel, shaking in the heart, the tension in our nerves from being constantly over stimulated, means we constantly need to be distracted from that thing.

When you are really attuned to what is going on, life is utterly exquisite, it’s extraordinary, everywhere you look…. Far more extraordinary than it looks, you understand, the real depth of it comes from how we feel when we enter it and that is what makes it exquisite...  That capacity to feel what we are part of. That stillness comes when you are utterly immersed in what you are doing… your mind is not arriving to disturb the stillness in the heart so …. we say….

If you want to know stillness move until you are unmoved by it!

Even if you don’t do that, find things to do in life that engage you completely for sustained periods so our ability to be there, just be there, starts to return.

What moves you to stillness? What speaks to you from this performance, words, interview? I'm curious to know and appreciate what you choose to share.