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Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Nash.
Kate, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I arrived in California from London, England in 2000. I was living with my sister and her family in Santa Barbara. My sister introduced me to a life-changing movement practice called Nia Technique and I started attending Nia classes every week with her.
I fell in love with a movement practice which opened my heart, strengthened my body & mind and brought such grace and joy into my life… I was hooked, I loved it. It rocked my world. So I took the training to become a teacher of Nia.
I opened my studio, Cosmotion, in mid-town Ventura in 2004 as I realized this kind of movement and fitness was crucial to people’s wellbeing, vitality and sense of community.
People came in droves… classes were filled with people of all ages and abilities. Young and old alike came… and they are still walking into the studio each and every day, to this very day.
People have discovered a loving, healthy community at Cosmotion in which they can relax, be themselves and become fit and healthy in a non-competitive environment which fosters JOY and CONNECTION for all.
Cosmotion started with only Nia classes… After a few years, the public wanted more and more classes so we started offering a large variety of different classes – all with the same elements of Mind*Body*Spirit people wanted:
Tai Chi, Belly Dance, Somatic Therapy, Ecstatic Dance, Community Dance nights, Foundation Training classes, Moving to Heal and Nia Technique.
We have Special Events each month with Guest instructors.
Cosmotion is a place where people have met and married because they met at the studio.
We have seen hundreds of people come and get MORE than they imagined. We have supported our community through births, deaths, good times and hard times. People thrive in our environment of loving health and support.
My clients tell me they come in the door and all their concerns vanish for the entire class. They tell me they leave uplifted and filled with joy… ready to take on their day with vitality. They tell me their spouse encourages them to go to regular classes as they come home after class and are happy, peaceful, present and relaxed.
Parents come to classes with their children. Children thrive in our caring safe environment. They love sharing the dance with their family… families thrive!
Our Instructors are highly trained, motivated, caring people who place the wellbeing of their students as a high priority for their professional success. We are a community who support each other and have fitness and health as a high priority.
I love my studio and I love my community… Cosmotion is a gift in my life and I have been greatly blessed by it all.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It hasn’t always been easy, though. We were sailing along with full classes and events… People coming in and digging what we offer… Then 2010 came and people were feeling the financial pinch. Our numbers dropped as people saved their pennies and some people even had to leave for a while… I’m glad to say they have returned again, only to tell me how much they missed their dance, their studio and their friends.
Because we are a studio which doesn’t ‘fit’ into most genres of fitness, many people just don’t know what we offer…they don’t know what Holistic Fitness is. It takes courage to enter a space you haven’t been to before and do something you haven’t ever experienced before. So, getting the word out about what we offer has been tricky at times. But when people try us, they usually LOVE it… and that’s what is so rewarding.
Please tell us about Cosmotion.
Cosmotion is a studio for Alternative Fitness and Health. Our classes and events focus on whole person wellbeing, not just the physical body.
Cosmotion specializes in Mind*Body*Spirit workouts, which are non-impactful on the joints, bones and muscles. Our workouts are playful, purposeful and powerful. We replace competition with comfort – which means you choose how much you move, you choose your level of workout… still receiving all the benefits no matter how much effort you put in. We focus on listening and honoring the body and becoming aware of how you live in your body… keeping it in great shape, in a kind and playful way!
We are known for offering health and healing in our classes and events. Chiropractors, doctors and physical therapists recommend Cosmotion to their clients for loving healing movement which is 100% good for your Body, Mind and Spirit.
I am so proud of our reputation for getting excellent results for our clients in such a loving and supportive way. We know how great play is for children… How fast they learn about themselves and about life… Well that is how we think at Cosmotion! People know they will be treated with great respect and receive excellent results in every class they attend.
No one is offering Holistic Fitness at the level we offer. There is no other studio or fitness facility anywhere from Santa Barbara to Orange County which offers such a wide range of Holistic dance-fitness and Healing classes. We are Ventura’s Premier Holistic Fitness and Movement Studio.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite moments as a young child are playing in my best friend’s yard on the teeter-totter and singing at the top of my lungs and laughing. MY family went on fantastically wet and cold British Summer vacations and I have so many vivid memories of sitting on rainy beaches in England eating soggy sandwiches with my family and laughing at the pouring rain… running on the wet sand and playing in the rain together…. every vacation was fun and different. We had so much fun together.
- 6 class passes $80
- 10 class passes $115
- 20 class passes $210
- 6 Month Membership $90 per month
- 12 month Membership $83 per month
Nia Technique Inc
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