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Kathy Oravec leads the group in reaching up high during the beginning of her NIA class, Tuesday, April 24, on Siesta Key Public Beach.
Siesta Key Thursday, Apr. 26, 2012 8 years ago

NIA makes waves on Siesta Key

by: Rachel S. OHara Staff Photographer

For the past 18 months, Kathy Oravec has been teaching NIA classes Tuesdays by the yellow lifeguard stand on the Siesta Key Public Beach.

NIA is a combination of three other forms of fitness: dance, martial arts and yoga. Oravec has been practicing NIA since 2006 and has been teaching it to others since 2008.

“It is less hard on the body than traditional aerobics,” Oravec says.

Philip Wilber, one of Oravec’s loyal students, has been taking NIA classes for 10 years and goes to different NIA classes in the area six times a week in order to keep his body moving.

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