Events and Workshops

“Imagine a Woman in love with her own body. A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is. Who celebrates her body and its rhythms and cycles as an
exquisite resource...”
Patricia Lynn Reilly

Nia with Live Drumming
Community Holiday Celebration

Saturday, December 13 | 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Elissa Shapiro, Kenya Masala & Friends

As you shake, dance and groove to the rhythm and pulse of live drums, let the music seduce your body, mind, emotions, and spirit to dance, unwind, and let go!

Join Elissa Shapiro, Kenya Masala, Condor Adams, and friends for a Nia experience unlike like anything else.

In the spirit of holiday celebration and play, experience the infectious grooves of live drums, along with the expressiveness, power, and healing touch of the Nia Technique. Join us for a spirited afternoon of dance, community, sweat and rhythm not to be missed. Invite your friends, bring your kids, all levels welcome, no experience necessary.

This class is by donation and open to all ages.

Location: Casa de Luz | 1701 Toomey Rd., Austin 78704

Contact Elissa with any questions at (512)779-3121 or...
Click here to send an e-mail. 

Behavioral Genetics:
A Family Constellations Workshop

January 24 and 25'09 ~ 10:00 to 5:00 pm
Judy Smith

Behavioral Genetics exposes the unconscious bonds in families
and unravels their effects on the current generation.
The results are often immediate and life-changing.

It is well known that we inherit physical traits from our parents. What is less known is that we also inherit our family's emotional patterns. While our physical traits are easily discernable, our emotional legacy is more obscure. We are profoundly affected by our family history.
Traumatic events -- such as the premature death of a parent, sibling or child, an abandonment, crime or suicide -- can exert a powerful influence over us, and in fact can leave their imprint on our entire family system for generations. Bonded by an unconscious loyalty, family members often repeat the sufferings of the past. Physical illness, depression, anxiety, fear, panic attacks, financial failure, addiction, eating disorders and failed relationships can all be forms of this unconscious loyalty.
Once we identify these patterns, we can break free and begin to establish a stronger, happier, legacy and live in full strength and dignity.
Family Mapping is a group process that has the power to counteract generations of suffering and unhappiness. Based on the Family Constellation Work of Bert Hellinger. Family Mapping exposes the invisible bonds in family systems and unravels their effects on the current generation. Destructive patterns are brought to light and replaced with clear and visceral insights. The results are often immediate and life-changing.

Judy Smith
studied through the Hellinger Pennsylvania Institute with Mark and Suzie Tucker. She facilitates workshops throughout Texas and South Africa and has been invited to Arizona and Ohio later this year. She coordinates advanced studies in this work nation wide. Judy is a South African trained crisis counselor and rape crisis counselor and former EST (SA) trainer. She is also a published author and recipient of a number of awards for poetry and literature. Her psychological thrillers are on bookshelves countrywide.

For information on Family Constellations click here to e-mail Judy
Or call:
(903) 534- 6263 | ( 903) 312-5196

COST: $300
Space is limited; register today.

To register on line, click the PayPal button below.

Thank you! You will recive registraion confirmation within 24hrs.

For Registration Questions click here to e-mail Elissa Shapiro
Or call: (512)779-3121

LOCATION: Casa de Luz
1701 Toomey Rd
512.779.3121 |

Feeding the Feminine Soul:
Finding Freedom from Food, Weight & Body Issues

Saturday, February 16, 2008 ~ 1:00 to 3:30 pm
Elissa Shapiro, LCSW

In this Women’s Expressive Arts workshop:
* Explore art, journaling, movement and meditation
as key practices to overcoming food and body issues
* Deepen your body-mind connection
* Develop body awareness skills
* Receive tools to transform your relationship to food
* Release negative body thoughts
* Examine and feed the true cravings of your soul
* Honor, enliven and celebrate your body, mind, and spirit

Elissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Nia Instructor. She has worked for over 10 years with women struggling with eating disorders and body image issues utilizing traditional psychotherapy, movement and other expressive arts practices. Elissa offers warmth, compassion, humor and her own personal experience & wisdom to assist women in finding nourishment for the soul, joy, passion and celebration in their bodies.

$35 with pre-registration: by February 1 | $45 after February 1
(Student discounts available)

2501 Capital of Texas Highway
328-4440 |

Space is limited so register today!
Contact Elissa at: 512.779.3121 or Click here to e-mail Elissa.

What others have said...

"Participation in Elissa's Feeding the Feminine Soul was a wonderful experience. Elissa's style of interactions, her ability to facilitate nurturing affirmations touched those of us in our multi-generational group in amazing and awesome ways. I personally and professionally left the workshop with new insights and ideas and was deeply appreciative of the experience. " Marsha, Austin, TX

"After attending a week of Elissa's mind/body movement, I experienced an accelerated growth on my current spiritual path. The process she orchestrates allowed me to open my psyche and gain insightful messages to use in my own relationship with my body." Victoria, Eugene, OR

“Elissa is such a warm, inspired and gifted woman and her teachings are unlike any other experience. I felt so comfortable and safe with Elissa that I was able to dance and move without judgment and be in my body in a way I had never been before."
Molly, Los Angeles, CA

“I can't thank Elissa enough for the beautiful gift her teaching has given me...a new and deeper relationship with myself. After spending time with Elissa, I am no longer concerned by what anyone else thinks of me and my body. I trust my own natural impulses to guide me and am motivated only by the joy I feel in movement. I am so thankful for this precious gift....the gift of meeting myself. I am beautiful!!!”
Colleen, California

"Elissa's classes and programs are always inspiring, joyful and supportive of every individual in the room. She has an uncanny ability of sharing her love of movement and life in ways that meet others' needs no matter their body type, lifestyle or experience level. She has helped me see the possibility of living life with joy and that joy can and should permeate every aspect of my life. " Joan, Austin, TX

Feeding the Feminine Soul:
Finding Freedom from Food, Weight & Body Issues

Saturday, March 1, 2008 ~ 1:00 to 3:30 pm
Elissa Shapiro, LCSW

For New & Returning "Feeding the Feminine Soul" Participants

Treat yourself to an afternoon of self care, rejuvenation and self awareness. In this nurturing afternoon, we'll explore movement, meditation, art, connection and self-discovery as ways to overcome body image issues.

We'll investigate the true cravings of our soul, learn body awareness skills, and receive tools to allow us to finally make peace with our bodies. For women struggling with food and body issues, as well as those looking to strengthen and deepen an already healthy relationship.

$35 before February 15 | $45 after February 15

2501 Capital of Texas Highway
328-4440 |

Space is limited so register today!
Contact Elissa at: 512.779.3121 or Click here to e-mail Elissa.

Soul Cycles:
Four Faces of the Feminine Psyche

Saturday, April 12, 2008 ~ 12:30 to 6:30 pm
Anita Johnston, Ph.D
& Elissa Shapiro, LCSW

A powerful workshop for women of all ages.

Experience the power of the feminine life cycle -- from menarche to menopause -- as it relates to eating, body image, and sexuality.

Discover the four feminine archetypes (maiden, mother, queen, crone) traditonally found in ancient storytelling traditions and learn how to use them for healing. Develop a deeper understanding of the power of the sacred feminine -- how to embody it and use it for transformation and creativity.

What are the Four Faces of the Feminine Psyche and what makes them sacred?

They are archetypes that correspond to four significant phases in a woman's life (maiden, mother, queen, crone) and also correspond to the four seasons of the year (spring, summer, fall, winter), four cycles of the moon (waxing, full, waning, dark), four directions (east, south, west, north), four times of day (dawn, noon, duck, mignight) and four elements (air, fire, water, earth).

These archetypal energies are available to the conscious woman for personal growth and healing, regardless of her chronological age.

Anita Johnston, Ph.D is an internationally known storyteller and
Author of Eating in the Light of the Moon

Elissa Shapiro is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Nia Instructor

$149 before March 12 | $169 after March 12

*Register online at: *

Early registration is highly recommended...
space is limited, and this is always a popular event.

2501 Capital of Texas Highway
328-4440 |

Contact Elissa at: 512.779.3121 or Click here to e-mail Elissa.

Inner Wealth™
Coming Soon...


Dear Body Vida Community,

May this exciting Body Vida update find you in wellness and vitality!

It has been almost 2 years since Body Vida opened its doors. As we have danced, moved and deepened our mind-body-spirit connection, there has been so much celebration and learning. I am so grateful and appreciative for the strength and wealth of the beautiful community that has grown around Body Vida. It is in this spirit of change and new beginnings, that I offer the following:

On June 1, 2006, Body Vida will be closing its doors and completing as a business entity. While we have not been able to meet our financial goals, this does not diminish the outpouring of love and support we have received from each of you. Additionally, there is an amazing opportunity to continue Nia in a beautiful new sacred space in Austin, called JoyMoves (scroll down for link).

For NiaThe last Nia class at the current Body Vida/Kim Soo space will be Wednesday May 31 at 6:00pm. Liz, Ursula, and I will resume a new schedule of Nia classes at Shoshana Goldstein’s new JoyMoves studio, starting June 12, 2006. All of your Body Vida class cards and memberships will be honored by JoyMoves. If, however, you prefer a refund for any unused portion, I will support you with that. For any questions around refunds, please contact me no later than May 31.

For PilatesTodd will continue to offer the Tues/Thurs Pilates classes in the current Body Vida/Kim Soo space. All class cards will be honored.

For Soul Motion Soul Motion will be completing at the current Body Vida/Kim Soo space on Tuesday May 30 th. I will keep you posted as I determine the appropriate new time, day and space for this body of work. Please contact me with any questions regarding class cards.

This is a big change, and I realize that this may impact our existing community. I ask for your support and encourage you to welcome this new opportunity. It is an innovative step to support me in moving from business owner to teacher and studio consultant.
Both Liz and Ursula will continue to teach Nia at JoyMoves and beyond.

I invite you to come to as many classes as possible over the next several weeks as we complete in our current space with a spirit of celebration. I gratefully acknowledge and offer thanks to all the Body Vida teachers, administrative support team, demo team and the Kim Soo community. I thank you in advance for your patience and support.

In Love & Gratitude,

Elissa Shapiro, Body Vida owner


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New Book Now Available

written by
Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas

"The Nia Technique: The High-Powered Energizing Workout

That Gives You a New Body and a New Life."

This energizing book shares the unique Nia workout, and includes personal
healing and success stories from Nia students around the world.

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Watch for more of Body Vida's exciting special events coming soon!

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