Nia White Belt Training
April 5, 2013 Entre Cour & Jardin in Melle, BE
About the Nia White Belt
The Nia White Belt Training is the first level of a five-belt training series that presents a body-centered approach to health, wellness and fitness. If you have a desire to share Nia in a professional capacity, the White Belt Training is your entryway into teaching. Those who choose to pursue the path of personal enrichment use this training as a starting point for becoming a master student.
Over the course of one week, you will comprehensively explore physical sensation through five core-competency areas of study including movement, music, anatomy, science and philosophy. This joyful journey into the self is instrumental in helping you develop body knowing by learning to listen, interpret and consciously respond to the information your body communicates to you via sensation. Enroll in an upcoming training today, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live.
Upon graduation, you are eligible to become a livelihood member. As a livelihood member, you obtain a teaching license (whether you decide to use it or not) and have exclusive access to an in-depth continuing education program, an online forum, and special benefits and privileges. You may enroll in the Green Belt Training - which is dedicated to the craft of teaching - at any time after completing your White Belt Training. You may also enroll in the next level of training, Blue Belt Training.
Meet the Trainer
“For me, Nia is an exhilarating culmination of the joys I have pursued throughout my life – movement, music, healing, world cultures, and connecting to humanity. Nia has given me the opportunity to fulfill my life’s purpose as a Sacred Athlete and guide to healing. As a Nia teacher and trainer, I inspire people all over the world to enhance their life experience with Music, Movement, and Magic. Nia invites everybody to love and accept themselves fully and to develop their full potential.” - Ann Christiansen
My path to becoming a Nia trainer can be traced back to my early passion for swimming. I grew up on the west coast of Sweden and spent entire days playing in the ocean, enjoying a sense of comfort and delight in my body and a sense of oneness with the world. My dedication to swimming opened doors to travel, adventure, and deep appreciation for athleticism and the human body. In 1984 I had the honor of swimming in the Los Angeles Olympic Games and in the European & World Championships. In 1998 I became a World Champion in masters swimming in the 400 and 800 freestyle and in the 400 IM.
Following the 1984 Olympics, I enjoyed a modeling career that took me around the world to Paris, Milan, Zürich, Hamburg and Tokyo where I lived from 1987 to 1992. In Tokyo I taught swimming, wrote four books on swimming techniques and hosted a weekly TV show.
After returning to Europe, I began to study applied kinesiology, massage therapy and alternative healing techniques covering subjects like sound therapy, 7-Chi keys, chakra balancing, and nutritional kinesiology to mention a few. I also had a ten-year career as a physical therapist, and served on the staff of the Swedish National Swim Team between 1996-1997.
Little did I know that my Olympic swimming career and subsequent study of kinesiology, physiology, and energy healing would be excellent preparation for my first encounter with Nia! I experienced my first Nia class in 1997, and though I did not know what to expect, I immediately sensed a fusion of all of my learning and interests up to that point. The intelligence and depth with which The Nia Technique connects body, mind, emotions and spirit is amazing. I knew I wanted to dive in.
The following year I experienced the life-changing Nia White Belt Intensive; I began teaching immediately. My vision was to share and grow Nia in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and throughout Europe. Although I had no previous experience leading group activities of this kind, I was excited to guide people in a class where they could be seduced by the music and to experience physical fitness with emotional expression. The beauty of Nia is that it conditions your whole being – not just your body.
In 2003 I became a Nia Trainer. Now I am certified to teach all five belt levels of the Nia educational system: White, Green, Blue, Brown and Black. I am also certified to train and educate in „Move I.T“ Nia´s newest program , an interval training program focusing on the technique of Nia´s 52 moves. In 2008 the Nia co-founders, Debbie Rosas and Carlos Aya Rosas, selected me as the first Nia Teacher of the Year, and in 2013 I received the first All Star Sacred Athlete Award.”
Currently I have 10 Nia classes per week in my hometown Hamburg and I enjoy the intimate detailed work with regular classes as well as meeting new groups on my travels worldwide with workshops and intensives.
Ann currently shares the magic of Nia with communities worldwide, offering Nia Intensive Trainings and classes in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, South Africa, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Israel, Belgium, Holland, UK, Italy, Australia, and Bahrain.
Notes About this Training
Start: Friday, April 5, 2013 - 5:00 pm
End: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 2:30 pm
I'd like to inform you as well on the location of the studio and places to stay...
The studio is located in Melle (Brusselsesteenweg 263), about 8 km from the center of Ghent and about 60 km from Brussels Airport.
There is a train- and busstation just nearby the studio.
Here are some hotels / B&B's...
If you are coming by public transport, you might be interested in a hotel really close to the studio. In that case I can recommend Hotel Lepelbed (1,8 km away and they rent bikes!) www.lepelbed.be (click on "sleepy" for English). It's quite a small hotel, so I think you have to be quick. If you really want to stay there, maybe you can contact me and I might be able to get a special price for groups... (now it is 75 euro for 1p-room)
Bed & Breakfast La Clé du Sud www.lacledusud.be is 6 km away and in a quiet environment, but in this case you'd better travel by car. (65 or 75 euro for 1 p-room)
Bed & Breakfast 't Groene Genoegen www.groenegenoegen.be is 6 km away and also in a quiet environment (probably better by car). (75 euro for 1 p-room, but -10% from 3 nights)
It is of course possible to stay in Ghent and come over every day. In that case you wille have to take the bus, train or come by bike ;-)...
- Hotel Flandria-Centrum www.hotelflandria-gent.be (8 km from studio) => in the centre of Ghent (40 or 55 euro for 1p-room)
- Bed & Breakfast Studio INs-INN www.karienvandekerkhove.com/insinn (9 km) (70 euro for 1p-room)
- Bed & Breakfast Su'ro www.suro.be (7,5 km) (55 or 65 euro for 1p-room)
- Bed & Breakfast Absolute home www.absolutehome.be (10km) (62 euro for 1p-room)
- Bed & Breakfast Bed in Gent www.bedingent.be (8,5 km) (60 euro for 1p-room)
The Training will be done in english!