Nia Brown Belt Training
January 16, 2015 The Edge (State Library of Queensland) in South Brisbane, AU
About the Nia Brown Belt
By the time you reach Brown Belt, the third level of Nia education, you have developed a proficiency in sustaining awareness of your physical body and paying attention to the sensory details of the four realms: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. This level of training explores the experience of living as energy beings, as every experience of sensation in the body is an energy experience.
Brown Belt Principle 1: The Joy of Movement in the Zone, introduces "The Zone," a place of no thinking, a universe unto itself. The Zone is a state of heightened sensation inside and out, from which you can think with the both the logical mind and the intuitive parts of your being. In The Zone, energy fields are tactile and readily available to you; Brown Belt teaches you how to tap into this energy to make positive changes in each of the four realms of your life.
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.
I have choregraphed 5 Nia Routines that serves the growth and development of the enitre Nia teacher community. The Routines Beyond, U, Magic ,Joy and my newest LIFE plus the U- class experience that can be enjoyed as a "dance at home" Nia class. All available in the nianow store and on amazon.
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, January 16, 2015 - 3:00 pm
End: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 3:00 pm
BROWN BELT & NIA 5 STAGES TRAININGS
BRISBANE JANUARY 2015
Our Training is located in Southbank, which is close to West End, Southbank, South Brisbane and Brisbane CBD. Our Training Venue - The Edge - is located in the midst of the Cultural Precinct of Brisbane close to Art Galleries, The State Library, Cultural Centre, Theatres, Museums and the Southbank Parklands where there are lots of cafes, and outdoor recreational spaces, including salt-water swimming pools. http://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/south-bank/things-to-do/swimming-at-sout... The Edge also faces the Brisbane River and there are walkways and bicycle paths linking this area to the city, and Southbank.
There are serviced apartments, hotels, B&Bs and Backpackers all within reasonable walking distance to the Training. There is also public transport via bus, train and ferries that will bring commuters from outer suburbs into this precinct. Paid parking is also available.
For the best accommodation deals, google http://www.wotif.com . Wotif offers the best last minute deals. Search South Brisbane, Southbank, West End or Brisbane CBD. Early on-line booking is cheaper the earlier the booking is made. January is peak summer holiday time in Brisbane, so it is well advised to book your accommodation early. Some of the Serviced Apartments offer rooms that take 4-5 people so sharing is an option.
OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR THE CLOSEST HOTELS & SERVICED APARTMENTS:
Central Apartments - Southbank http://www.centralapartmenthotels.com.au/
Morgan Suites http://www.morgansuites.com.au/ms/
Mantra South Bank: http://www.mantra.com.au/queensland/brisbane-and-surrounds/south-bank/ac...
Park View Apartments http://www.parkviewapartments.com.au/
Sapphire Resort Brisbane - http://www.sapphireresort.com.au/
(has the aptly named restaurant adjacent - Joyful Chinese Restaurant)
South Central http://www.southcentral.com.au/
West End Central Apartments http://www.westendcentral.com.au/
AIR BNB IS A WEBSITE THAT LINKS PEOPLE UP WITH LOCAL BnBs (Bed n Breakfasts)
The Translink website will give you timetables for buses, trains and ferries. http://translink.com.au/
Closest station to Training for
Buses - Cultural Centre station, platform 1, South Brisbane
Trains - South Brisbane
Ferries - Southbank 2 Ferry Terminal, South Brisbane
There are so many at Southbank, and West End. Wander along and take your pick! Our favourite lunch spot in West End is Café Wrapture, 71 Russell St, West End. http://www.cafewrapture.com.au/
SUPERMARKETS / GROCERIES / FRESH FRUIT & VEG
Coles Grocery Shoping, Cnr Mollison St & Boundary St, West End
The Green Grocer, 144 Boundary St, West End. Organic produce http://www.mustdobrisbane.com/eat-drink-organic-supermarkets/green-groce...
West End Markets - Saturday mornings, 6am - 2pm. Davies Park (West End) off Montague Road and end of Jane St, West End.
West End Precinct http://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/west-end
West End Night Owl - 24 hours/7 days - Groceries & more
IGA Supermarket - 103 Melbourne St, South Brisbane
OUR FAVOURITE WEST END SHOPS
Avid Reader, 193 Boundary St, West End http://avidreader.com.au/
Dandeylon Gifts, 173 Boundary St, West End http://www.dandelyongifts.com/home
MASSAGE TREATMENTS/ REIKI / BOWEN THERAPY ON OFFER DURING THE BELTS
We will be taking bookings for massage treatments in-house during the Belt, offered by social enterprise Joining Hands (the creation of Nia White Belt, Kylie Lowe) - whose ethos is to give-back to vulnerable young people - the healing and wellbeing offered by complementary health therapies like Massage, Reiki and Nia.
ADDITIONAL LINKS OF INTEREST :
Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art http://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/
Queensland Permforming Arts Centre http://www.qpac.com.au/
Southbank Parklands http://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/South-Bank