Who is Ann Christiansen?

Anniann brings Nia to life, but who is it that brings life to Anniann?

Who is Ann Christiansen?

Annimejt brings Nia to life, but who is it that brings life to Annimejt?

Who is Ann Christiansen?

Annimejt brings Nia to life, but who is it that brings life to Annimejt?

If you want to get to know me a little, read on:

Who is Ann Christiansen? Who am I?

I am Swedish born and originally from Gothenburg. For almost 20 years now, I’ve been living in Hamburg, with my husband Sören and our dog ​​Neska. I was the first Nia teacher in Germany, teaching my first class in 1998. I am also one of the very few Nia trainers worldwide qualified to teach all Nia training levels, from White Belt to Black, which is why I travel the world teaching classes, workshops and trainings – the work of sharing Nia is for me a calling as much as an occupation. As a former professional swimmer I know what I’m talking about when I say I found something special in Nia: a way of working out and yet having fun and relaxing at the same time; of stimulating my creativity through music and rhythm and physically expressing myself. Nia has developed into a true passion for me - I love it! Since I started practising Nia my attitude to life has undergone a fundamental transformation. My mental balance and my capacity to enjoy life have steadily increased. I feel healthy and fit; I feel in harmony with myself.

How it all began...

As a child, sport was my passion. At the age of 12, I was the Swedish Junior Champion in swimming and swam for the Swedish National Team. With my team, I travelled the world for competitions and even participated in the Olympic Games. In 1998, I became the masters swimming triple World Champion in freestyle. After my career as a swimmer, I continued to travel a lot as a photo model and lived in all kinds of different places around the world. In so doing, I expanded my horizons and got to know other cultures, countries and customs. I also became interested in alternative healing and physiotherapy - practices that focus on the person as an individual. After completing professional training as well as further education in kinesiology (the anatomy of movement), chakra methods and stress balance, I worked for over ten years as a physiotherapist.

And then Nia entered my life

In 1997, I experienced my first Nia class and was immediately drawn to it. I flew to Portland, Oregon, the birthplace of Nia, and completed my first Nia White Belt with Nia founder Debbie Rosas.

Back in Hamburg, I started teaching Nia classes right away and became in 1998 the first Nia teacher in Germany. Today I still teach 10 hours a week at two wonderful venues in Hamburg: Kaifu Lodge and Meridian Spa. To deepen my skills I took the Nia White Belt four times in the first year. Within a short time I had worked my way through all the Nia Belts and, in 2001, was awarded my first Black Belt – the most advanced level in the Nia training system. In 2003 I became a qualified Nia White Belt trainer, meaning that I can also train teachers.

In 2007 I qualified to offer the Nia Blue Belt; in 2009 the Green Belt, and since 2011, I have also been teaching the Brown and Black Belt trainings. Today I am a trainer for all levels of Nia and offer trainings all over the world. I work with people from over 15 countries who love and teach Nia, just like me. In 2008 I was voted ‘Nia Teacher of the Year’, in 2012 ‘Sacred Athlete of the Year’ – a great honour! In close contact with Nia founder Debbie Rosas, I actively work to further refine the Nia technique. I am also a choreographer of Nia routines that are enjoyed by the Nia community all over the world: ‘Beyond’, ‘U’, ‘Joy’, ‘Life’ and ‘Ride’. If you would like to learn more about Nia, please read on here