Ven. Ariya Nani was born in Switzerland. She started to practise meditation during her training as a music and dance teacher at the conservatory in Zurich (1980 - 1984). In 1992, she went to Myanmar (Burma) and ordained as a nun. Since then she is practising vipassana and metta meditation under the guidance of the renowned meditation master Ven. Chanmyay Sayadaw (Ashin Janakabhivamsa). With the opening of the Chanmyay Yeiktha forest centre in 1996, she was assigned to take care of the foreign meditators. She is not only translating for the Burmese Sayadaws (meditation teachers), but also available for interviews and instructions. She has translated Sayadaw U Indaka's book on Metta Meditation from Burmese into English and German. At present, she is working on two translations: one is an English translation of one of Chanmyay Sayadaw's many books in Burmese, and the other is the English and German translation of Sayadaw U Indaka's book about the bojjhangas, the factors of enlightenment.
Since 1999 Ariya Nani is also teaching vipassana and metta meditation courses abroad. She teaches in Australia and different countries in Europe. In 2004 and 2007, she was in the USA and taught for two months at The Forest Refuge (part of the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts). Since December 2006 she lives in Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre (Sayadaw U Indaka) when she is not travelling abroad.