You know us from the classroom, teacher training, retreats, and more –or maybe you’re new to Yoga 216 and you’re still looking forward to all those opportunities!– and maybe a few things slipped through the cracks in our time together! We love that you share your yoga with us, so we thought, why not share a bit of ours?
Get to Know Your 216 Teacher Nicole
When did you start practicing yoga + why?
I started practicing yoga when I was about 15, partly because everyone where I am from does it and partly because I thought it would be a good form of exercise that wouldn’t make me bulky. That was true, but little did I know that the effect the practice had on my mind is what would keep me coming back for decades to come!
What’s your favorite pose? Your least favorite?
Favorite pose, WOW that’s a hard one! Hmmmm there are so many. Warrior 2, handstand, arm balances, savasana!
Least favorite, Utkatasana (chair), ergghh.
Tell us about your personal practice.
My personal practice feels like my life now, they are one thing. My yoga is with me always asking me to check in with what I am doing, how I am doing it and asking me to make choices that are more in line with my Inner Teacher. Which is NOT to say that I am always making the right choices by any means. But my practice is a constant witness to my life trying to guide me.
What led you to teaching?
The desire to help people to release things that were no longer serving them. That is a really, really hard thing to do, whether it be a physical change, an emotional change, or a behavioral change. I wanted to be a support to people because I know change is possible with the right support!
Tell us three of your favorite things about teaching yoga.
- The community! I LOVE my students!
- Getting to explore the link between the practice on and off the mat
- Watching people grow, what a gift it is to be a part of that.
What do you love about teaching at 216?
It’s safe to say I am biased on this one, but what I love most is that we are able to actually bond with our students and get to know what is happening with them on and off the mat. Knowing that makes me a better teacher for them.
You’ve been practicing for a while. What’s something that you’ve learned recently about or from your practice that surprised you?
Uff, my practice is TRYING to teach me patience right now. I am hard headed in this area, and so we are in the thick of learning and growth right now!
What do you do for fun and how does it balance you?
I spend time with my family. I love to eat a meal with everyone together. I like to be in the kitchen with music on and baby playing on the floor –there’s so much life happening in those moments, it’s impossible for my mind to be anywhere else but with them! I need to unplug and just be mommy and wife to be able to come back to teach with vigor.
What was the last movie you saw and what did you think of it?
I’m embarrassed to admit it, but the last movie I watched was a documentary called Breastmilk. It explores the expectations and reality of breastfeeding. Since giving birth to Ayla, I have become very intrigued by how the process of labor and motherhood is part of the yoga practice- there is SO much growth and fear and love to explore! I wanted to love the movie, but I didn’t.