Nicole got her first taste of Yoga around ten years ago. Curious to discover its therapeutic benefits she attended regular classes via a local gym, but initially struggled with it, finding certain Asanas triggered an old recurring injury. However, there was something about Yoga which kept drawing her back…
Determined not to give up on Yoga straight away, she tried out various other classes, soon finding inspiration under the guidance of local teacher; Wendy (founder of Alchemise Yoga and Wellbeing Studio). It was through Wendy’s alignment-focussed classes that Nicole discovered the potential for Yoga to work with, rather than against, the body. Yoga quickly became an anchor in Nicole’s life, providing much needed ‘space’ to nurture both physical and mental wellbeing, and from here her love of Yoga was born!
In 2016 Nicole embarked on her first teacher training, completing the 200-hour ‘Forrest Yoga’ Foundation TT course, and she subsequently undertook a 1-year Mentorship programme under the guidance of Forest Yoga Guardian, Sandra Robinson.
Not intending to teach, Nicole initially used her training as a means to ‘give back’ to the community, delivering yoga classes on a voluntary basis at a women’s refuge. Since then she has been teaching regularly at various fitness centres, including the gym where she took her first Yoga class!
As a student Nicole has embraced Yoga as a tool to harness joy and enable self-expression. This has included getting back in touch with her musical side, which she will be bringing to the studio in the form of occasional live Cello accompaniment.
Some words from Nicole: “Above all, it is the commanding self-reflective nature of the practice which has made me fall in love with Yoga, and maybe it will for you too (if it hasn’t already). I hope that, perhaps, some of the experience I’ve embodied through my Yoga journey will come through as I continue to develop as a student & teacher, and look forward to sharing the tools I learn along the way with you, in this wonderful space! “
Nicole continues to attend local Yoga classes and enjoys sharing the benefits of Asana and Pranayama as mindfulness techniques, drawing influence from her teachers and CPD trainings. Her light-hearted classes provide space for students to experience Yoga in their own way whilst building greater awareness of body, mind and breath.