Wellness / Yoga

Hello! Here’s my story….

Welcome to my first blog post of this brand new website! I am so excited to share my yoga and wellness journey with you. To get started, here is my story in a bit of a nutshell. Through all my posts, I hope you get to know me even better.

Here I am! Enjoying some sparkling Rose in Price Edward County (2018)

I was first introduced to yoga about 14 years ago. I was volunteering at a summer day camp for children with special needs while I was studying at the University of Guelph. One day a yoga instructor came in a taught a class – simple stuff for all the kids to follow (i.e. you are a tree, you are a cat, you are a mountain). I loved it, especially because it was accessible for all the children to participate in some way, which is something that continues to be important to me many years later.

I wish I could say that my yoga journey began that day and I started a daily yoga practice. However, it took me many more years and encounters with yoga to truly become a yogi. And a daily practice is still something I am working on. I continued to come across yoga in my life and took classes at the gym and fitness studios, at various yoga studios in Toronto and Durham, and even practiced at home using yoga DVDs. I always found yoga kept coming back to me in some way.

Yoga in shoes is harder than it looks

Despite not being a dedicated yoga student, I always felt drawn to the practice and I always thought I would enjoy teaching it or learning more about it. This may just come from my love of learning and teaching but I like to think the universe had more in store for me.

In 2017, after a particularly tough couple of months, I finally decided to sign up for a teacher training program. I still had not been practicing with any regularity and I was worried that I wasn’t experienced enough. I also didn’t really have any real intentions in teaching; I was just looking to expand my own knowledge of yoga with the hopes of improving my personal practice.

The Inspiring Spirit Teacher Training Program at Balanced Life Yoga in Ajax has truly changed my life. I have met so many wonderful people, primarily strong, smart and badass women. I have learned amazing teaching skills not only specific to yoga but that are applicable to teaching in general. I have also learned so much about myself. I have gotten in touch with my soul purpose and learned what I truly want out of life.

Fall 2017 200 Hour Crew

I have a BA from the University of Guelph in Sociology and a Post-Graduate Diploma from Durham College in Human Resources Management, as well as a certificate in Teaching & Training Adults. I have completed my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program through Balanced Life Yoga and I am registered with Yoga Alliance International (RYT200). I have certificates in teaching Kids Yoga as well as Pre- and Post-Natal Yoga. I am a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner and I have been attuned to the
cho ku rei , sei hei ki , and Hon sha ze sho nen Reiki symbols used in the practice of Usui Reiki.

I also am an avid knitter and crafter. A big part of my story on this blog will be about getting in touch with our inner creativity and how I believe we all are creative, despite what you might believe. My amazing sister, Elaine, and I have a knitting based business called little seed knits  (which will cross pollinate here from time to time) where we make amazing handmade knits for the whole family and I teach others how to knit as well. As you can tell, I love to learn new things and explore new concepts. I love to read, both fiction and non-fiction, and I watch too much Netflix (they have so much awesome true crime right now, which is another guilty pleasure of mine). I wouldn’t be where I am today or the woman I have become without my amazing parents, Ann and Les. And last, but definitely not least, I have two adorable cats, Bruce and Alfie, and an amazing partner, husband and friend by my side, Stephen.

One of my favourites from our April 2018 wedding

As I start this blog and website, I am embarking on a brand new journey. I have just started my 300 Hour Teaching Mastery Program which will allow me to certify as a RYT 500. I am expanding my yoga offerings and teachings to explore how yoga and meditation can reconnect us to our creative selves as well as the world around us.

Much love and Namaste.

Nicole

Comments

Theresa Martin
January 31, 2019 at 7:37 pm

Nicole….Congratulations on taking a huge step in doing something that you love. We just read your first wonderful blog and wishing you the very best of luck in your new adventure!

Love
Theresa and John



Shannon D.
February 2, 2019 at 2:49 pm

Congratulations, my friend! Sending you love and light on your new and amazing journey.



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