Do you have favourite mantras or words of nourishment you return to to sooth or motivate yourself?
What is your morning ritual?
My favourite mornings are mornings that start slow so I try to plan enough time for this to happen every day. I start with a snooze party on my alarm clock. Once I gotten past this, my first priority is always coffee which I preset the night before so is ready and waiting for me. I then bring my coffee back to bed and drink it there while cuddling with my two siamese cats.
The theme of the 2020 conference is ‘love is medicine‘. What does this mean to you?
This is something that I believe in whole-heartedly. I believe that our bodies are more intelligent than we often give them credit for, and in many ways we have the capacity to heal ourselves. In that same breathe, I think it is of upmost importance to be give credit to the connection between the mind, the body and the fact that they need to work together in synergy. Our emotional health has direct influence on our physical health and love is the key to it all.
Why are you excited/happy/committed to sharing your wisdom at the 2020 Victoria Yoga Conference?
In my practice as a student and teacher, I am very passionate about connecting with other people and building community. For me, the 2020 Victoria Yoga Conference is a perfect platform to facilitate and expand this beyond my usual network – I am beyond excited!
Tell us about the book you would recommend over and over again – author, title and why you would recommend it?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I recommend this book timelessly and turn to it as a reminder of trusting in the journey and believing in fate. Especially when overwhelmed by a decision or about the direction that I am supposed to take – sometimes it is as simple as taking action for the sake of acting. This book gives a gentle reminder to trust in the universe and not letting fear stop you from listening to your heart in pursuit of your personal legend.
What are you listening to right now?
Right now I am listening to the Current Swell’s new album, Buffalo. I love the Vancouver Island music scene!!
Nicole stepped onto the mat in my first yoga class 10 years ago – it was a pre-registered hatha series that I had signed up for with a group of friends as a new, social, fitness activity to try together. Little did she know at the time that this was only the beginning of my journey with yoga. She found more consistency in her practice while going through post-secondary school. It was a time in her life when she was faced with high emotional stress. It was during this time when she realized how valuable yoga was as a way to get present to both her physical and emotional body. It became even more magical when she first realized that by showing up to a class full of strangers, without any interaction or words, she could feel supported. She could feel accepted. She could feel like she belonged. She had found my kula.
Nicole eventually took the plunge and completed a 200 hour teacher training. Since then she has completed further teacher trainings in vinyasa yoga and acro yoga and actively teach both of these in Vancouver and Squamish, BC. Her hope as a teacher is to continue to grow the acro community in Squamish. She strives to offer yoga classes that are accessible to all people, to hold space in such a way that meets them where they are at. She hopes to facilitate a way for them to connect to their bodies via their breathe and movement.
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