Get to know your potential My Personal Yoga Teacher a bit better! Here’s Nicky Yates!
Nicky’s first experience with yoga was with a Rodney Yee DVD in her parents basement. As a competitive runner and a demanding sport athlete, she came to yoga in search of a slower physical practice to offset these more demanding physical activities of her day to day. Years later she sustained a TBI (traumatic brain injury) and came back to her mat for a deeper connection to her mind as she navigated through the rehabilitation of such an injury. She strives to always be a student first and a teacher second. Her classes run at a slow pace where you can dive deeply into your own personal experience. With foundational patterns of breath along with gentle Hatha postures and more alignment based cueing, you are encouraged to explore Yoga and it’s meaning to you.
Nicky teaches in: Milton, Burlington, Hamilton, Oakville, Mississauga, Etobicoke, and West Toronto.
Nicky’s experiences include: Prenatal, Postnatal, Gentle Hatha, Restorative, Flow, Yoga for Athletes, Traumatic Brain Injury
Following is a little interview with Nicky!
What got you into yoga?
Yoga started out very much as physical practice for me. I was into long distance running and needed something softer to compliment the km’s I was running. This practice came and went for a few years and to be honest, a physical practice still come’s and go’s to this day but after a moderate head trauma, I started to come back to my mat more continuously for the other qualities of yoga such as mindfulness, meditation, and pranayama.
Favourite thing about teaching private sessions:
I love to teach private sessions for many reasons but one of the main reasons is that I’m able to give my sole focus to that one client. As a teacher, it’s nice to be able to chat about a client’s intention to start or continue a yoga practice, what they are looking to either gain or rid themselves of. Another perk is that I generally do not walk in with a pre-planned sequence and can allow my intuition to help guide the experience. I feel there is greater sense of ease when practicing at home and in turn, it’s much easier to dive deeper into your intention.
Go to grounding practice:
When I’m feeling anxious or overwhelmed, I like to practice a grounding and calming mudra called the Bhu Mudra. Bhu means Earth and this shape very much looks like a mountain that is firmly planting it’s roots into the earth. It’s practiced while seated in Sukasana (seated crossed legged) while the arms are extended out to the sides with the index and middle finger gently touching the ground. I try to remain here for at least 3-5 minutes, either solely focusing on my breath or in addition to my breath I might also practice an affirmation such as “I am grounded” or whatever word resonates with you in that moment.
Current Favourite Book:
I really connected to “The subtle art of not giving a f*ck” by Mark Manson. I read it while I was away on a Yoga Retreat in Nicaragua last year. I haven’t read a lot of self help books but it was gifted to me and I figured why not. I was pleasantly surprised as I found this book to be not only inspiring but hilarious at times. I feel Mark’s style of writing and the use of his personal experiences to really marry, making it an easy, fun and interesting read. I often come back to this book for short bursts of real-ness.
Interested in working with Nicky? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!