Welcome to Prakrti Yoga!
My favorite translation interprets the Sanskrit word “Prakrti” as the natural condition or state of anything. In individuals, Prakrti is one’s underlying characteristic, physical and mental constitution and tendencies of expression. Prakrti is comprised of eight elements: earth, water, fire, air, space, mind, intellect, and ego. When all of these are balanced and in perfect harmony, an individual finds peace and ease within his or her own TRUE Nature. My eclectic, intuitive style of teaching is designed to bring balance into each of the eight elements and to encourage each student to recognize, accept, and honor his/her body exactly where it is today. I encourage each student to be true to his own truth, her own true nature. Hence the name of the studio: Prakrti Yoga. This is the home of Yoga For Your True Nature.
I’m happy you are here. Let me tell you a little about me so you can choose if I’m a good fit for you! If I’m not, I’ll happily refer you to another teacher better suited for you if you need some guidance!
I have been practicing Yoga for 20+ years, which has enabled me to develop a great understanding of both its physical and emotional benefits. Yoga has seen me through eating disorders, and other tough times, such as divorce and single parenting, stress and anxiety, chronic illnesses such as migraines, chronic body pain, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
My teachers, past and current, include BKS Iyengar, Dr. Melissa West, Leanne Thomas, Cindy Dollar, Jennifer Beyt Coffin, Judith Hanson Lasater, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Dr. Kate Flynn, Donna Eden, Ram Das, and Reggie Ray. I am always eager to learn more, therefore immersing myself in home study, workshops, and Continuing Education Intensives. I am also an active member of an international yoga community from which I draw inspiration and feel the interconnectedness of Like-minded Souls all over the world.
I am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a Yoga Teacher Training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS). I earned my first 200 hour certification at Glowing Body Healing & Arts, and I am looking forward to continuing education along the therapeutically aligned yoga path. I am currently studying to obtain certification in personal training, while also working toward my Ayurvedic Practitioner diploma through Yoga Veda Institute.
As an E-RYT 200, I provide continuing education workshops to RYTs and am qualified as Lead Trainer of 200-hour teacher trainings for RYS 200.
I’m also a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP®), recognized as an expert in the following of Yoga Alliance’s Educational Categories:
- Techniques, Training & Practice
- Teaching Methodology
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics
Often my attunement to Pure Energy is included during yoga private and class sessions. Pure Energy Healing enables energetic frequencies to create what is needed and to destroy what is no longer beneficial to my clients. Pure Energy is the most effective of energy healing modules to bring total balance into the chakras and into the body as deep as the cellular level.
Meditation has always been an imperative practice for me, and I am excited to offer sessions focusing on somatic awareness, pranayama, mantra, and mindfulness practices.
Dancing Spider Yoga© is a program for kids and families. I get the warm fuzzies watching parents find balance and connection with their children through this program. Dancing Spider is beneficial to all kids, and especially effective to those with ADHD and on the Autism Spectrum. I also offer Hatha Yoga to both older and younger kids.
I enjoy customizing private practices to suit a student’s individual needs, and I specialize in yoga for stress, including emotional and physical ailments, using my own experiences and backgrounds in nursing and psychology as teaching and healing tools. I look forward to sharing Yoga’s benefits by teaching in a safe, effective, alignment based way, while honoring the unique alignment of every body. I am prepared to lead classes or private sessions for students of all skill levels, experience, and body type by using props and modifications as needed.
I am dedicated to bringing Yoga off the mat and into daily life, and I cannot wait to connect with you!
Nikki, Owner, Ayurveda Counselor