Nicolette first started practicing Yoga at six years old when her mother became a yoga instructor. While the rest of her family and friends were playing soccer and baseball, Nicolette followed her mom to all of her yoga classes, quickly falling in love with the practice. From Spain to Washington DC to California, Nicolette has continued to consistently practice yoga throughout her life, working in Yoga studios throughout her high school and college years. Shortly after graduating from UCLA, Nicolette graduated from the Yogaworks Teacher Training in 2016 and started teaching in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Once she came back to the US, Nicolette has been consistently teaching in Los Angeles and in Santa Barbara.
Nicolette focuses on strength, alignment, and breathing in her classes. Because she learned a very detail-oriented style of yoga, Nicolette finds dynamics in alignment extremely important to both build strength and focus on the breath. For Nicolette, the practice of yoga is to study the mechanisms of each pose, the body as a whole, and the flow of the breath.
How Yoga Serves Nicolette
Because it’s been such a large part of her life for so long, Nicolette quickly realized that life without yoga is out of balance in every form of the word. The practice seeps off the mat and into everyday life with each inhale. “By showing up on my mat, I’m able to look inward in a way that no other aspect of life allows me to do. Yoga is a sacred time for me to center in on what’s important so that, when I leave the mat and step into reality, my sense of the things that matter doesn’t fade.”
Words of Wisdom for Students
Yoga is what you make of it. The most beautiful part of this practice is that its dimensions are never ending and just get deeper and deeper, and it’s for anybody who wants to come to the mat and just start breathing. It is the willingness to keep the practice going and a love for its ins and outs that leave all of us feeling like we’re getting closer to who we truly are and why we’re here.