Nikki is a Yoga Teacher and Writer living on the east coast of Nova Scotia. She came to yoga in 2011, craving an activity to get her out of the house and drawn by both the strength, grace and challenge of arm balances and inversions, and a desire to finally forge a path to peace and happiness in her life. She quickly fell in love with the practice of yoga as a whole and how it enriched all facets of her life, and though she still loves the physical challenges it presents she has come to appreciate the mental, spiritual and philosophical aspects of the practice most of all.
Through yoga she found her way, slowly, towards self-realization and peace and has overcome addiction, found her way to self-love in her forties, and so much more because of the practice. Her classes are often infused with this honest and authentic take on how yoga has real impacts in real time on our lives, our struggles and our triumphs.
Nikki's first novel A Momentary Darkness was released in 2018 through Thorncraft Publishing. She wrote the first draft in her mid twenties and over the next 15 years she worked on it off and on, convinced it would never be published and yet also certain the story was meant to have a life beyond her. In 2017 she submitted a short piece to a collection of writings on yoga and when the publisher, Shana Thornton, realized she'd written novels she asked if she could read one. A year later Nikki signed her first book contract and was finally gifted with the certainty that story and its characters were meant to find many people out in the world.
She has written a children's book, numerous screenplays and novels and hopes over the coming years to share as much of it as possible with the world.
Nikki is an inspired and creative teacher with a passion for learning and a desire to offer her students the time and space to land, experience their breath and be present in their bodies despite the distractions of the mind. She is an E-RYT 200hr with more than 3000 hours of in room and studio teaching experience including assisting a 200hr YTT with one of her teachers, Leslie Bishop. She is in the midst of completing her 300hr YTT and is also a committed student of ParaYoga, a lineage of Tantra Yoga, which honours tradition in a way that's relevant to the modern world and that she has felt called to pursue. With more than 700 hours of training with some amazing teachers she is just at the beginning of her learning and teaching journey and feels humbled by the opportunity to offer what she knows and is passionate about. She has been a lululemon ambassador since 2016 and continues to be a leader in her local community in various ways.
As a writer and storyteller, she loves the idea that a yoga class can lead you somewhere, that you can tell a story with body and breath and she believes the same well of inspiration she draws her stories and words from help her to craft meaningful classes and hold space for transformation. Whether it’s a couple of people or a crowded room, she tries to pass along the greatest gift this practice has given her, “Ultimately this is a practice of connectivity. It connects us with the world. It connects us with ourselves. And it connects us with each other.