Niki’s teaching style

My classes are well-rounded, creative Hatha yoga. We start by slowing down to observe the body and mind. With delicate awareness we connect with the breath. Then gently continue by moving through a series of warm-ups to build heat and focus. We move through a few rounds of Mandala Namaskar, a circular pattern of flowing movements, before starting to cool down, stretch and release. Our final pose, is a quiet moment to receive the benefits of practice. My classes are very gentle and suitable for all bodies from beginners to more experienced yogis and yoginis.

I am learning from my students, those souls who share themselves, at a yoga class. I am becoming more observant and adaptable as my experience grows, such that I can offer the yoga that’s needed at that moment. I feel so grateful to be able to teach yoga. To share yoga, connection, and perhaps laughter, is a blessing. Best job in the world!

My teachers

I have met wonderful teachers along my yoga journey. I’ve included links here so you can glimpse where some of inspiration comes from.

I completed my foundational Level 1 Viniyasa Flow training with Yoga Trinity.

The Trinity Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 program is designed to immerse you in your yoga practice and maximize your opportunity for growth, wellbeing, education, and support as you embark on the journey to become a Registered Yoga Teacher.

I broadened my understanding of yoga with post-graduate teacher training at Yoga Trinity, including:

  • Core Yoga Instructor Training
  • Ayurveda and Yoga
  • Adjusting, Assisting and Partner Yoga

While I was teaching at Canberra Yoga Space, I jumped at the opportunity to learn about Yin Yoga by studying with Sarah Owen.

Yin Yoga uses restorative, floor-based poses to nourish and stimulate the deeper energetic channels in the body, providing support for the immune system. Yin Yoga also provides the perfect container to develop deeper levels of self-inquiry and to cultivate the capacity for meditative self-awareness.

Sarah Owen

For me, Yin Yoga offers such a beautiful complement to dynamic yoga sequences and practices. Yin opens up more choice for each changing moment.

While in London, I delved into the more philosophical aspects of yoga by learning Sanskrit with Lucy Crisfield, Original Wisdom. I still enjoy studying Sanskrit with Lucy through the wonders of Zoom.

We explore the form of mantra meditation and an enquiry of yoga philosophy through the resonance of the Sanskrit language. Our purpose, to awaken an experiential knowing of the very essence of our being

Lucy Crisfield

While in London, I studied with Shiva Rea. Shiva has long been an inspirational yoga teacher for me. Through Shiva’s teachings, I’ve learned more about the elemental body, moving with the flow and returning to my Self.

What I love about yoga is that it permeates all of life. It teaches awareness and connection—it’s about developing relationships, both internally and externally.

Shiva Rea

While in London, I met and studied with Catherine Annis. I found Catherine’s teachings revolutionary. I learned about Vanda Scaravelli, about slowing down and about moving through my whole being in a new way. Something like returning home after a long time away.

You have to learn how to listen to your body, going with it and not against it, avoiding all effort or strain and entering your attention on that very delicate point, the back of the waist (where the spine moves in two opposite directions).

Vanda Scaravelli

Also in London, I was able to practise Yin Yoga with Norman Blair; yet another inspirational teacher for me.

We are fields of energy; reality is fluid and shifting. Through mindful stretching of body, energetic flows are encouraged by diminishing blockages (like old injuries or places of restriction). Movement obviously influences body—this body described as ‘an interconnected, living, electrical web’. Yin yoga is a practice of acupressure (where physical pressure is being applied to the body at particular points) as it emphasises fascia of body through this slow style of stretching. Movement practices do influence energetic flows through the body.

From Brightening Our Inner Skies by Norman Blair
Norman and Me, The Life Centre, London 2018

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