Nikkie has been practicing yoga for over 25 years, when she found hatha yoga to cope with IBS and stress. She has been teaching ever since qualifying in Integrated Yoga in 2005. She is further certified in prenatal and postnatal yoga. Her yoga babies classes, which she has been teaching for twelve years since her own children were babies, are based on the relationship between parent and baby, incorporating baby stretches and relaxation, as well as relaxed holding and carrying, inspired by Birthlight baby yoga and Una Dinsmore-Tuli’s teaching at Sitaram yoga. Nikkie is also qualified to offer baby sleep consultancy and hypnobirthing and is about to embark on the exciting challenge of training to be a doula.
Since completing the Yoga Bugs teacher training in 2006, Nikkie has taught children’s yoga in schools and nurseries across Devon. As a qualified secondary teacher and tutor, she is particularly passionate about working with young adults, to relieve stress and address anxiety-related issues and to encourage a healthy relationship with themselves. She currently teaches yoga and mindfulness to students and staff at Exeter College. She runs sessions for staff in colleges and schools, exploring how to bring yoga and mindfulness techniques into the classroom. She is also currently studying for a diploma in narrative therapy.
Nikkie has a regular meditation practice, and has qualified with the Saraswati Yoga Studios to teach meditation and mindfulness. She has also completed the Michael Stone certificate in teaching meditation with YogaCampus. She values the deep transformative effect of meditation and its ability to create steadiness in the face of life’s challenges.
Nikkie’s teaching is creative and playful, focusing on the relationship between teacher and student to come to an understanding of each student’s needs. Having been teaching a long time, she feels that the most important aspect of her teaching is in ensuring that she always remains a student, receptive to learning.