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Being well in body, mind and spirit allows us to enjoy life fully. I have taught yoga for over 15 years and offer Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Peri & Menopause Yoga, Meditation and Breathwork classes and workshops. I have never doubted the far-reaching benefits of yoga and clinical research now confirms the physical, mental and emotional virtues of yoga. In sharing my deep passion for yoga, I hope to inspire you to find strength, vitality and peace.
With a fluid style that integrates classical, modern and functional yoga I encourage people to work in harmony with their own bodies, from the inside out. I teach mindful, breath-based yoga that keeps the body strong, aligned and flexible, whilst improving mental clarity and emotional balance. Meditation and breath practices offer a quiet space to meet, know and evolve yourself. The whole person is lovingly held in the best healing medicine I have found.
I began learning yoga in my early twenties and fell in love with the peace and stability yoga gave me. I studied Iyengar Yoga first with its focus on correct and safe alignment, this gave a solid foundation of the physical postures. In my thirties, I learnt the fluid sequences of T’ai Chi, Qigong and Buddhist meditation. This evolved my yoga practice into a fluid style where one asana seamlessly connects with the next. In my forties, I focused on Vinyasa and 8-limbed Hatha Yoga whilst living in Yoga Community in California, USA.
Now I am based in Bristol, UK and continue to develop my love and understanding of yoga with training in Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga and Peri&Menopause Yoga; these practices add deeper, restorative layers that complement more active elements.
I am deeply thankful to the many teachers and students who have shaped me.
Training & More
2004 Yoga Teacher Training Mount Madonna Centre, California, USA. Yoga Alliance.
Classical Astanga (8-Limb Yoga) with Asana, Pranayama (breathwork), Meditation, Yama's (non-violence, Niyama – (spiritual progress), Shat Karma (cleansing practices), Pratyahara (stillness in the senses), Samadhi (divine union).
2008 Pregnancy Yoga Training, British Wheel of Yoga, London.
2009-2017 Lived at Mount Madonna Yoga Centre, California, teaching and learning more about yoga.
2018 Anatomy and Physiology, Dr Yogi, Bath
2019 Anatomy and Hands-on Training with Yogasara, Bristol, Independent Yoga Network
2020 Diastus Recti Wellwoman Training, Birthlight, London
2021 Yoga for All Stages of Menopause, Yinstinct Yoga, Yoga Alliance Professionals
2021 Yoga Nidra, Melanie Cooper Yoga, Yoga Alliance
2021 Yin Yoga, Melanie Cooper Yoga at Bristol School of Yoga, Yoga Alliance
2022 The Way of Council Certificate - Level 2 Circle Facilitator
"I was never a fan of Yoga and then by chance I met with Nicola ! We have weekly 1:1 Zoom sessions now for over 9 months, which have focussed me on getting the best from my ageing body and mind, I really feel the benefits of our sessions together and am fully committed to long term sessions ….money well spent for me. Strangely, I have never met Nicola due to COVID but I do recommend her style, she knows her stuff and has encouraged me to improve over time ! Nicola is passionate about Yoga and is encouraging, reliable, understanding and good fun to work with. I suggest you arrange a Zoom session, and if you really do not enjoy it, I will give you your money back."
- John Hirst