…and welcome to niccolayoga.com, the internet home of Niccola Nelson! Niccola is honored to be a student and teacher of the Ashtanga Yoga method as taught to her by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. She has been studying and practicing in this tradition since 2004 and is excited to bring her love of Ashtanga to the Central Coast of California! Niccola is a passionate teacher who approaches and introduces the series in a fun, unique and non-competitive way. She firmly believes in the benefits of a committed, daily yoga practice and hopes to inspire you to find your own path. For the past eight years, she has had a successful following in Chicago and now brings her firsthand experience of this powerful method to Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach, Nipomo and San Luis Obispo!
A chef’s wife/ yoga teacher’s guide on how NOT to make an “asana” out of yourself… off the mat and in the kitchen!
Boy am I glad it’s Thursday! When I woke up this morning, I was already dreaming about the nap that I’m about to take after publishing this post! So much for “rising to shine” eh?! If you didn’t know or didn’t see it, yesterday was a full moon. In the Ashtanga yoga tradition (in which I study and teach) on the new and full moon cycles, the practice is observed, and the practitioner gets a “day off” from the series. Since our bodies are made of 70% water, we are affected by the phases of the moon. My teacher Tim Miller puts it best when he says that on full moon days, we tend to be more headstrong, while on new moon days, our bodies feel calm and grounded, but dense and disinclined towards physical exertion. After years of steady Ashtanga, I can feel the pull of the moon on these days and it truly is best to rest, and, it’s a great lesson in the practice of non-attachment. read more…