…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!
True story. I’m at Trader Joe’s last week in the checkout line when the guy ringing up my groceries asks me what I do for a living. “I teach yoga,” I say. To which he replied, “That sounds fun, but what’s your real job?” I chuckled and said “That is my real job. What are you trying to say?” And he looked a little smug and then asked, “Yeah but what do you do with all your free time?” Insert the angry face emoji here please because I was annoyed by the fact that “teaching yoga” isn’t considered a real job to some folks, just something to do to keep busy or something. I felt like he was trying to make me say, “I have a very rich husband and I don’t have to work. I just shop, have lunch with my ladies and workout 24/7.” Instead I explained to him that I teach 25 classes a week, in different towns that requires a certain amount of travel time and I’m up before the sun every morning to make sure people get to practice yoga before they go to work, drop off their kids, eat breakfast or whatever it is they do when they are not on the mat! The checkout guy didn’t say anything, he just stood there with his mouth wide open like he wasn’t expecting me to reply so I took my change and kindly asked him to think with his brain the next time BEFORE he speaks. And off I went. Namaste man! read more…