Teacher: Nikole Fortier

Nikole is amused by the poetic irony of pop culture introducing her to yoga: “I went in looking for ‘yoga butt’ and walked out profoundly changed–physically, mentally, psychically.” Nine years later, she’s dedicated to creating space in her classes for students to experience something similar.
Nikole has a 200 hour certification from UCSD training with Arturo Galvez in the Iyengar & Astanga traditions, and recently completed a 100 hour interdisciplinary flow certification from Yoga One with Amy Caldwell & Diana Beardsley. She’s been blessed to have studied with many amazing teachers, and often credits her students for teaching her most. In her classes, she likes to incorporate chanting, pranayama, Sanskrit, philosophy, still and moving meditation through asanas with emphasis on the breath so that students can experience the spectrum of transformational yoga expressions. Foremost, she encourages students to practice loving kindness, truth, peace and acceptance on the mat as these qualities invariably translate into life.

Interview
Interview with Nikole Fortier – Yoga Teacher Training
All Interviews, Nikole Fortier | March 31, 2015

Nikole describes her yoga influences and discusses the yoga teacher training program, which she directs at Pilgrimage of the Heart yoga studio, San Diego.

Asana, Forearm Balance (Pincha Mayurasana), Pose Breakdown, Upside Down
15 Minutes Level II
Forearm Balance
Nikole Fortier | November 4, 2014

Pincha Mayurasana: This inverted posture strengthens the shoulders and back while simultaneously stretching the shoulders, chest, and neck.

Asana, Belly Revolving (Jathara Parivartanasana), Gentle Yoga, Pose Breakdown, Restorative, Seated
5 Minutes Level I
Belly Revolving Pose
Nikole Fortier | November 4, 2014

Jathara Parivartanasana: This pose massages and stimulates the abdominal organs while developing strength in the core muscles, facilitating increased movement in the spine.

Asana, Bow (Dhanurasana), Heart Opening, Pose Breakdown, Restorative
15 Minutes Level II
Bow Pose
Nikole Fortier | November 4, 2014

Dhanurasana: Bow pose improves posture and counteracts fatigue. It stimulates the organs of the abdomen and provides an expansive stretch for the front body.

Asana, Pose Breakdown, Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana), Upside Down
15 Minutes Level I
Shoulderstand
Nikole Fortier | November 4, 2014

Salamba Sarvangasana: This pose promotes good blood circulation, calms the nerves, decreases depression and anxiety symptoms, eases fatigue, and improves immune function.

Asana, Heart Opening, Restorative
20 Minutes Level I
Heart Opening Sequence
Nikole Fortier | November 4, 2014

Practice this gentle 20-minute sequence to open the chest and shoulders. Suggested props: blanket, blocks and chair.

Asana, Gentle Yoga, Legs up the Wall (Viparita Karani), Office Yoga, Pose Breakdown, Restorative, Upside Down
10 Minutes Level I
Legs Up the Wall
Nikole Fortier | November 4, 2014

Viparita Karani: Legs Up the Wall can alleviate tired legs and feet. Also known to calm the mind and relieve mild back pain. Props needed: 2 blocks, 1 bolster, 1 blanket.