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.
Nikole describes her yoga influences and discusses the yoga teacher training program, which she directs at Pilgrimage of the Heart yoga studio, San Diego.
Jathara Parivartanasana: This pose massages and stimulates the abdominal organs while developing strength in the core muscles, facilitating increased movement in the spine.
Salamba Sarvangasana: This pose promotes good blood circulation, calms the nerves, decreases depression and anxiety symptoms, eases fatigue, and improves immune function.
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.