As soon as I got on the phone with Nicole I was encouraged to re-start my own yoga journey with a fresh perspective.
Many of us can relate to her story of being confronted with personal struggles – anxiety, panic attacks, a big move to a new city, a new job – but Nicole found a way to channel those things through a physical practice which undoubtedly led to benefits both mentally and spiritually.
“I gained a new-found confidence when I felt my body getting stronger and a new perspective as a teacher”, stated Nicole, “Yoga is not just a physical workout, it’s so much more.” That’s when she realized she wanted to teach others what she had learned, which led to a collaboration with fellow teacher, Molly Bondellio. Hence, Firehouse Yoga was born, situated in a former engine house on the east side of Lakewood.
Finding Stillness During the Pandemic
Throughout the Corona Virus Pandemic, Nicole is finding stillness and hope in her personal practice, but also enjoying quality time with her family at home, putting together puzzles, and being grateful for the slow pace that has surprised all of us. You can also find Nicole showing up to lead and encourage her yoga students virtually, which gives her joy to continue helping others!
Many people have turned to Zoom for almost everything during social distancing, and yoga is one of them.
“My goal as a teacher is to make any student who logs in online feel comfortable, and like they belong.”
“Perfectionism often stops us from doing things that are good for us.” – Nicole
It can be a scary thing to do virtual yoga on Zoom with people you don’t know, especially if you are just starting your yoga journey. However the expectation is to just show up as you are. You don’t need a gorgeous yoga mat, expensive Lululemon leggings, or even the ability to touch your toes. In fact you can show up in your pj’s because every student has the choice to make their screen visible or not.
Tips to Start your own Yoga Journey
- Start with a few minutes everyday to be still and just breath
- Be mindful of how you move, do your everyday tasks, etc.
- Explore the physical practice
- Browse Yoga Journal or Yoga international
- Join a local studio and community – virtual classes
Classes are available online through Firehouse’s website at a “Pay what you can” rate. Of course, if you are willing and able you can donate $5 or $10 to whichever teacher is leading the class.
If you are still feeling unsure about a group class on Zoom, you can also schedule Nicole for a one-on-one yoga // private online session.
Contact the studio (216-243-1291) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
You can also follow along and go like their social media page!
Share your yoga experiences with us below or on social media and tag @keepitlocalcle
Lo – The Happiness Coordinator