Nicki Hutchinson

Bristol Bristol, City of
Thailand

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I went to my first yoga class in 2000. I have explored several styles of Hatha yoga along the way, including in the early days Ashtanga, Iyengar and Satyananda. When I found Satyananda yoga, I knew I had found my ‘home’. This style, at the time, for me embraced everything I had been searching for! Being a curious cat, I've also explored Kundalini, Vinyasa Flow and Scaravelli Yoga. I give thanks to all those teachers that have taught me. Through their passion I was inspired and the yoga fire was lit within me!

In 2010 I took a 200 hour intensive yoga teacher training course with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Academy in Neyyar Dam, Kerala, India. I do not profess to be a 'yoga pretzel', basic poses can offer the opportunity for growth and one's alignment to their inner voice (guidance). I am passionate about the insight, unwinding and balance yoga can bring into being. I take inspiration into my personal practice from Shiva Rea, her style 'Prana Flow', is both fluid and creative, and more recently from Yin yoga, restorative yoga and from Vanda Scaravelli. I am also exploring the very facinating muscle of the Psoas and Somatic Yoga. My journey and adventure with yoga organically unfolds for me personally and as a teacher; I am also a student. The deeper one delves, the more one comes to know that nothing is known. As Albert Einstein once said "The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know".

As a teacher, I feel my role is to facilitate the journey of inner descovery on the mat. I advocate that we honour the body's current state of being through openess, non-judgment and ahimsa (non-violence). My intention is to teach from the heart, flow from integrity and empower people to embody their selves, unravelling tension from both the mind and body and connecting with their own essence.

Whilst pregnant with my son, I studied and received my Perinatal Yoga teacher training with Birthlight. I personally benefited so much throughout my pregnancy and applied practices and techniques for the wonderful and peaceful birth of my baby. I am passionate about empowering women, for them to harness practices and tecniques, to tap into their innate body wisdom and to trust in their instincts. I find teaching pregnancy yoga a joy; yoga practices help to enrich and empower and nurture a beautiful journey of unfolding for the Mum-to-be. I have been inspired by my son to continue my training with Birthlight and have obtained my diploma in Baby Yoga Levels 1 and 2 and also in Birthlight Toddler also teach Toddler / Pre-school yoga. Little ones are truly inspiring. It's amazing to see how much the little yogis absorb from a class - they demonstrate a true sense of yoga, applying it in their everyday life. Yoga is a wonderful practice for little ones – at a physical level postures can improve motor skills, co-ordination, flexibility and balance. Classes combine yoga postures and games with quiet time and breath work. I really enjoy using my creativity to support the lessons. Every alternate week we take a different yoga adventure, from the ocean floor to the surface of the moon and back again.

I have also undertaken training with YogaKids in 2011 and have taught regular yoga classes to 3– 7 year olds. I have also trained with Rainbow Yoga (2014) to teach children from 4 years upwards. My vision is to take Yoga to children, so that they can use practices to help inspire them, ground them and so that they will have the tools to navigate challenging times.

I have also attended Trauma Sensitive Yoga training.

I graduated from the Practical College of Homeopathy, London, in 2007. I use an integrative and intuitive approach in my practice. I make use of a variety of tools to promote health and well-being, which include homeopathic remedies, energy healing and yoga - a tailored approach to meet the specific needs of a person. I am committed to inspiring others to realize their own gifts and true nature where they can empower themselves to step fully into their brilliant essence.

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