Niki teaches Vinyasa and Yin Yoga
Niki believes yoga is a way of life; that Yoga teaches us about our relationships – within ourselves, others and the world around us. Yoga offers tools and insights for physical, mental and emotional well-being. On the mat, Niki enjoys and benefits from slowing down, really slowing down, listening deeper and deeper, witnessing the instinctual movements from deep within the body and the Self. This practice helps us inhabit our deepest ‘Self’ and return to life, off the mat, with a calmer, kinder and more loving version of ourselves.
TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS
Niki completed foundational Level 1 Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Trinity in 2015. She broadened her understanding of yoga with post-graduate teacher training at Yoga Trinity, including Core Yoga Instructor Training, Ayurveda and Yoga and Adjusting, Assisting and Partner Yoga. Niki has also done Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training with Sarah Owen. She believes Yin Yoga offers a beautiful complement to dynamic yoga sequences and practices.
While living in London between 2018 and 2021, Niki met and studied with Catherine Annis. Niki found Catherine’s teachings to be revolutionary. She learned about Vanda Scaravelli, about slowing down and about moving through the whole being in a new way. She started studying Sanskrit with Lucy Crisfield at Original Wisdom – and through the wonders of Zoom is able to continue this activity. Niki studied with Shiva Rea as well. Through Shiva’s teachings, Niki has learned more about the elemental body, moving with our essential flow and returning to the Self. And she was able to practise Yin Yoga with Norman Blair; yet another inspirational teacher for her.
Niki’s classes are well-rounded, creative Hatha yoga. Niki’s teaching style is inspired by the revolutionary approach of Vanda Scaravelli. This style is subtle and gentle, yet at times challenging as we ask the deep body to awaken. We focus on developing core strength by releasing tension and creating space in the spine. We work with the breath and the forces of gravity to begin unfolding through primal movements from our very centre—allowing the spine and body to spiral open, energising our whole being. Niki’s classes are very gentle and suitable for all bodies from beginners to more experienced students.
We start by slowing down to observe the body and mind. With delicate awareness, we connect with the breath. Then gently continue by moving through a series of warm-ups to build heat and focus. We move through a few rounds of Mandala Namaskar, a circular pattern of flowing movements, before starting to cool down, stretch and release. Our final pose is a quiet moment to receive the benefits of the practice.
For more on Niki please see her website: paperyogaseed.com