Yoga was initially introduced to me in the form of Sanskrit mantra, philosophy, pranayama, and food. My parents shared practices of repeating different mantras and eating (or fasting from) specific foods to reach a state of balance, depending on the situation or imbalance I was experiencing. There were specific practices denoted for sleep, anxiousness, lethargy, loss, celebration, etc.
I learned about asana in 2010 and adopted it as a physical practice for many years, also noticing how the practice provided a deep mental, emotional, and truly overall medicinal effect on me. This inspired me to take my first 200 hr training in 2018, which helped me understand the relationship between the different aspects of yoga – asana, pranayama, mantra, philosophy, yogic diet — and how each of these plays a deeply spiritual role in the holistic practice.
I began teaching in 2019, alongside beginning a traditional ‘Mysore Style’ Ashtanga Yoga practice. Taking to the sublime practice of Ashtanga Yoga & Yoga Cikitsa (Therapeutic Yoga), in August 2019, I traveled to Mysore, India to study & practice Ashtanga Yoga and Sanskrit at Sharath Yoga Centre. I continue to practice Ashtanga and as well as Iyengar, Yin, & Restorative Yoga with deep appreciation and interest. I hold all the yogic teachings that have been passed down to me very close to my heart.
What to expect from a class with Nikita
My classes integrate knowledge from the variety of yogic lineages and healing practices I’ve had the privilege to learn from, as well as principles outlined in the ancient texts such as the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Upanishads. Similar to how I was taught by my parents, I love sharing pragmatic and grounding practices that can be practiced anywhere you go. I work to ensure my classes provide an open environment so students of all experiences and backgrounds feel welcome and leave with a stronger sense of self-awareness and a state of calm they can share with others.
Fun fact about Nikita
I’m kind of ambidextrous