Nicole West

RYT 200 Yoga Instructor, Certified Massage Therapist, Reiki Master/Teacher

I fell in love with yoga in 1997 after taking my first class when I was going to school for massage therapy. My new career as a massage therapist quickly became challenging on my physical body and I began practicing yoga regularly for self-care. Yoga has not only helped me stay strong physically, but also has allowed me to quiet my anxious mind, to heal, feel more grounded in my body, and be more present in my life. Over the years I have found yoga to be transformational not only for my physical body, but also for my mental and spiritual health. My most favorite fascination with a yoga practice is when you are in a posture and begin to become aware of that witness part of yourself, the part of you that is your truest and highest self. Experiencing this quality of pure presence (BEing) inspired me to continue to practice, to study and begin to teach yoga.

As a massage therapist, I have enjoyed helping people not only reach their health goals, decreasing pain and increasing flexibility, but also facilitating sessions that help clients understand how to heal themselves by quieting their nervous system. This is what led me into continuing my education in energy medicine and yoga. I have spent the last few years of my career teaching massage therapy, introductory workshops for energy work, chakra balancing techniques and all levels of Reiki. In May of 2013, I completed my yoga teacher training at Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness studying classical Hatha yoga with an influence of Para yoga, Tantra, energy work and meditation. Now in 2016, I will begin teaching at Saddha Yoga! In classes we will focus on becoming more aware of our alignment in our physical body so that we can move with greater ease, stability and flexibility, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Outside of teaching yoga and being a massage therapist, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two kids, going for long walks, watching the hummingbirds in my garden and baking.

Nicole West instructs the following:
  • Gentle Flow Yoga
  • This 60 minute flowing yoga class combines physical activity with breath to reduce stress, control weight, and enhance focus. This class is great for beginners and experienced yogis as well. Will help to introduce basic postures while challenging your focus and physical strength. Ideal for gentle strengthening, increasing relaxation, focus, and flexibility. Various options will be offered to appeal to a variety of ability levels.

  • Hatha Yoga with Meditation
  • This 90 minute yoga class will begin with slow paced sun salutations followed by a sequence of standing, balancing, seated and reclining postures connecting movement and breath.  Class cultivates the intention of connecting to the heart center, quieting the mind, and settling into stillness.