Nichole is certified through the Yoga Alliance as a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, earning her initial 200 hours of training with Kim Valeri of yogaspirit® Studios in June of 2006, then completing 300 more hours of training through Jacqui Bonwell of Sacred Seeds Yoga School in June of 2020. Nichole has participated in workshops and studied with renowned teachers such as Tao Porchon-Lynch, Patricia Walden, Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.d., Seane Corn, Kathryn Budig, Rolf Gates, Desirée Rumbaugh, and Gary Kraftsow. She is also certified in Thai Yoga Bodywork by Jonas Westring, PT, E-RYT 500 at Kripalu, along with Krishna Peter Perry, E-RYT 500, LMT, CAC and Aiyana Athenian, E-RYT 500, RPYT, LMT, CAC of ShivaShakti School of Healing Arts, since May of 2011. Nichole earned her Personal Trainer Certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in April of 2015. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of New England, graduating Summa Cum Laude in June of 2000. Nichole was previously a 7th grade Science teacher at Massabesic Junior High in Waterboro, worked as a receptionist at Biddeford Animal Hospital, and was on the Companion Animal Group (CAG) Above & Beyond Team at IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook, before leaving the corporate world to follow her dreams and opening the eco-friendly Sun Salutations Yoga & Wellness Center in September of 2006.
Nichole has been married to her best friend, Scott, since 1995, and they have an adult son in his mid-20's, who was recently engaged!!! She is also a proud member of the LGBTQ community. When not in the studio, Nichole is a dancing machine, and LOVES going to see many genres of live local/national music...her favorite band of all time is TOOL though! She's been a passionate vegan since 1992, which she credits (along with yoga) for dramatically reversing the severe chronic asthma she was born with, barely having symptoms nowadays...and having boundless energy and vitality. Nichole also enjoys watching movies...especially Marvel flicks, and most anything in the comic book genre, thrillers (the scarier the better), action, suspense, and sci-fi. Her other hobbies include spending time with her pets, star-gazing in her Softub®, especially on frigid winter nights, SUP (Stand-up Paddleboarding), shooting pool, playing video games, gardening, carpentry (power tools rule), hanging out with her plethora of friends...and, oh, did I mention DANCING????!!!!!! :-)
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