Nicole MarkNicole Mark

Debilitating anxiety first brought me to a Kripalu Yoga class at a YMCA in Maryland in 1999.  During that class, I experienced a mysterious calm I didn’t understand.  So I went back, again and again, to different classes and teachers, steadily developing a practice over the years.  Several yoga traditions inspire and inform my teaching.  I combine the biomechanical principles of the alignment-based traditions, the creative vinyasa krama (sequencing of postures and breath) of Jivamukti Yoga, the gentle accessibility of Kripalu Yoga, and the devotional emphasis of Sivananda Yoga.  Buddhist nun Pema Chodron’s teachings resonate deeply with me, too, and I often mention these in class. 
My classes are accessible, playful, non-competitive and informal, with special emphasis on how we can take our yoga “off the mat” and allow our practice to guide us through our daily lives.  My formal training includes the 230-hour Yoga Alliance-registered Veda Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Allison Dennis and an Anusara Yoga immersion with Mona DeFrawi, as well as many continuing education workshops with various master teachers.  Currently, I am enrolled in Asheville Yoga Center’s 500-hour teacher training.  I am so grateful to have the opportunity to share this powerful, healing, and fun practice with others.  When I’m not on my mat, you can probably find me with a cupcake in one hand and a good book in the other.  

Styles practiced :
Family, Flow, Gentle, Hatha, Kids, Mum and Baby, Restorative, Vinyasa, Yin,