Nicole remembers the first time a friend convinced her to attend a yoga class and then watched, speechless, as her friend flew into crow. She was in. She first came to SHAKTI in 2005, drawn in by the heat, the powerful flow and the hands-on teaching style of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. Yoga calmed her mind and opened her body. A weekend teacher training with SHAKTI owners Lisa Black and Peter Avolio sparked an interest in teaching, and in 2009, she attended Baron Baptiste's Teacher Training Bootcamp Level 1. She emerged transformed and inspired by the possibilities for teaching and life. She also is a graduate of SHAKTI's Teacher Mentorship Program, and in 2010, completed Baptiste Level 2 teacher training, which took her teaching to another level of power and transformation. She also has trained with master teacher Shiva Rea and practiced with Rusty Wells, Bryan Kest and Ana Forrest. A Certified Baptiste Instructor, Nicole believes a teacher's role is to empower students in their practice and their lives, provide a safe, loving space to grow physically and mentally and to build community. She brings power, authenticity, levity and love to her classes, and she aspires to help her students find presence, joy and freedom through the flow.
Nicole Tsong instructs the following:
Level 1.5 Baptiste Power Vinyasa
A slower paced, modified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga sequence. The instructors offer the modified variations for all of the postures throughout the practice, and students are invited to work at their own levels. This class is the perfect next step for people who have completed the Intro series or for practitioners new to Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. Each class may include a short “posture clinic” with detailed information about a focus asana.
Level 2-3 Baptiste Power Vinyasa
A Level 2-3 Power Vinyasa class with high energy, upbeat pacing, handstands, arm balances, and hip opening. Leaves you energized!
Level 2 Baptiste Power Vinyasa
Level 2: Basic Level where modifications for the postures offered. These classes flow through the complete, traditional Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga sequence of 53 postures and 11 series. Geared towards students who have some experience in Power Vinyasa yoga and is rewarding for experienced students as well.
Level 1 Intro Series to Baptiste Power Vinyasa
Description: Level 1: INTRO to Power Vinyasa 8-Class Pre-Register Series (Tues & Thurs) Designed for beginners or students new to Power Vinyasa Yoga. You will learn the basic alignment and form of the 53 postures in 11 series within the 90 minute Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga practice and everyday yoga philosophy and helpful breathing techniques that inspire and empower you on and off your mat. Each class progressively builds on the previous one, preparing most students to move on to Level 2 after completion. Many people enjoy taking Level 1 many times in order to soak up all the information and apply the knowledge to their practice. Demonstration, discussion, personal hands-on adjustments, and guided practice, provide you with a solid foundation of this dynamic style of yoga.
Level 2-3 SHAKTI
Created in 2003 by Lisa Black as her unique signature style, SHAKTI is a dynamic, fluid, creative vinyasa yoga sequence that will challenge your mind and body and leave you feeling free and uplifted. Classes are based around the central theme of “wave-like fluidity" and multi-directional sequencing. We will move on our mats facing the front, the back, and both sides of the room using this circular based sun salutation, or “mandala namaskara” influenced by Shiva Rea, as the main structure. Within this dynamic flow, we explore creative variations of powerful standing postures, arm balances, twists, back bends, and hip openers. You will "surf your edge" as we support each other in learning playful inversions that leave you empowered! Be prepared to sweat, have fun, and explore your yoga practice in a new way. This class is appropriate for anyone with at least six months or more of steady vinyasa yoga practice and an open, willing mind. The yoga studio is heated to a comfortable, warm 90-92 degrees with humidity.