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 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 1.5 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.