The practice of hatha yoga can help align and calm the body, mind and spirit. Generally, the tone of Nicky's hatha class will feel gentle, yet creative. Enjoy a pace in which you can dive into your experience through the exploration of meditation, mindfulness, pranayama and active asana.
Flow yoga (a.k.a vinyasa yoga), is a more intricate version of hatha yoga. Within a flow class, you can find the asanas to be arranged in an intentional way, usually building to a peak asana. The level of the class will determine the cadence of its pace.
Restorative yoga is on the opposite spectrum of flow. The practice of restorative yoga is to soften. There are many props included in this type of yoga to help support the body in it's maximum relaxation. Pranayama and meditation practice are generally areas of focus in this style of yoga.
Prenatal yoga is curated for the ever-changing pregnant body, mind and spirit. In Nicky's prenatal classes, you can expect to learn modifications to the asana practice in order to keep you and your baby moving and safe during all trimesters. She will encourage you to expand your knowledge and experience in pranayama, visualizations, meditations and mindfulness, some of the many helpful coping tools you might use during the process of labour, childbirth, the 4th trimester and parenthood in general.
Postnatal yoga (a.k.a.parent + baby yoga) is not your typical yoga class. Babies, up to pre-crawlers, are welcome to join. As babies need more of your attention during this time, mama is welcome to change, breastfeed and soothe anytime during class. Please note that postnatal yoga may not have the most serene ambience yet you can expect to enjoy yourself with movement, community and giggles.
LoveYourBrain Yoga is a 6 week course for those who suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury (concussion included) and their caregivers. This course has been created to help educate and empower those with TBI to use the practice of yoga and meditation to cultivate acceptance, resiliency and recovery.
50hr Mindful Strength Training | Kathryn Bruni Young
May - July 2018, Toronto and Cornwall, ON
18hr LoveYourBrain Yoga Training | Pranashanti
October 2017, Ottawa, ON
65hr Prenatal Yoga Training | Union Yoga + Wellness
October 2016 - November 2016, Toronto ON
40hr Restorative Yoga Training | Octopus Garden
January 2015 - February 2016, Toronto ON
8hr Trauma Sensitive Training | Union Yoga + Wellness
November 2015, Toronto ON
200hr Yoga Teacher Training | Tula Yoga West
November 2011 - March 2012, Toronto ON
"Deciding to work with a private Yoga Instructor was a personal choice to invest in my physical and mental health, and though my goals are modest, (more flexibility and stress reduction techniques), my experience with Nicky (Yates) has been nothing short of Amazing. She puts all her energy into making each lesson informative, encouraging, and enjoyable. Nicky worked with me from the ground up, and with her vibrancy, knowledge, and professionalism, I have found a lot of physical and personal growth through these lessons. Especially the breathing exercises! The 1-on-1 nature of the lessons allows for a very comfortable atmosphere to learn in, and I cannot thank her enough for all her hard work!"
“After practicing for several years, Nicky’s classes have always been a favourite to look forward to! She seamlessly cultivates a focus of inner strength, and finding a sense of calm and kindness within both yourself and the practice. While teaching with a core of respect for limits, Nicky has always been able to demonstrate how we can embrace those edges and push beyond them to new levels; whether through balance, supportive posture, or better understanding how our bodies and minds can work together. I’d highly recommend catching one of her classes any chance you get!”
"I will admit that I was more than a little nervous as a beginner to Yoga but with Nicky as my patient and supportive guide, I felt both comfortable and confident. Her encouragement, enthusiasm and comprehensive knowledge have been stellar. Nicky's personal attention have made my experience with Yoga a truly positive experience and would highly recommend her without reservation."
"Nicky is a very skilled & perceptive teacher. My yoga journeying with her for the past 6 years have been of compassion and learning. Her intuition and understanding of the body and breath has allowed me to go deeper into what really matters to me in my life and why I love continuing to practice with her."
“Nicky's classes are just the right mix of challenging and relaxing to prepare my body for labour and birth, which require both strong muscles AND relaxation! Nicky is very knowledgeable about the pregnant body and offers lots of helpful information. She's also very welcoming and has a warm energy that makes me feel extremely comfortable never judged-- even when my body isn't exactly cooperating. These classes are a real pleasure and something every expecting mom should treat herself to! “
“Nicky is an incredibly talented and intuitive yoga instructor. I always looked forward to my weekly prenatal yoga class as an opportunity to de-stress, stretch out my tense muscles and to learn about relevant exercises to help with pre-labour prep. Her classes are inclusive and a welcoming environment, and she’s accommodating to adjust the lesson to meet the needs of the participants.”