Nicole Wild


I found yoga at the age of 18 – a transitional time for many of us. I wrote a list of “things” I wanted to try – kickboxing, running, etc. To be honest, I was least excited about yoga. I wondered what kind of mood I must have been in to put it on the list in the first place – ha! After my first class, I told my friend, “It was alright. I’ll probably go back, but I don’t think I’ll ever say ‘Namaste’” at the end of class. Here I am more than 6 years later with 700 hours of training, more than 1,500 hours of teaching and I-don’t-even-know how many hours practicing. You can bet I’ve said the word “Namaste” thousands of times now. Yoga helped me get off of antidepressants and it encouraged me into an all-around healthy lifestyle where I lost 45 pounds and gained more emotional and mental clarity and understanding than I could’ve believed possible.

It changed the entire course of my life, and I don’t think I’m exaggerating one bit when I say that. I believe in the goodness of yoga to the depth of my core. I believe not just the asanas or the physical practice, but the philosophy behind it, which invites a deep understanding of the human experience and our connection to all. I believe in the alchemy and transformation that is inevitable when you dive in deep. Don’t get me wrong – I really enjoy playing upside down and sweating it out in a physically intense class. I simply don’t believe that’s where the practice ends – rather it’s one of many doorways in. The farther I get into this journey, the more of a beginner I realize I am. Thank you deeply for walking the path – it’s incredibly important work.