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Nikki Joyal

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I hesitantly found myself in my first hot yoga class over 10 years ago. I always felt like yoga wasn't my thing... As a type A person I like to always be moving/busy and in control. I thought yoga was just people sitting around  and chanting to each other. I definitely had that wrong!
I'd like to say after my first class I was hooked but honestly I was shocked. It was so different then I anticipated! I had no clue what I was doing.  I'm thankful that I didn't dismiss it and give up. I found that the more I practiced the better I felt. After a little bit of time it become addicting and a huge part of my life. When I was younger I found power flows to be the perfect balance for me. I loved the feeling of the heat, the fast paced movement, and the breath work.
When I become pregnant with my first child I obviously slowed things down a bit and found Prenatal to be a perfect fit for what my body was feeling. After my first child was born my life was turned upside down and I was diagnosed with cancer. Of course I had a lot of not only physical changes but emotional too... I found a lot of comfort on my mat. I practiced everyday... my practice again had changed to adapt to my current life situation. That is what I love the most about yoga. No matter what life was throwing at me, it was there. I could come to my mat and escape. My practice was mine and it was whatever I needed from it in that moment. 
When I'm teaching I often say "listen to your body, what does your body need today? Not yesterday, not tomorrow... right now" I came to teaching to help others. I love being able to adapt yoga to any person I work with.  Seeing what they or the room needs that day and making yoga work for them. 

After many years in the yoga world I finally decided to take my 200 hour RYT training. I studied with Cathy Mann at The Yoga Studio. Once I finished my initial training I went on to study with DJ Arnold of Bodhi & Mind Yoga to get certified to work with cancer patients. Then later training with Bec Conant to be a certified OM Births Prenatal teacher. I was also Reiki level 2 certified by the amazing Pat Iyer.

 

Spirit Bear Buzz

'Come here to fall in love with Yoga (all over again, if applicable).
If you happen to be new to yoga or want to perfect you're downward dog, I highly recommend the Intro Series -- Christy and Lali taught mine and both were supportive, knowledgable and adorable in every way...'

Jillian H. via Yelp - read full review here 

 

'...In the the few months that I've been going, I've attended classes taught by five different instructors and they've all been amazing. Most classes are an hour and a half, but they do offer an intense hour long class on Sat mornings that they call the Hour of Power. I've seriously never sweated so much in my life as I do during these classes...'

Stephanie F via Yelp - read full review here

 

'This studio is one of the best around. I used to live down the road and took classes here regularly enough to become a studio assistant.  The heat and temperature at Spirit Bear is by far the best I have seen. A lot of placed in Boston I have been to don't seem to have it quite right.  Spirit Bear is also CLEAN!!! I hate going into a class where there are sweat puddles and hair from the previous class on the floor. I really like the instructors (who are educated and in tune) and the flow of the classes are great. I wish there were more studios like Spirit Bear in Boston.'

Courtney via Yelp - read full review here