Why start yoga?
CURIOSITY. Explore a variety of yoga traditions and be open to a new practice that benefits mind / body health.
EXPERIENCE the benefits of yoga firsthand. The way to know what works for you begins with experiencing it for yourself.
ROUTINE. Just as habits take time to shift, a disciplined practice takes time to instill. Establish your new beginning now!
RELAX. Learn how to unwind and create more balance in your life by actively engaging your breath, body and mind.
SPACE. Life will always be busy. With intention, it’s possible to create more space in and awareness of your day-to-day experiences.
HAPPINESS. Delve into this time-seasoned practice to re-discover the contentment and peace that comes when you take time to know yourself on all levels.
benefits of yoga
Many of us come to yoga by way of asana, the postural practice, a way to address our health concerns, to meet our fitness goals, to gain physical strength and flexibility. Maybe we show up because we simply need space to breathe, to release the stresses of life, to find ourselves, to rediscover community.
The place of practice is our very own heart, or bhava, a place of mindful intent. We are a mandala of practitioners and friends who come together to practice and learn from each other. We feel what it’s like to breathe, to appreciate the gift of the physical body and the joy of movement, and to experience moments of stillness and equanimity within ourselves, in community. The door to practice is always open, to anyone and everyone.
My intention, as your guide, is to make each yoga experience an extraordinary one. All I ask is that you bring all your wonderful imperfections–and best teachers–to the mat with you, and curiosity to each and every sensate experience. In a world that feels increasingly groundless, the tools and techniques, the practices and methodologies of yoga, yoga therapy and reiki are tremendously powerful tools to bring yourself (back) to that place of divinity, of grounding, of steadfastness, of sweetness within your Self, so that you may then extend yourself with integrity to others and in the world.
Your yoga guide
Nicole Grant is a senior Yoga Instructor and Yoga Therapist certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists [C-IAYT] and the Yoga Alliance [ERYT-500], a Reiki Master in the Usui methodology, and a certified Journey DanceTM Facilitator. She founded Yoga Mandala studio, in Winchester, MA, in October 2001 and transitioned to the role of director of Blue Monkey Yoga at Fit Life Boston in 2018. Nicole was integral to the launch of the non-profit mindful wellness collaborative, Be Well Be Here. She is also committed to bringing awareness to the financial stresses of cancer through her fundraising efforts for Reach Athletes and the Family Reach Foundation, and mindful wellness to teens by running meditation programs at the Winchester High School, MA. And she loves, loves, loves high-quality dark chocolate and surfing (or trying to).