Curiosity, and a passion for energetic practices, drew Nicky to Tai Chi many years back. From there, she progressed to Somatic Tai Chi which teaches that grace and ‘energetic intelligence’ are natural qualities one only has to rediscover. In quick time, Nicky became a Somatic Tai Chi Assistant, then built her skills over four years. During this period she also worked as a vegetarian chef, even finding time to write her own recipe book, ‘Creative Vegetarian Cooking’ while building her Vegetarian Cooking Class business. In 2004, she qualified as a SomaChi Yoga Teacher, to which she later added certification in Somatic Pilates.
A career change soon came and she gave up cooking to devote herself full-time to SomaChi. Since 2001 Nicky has been practicing and studying Buddhist meditation and philosophy which continues to this day under the direction of Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche. Her love for energetic practices also led her to participate within Zapchen Somatic retreats with Dr. Julie Henderson. With Julie’s blessing Nicky has continued to include within both her yoga classes and private sessions some of these Zapchen Somatic practices for well-being.
Nicky is now a senior teacher of SomaChi Yoga and has been teaching since 2004. She has been practicing under the teachings of Lianne Metcalf since 2001 who she completed her Yoga Teacher Training with. She has studied within trainings and workshops both in Melbourne and overseas with many other yoga teachers throughout the years and has benefited especially from Shiva Rae’s Vinyasa Energetic Alignment, Vinyasa with Cyndy Lee and Tripsichore Yoga with Edward Clark.
Nicky has found it quite wonderful to learn and expand with others however her heart continues to rest within the yoga practices of SomaChi as she enjoys, appreciates and loves the essence of SomaChi Yoga. Nicky has been teaching yoga within studios, fitness and wellbeing centres, corporate sectors through out Melbourne both within group yoga classes and also privately with clients. For the past few years Nicky has been a teacher within the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at SomaChi Yoga Studio, Melbourne where she enjoys supporting others in their yoga studies. Nicky’s in-depth experience allows her to offer yoga to all ages and at varied levels of movement to accommodate participants. She invites people to experience the flow and grace that is SomaChi Yoga through these energetic and alive movement practices.