Nicki Doane

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Arm Balances: Learn to Stand on Your Own Two Hands

The group of poses known as arm balances bring up all kinds of emotions for people. fear, insecurity, frustration, fear. Did we mention that one yet? In this class we will work with these poses to look fear in the face.
Learning how to go upside down can be a very empowering experience for everyone. We will work on handstands against the wall and in the middle of the room, depending on your level of comfort. In this class, anyone who wants to do a handstand will. We will cover many arm balances, from the more simple “baby” balances, to the more advanced full arm balances. This class promises to be fun and an opportunity to conquer some fears and let them go.

Class Level: Intermediate
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Make Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras Juicy and Exciting (Flow + Chanting)

Been practicing yoga for a while now and starting to get curious about the practice beyond the poses? This class is for you.
The sutras are essentially the psychology of yoga. If we chant them, they can help us understand our restless monkey minds. Chanting doesn't have to be this weird thing that some yogis do. In fact, chanting is not only a form of pranayama (conscious breathing), but its also considered to be Internal medicine. We'll weave the sutras into a strong vinyasa practice, showing how related the poses of the body are to the posture of your mind. Class includes vinyasa practice and ends with seated chanting of Nicki's Top 10 Foundational Yoga Sutras.

Class Level: All Levles
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About Nicki Doane

Devotion to yoga and the desire to share with and give back to the world are what motivate the teaching of Maya Yoga with Nicki Doane. Yoga is spirit in action, and as Nicki teaches, she inspires people to find a place of spirit inside themselves, recognizing the profound connection between the self and spirit.
Nicki has been studying yoga in India for years and has been deeply influenced by the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and B.K.S. Iyengar. Her unique approach to Vinyasa yoga strengthens all aspects of your being through dynamic structural alignment, conscious breathing, and practical yogic philosophy; helping students find the deeper life of yoga. Nicki strives to teach each student that yoga is about being fully present in the moment and discovering that we are truly all One: One Love, One People, One Heart, One Destination – Our Higher Self.

Nicki Doane had a wanderlust that led her to India in 1991 to study yoga. She went to Mysore to meet Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and immediately realized she had found her teacher. Nicki started teaching in 1992. She cites Pattabhi Jois, along with Eddie Modestini, Gabriella Giubilaro, and Tim Miller among her most influential teachers. She is an authorized teacher of Ashtanga Yoga. Although rooted in Ashtanga, Nicki‘s teaching goes beyond the traditional. Her Vinyasa classes combine asana, pranayama, philosophy, and poetry. Nicki’s emphasis is on awareness: creating integrity within each pose that can be carried beyond the mat into daily life.

Nicki teaches at yoga studios and conferences across the globe. She is featured in two Ashtanga Yoga DVDs from Gaiam Inc. and recently produced her own series of Maya Yoga DVDs in collaboration with her husband Eddie Modestini. Nicki and Eddie live in Maui, HI, where they co-direct Maya Yoga Studio.

Teaching Style

Hatha Yoga / Vinyasa Yoga / Iyengar Yoga / Asthanga Yoga / Alignment Based Yoga

Where You Can Find Me

Nicki teaches primarily at Maya Yoga Studio in Maui. She teaches workshops around the U.S. and abroad.

Affiliations & Endorsements

  • Vinyasa 101 with Yoga Journal
  • Aim Healthy U

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Inspirational Quote:

"Don’t ever doubt the power of one person’s ability to create change. Life has always been an ongoing lineage of one person inspiring another.“
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