You may have noticed that we have added a lot of new teachers to our roster - at For the Core, we want you to get to know your instructors a little bit better. So read on to find out more about Nicki Le Masurier...
How did you first get into yoga?
Can I tell you a secret? I actually didn't enjoy my first yoga class! For this reason, I would say shop around with different teachers and also different styles of yoga - you'll instinctively know which is the right fit. I tried everything from Ashtanga through Jivamukti to Yin. It didn't take me long before I had that mega shiny lightbulb yoga moment. I started practising properly as an antidote to combat the stress of a demanding career. Long hours sat hunched over a desk and on my phone meant that I was getting all sorts of odd aches and pains, which just didn't seem right for my age. I was looking for something that would offer both a physical and also I guess, a bit of a mental release. Yoga was the one. I got hooked.
What changes did you notice after you began yoga?
Some changes are immediate. Like that yoga glow you experience after schvasana or the calmness that surrounds you after a good pranayama session. Other changes take time but are worth the wait, muscle tones, a super strong core, the ability to hold a plank for days (oh alright, minutes!), less reactivity to stress, better sleep, improved digestion, better concentration, honestly the list goes on and on and on. The most amazing thing about yoga is that you'll always have a completely different experience every time you meet your mat and for me that's what makes it so interesting. It's such a beautiful pairing of mind and body that you'll never get bored, there's always some new depth to explore.
What is your funniest yoga experience?
Blasting out Old Dirty Bastard during Schvasana... shuffle button woes!
What is your yoga philosophy?
It's somewhat of a cliche, but I fully believe that the real yoga happens when you step off the mat.
My favourite thing is when I get someone completely new to yoga in my class and they whisper they're not very bendy... Great! I tell them, neither am I! A Beginner's mind is an enviable thing.
Who has been your greatest influence throughout your journey?
My teachers Safia, Rory and Scarlett at TRIBE Yoga that I trained with in India were incredible. Also my fellow teachers I met on the course are still an inspiration to me this day, shout out to Nishita and Jordan in particular.
What would you say to someone to encourage them to start their yoga journey?
'Practice and all is Coming' - okay, so I may have stolen that one from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois...
What's your favourite asana and why?
Trikonasana - Triangle Pose. I'm currently crushing on yoga's sacred geometry and this pose jumps out to me with so it's multitude of triangle shapes. The important alignment tips is not to focus too much on getting the hand to the floor, but more keeping length in the side body and opening up the chest so you're still engaged. Modify the pose by using a brick in the hand closest to the floor to give yourself an added lift.
Nicki teaches on Fridays at 7pm. Be sure to check out her class!