Seattle Yoga Instruction with Nikki Chau

Seattle Yoga with Nikki ChauHello! I’m a Seattle yoga teacher with the goal of helping you move well and feel good in your own skin.

What kind of yoga do you teach?

I’m highly influenced by the Krishnamacharya lineage (Kris who?), and I train and teach in the Iyengar tradition (Is it like iYoga?).

To me, underneath all the styles and traditions, yoga is a way to get to know our own body and mind. I provide information to support your wellbeing, and this is how I do it:

I focus on techniques and alignment. The Seattle yoga scene is vast and diverse, from Anusara to Yin. I’m most interested in guiding you in techniques of movement and alignment.  Mastering these will give you a solid foundation for your practice and complement whatever style of yoga you choose to do.

I mind the gap. I believe in doing yoga in a way that you can enjoy it for a long time. I’m vigilant in working to prevent, and rehab from, injuries. As they say on the back of those large trucks: safety is my priority.

I start slow and taper. I think of yoga as fuel management in our internal gas tank. I’m a certified Restorative Yoga teacher, and consider it a tool to meet the pace and demand of modern life. I’m an enabler of navel-gazing behaviors.

Sounds pretty good, but what’s your qualification?

I recently completed a year-long training with Judith Lasater and an intensive Donald Moyer at the Yoga Room in Berkeley. I’m in my 2nd year of Advanced Teacher Training at the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco.

I’m certified at the 500-Hour level from Pacific Yoga Teacher Training, a Seattle yoga training program in Asana, Anatomy, Pranayama, Sanskrit, and Yoga Philosophy. I’m a certified Restorative Yoga teacher with Judith Lasater. I’m currently studying Philosophy, Literature, and History of Yoga in Georg Feuerstein’s 800-hour Traditional Yoga Studies.

I study with Seattle yoga teachers Theresa Elliott and Kathryn Payne and attend continuing education workshops. I practice Vipassana Meditation and follow the teachings of Shinzen Young. I’m a bit of a Buddhist geek.

Ok, I’m sold. Where do you teach?

In the past, I’ve taught at Village Green Yoga in Gilman Village in Issaquah and Taj Yoga in Crown Hill. My classes are often small, where each student can receive close attention and personal instruction.

I currently focus on my practice and studies, and not teaching public classes.

What else is here?

On this site, in addition to my teaching and training information, you’ll find articles I’ve written based on my experience, such as How To Choose a Yoga Teacher Training.

In my yoga blog, you’ll find my “reports from the field” on the wide world of yoga, including Seattle yoga news and events. My aim is to record my journey as a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and student, discovering the art of teaching, the business of yoga, and the trials, tribulations, and joy of being on this Path.

My philosophy is described in The Big Picture.

You’ll also find me on Twitter as @yogageekgirl and Facebook: I’m also at

What else can you tell us about you?

I received a Bachelor of Art in International Business and Bachelor of Science in Informatics from the University of Washington in 2005. I am fluent in Vietnamese, and thanks to a year of living in France, I’ve learned to say non merci when offered a plate of roquefort cheese and mais oui! to joie de vivre.

In addition to yoga, my life long quest is learning how to whistle. You might also find me doodling, feeling guilty about my growing shelf of unread books, cobbling together bad rhymes, doing User Experience design, playing soccer, lolling at cats on reddit, and climbing on rock faces.

“May our study together be filled with light.” – Yoga Student Teacher Prayer

One Response

  1. johnclarke054
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    I am in my 50’s. Last summer I injured my back. I would like a consult with you to discuss whether the yoga you teach would help my recovery.

    I have not practiced yoga, so would desire a number of individual lessons to insure I learn forms correctly–then move into a small class setting.

    I live in Seattle on Capital Hill. Could please let me know what my options are? I enjoyed reading your philosophy and you goals mirror mine very well.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    John Clarke

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