January 2012 – Intro to Yoga at Taj Yoga

I’m teaching an Introduction to Yoga series at Taj Yoga on Tuesday nights starting this coming week. Here are all the deets… eh… details.

Elevator pitch

This five-week introduction series will cover the fundamentals of yoga including alignment, breathing, and relaxation techniques.


Date: Tuesdays January 10-February 7, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.


Location: 9250 14th Ave NW,
Seattle, WA 98117. [Google Maps link]
Studio: Taj Yoga Room 1

How much

Cost: $70 for all 5 classes. $130 for two if you sign up together.

Is this class for me?

I’ve designed the syllabus primarily for someone brand new to yoga, or has dabbled in a class or two at a local gym, where the pace is fast and there are a lot of students.

I will focus on techniques–the whys and hows–of the types of yoga poses such as Standing Poses, Back Bends, Forward Bends, Twist, Seated, and Supine (everyone’s favorites).

Because yoga is multi-faceted, I will be introducing some foundational aspects of the 8 limbs of yoga, and so this class would also be appropriate for anyone interested in deepening their knowledge of the techniques and tenets of yoga.

The classes build on each other from week to week, and the goal is prepare you to take ongoing hatha yoga classes with lots of confidence.

What if I can’t make it to all five classes?

If you know you won’t be able to make it to a class, I will prorate the cost of the series and work out a plan to catch you up. Class notes will be sent to everyone about what we covered in class.

Who are you? Why should I take yoga from you?

I’m Nikki. I started yoga via asana at 15, developed a Vipassana (Insight) meditation practice when I was 25, and received my 500-hour certificate to teach yoga in in May of 2010.

My training and practice is heavily influenced by the Iyengar lineage. Techniques, Safety, and Alignment (TSA without the lines) are my main emphasis.

With the proliferation of yoga, there has come the rise of yoga injuries. My classes are small to ensure the techniques and modification are personal and appropriate for you.

And while yoga is more popular than ever, its message still appears to be elusive and esoteric. I have been lucky to catch a glimpse of yoga beyond the bendiness. My goal is to make what seems to be mystical practical to you.

Is this hot yoga?


What other students have said

I just finished a 6 week alignment series with Nikki, and I can’t wait for the next opportunity to take a class with her.

Nikki keeps the class fun, while making sure everyone is working within their capabilities. I especially appreciate that she makes sure to be aware of what injuries or impediments everyone brings to the class in order to best suit the class to the individuals.

And as a bit of a geek myself, I love that Nikki spends the time to explain the whys of each posture, and even each adjustment, rather than just running students through a prescribed series with little or no thought involved.

The class is a great balance of physical postures, breath work, and inner work, leading to a terrifically revitalizing experience. – David Tolmie

I’m in! What do I do?

Hooray! Please RSVP by writing or calling me:

  • Email: nikki @ nikkiyoga dot com
  • Voice/text: 206 . 992 . 0139
  • Twitter: @yogageekgirl

How do I pay you?

You can pay me at the door on the first day of class. I take cash, check, and credit card via a Square reader. I’m not receiving payment through PayPal at this time.

How do I get there?

Taj Yoga is housed inside the old Crown Hill Elementary building, which opened in 1919 with six rooms. Today, it’s home to Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Arc Ballet School of Dance, Small Faces Child Development Center, and many great movement art programs.

The building is on 14 Ave NW and NW 95th St. There is ample parking. It’s also accessible by bus #75 on Holman Road NW, bus #15 on 15th Ave NW, and bus #48 on NW 85th St.

Here are all the gory detailed directions on how to find Taj studio, including photos.

What if I’m hungry before or after yoga?

The class is 7:30 -8:45 p.m. The general guideline for doing yoga is to not eat about two hours prior to class. However, I’d much rather you have a steady blood sugar level than be so hungry in class you can’t wait for it to end. So, if it’s close to class time and you haven’t eaten all day, please eat. Almonds, bananas, soups, a small peanut butter sandwich are typically good options.

We do also have the distinction of being within walking distance from Holman Road Dick’s, one of six Seattle famous Dick’s Drive-In, which makes for a fine choice after yoga, but probably not before.

If you have any additional questions, please let me know, and I hope to see you soon.