“Republic of Yoga fosters self-discovery,
renewal and creativity through the
ancient system of Hatha yoga.”
Do you take enough time to reflect on “you”? This is the question I asked myself several months ago when I visited Republic of Yoga in Cary, NC. I was asked to come to a class and experience all they have to offer and within the first minutes of class, this question resounded in my head. As I sat on the floor with my eyes closed, breathing and focusing inward, as directed by Nicole Nichols (founder, co-owner and yoga instructor), I realized that it had been entirely too long since I took time to look within and tune out the world around me.
For those of you unfamiliar with this yoga studio it was founded by the talented Nicole Nichols, who has over 18 years of experience teaching yoga in New York and around the world. She now shares her passion for life and yoga practice with others in Cary, North Carolina. The studio focuses on the practice of:
“Hatha yoga in the flowing Vinyasa style
where breath and movement synchronize, like meditation in motion.”
Prior to visiting her studio I had practiced yoga in the past but on a very limited basis. So, I was quite nervous about accepting the offer to attend a class. However, any concerns that I had were soon put to rest. Upon entering the studio I immediately noticed how Nicole greeted students by name and with a warm smile. Her bright and welcoming demeanor is contagious and helped to put me more at ease.
Moving on the the class itself, Nicole’s level of experience is evident in the ease and competence she exhibits when teaching. There were yogis there with various levels of experience which can be intimidating. However, I found that the Nicole gave clear instructions that I was able to follow. Where I was lacking she offered me encouragement and extra instruction without disturbing the overall “flow” of practice. She was equally attentive to other members of the course as well. Not only was Nicole encouraging but every one there helped add to the overall atmosphere of calm energy and support.
Although I felt at ease and fully supported in my endeavors, I still found the course to be physically challenging. I felt a positive pressure to reach further and make demands on my body that I didn’t it was think capable of. When it was all said and done, I was reminded me that it’s absolutely necessary to push yourself because we are much more capable than we allow ourselves to believe. Also, to reach higher levels of achievement you have to take advantage of all aspects of your being (body, mind and spirit). I left the studio feeling motivated to dedicate more time to reflecting on me so that I can answer my initial question in the affirmative.
Top: Article showing Nicole teaching yoga in Time Square
Bottom: Studio interior, Republic of Yoga
If you are ever in the Cary, NC area consider stopping in at Republic of Yoga (yep, they have drop-in classes and your first one is free)! They offer a wide range of classes to fit your schedule and practice level, a welcoming environment, professional instruction and a beautiful space for you to challenge yourself from the inside out.
Thanks Nicole & Republic of Yoga!