Nikki

I look forward to teaching, learning & practicing with you!  I grew up in the Midwest, consumed with classical piano & private girls' school.  I studied chemical engineering & classical piano at Tulane University and subsequently moved to east coast (Boston & Philadelphia suburbs).  After graduate school MBA, I got married and had 2 boys while working in the consumer products/pharmaceutical/vaccine industries.  During these years, I physically stressed my body with piano, racquetball, long distance running, snowboarding and challenging childbirths (2 cesarean sections).  Eventually, knee problems forced me to discontinue high impact sports.  I reached peak stress levels when family members were diagnosed with cancer and mental illness.  A close friend recruited me to Hatha Yoga (Bikram Method).  Although overwhelmed by first few classes, I was surprised by the physical & emotional outlet, without the physical stress on my joints.  After several months,  I joined an awesome network of yoga studios called Twisters and my practice became stronger (less stressed, less fatigued, more patient, leaner).  Within a year, my abdominal strength improved along with reduced swelling, scar tissue and numbness from c-sections.  Over a few years, my joint ache, stiffness, hand/foot repetitive motion issues improved.  I became increasingly intrigued by Hatha Vinyasa yoga and expanded my practice to include Hatha Ashtanga yoga (Primary Series).  From last ~20 years to present, I give major credit to  yoga for the mental & physical strength that I have achieved with 50 years living on this earth.  In spring 2017, I was diagnosed with osteo-arthritis, but I am pain-free, and no knee surgery!  I am so proud of being coached & influenced by outstanding instructors, practitioners & business owners in our global yoga community.  I’m inspired and humbled on a daily basis by my yoga family.  My mission is to share yoga with everyone who is willing to come & try.  I’ll see you in the hot room... no fears … safe space.  I hope to see you soon!  Here are some of my achievements so far:
  • 500 hr TT Certification (Bikram Yoga College of India)certified by Bikram Choudhury to teach Original Bikram Method, as taught by Bikram & Rajashree Choudhury (also called Hatha 26&2)
  • Travel teaching: taught Hatha 26&2 classes in Mexico, London, Ohio, North/South Carolina, California
  • Local teaching:  taught 3,000+ yoga classes at Hot Yoga RTP-Cary-Morrisville from 2015 to present; launched Yoga for Teens for 2nd year at Sterling Montessori and Charter School
  • Company launch:  Formed Butterfly Transformation & Healing (BTAH), LLC  in 2015 with strategic intent to teach yoga exploration & skills for lifelong practice
  • Completed build-out and opening of boutique hot yoga studio, Hot Yoga RTP-Cary-Morrisville
  • Expanded yoga school offerings to include Hatha yoga (26&2, Ashtanga, Rocket, Slow Flow), Yin Yoga, as well as strengthening & toning classes.
  • Launched Yoga for Teens, teaching middle school yoga classes & supporting teen dancers at the studio
  • Launched Destination Yoga, teaching customized yoga programs at requested locations for businesses, leisure, family activity, resorts and much more 
  • Secured 2020 Teacher Training Debut:  Rocket Teacher Training with Carson Clay Calhoun

Continuing Education (CE)/Certification - Original Hot Yoga Association & Yoga Alliance

26&2: completed CE intensives (Esak Garcia, Jared McCann, Craig Villani, Lynn Witlow, Diane Ducharme Gardener, Benjamin Sears, Gianna Purcell, Zeb Homison) 

ZebYoga: certified by Zeb Homison to teach Beyond 26&2, a Hatha yoga sequence to grow & expand postures included in Ghosh's Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced Yoga series

Ashtanga: ongoing student of Traditional Ashtanga Primary Series as taught by David Garrigues, completed CE Ashtanga 2nd Series Immersion as taught by David Williams.

Annie Thompson Yoga:  completed CE Inversion Immersion

Yin Yoga:  completed CE as taught by Shala Worsley, Asheville Yoga

HIIT:  completed CE, certified by creator Monique Crous to teach Hot HIIT

Nikki's Upcoming Classes

Wednesday - November 30, 2022 / EST
Tighten&Lighten (ClassPass not accepted)
Wednesday 11/30/2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Nikki
Hot Yoga RTP-Cary-Morrisville
Friday - December 02, 2022 / EST
Private Customized Session
Friday 12/2/2022
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Nikki
Hot Yoga RTP-Cary-Morrisville
Vinyasa Flow: Rocket (ClassPass not accepted)
Friday 12/2/2022
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Nikki
Hot Yoga RTP-Cary-Morrisville
Saturday - December 03, 2022 / EST
26&2: Traditional BikramMethod90 (ClassPass not accepted)
Saturday 12/3/2022
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Nikki
Hot Yoga RTP-Cary-Morrisville
Sunday - December 04, 2022 / EST
Yin Yang Restore (ClassPass not accepted)
Sunday 12/4/2022
10:00 am - 11:15 am

Nikki
Hot Yoga RTP-Cary-Morrisville
Monday - December 05, 2022 / EST
Vinyasa Flow: Rocket (ClassPass not accepted)
Monday 12/5/2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Nikki
Hot Yoga RTP-Cary-Morrisville
Tuesday - December 06, 2022 / EST
VinyasaFlow: Ashtanga (ClassPass not accepted)
Tuesday 12/6/2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Nikki
Hot Yoga RTP-Cary-Morrisville
Yin Yang Restore (ClassPass not accepted)
Tuesday 12/6/2022
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Nikki
Hot Yoga RTP-Cary-Morrisville
Wednesday - December 07, 2022 / EST
Tighten&Lighten (ClassPass not accepted)
Wednesday 12/7/2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Nikki
Hot Yoga RTP-Cary-Morrisville
Monday - December 12, 2022 / EST
Vinyasa Flow: Rocket (ClassPass not accepted)
Monday 12/12/2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Nikki
Hot Yoga RTP-Cary-Morrisville
Tuesday - December 13, 2022 / EST
VinyasaFlow: Ashtanga (ClassPass not accepted)
Tuesday 12/13/2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Nikki
Hot Yoga RTP-Cary-Morrisville
Yin Yang Restore (ClassPass not accepted)
Tuesday 12/13/2022
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Nikki
Hot Yoga RTP-Cary-Morrisville
Wednesday - December 14, 2022 / EST
Tighten&Lighten (ClassPass not accepted)
Wednesday 12/14/2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Nikki
Hot Yoga RTP-Cary-Morrisville