Nicky PooleGuest Faculty
I am a graduate of Shiva Rea’s renowned Prana Flow teacher training program and have been studying closely with her since 2006. The roots of all my asana teachings flow along the veins of this lineage. In 2019 I completed the Yoga Studies Summer Program at the University of London with leading researchers on from the Hatha Yoga Project, including Dr James Mallinson, Dr Jason Birch, Dr Mark Singleton and other luminaries. My research paper outlined the connections of pre-modern practices of tapas, and the influence it had on the development of medieval Hatha Yoga. I continue to pursue my academic studies part time with Seth Powell of Yogic Studies. Most years, I travel to CVN Kalari, in Thiravanantapuram, Southern India to continue my traditional studies in Kalarippayat. I have also been studying with Frey Faust and Fransesca Pedulla and the Axis Syllabus community in non-linear movement modalities and functional anatomy in recent yearsAlongside this, I have completed thousands of hours of studyin the practice of Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Restorative, Yin, Therapeutics, Anatomy, Philosophy, Sanskrit, Mahayana and Vajryana Meditation, Ayurveda, Thai Yoga Massage, Yogic history, and Social Justice. I have a passion for teaching pre and post natal yoga, and support my clients as a Birth Doula. 2004 – 2009: Founder, Breathing Room Yoga in Saigon, Vietnam 2010 – 2017: Manager, Teacher Training Director of 889 Yoga in Toronto 2017 – 2020: Co-owner, Teacher Training Co-Director of Octopus Garden Yoga in Toronto Summer 2020: Co-Founder Leelapod
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