Closing the Yoga Loft Chapter

Why I am Leaving the Yoga Loft

A lot of people are silently wondering why I won’t be teaching at the Yoga Loft, but are hesitant to ask me why. I’m closing this chapter because it’s time for me to step aside and allow someone else to teach to a great community of yogis. I have had my time in the sun at this special place, and have learned so much as I have taught here for the past five years.

It is not easy for me to leave … but it is time for me to focus on teaching specialty classes, courses, workshops and retreats. My Yoga Teacher Training demands more of my time every year, and the private healing sessions I offer are quite popular as well. The world needs me to step up and shine, and I am listening. I know that I am needed in a different capacity now. But I’m not going to lie, it’s not easy to walk away from something that’s become so familiar.

It feels both like a lifetime and the blink of an eye at the same time. I was blissfully living in the small town of Quesnel, BC, methodically researching my new stomping grounds in Kamloops. I remember coming across the Yoga Loft website as I tried to figure out where I could begin practicing yoga in my new town. I thought it looked welcoming, inviting, and it looked like home.

The day I walked in the door of the studio for the first time, I was absolutely smitten by the wood floors, large windows, and the stage that held space for the Buddha statue and crystal singing bowls. Most of all, I was impressed by the energy of the place… I could feel a very comfortable, welcoming and inspiring vibe, and at the same time I felt intimidated by how special it was. I wondered if I would ever get the chance to teach there.

When I reached out to the Yoga Loft to see about teaching there, I was met with a spiel that must have been given to so many people who came before me: “We have a waiting list of people who would like to teach here … we prefer that people become a part of our community before teaching here … you can send your resume, but … no guarantees” (basically, don’t get your hopes up).

So, of course I created a resume detailing all the things I had done since I’d started teaching yoga. I remember being so surprised, and proud of myself, for how many things I had said yes to. From teaching competitive figure skaters, to the seniors in semi-assisted living, to meditation and beyond … I had come so far, and I didn’t know at the time that it would just be the beginning of my career as a yoga teacher. That, in and of itself, was enough for me, without even stepping foot into the capacity of teaching at the Yoga Loft.

I had sent in my resume, and hadn’t thought much about it again, as I was busy teaching at other locations. One day, I got a call: A last minute sub teacher was needed at the Yoga Loft for the next two days’ lunchtime classes. I was living 45 minutes away, but I said yes regardless.

I continued to fill in occasionally, and we finally moved to our new house in Kamloops a little later. Fate was on my side when we arrived, as a teacher was suddenly unable to teach, and there was a huge gap to fill in her absence. I began filling in as much as I could, getting to know students and their preferences. It was during that time that I learned so much about taking the time to observe my students and to pick up their cues for what they needed.

Out of all the experiences I have had while teaching, there is a particular moment that I enjoy the most. Sometimes, when my students are in Savasana, there is a silence and a stillness that permeates the air. It is a moment in time when all students are perfectly relaxed and completely in the moment. And with this moment comes a feeling of peace and gratitude that I cannot truly express. It doesn’t happen every time, but when it does it is absolute magic.

I’m not finished with teaching yoga – I am still offering one drop-in class a week at Clarity Yoga, and subbing occasionally at Oxygen Yoga’s specialty infrared studio. I will also be facilitating my Yoga Teacher Training Program between both of these studios.

As always, if you have questions, comments, concerns or inquiries, please do not hesitate to reach out. I’m still here for you.

Love Nicole

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