Nikki Costello is a Certified Level 3 Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) and a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). For 28 years, her teaching has been inspired by annual trips to India including RIMYI (Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute) the study of scriptural and philosophical texts and a daily practice of meditation. In 2013-2014, she was a contributing editor at Yoga Journal, writing the magazine’s “Basics Column,” and in 2016, Nikki was named one of the 100 Most Influential Teachers in America. She holds an MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation from SOAS, University of London.
Move slow and steady in hip-focused forward bends and arm balances to tone your body’s center. Practice Marichyasana I, a Reclining Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose series, and arm balances Eka Hasta Bhujasana and Bhujapidasana. Props Required: 2 blocks, 2 straps, 1 bolster, and 3 blankets.
Turn on your legs to practice full expressions of Bhekasana (Frog Pose) and Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose). This class practices moving your body in different variations of Half Frog and Locust poses to fully open your thighs. Peak in Frog and Reclining Hero poses before finishing in Savasana. Props Required: 1 block and 1 blanket. Props Suggested: 1 chair.
Ease into your day with rhythmic movement and meditation for a gentle approach to your morning routine. Start by slowly waking up with opening side bends, Extended Side Angle Pose, and Standing Forward Bend, then move to the floor for stretches and guided meditation. Props Required: 2 blankets.