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.
This higher-level Iyengar Yoga practice steadily progresses through standing poses that turn on your leg strength; learn how the body opens and accepts one standing pose to the next. Start with various arm positions, activate your lower body through Tree, Chair, Triangle, Warrior II, Extended Side Angle, and Half Moon, then finish with Forward Folds.
Turn your brain off while following a slow-paced breath-to-movement rhythm to release stress and clear your mind. This flow creates a relaxing, moving meditation through modified Sun Salutations, Warrior I, Pyramid Pose, and Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend before finishing with a rest.
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.