Nikki Costello is a Certified Level 3 Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) and a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). For 27 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 is currently completing an MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at SOAS, University of London.
This slow-paced, beginner Iyengar Yoga class helps to establish your center through grounding poses like Vrksasana or Tree pose, then progress into poses that require more balance like Ardha Chandrasana or Half Moon pose and Parivrtta Trikonasana or Revolved Triangle using props as support. Props Required: a block, wall, and chair for balance.
A slow, challenging class that teaches the hip function and action in advanced one-leg lifted and one-leg standing poses. Start by practicing stable poses like Trikonasana or Extended Triangle, and Parivrtta Trikonasana or Revolved Triangle with both feet on the ground. Then, more advanced balancing versions including Ardha Chandrasana or Half Moon and Warrior 3. Props Required: 2 blocks, a chair, a wall.
This intermediate Iyengar class teaches proper alignment and how to lift the spine for standing balancing poses. Start with variations of Utthita Marichyasana using a chair, then Utthita Hasta Padangustasana or Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe with the optional support of props. Props Required: 2 blocks, 1 belt, 2 blankets, a chair.