Body of Knowledge

I have been practicing yoga & pilates since 2000, and teaching fitness classes focused on anatomical alignment since 2008. I have earned teaching certifications through Blue Powder Productions, Athletics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA), The Dailey Method, & Yoga Alliance. My personal practice has evolved over years of learning to work with hypermobility, knowledge of vertebrate anatomy & evolution, and under the tutelage of amazing yoga, pilates, and barre teachers.

Appreciating Earth Movement Classes,



A virtual space for a community focused on mindful movement, body awareness, & self-care. I teach classes that are  barre+yoga+ pilates+functional movement & intentional alignment. Join me in classes designed to challenge your strength, build functional flexibility, & improve posture in mixed-level, beginner, & gentle approaches.

Drop in rate: $14

10-class packages: $100

Core Engage Foundations on Wednesdays 5:45-6:45pm: 

The foundations of core engagement. Strength & alignment focused mix of pilates, barre, yoga & resistance. Spend an hour focusing on active muscle engagement, resistance training, anatomical alignment, & safe range of motion exercises. Learn how to move your joints using balanced muscle strength, so that you can increase flexibility safely and effectively while building muscle to support your joints. 


Mindful Movement on Mondays 6-7pm:

Slow & deliberate movements to strengthen & balance body awareness. A strong focus on foundation, joint alignment, & body balancing. Become aware of your body patterns and how they affect your movement and are affected by your daily habits. This class includes strengthening & flexibility exercises at a slower pace to create space for mindful engaged motion.

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Private Fitness Sessions

Focus on your individual strength, flexibility, & body awareness goals with Nicole through a private zoom meeting devoted to you learning how to to align your body most effectively.

Blue Door Yoga & Wellness Studio, Penngrove CA








I have a been teacher at Blue Door since fall 2016. I truly love this studio, the clients, the owner, & the community. I teach classes that are focused on functional movement in intentional alignment. No one refers to my classes as easy, but I provide an effective and safe way to build strength, flexibility, & body awareness. Join me!

Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm:  "Core Stability" 

Core Stability is a blend of Pilates and Yoga principles that focus on anatomical alignment, muscle engagement, and joint flexibility. The goal is to move from your core and be able to use your joints and muscles through their full range of motion with stability and power.


Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm:  "Alignment Based Deep Vinyasa" 

Alignment-oriented yoga flow with mindful transitions timed to breath.  A strong focus on intentional & comfortable alignment, foundation, and body awareness. This class will help you learn your unique alignment in common yoga poses to stabilize your joints & move with ease from a place of strength. 


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