Nikki Myers was introduced to yoga in the trendy 70s - and then it lay dormant while she pursued her dual careers of jazz singing and software design (she holds songwriting credits and software patents in these fields). Emotional and physical stressors encouraged her to return to her yoga practice some years later.
Now Nikki is a Viniyoga 500Hour Teacher and Viniyoga Therapist and owns a studio, CITYOGA, in Indianapolis. She shares her yoga in classes, in juvenile detention centers, in university settings, in private sessions. Nikki and Nate Rush are deeply committed to a program they’ve developed call The Yoga of 12 Step Recovery, the foundations of which lie in the principles, the teachings, and the philosophy that have come to her from her Viniyoga training – and the wisdom of the 12 Step program for addiction.
Nikki describes her Yoga of 12 Step Recovery in 2 interviews with Yoga Modern:
» Bringing Back the Body in Addiction: Interview with Nikki Myers, Part 1
» How dare you play small? Interview with Nikki Myers, Part 2
The success that Nikki has demonstrated with this program has piqued the interest of a major health insurer. Stay tuned for more in the next year as Nikki and Gary Kraftsow collaborate to bring her program to a broader audience.
When Nikki reflects on her experiences with the AVI community she says she is overwhelmed by the brilliance of the people Gary attracts into his trainings. “This speaks to who Gary is and the depth of his teachings.” Throughout her Yoga Therapy training, she found herself deeply grateful for what she was learning there.
What amazes me is how it continues to deepen and how the integration process comes together. It becomes so alive.