Apply Vinyasa to Life
Vinyasa yoga teaches us to cultivate an awareness that links each action to the next-on the mat and in our lives. Applying vinyasa in your yoga practice and daily life has many parallels to sailing a boat. Like sailing, moving through life demands a synchronization with natural forces that requires skill and intuition, the ability to set a course yet change with the wind and currents. If you want to sail, you have to know how to assess the conditions of the weather-blustery, calm, choppy-which constantly fluctuate, as do our physical, emotional, and spiritual states.
The teachings of yoga include a view called parinamavada, the idea that constant change is an inherent part of life. Therefore, to proceed skillfully with any action, we must first assess where we are starting from today; we cannot assume we are quite the same person we were yesterday. We are all prone to ignoring the changing conditions of our body-mind; we often distort the reality of who we are based on who we think that we should be. This can show up on the yoga mat in any number of inappropriate choices: engaging in a heating, rigorous practice when we're agitated or fatigued; doing a restorative practice when we're stagnant; going to an advanced yoga class when a beginning class better suits our experience and skills. In order to avoid such unbeneficial actions, we need to start out with an accurate assessment of our current state. -From Yoga Journal
Eating/Drinking: It is best to let meals or snacks digest before coming to class. After a meal, give yourself 2 hours before practicing yoga. After a snack, give yourself 1 hour. You may drink water during class as needed, but you may feel more comfortable if you hydrate prior to class.2
What to wear: Wear comfortable, stretchy clothes that are not too loose. Choose appropriately based on how your clothing may respond to things like sweat, twisting, lying down, or bending forward.3
Bring: A yoga mat, towel, and water. We will have mat rentals if needed and other necessary yoga props for your convenience. Avoid: Wearing strong scents such as perfumes, deodorants, essential oils, or cologne. Please ensure that your mat, clothes, and body are odor-free to help maintain the purity of the practice space.4
Get there early: If it is your first time, please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out any necessary forms, get changed if needed, and settle in.
Once You Arrive5
Footwear: Take off your shoes and socks before you walk into the practice space and place them in the designated changing or shoe-storage area.6
Electronic devices: Please turn your cell phone off, or, better yet, do not take it into the practice space with you. If you do need to keep your cell phone with you and turned on during class (i.e. if you are a physician on call or a pilot on standby), then please set it to vibrate. If you’ve brought your cell phone in with you and it accidentally rings aloud during class, please turn it off as soon as you safely can.7
Communicate: If you have any injuries, limitations, or concerns, please notify your instructor before class begins so they can help you stay safe.8
Enter the room: When you enter the room, please respect the sacredness of the space by entering quietly. Try to keep noise to a minimum when setting up your mat and collecting your props (i.e. block, blanket, strap), and be sensitive to whether conversations with others may disturb those around you. Also, please make sure that you have (quietly) closed the door behind you in order to maintain the temperature of the practice space and to reduce any noise from outside.9
Positioning your mat: Orient your mat so you will be facing the teacher. If you are new to yoga and are trying out a class that may have some more experienced students in it, then you might consider placing your mat in a row behind the front so you can follow along more easily. Place your props and your water bottle nearby your mat to keep them handy, but make sure they are not in your way.
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Making space for others: If a fellow student arrives and there is not an immediate space available for their mat, please extend the yoga love by adjusting your mat in order to create space for them.11
Other people's mats: For many people, their mat is a safe, sacred space. Please respect this by not stepping on others' mats, if at all possible.
Take Child's pose at any time: If at any point you feel that you need a rest, then please take Child's pose. You can return to Child's pose at any time-even if the teacher does not specifically cue it-and then rejoin the class when you are ready.13
If you feel that you need to leave the room: It is not uncommon to experience dizziness, fatigue, or discomfort during your first yoga classes, especially if you are practicing in a warm room. If you must leave the room, then please choose a point in the class that is resting (i.e. Child's pose or Down Dog) to excuse yourself, and leave and return quietly.14
Communicate: Let your teacher know if you are confused, are having trouble with something, or are experiencing any pain. Your teacher is here to serve you but cannot help if s/he does not know there's an issue. A quick mention to the teacher or asking for help can be the difference between having a horrible time and being comfortable enough to focus on your practice and other students may benefit from your question!15
Follow your teacher's cues: Unless you are taking Child's Pose in order to rest or center yourself before rejoining the class, then please follow your teacher's cues rather than following your own sequence. If there is a pose that you feel you cannot or should not do, then please let your teacher know and s/he can provide a modification or an alternative.16
If you are late: Being on time is of course optimal, however if you arrive more than ten minutes after class has started, then it's best to come back for another class; the first ten minutes provide centering and warming up, and joining in a class without having had this can risk injury and can also be distracting for fellow students. If you've arrived within the first ten minutes of class, then, if it's OK with the teacher, please enter the studio and gather your props quietly, and choose a space for your mat that is close to the entrance so as not to distract other students. If possible, join the sequence as your teacher cues it. If there are some warm-up postures you need before you can join in the sequence, then quietly take these and join the sequence as soon as you can.
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Savasana: Savasana, or Corpse pose, is the last pose we do in class, and consists of lying down on our mats with our bodies relaxed and our eyes closed so that we may absorb the benefits of our yoga practice. This is a very important part of yoga class, so please give yourself a full Savasana! Your teacher will let you know when it's time to come out of the pose.18
Leaving class early: Please plan to stay for the entire class. If this is not possible, then please let your teacher know before class starts, and take a short Savasana before you depart. When you leave, be mindful of your fellow students by being quiet as you collect your items, return your props, and depart the room.
Clean your immediate area: If you borrowed a mat from the studio, wipe it down if needed and return it. If there is moisture on the floor around your mat-either from your perspiration or your water bottle-wipe it up with your towel. If you used props, put them back.20
Communicate: Speak with your teacher after class if you have any questions or concerns about your yoga practice.21
Make sure you take your own belongings: Double-check that those are your shoes! This goes for anything else you leave out during class, like sweatshirts, jackets, or water bottles.22
Hold any loud conversations away from the studio: Please remember to keep your voices low when you are nearby the practice space, even if you are outside of it. It's great to feel invigorated after class, but your voice can travel far in the tranquil environment of the studio, so please be mindful of others.
Congratulations on starting a yoga practice! We are so happy to have you as a member of our PLYC yoga family (kula)!
Coming Up Through The Muck to Discover Your Divine Beauty
Well, well, well. What do you know? You are freaking amazing, and I'm pretty stellar myself. Now before you start to doubt, or shall we say, dispute the obvious, let me "enlighten" you. You are going to be fantastic whether you like it or not. That's right sister, (and/or brother), your purpose, and path are inevitable no matter how hard you decide to make it on yourself - all will be as it should. Don't believe me?
(Note: originally posted here by TheMrz. Thank you Mrz!)
Allow me to take you on a journey. This is a bio of sorts, but not decorated in hopes of turning these events into an ABC movie special. Nope. Just a straight up example of why we are superbly spectacular.Class Info Read More
Let me to introduce Ms. Nicole Zimmer. "Who tha heck is that and why tha devil do I care?" Because. Nicole Zimmer is an extreme example of why humans are put on this obstacle course called life. Ms. Zimmer is a hope spreader. No, I don't mean, "Put your hands on the screen and be heallled-ah". Not that there is anything wrong with that, if that's your thing.... the act of believing in ANYTHING these days is amazing. No, Nicole is what we call in the constantly seeking realm, a Pink Lotus. She was planted, went through a lot of crap, sludge, and perhaps some tadpoles, to come out on top. Sitting pretty, in her own divine pond, to be tattooed on people that believe in coming through, and sitting pretty as well.
Click to open the New Student Intake Form. Please bring this completed form with you to your first class. You can also fill out this form at the studio.2
What to wear? It's best to wear clothing that is non-restrictive. Generally, any workout clothing is appropriate. Just make sure your clothes won't fall up over your head (constant struggling with clothing can be an annoyance to you).3
Eat lightly, or not at all before class. Generally, yoga asana is best practiced on an empty stomach. This way your yoga practice does not interfere with the digestion process.4
No food or beverages in the asana studio. If necessary, bottled water is okay, but it is recommended to avoid constant sipping. We aim to generate internal heat; constant sipping cools the body. After practice, drink plenty of pure water.5
Arrive a few minutes early. Entering class constantly late is very disruptive and disrespectful to others, and also to your nervous system. If you do arrive a few minutes late, take a breath, unravel your mat outside, and then enter as slowly and quietly as you can. Consider being prompt as a part of your practice.6
If you have a heart condition or other serious ailment, please let your instructor know BEFORE class begins.
Acquire and use your own yoga mat. Using the public rental mats is not as hygienic.
Let go of Competition! Yoga is absolutely not a sport. It is not just a "work out", it is a spiritual practice which makes the body stronger, more flexible, and generally much healthier. But the aim of the practice lies in relaxing the mind and opening the heart, to create spiritual evolution. Let's evolve together! Give yourself this opportunity to just be, just as you are, right now! Perfect! Wow!9
Keep your eyes on your own practice. Yoga is a very personal practice, achieved through internal focus. Please use this time as an opportunity to explore within, and let go of comparisons. When you can finish your practice without knowing what the person next to you was wearing or even who else was in the room, you'll know you were truly focused.10
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OUR STORY CONTINUED...
Ten years ago, Nicole was living a pretty dolls to the wall life. She was gorgeous, intelligent, and powerful in all the wrong ways. Like most women it took a her a while to refine her abilities once her magic arrived. We ladies tend to first use our powers for the purpose of self indulgence. The idea that we have competence that others have yet to discover is a rush in itself. No matter how much manure hits the blades, we are all powerful, all knowing, fierce, in six inch stilettos, flip flops, or tube socks. Nobody, it is said, can shatter a woman in this phase, except for herself. However, like everyone that has stumbled upon capability, Nicole had to nearly suffocate in the sludge, before she could become the woman she has become.Read More
So there she was, bitter with the hassle of life. Typical of the outstanding, she was dating the "how dare he not realize how lucky he is and walk on water!!" dead end boyfriend. Again. Taking a break from the disappointment in Mr. NoWhereFast, she decided to take a Yoga class to "work out". She was disgusted that her future chromosome donor would never reach the potential that she had conjured up for him. Nicole seethed the entire BMW ride to the gym, probably mentally setting Faux Romeo afire. Did she want to hear about some hokey inner peace crap? Not likely. However......she went into the studio absolutely covered in the sandy mud of her world (she lived at the beach) and came out calm. WTH? Who would have guessed that sitting around with some fluted spa music and peeping tom lighting could have made her life tolerable? She hadn't contorted into such interesting shapes in front of that many women before, but she did notice. . .. something. . . Nah. It was probably that weird cucumber water. Who knows what they did to keep customers coming back. Some brainwashing technique to keep you from complaining once the ugly lights came on. Yeah that was it. Either way, she was glad to have gotten out of her head, if only for a second.
It wasn't until years later, after the conception of her son Noah, that she again embraced the idea of inner peace, and cucumbers. With her own little lotus seed growing, she decided to "go organic". Her love for her son insisted that she also deserved the very best. It was only through her that Sir Noah would receive the best possible start. That meant a love of self was of the greatest importance. And so she began to do Yoga. Oh, fun!!, you may be thinking. Pregnant Yoga is such a great idea! Well, it is if you have done it for a while. Then you could unroll your mat in oncoming traffic and still get your "Ohhhmmmm" on. Nicole was still green, yet determined. She conquered video, after endless video throughout her pregnancy because there was no Yoga studio in her ENTIRE town. No, she does not live on the moon. She actually lives in a gorgeous town in SC that has waited all this time for her to discover her purpose.
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So, after rocking out to Enya in her living room, breathing (maybe for the first time ever) and eating pesticide free, Nicole gave birth to her 1st reason for being. Noah, a healthy 20 lb baby boy. Hahaha! Well almost. Put it this way, 'lil man definitely absorbed all of the vitamins, and meditation. The self discovery she acquired helped tremendously with the mommy zombie state of early motherhood. However, as with most natural beauties, it was important Nicole to finally be shed of the 9 month curse we call elastic. She immediately hired a pricey trainer, continued to eat well, and proceeded to take on a very stressful court battle. Old habits die, well, do they?? If you are a true lotus, you will only learn the hard way. After many months of stress, Nicole did the unthinkable. She forgot how to press play. Abandoned were her Yoga videos. Gone was her daily breathing session. She was now holding her breath as most of us do, in anticipation of doom. . . . no really.Read More
Nicole endured hopeless days of "weighing in" and dreadful measuring tape produced by a sadistic trainer. One inch here, two pounds there was more disappointment than her postpartum could handle. Her court battle, though somewhat of a victory, only splintered into multiple residual problems. Then to add disease to mental injury, her health started to diminish in ways she could not fathom. The doctors speculated. . .Graves disease (brought on by stress, btw), Thyroid Disease, $$ RADIATION $$. .. . .negative tests??...well then surely, it must be Thyroid-ism...thyroiditis? . .. . nuclear center?? . .Thyroid storm?? THYROID STORM?? DEADLY?? . . FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! Faster than she could type "Web M.D.", her Dr.s were increasing her vocabulary in the scariest of scientific ways. So she started to think back to one of the few glimmers of hope they had given her. A negative test to a death sentence. The doctors had been so sure there was something horribly wrong. Prior to the negative tests, what had she done differently? Her soul urged her to reflect on the positive in this endless pile of trash can diagnoses. It was Yoga. She had started doing Yoga again. So she continued. Noticeably, two weeks after trading in her "Sweatin' to the Oldies" for some downward dog, her trainer announced that she had lost a whopping eight inches. Holy incense, batman. Perhaps she was on to something.
Before you write me off as some new age psycho, let us all take a deep breath, and disclaimer, if you will. I will not pretend that some if not most serious diseases are hereditary, or environmental, and require serious medical attention, and at times medications. There are some that suffer unthinkably and for their sufferings, we must pray, and send healing their way. We must acknowledge their struggle. We must find cures. We must never stop in our quest to provide those souls with the hope that they deserve. However, there is something to be said for nature. As Nicole points out, even the smallest animals in nature do something so simple, yet so vital to their existence that they would surely die without it. They breathe. They inhale deeply, and exhale deeply. That is the first step in surviving in this world. Good 'ole oxygen. You see, Yoga allowed Nicole to catch her breath. In doing so, her stress started to diminish. Peace out self suffocation, this lotus was reaching for the sun.
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During a spiritual experience in church of all places, : ) Nicole found herself face to face with her 2nd purpose. She had accepted an invitation to attend Sunday service at the local Southern Baptist Church located in the Bible Belt of South Carolina. Now, I am a firm believer in believing. I am also a realist that must point out that just because you go to church doesn't mean you have spirituality. Nicole did, and does. Her pink pedals were reaching from the depths of that muck towards what she would become. She found herself in the dark, (literally) with nothing but a voice to guide her. Risking snoring in the congregation, the pastor turned out the lights. His voice pointed out how rare it is for humans to stop. Stop the noise, the hustle, bustle, and busy self suffocation. Nicole cried enough tears to fill the empty baptismal. She was humbled. She inhaled, and you guessed it, she also exhaled. She listened to that voice. She realized that (duh!!) she already knew this!! What had she been up to this whole time? It was nice to catch up with her soul. Hi me. How ya doing? Come here often?Read More
Nicole, facing the rarity of Yoga via church services, had an epiphany. She must share this gift with anyone that would listen. And everyone too that would listen too. She realized that this gift was the purest of nature. This was the one thing that heaven had blessed us with, and EVERYONE had the advantage. The power. . . .the magical blessing to think. Or to not think. To breathe, if only for one session, or one moment. To become aware. To be an example of growth through denouncing fake control and accepting natural flow was Nicole Zimmer's purpose. (And I thought my whole save the world via comic books and breast feeding was complex.) But how?? When?? Where?? Like I said, old habits. . . what do they do again???
Anytime Nicole was faced with the dreadful self interrogations that outright contradicted what she was trying to accomplish, she would meditate. Gradually, all damaging behaviors and doubt that threatened to stifle any pink lotus started dissolving. When? Now. Where? Here. But How? "Gotta Yoga", (www.gottayogastudio.com) weekend classes, no excuses. Funding? Done. Amazingly aware of her own attempts on her spiritual life, she started meditating "as needed" to combat negativity.
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After attending Gotta Yoga weekend instructors course for a couple of weeks, Nicole decided to open her own studio. Now that she was channeling her charm for the better good, there was no way she could ever be satisfied otherwise. She reflected on her own reasons for not continuing to grow through Yoga, and decided to open a studio that nurtured the working mother, the single mother, the mother's mother, the dads, the guys, the kids, the babies, and anyone else that needed a quick cleansing breath or ten. During her training, she was enlightened by the story of the lotus flower. She learned that the lotus pushes through the murkiest filth, to finally thrive, and to look fabulous doing it. She was afflicted with mysterious chill bumps that could only mean she was on her intended path. She HAD to name her studio after the struggle that could only mirror her own. The Pink Lotus Yoga Center. Her training taught her the importance of healing. Through her beliefs, faith, and clarity, she has also become a tool through which the healing can be delivered.
Always a magnet to anyone with a pulse, Nicole Zimmer has discovered why she had to experience life in the darkness. She had to do so in order to appreciate her light. She could never have helped someone out of their own dark times, unless she had been there. No one wants guidance from some chump that hasn't walked in their shoes. Her fulfillment could never occur unless could share what she had learned. Her days now are filled with the beauty. Her innocence is amazing, and her awe is contagious. To hear her childlike excitement as almost daily she reports how far she has come in 24 hours, or even 24 seconds gives me chills like hers. Her recognition that there are no coincidences, but signs that she is on the right path is inspiring. The realization that others (myself included!) were mapped into her future allows her to see that her road less traveled is not necessarily a lonely one. From the most awesome studio location to the logo on her T-shirts, Nicole Zimmer, single pink Lotus has more doors opening for her than I have the endurance to type. Oh, and old bad habits, it would seem, phase themselves out as we receive the enlightenment that we require. According to Ms. Zimmer, the positive obliterates the negative, once we get used to our worth.
Not bad for a smart mouthed Yogi that started out just like you and me. . . with that first excruciating breath, and a stretch toward the light.
to be continued...
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Hatha Yoga is a very general term that encompasses many of the physical types of yoga. "Hatha" is a Sanskrit word which means sun and moon. Hatha yoga helps one achieve balance from within using breath, movement and mindfulness. Based on asanas or physical poses, this traditional form of yoga helps balance mind, body, and spirit.
Vinyasa Flow means "breath-synchronized movement." It is a broad term for a style of yoga that links breath to motion. You can expect the teacher to instruct you to move from pose to pose on an inhale or exhale. PLYC offers a variety of Vinyasa Flow classes.
Yin Yoga involves deep stretches that are held longer than normal to get into connective tissues.
Gentle Yoga allows students to enjoy a combination of balance and harmony through slow and relaxed movements. The emphasis of this class is on self-awareness, breath and gentleness to the body.
Beginner/Basic Yoga is suitable for both beginners as well as those with some previous experience. In life, sometimes, we are all beginners! The class includes basic breathing exercises (pranayama), foundational poses, sun salutations, and deep relaxation.
Ashtanga Yoga is known as the "Original Power Yoga" and "Yoga Therapy." This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures. The process produces intense internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies. The ashtanga system of yoga was transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Benefits of Ashtanga Yoga include: a lighter, stronger body, a calmer mind, improved circulation, and improved digestive health.
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PLYC offers many yoga styles, most of which are traditions of Hatha Yoga. They all increase flexibility, enhance strength, boost stamina, and increase awareness of our bodies and ourselves as we release muscle tension, create a sense of calm and peace, and feel rejuvenated. We recommend that you sample a variety of approaches and teachers. Mix a softer, more inner-directed style (Gentle Yoga, Relax & Restore) with one that's moderate or vigorous (Power Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Intermediate Vinyasa) Or, try a specialty class like our Aerial Swing yoga. If you're not sure which class to take, you've got options! Call us for a personalized recommendation. (803) 931-2074
In your yoga experience, you may come across some words that are unfamiliar and even intimidating. PLYC is delighted to decode some of these terms for you so that you can feel comfortable reading them, hearing them - and maybe even using them yourself!
Yoga is a philosophy advocating and prescribing a course of physical and mental disciplines for attaining liberation from the material world. The word "yoga" has many meanings, including "to yoke" and "to unite." It can be considered to be a series of physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation practiced to achieve control of the body and mind.
Sanskrit is a historical Indo-Aryan language used in yoga. Yoga teachers sometimes interchange Sanskrit and English words, particularly when describing yoga poses. For instance: Vrksasana is the Sanskrit word for Tree Pose. Mantra is a sound, syllable, word or group of words that are considered capable of "creating transformation". "Om" is considered a mantra.
Meditation relaxes the body and mind, increases energy, and expands consciousness. Profound physiological and psychological changes take place when we meditate, causing an actual shift in the brain and involuntary processes of the body. Scientists have proven what the ancients knew by experience: that meditation strengthens the immune system, increases heart health, reduces stress, and slows biological aging.
Asana is a Sanskrit word that means "posture." Asanas are the physical yoga poses. Pranayama is a Sanskrit word for "rhythmic control of breath." Pranayama are breathing exercises that are often incorporated into yoga classes.
PLYC is delighted to offer special corporate packages and consultations, as well as private instruction. For more information, contact us at (803) 931-2074 or email us about our corporate packages and consultations. Nicole@pinklotusyogacenter.com
Nicole owner, founder, RYT-200 instructor
Yoga found Nicole Zimmer about 10 years ago. They were introduced by a dear friend that happened to be a Yogi. To tell the truth, she thought she was going to try a new "workout" method since the gym was not her favorite place to be, and to her surprise Yoga was so much more. Through her years of dance experience and day to day living she realized that she had touched on Yoga many years prior, without even knowing it. So her love affair with Yoga continued, but was not consistent. The asana (poses) came easy for her but it wasn't until she was unable to do Yoga (since there were no studios in her area) did she yearn to go deeper. Pregnant and alone she longed for the sense of community and wholeness, that Yoga had once offered her, to no avail. Books, videos, and the internet became her teachers. Her baby growing inside her was her teacher, changing her thought process on food, the mind and breath. After putting on a whopping 80 lbs. Of baby weight she thought she had no choice but to go back to the gym and hire a (very expensive) trainer. The weight was coming off little by little but she was physically and mentally drained by the gym. Then her thyroid began to "act up" and her rigorous workouts had to be stopped. So back to her mat she went, even if it was at the gym. It helped slow down her racing heart and thyroid. It helped clear her racing mind and took hold of her, it became one of her passions. The tests came back negative and Nicole accredits Yoga and God for her practice deepened and so did her love of Yoga. She was inspired to bring Yoga to Lexington, SC and continued her education by becoming a 200 hr. Yoga alliance certified teacher, and she is most "at home" on her mat and believes whole heartedly in the theory of teaching to learn and living her Yoga. You will see Nicole in most of the classes offered @ her studio, deepening her practice and spirituality. You will hear from Nicole's business side around town in networking groups and chamber meeting advertising her passion. She believes in Yoga and it's physical , mental and emotional therapeutic qualities. She believes in continuing her education by participating in Yoga alliances 500 hr. certification process and on going learning experience of life. She believes in bringing a wide variety of Yogic principles to her studio and sharing these principles the countless health benefits and the sheer joy of practicing Yoga with novice and seasoned Yogis alike. She has big plans on "demystifying" Yoga in the community and providing an unintimidating fun atmosphere for Yogis & Yoginis of all levels and all bodies.
Teaching permeates my life. Teaching middle school locally for the past 6 years, I became a Registered Yoga Teacher in 2013. A South Carolina girl, I grew up in the state, briefly leaving to attend Middle Tennessee State University where yoga first entered my life. Never considered flexible nor strong, I was amazed at how quickly one can progress through the postures, and I relished in the the non-competitive spirit of yoga. My passion for yoga became renewed during pregnancy, where breathing techniques and meditation became daily practices.
I received my certification in Vinyasa Flow from Gotta Yoga University, Prenatal Yoga training from Holy Cow, and I am currently registered with Yoga Alliance. The only thing I love more than teaching is learning, and I hope to receive additional training in yin and restorative yoga.
D'etta has been practicing yoga for 6 years. She got hooked when a colleague offered yoga practices after school. She felt relaxed and energetic and wanted to learn how to share this gift with young people! She has attended Yoga Kids and Yogafit trainings. She has completed "Global Family Yoga At Home," a mentored self-study program. She considers it to be a blessing and honor to be a part of the first Pink Lotus YTT through Gotta Yoga Studios out of Charlotte, NC. "Mrs. Broam" is currently a school counselor at Pleasant Hill Elementary. She lives with her lovely and LOUD family, Mr. Broam and the four Broamlettes: two boys, two girls--ages 16 yrs, 13 yrs, 10 yrs and 7 yrs.
I spent 10 years living in Alaska. During these years, I trained as a Massage Therapist and apprenticed with my yoga teacher, Rashmika. There were not any 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings in my part of Alaska in 1990! After returning to SC in 1998, I continued yoga trainings and apprenticeships, including an apprenticeship through Lexington Hospital's Health Directions. I have also been an instructor with the FIRM, beginning in 1983 and returning when I moved back to SC.
Now retired from Massage Therapy, I have had the opportunity to participate in Gotta Yoga's 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. I am so excited to be part of the Pink Lotus Yoga Center and to continue my love of Yoga. It is my hope that I will be able to share all the gifts I have received from Yoga with others.
I have been practicing yoga since 2007. I am currently pursuing my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program with Sakhi Yoga. Yoga is a journey for life. Yoga is my path to a happier life and healthy living. Why practice yoga? We tend to seek more than just ourselves, more than just our bodies. We want to move beyond our physical self. We want to delve deeper into our souls, into our minds. How do we get there? How do we practice mindfulness? How do we practice breath? Practicing yoga will help you connect mindfulness and breath. You will connect movement with breath, mindfulness with breath and breath with mindfulness. Since yoga is your personal practice it will bring you closer to your inner self. Yoga brings clarity to the mind. The practice of yoga (asana) will bring joy to your heart. Your body will reap the rewards of a clear mind and your heart will feel an elevated sensation of bliss.
Originally from Guatemala, Alma moved to the US as a child at the age of 5. She grew up in California before moving to South Carolina with her family later as a teenager. Alma is married to Paul M. Dunnavant, CPA, CFP and has a son Jacob as well as two stepsons, Paul and Preston.
After learning and practicing Yoga for 8 years, Alma became certified to teach the practice of Yoga in 2012 from the Asheville Yoga Center and is currently registered with Yoga Alliance. In addition to her passion for teaching, Alma has never forgotten her "first love" and continues to practice yoga as a student on a regular basis. Going to classes and attending workshops are some of the many ways she seeks self-improvement. Currently Alma conducts classes as well as private and semi-private sessions in the Lexington/Columbia, SC area.
Marsha took her first yoga class at a gym in 2001 and became intrigued with vrksasana; "How in the world did that yoga teacher pull one foot up to the opposite inner thigh, and stand perfectly still on the other!" It must be some kind of magic. She was hooked on the physical practice of yoga and continued to try to figure out that tree pose magic trick. Eventually, she was introduced to the philosophy of yoga and realized there was much more to yoga than just getting on the mat to "strike a pose". She completed the 200 hr teacher training at Holy Cow Yoga Center in Charleston SC under the direction of Trace Bonner, and is currently working towards a 500 hr certification. Marsha teaches a fun, light-hearted class with options for everyone, including keeping the big toe touching down for that tree pose magic trick.
Why is yoga so important to me?
Yoga has taught me to love myself for who I am and to enjoy the little things in life: the singing birds who gently wake me in the morning, my crazy jack Russel who jumps like a rabbit, my gentle giant Rooney for his sweet nature. Yoga has awaken me to see how beautiful my three children are; they amaze me everyday with their sweet love that they share. Yoga gives me tools to learn to deal with what life tosses on my path and it helps me to embrace change and growth even when it is not in my plans. Thank you God for opening me up to yoga so that I can see your beautiful gifts and for opening my ears so that I can hear sweet sounds and for opening my heart so that I can share your blessings with others with much grace and gratitude.
Come share the journey with renew and restored yoga!
Kimi took her first yoga class in 2005 while in graduate school in CA and quickly discovered that from 8-9 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, her mind would enjoy the only escape from stress it could find for the next four years. She brought her love of yoga back to SC upon graduation and felt that she truly found her yoga home once she stepped in the doors at Pink Lotus. Kimi had always been a runner but started participating in triathlons in 2010 and found that yoga was an invaluable component of her cross-training regimen. Also, as a dentist by day, her regular yoga practice keeps her back, neck and shoulders pain free. Kimi received her 200 yoga teacher training from the same two amazing women who taught Nicole. Her initial intention when she signed up for the training was simply to learn more about yoga and to enhance her own practice, but quickly discovered that she loved teaching and sharing her love of yoga with others. Kimi blended for love of yoga and athletics by completing Yoga for Athletes training in February of 2014.
Sierra began practicing yoga on and off approximately ten years ago. Recovering from knee surgery in 2011, Sierra stepped back onto her mat, looking for an "easy" (ha!) workout once she received the all-clear from her doctor, and hasn't left it since. Yoga quickly became a refuge and a place to breathe, and it started permeating her life off of the mat, too. It was then that Sierra realized that she wanted to share her love of yoga with others. She completed her 200 Hour Vinyasa Teacher Training certification with Gotta Yoga in June 2013. Sierra believes that yoga is for every body, and enjoys learning not only from her fellow teachers, but from all yogis.
"A resounding YES to sharing my experience. I am 54 and started to 'dabble' with my yoga practice about a year and a half ago, knowing this would be a long journey. I Learned basics slowly (5 children as well as genetic obstacles have let me work on my goals lately :) and promised myself I would transition to PLY in 2014. Mental clarity and the release of pressure in my chest are obvious, after just two weeks. So far I am attending classes led by Marsha, Channing, Deb and Nicole. These women will save my life. Amen"
"I enjoy having a goal to shoot for this year!"
"One of the best things about the challenge is that it encourages yogis to seek out and experience the various teaching styles, preferences, and cues from a wonderfully diverse group of teachers. Each one has special gifts, and what I learn in one class inevitably helps me in another. To a woman, they bring enthusiasm, encouragement, and empathy to their instruction. Put another way, they RAWK!"
"I love Channing's Friday Warm Flow/Detox class. I sleep like a baby after this one. And Sierra's animal poses class was a lot of fun."
"I can feel a deepening of my practice, I feel more grounded and calm throughout the rest of my day. The challenge is great because it reminds me to make time for me and time for my mat!"
"I feel I am improving with each practice inside out. All teacher are amazing and always ready to help you. Love Pink Lotus."
"I began to increase my weekly practice prior to this program. It is difficult to attend several times a week and it is easy to find reasons to skip. This program is a great incentive to encourage me to improve my yoga practice. I do feel better when I attend classes frequently. I feel stronger, have more energy and a more positive attitude."
"Setting this goal has made my yoga time sacred. In preparation for YTT training, attending different types of classes gives me broader experiences and exposure to different yogis practice, assists and strengths."
A HUGE thank you
A HUGE thank you going out to ALL of our yogis that gave and participated in September 29th's practice for Hope! We raised a ton of $ to help this beautiful family. Alma and Deb led a wonderful, loving and OMazing practice that was enjoyed by many of our kula members. Love, light and healing vibes went straight to Hope and her family and her husband says that Hope is doing great! They are hoping to be discharged soon!!! Om Namaste
A note from Dave Parente:
Thank you Nicole, you know, you were one of the first people that I called when Hope was diagnosed. It's a blessing and a bit of serendipity for Hope to have your help and guidance. She SO wants to get back to the mat!
A note from Hope Parente:
Love & light to you, my Nicole! Our brief sojourn at 14 carrot inspired me to no end! A true blessing to me & sign of renewed strength & healing. God bless you, all! Much love & all my steadfast devotion.
More Reviews from our beloved yogis and yoginis...
"I enjoyed the swing class last night and will return. Being a newbie, the instructor (Nicole) and other yogis made me feel comfortable as evidenced by the assistance, encouragement, and praise that were willfully given to each other. Thanks to you all for making the class a wonderful experience." ~Mellisa Bunch
"First yoga class ever - fabulous instructor was encouraging and inviting - will definitely be going again!"
"Excellent experience with Pink Lotus. Nicole, the owner, is truly passionate about yoga. It is clear to see her love of the practice while she is teaching. Her teaching is easy to follow. She's very approachable and very responsive to questions. I am soo happy to have her studio in Lexington! "
"I have been to different yoga classes. This studio by far is superior. The atmosphere is welcoming and the instructors are always helpful and gracious. There is no competition; no judgment. Just a place to do better, be better and feel better with others of like minds. "
"I was literally welcomed with open arms when I went to Pink Lotus for a session of yoga swings. Nicole met me at the door and made me feel instantly a part of the Pink Lotus family. The experience on the swings was empowering. Nicole offered encouragement and praise, both of which made me want to try even harder. I really enjoyed my experience with this yoga center."
"Loved the Vinyasa class! My 3 friends I brought had never done any yoga before and they felt comfortable and welcomed while I still felt challenged in my practice. Wonderful playful all level class."
"I visited Pink Lotus for my first ever yoga class. Nicole was a great teacher; funny and informative. I also love the studio design. Definitely recommend!"
Michaela Mitchell's Recommendations
Why I Love Yoga at The Pink Lotus: 1) You have to accept your body as it is while pushing it to be more than it is. It's a subtle dance between acceptance and challenge, and because of this, you're encouraged to become more confident and humble simultaneously. I love that. I have a long way to go, but I'm thankful for where I've come from. Progress. 2) It's not just a physical thing, although the physical benefits are incredible. It's what you make it. I've grown spiritually and have found it to be mentally challenging & soothing. My mind is full 24/7, which leads to anxiety; but I've been given a way to tell my mind to CHILL. And it's not a quick fix -- I don't want to be misleading. It's a moment-by-moment, breath-by-breath sort of thing that I don't always grasp, but it has healed me tremendously in the past year. The spiritual aspect is one I know many people -- especially down here in the South -- are cautious about. All I've got to say is that my relationship with God is deeply personal; it's Him and me, period. I'm not perfect, so I am influenced by my physical world, but God and I have been through more than I've been through with anyone else, and I can't leave that kind of Love. I know what I feel. I welcome judgment, but I can't and won't let it wound me. I've already been there & done that with the church, and I've come to realize we're all the same -- we all struggle, fall short, need love, grace, peace and direction. I'll save the rest for another day. :) 3) I love the souls I've encountered. Just like in anything (church, work, extracurricular groups, etc.), there are a few bad apples, but I've met some of the best people at Pink Lotus. And listen, I've learned my lesson about people. They're imperfect. They hurt you unintentionally and sometimes, unfortunately, intentionally. They're messy, broken and HUMAN. With all that said, with a hint of caution and a lot of love, I'm grateful for good, genuine, real, imperfect souls who are walking the same path as I am. There's something special about being in a room full of people who are intentional about becoming better human beings. They're not putting on facades about being super holy; they're humble and real. I need that. I love that and them. 4) The patience. You HAVE to be patient in yoga at the end of the day, and I needed to learn how to be more patient. I still get frustrated with myself on the daily because I want to be perfect at all times, but that'll never freaking happen. If you're not patient, you're not focused; if you're not focused, you'll fall every single time. It's okay to fall because it's a humbling lesson in growing stronger. But I believe that if you're always falling, you're not grasping something important. For me, a big part of that is patience. 5) I'm still young and unsure of myself. I struggle. I'm hard on myself and not always confident. I find joy in putting others before me. But through yoga, I've learned that sometimes, it really is okay to be kind to my body, my overworked mind and my spirit, the deepest part of my being. Self-compassion isn't selfish; it's the only way I'll learn to love and serve those in my life better because when I find a way to love myself, I am able to give that love to the people around me, and I'm also able to recognize the people who need to be excused from my life. Health begets health. :) While that's a short list, it's been monumental to me. And it flows through me outside of the studio and off the mat. That's the real beauty of it ....
I met Nicole two years ago when she opened Pink Lotus Yoga Center (2011). I had done yoga for about 8 years, but always at a gym. Both Nicole and the studio truly transformed my world not just my yoga world, but my world in general. My experience at Pink Lotus was so inspiring that I was compelled to take the 200 hour yoga teacher training offered right there at her studio earlier this year. Nicole is a phenomenal yogi in both the literal and figurative senses. She inspires w/ her physical flexibility and strength, but more importantly, with her genuine nature. She is welcoming, accepting, and encouraging of all students no matter their experience, ability level, body type, etc. She embodies all elements of a true yogi and I'm beyond grateful that she brought Pink Lotus to Lexington, SC.
Dene Davis DuPre
No matter what your fitness level is, this is a comfortable place to land. It is a community, a discovering place and a safe place to put your mat down and lay it all out. Thank you, Nicole, for your belief in yourself and your willingness to share what you found with others.
Beautiful space. Lovely souls. Lots of laughs. And swings! Hellooooooo!!!
one of the most positive, most supportive atmospheres i've ever experienced. the yogis here are some of the best people i know, and i'm so glad to have pink lotus yoga center as a part of my life!
Courtney Griffin Freeman
I really enjoyed my experience yesterday and will be bringing some friends back with me next time! Wonderful thing you have going, Nicole!
Mendy Amick Miller
Looooove it :)
Kendra Gardner Jones
BEST Yoga Studio -- hands down!
Betty Jo Parker Mann
you couldn't ask for a better yoga studio or a better bunch of teachers. A very caring, loving group of ladies! I appreciate them so much!
Paul L Padgett
Nicole and Staff are awesome. Doing Yoga with Nicole and eating right has made it possible for me to lose 40 pounds since February 2012. Thanks Nicole.
Leslie Anne Baker
Nicole is absolutely amazing! Her classes are so very tranquil, refreshing, and charged with her passion for Yoga. I highly recommend any class offered at Pink Lotus, for ANYONE not matter what level. Nicole and her staff will go the extra mile to make sure that everyone is comfortable and in their practice, even if they've never had a practice :) **The Swing classes are unbelievable!!!
Angie Jones Still
Pink Lotus Yoga Center is a bright spot in a place where there are no other bright spots.
Jennifer Red Bodiford
PLYC is amazing! I'm a yoga addict now. The instructors are super helpful and very patient! They often tailor the practice to your needs. I've seen HUGE improvements in my sports involvement as a result! <3
I love this place!!
Nicole has changed my life by opening Pink Lotus Yoga Center. I am able to do yoga again without a lot of nerve pain. This is a very special place with caring, personable, knowledgeable yoga teachers in a beautiful and peaceful studio. Much Love
Amanda Nichols Belk
Nicole & Pink Lotus Yoga have changed my life! Not only do I love swing yoga, but I know I can do anything, if I practice & keep patience with myself, like Nicole does with me! Thanks Nicole, for being everything you are- beautiful, fun, compassionate, kind & a GREAT teacher!
The energy of this space is remarkable. If you're looking for a new yoga experience or even if you've never done a Sun Salutation, this is the place to go. While you're there, try a swing class -- you'll be thankful you did!
April Prell Eckburg
Pink lotus is amazing the old floors the history the lighting the smells the props and Nicole is by far the best most caring yoga teacher I have ever encountered. She makes your heart smile
Oh my goodness! I have a new addiction. I ❤ swing yoga!
Best Yoga studio ever!!!!
Pink Lotus Yoga definitely changed my perception of yoga! Nicole & Alma are AMAZING!!! They have been so encouraging & uplifting!
I'm at the beach for 10 days, and I'm soooooo missing my daily dose of Pink Lotus!
Thank you for coming to teach the teens at the Lexington Library. Our daughter loved it.
Kimberly M. Roberts
Beautiful, beautiful day. So glad I could be a part of your 2nd Anniversary Celebration. So thankful to the person who mentioned Pink Lotus to me 6 months ago. <3
Blake Sterling Lett
Had a great experience! The instructors were knowledgeable, kind and helpful. The facility was clean and welcoming. The class was challenging. I would definitely recommend it!
Dene Davis DuPre
No matter what your fitness level is, this is a comfortable place to land. It is a community, a discovering place and a safe place to put your mat down and lay it all out. Thank you, Nicole, for your belief in yourself and your willingness to share what you found with others.
So glad I found Pink Lotus and my great yoga family. It's changed my attitude, my fitness level and my spiritual well being. Thanks to the great teachers, motivators and friends that I have made on this journey!!!
Crystal L. Edwards
First session of swing yoga tonight. I loved it! Everyone made me feel at home! I am new to yoga... other than trying it once with a book and epically failing, however I did things tonight that I never thought I could do. What a confidence boost. I recommend the Pink Lotus Yoga Center to anyone, no matter what body type or skill level. Thank you so much Nicole!
Curvy yoga 6 week series with Alma start June 23rd with Alma Dunnavant, RYT and Curvy Yoga Certified
Now up and ready for sign ups is Alma's 6 week session of Curvy yoga! Starting June 23rd for 6 Sundays 4pm-5:15pm. The series is $60 and if you need to miss a class we will have a wait list ready for another to take your spot so that you don't lose $. Sign up cutoff date is June 21st.
This class is limited to 12 participants for 6 weeks so save your spot today. We are super excited to offer this series as the workshop was a huge hit. Sign up for our first summer series!! Om
Where: Pink Lotus Yoga Center in Lexington
When: Starting June 23rd 4pm-5:15pm
How much: Only $60
What will I learn during these 6 weeks?
You will learn the yoga basics! We will discuss alignment, breathing exercises and meditation techniques. We will learn yoga flows that work for your body. We will break down the basic postures and we will have FUN!
Kimberly M. Roberts
Wednesday was my one month anniversary of joining the beautiful people at Pink Lotus Yoga in my journey of healing. I've gone from not being able to comfortably sit crisscross and being scared to try legs up the wall to celebrating today with my first head stand! One month and more than 20 classes later, I can't thank Nicole, Alma, and Deb enough for the love and encouragement they have shown me. Forever grateful.
Best Yoga studio ever!!!!
We Love PLYC!!
Any class I go to whoever the teacher is everyone has always been so supportive to me and helping. I have never felt self-conscience. That is clearly a kudos to you and your staff . Thank you. I know this is where I belong!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I loved the classes at Pink Lotus. That was the best Living Social deal I have ever purchased. I plan to become a regular at this studio now.
Very good beginner's yoga experience!
Love the aerial yoga!!
[I] will join this studio. Excellent instructors.9
Angie Jones Still
Pink Lotus Yoga Center is a bright spot in a place where there are no other bright spots.10
[I] like it very much.
The most AWESOME Yoga studio and the most AWESOME instructors! I have signed up every month since I used my Living Social Coupon!!!!!
The Instructors are incredible, and I love the location is minutes away from my home.
Great place! Love it!
Nicole Zimmer is a great person and incredible yoga teacher. I now go to her studio twice a week for yoga practice. All of her teachers are wonderful and the practice is fun and relaxed.
Can't wait to come to another class!!!!
AERIAL SWING YOGA
Classes must be signed up and paid for online in order to save your swing. Space is limited as to ensure small, personalized class size. Classes fill up quickly so sign up early for the class that fits your schedule. Class pricing is $20 per class or 5/$85.
The Yoga Swing acts as a soft trapeze and support while you master simple inversions and progress to more advanced poses. The experience is challenging and fun, and will get you in shape while realigning your body with zero compression inversions. You will be asked to sign a waiver of liability before beginning the class.
Anyone can do it! You do not need any prior experience in either yoga or aerial to come to class. Many moves and poses might be challenging - like any new and unfamiliar physical activity. Just like Yoga, you will feel your strength increase as well as your own body awareness and developing good postural habits.
WHY DO AERIAL SWING YOGA?1
You will be exploring a new dimension! Laughing and letting go of the ground might give you a new perspective. Be open for anything and everything.
Where else do you get a chance to fly without getting on a plane and paying sky high prices? Soar in class and lift your spirits, your heart rate and your perception of what your own body can do.
Ever marveled at acts like Cirque De Soleil with performers dancing suspended in the sky creating beautiful shapes up in the air? They make it look easy but aerial swing yoga is anything but. An Aerial Swing Yoga class combines the strength training, discipline, control and grace in both Aerialand Yoga making you feel stronger, fitter and like you're always walking on cloud 9.4
Yoga poses with, on and assisted by the Aerial Yoga swing can give you a more intense stretch than traditional Yoga poses on their own. You're working with your own body and holding it up suspended in the air against the swing.
Practice advanced inversions & backbends without neck or spinal compression. Develop upper body strength. Stretch deeper without experiencing strain in the lower back because the fabric supports part of your body weight. Increase your spatial intelligence by experiencing new & exciting ways to move through suspended space. Develop a strong core by trying new shapes & positions up in the air which cultivates deep inner core stability. Improve balance through use of the fabric. Be able to align your spine correctly in each pose with careful support of the fabric. Bring more oxygen to your brain by gentle inversions on the fabric. Reinforce proper body alignment in your daily life & throughout other fitness practices.
Who Should Stay Grounded?
This course is open to all persons ages 17-100 and to people of all different backgrounds and fitness levels. We DO reserve the right to decline admission to those we feel are not physically or mentally ready for this course. There are some health complications and risks that you need to be aware of, so please give us your full health and fitness background/history so we may accurately assess your admission. Admission is based on a first come, first serve basis; you must make your deposit in FULL in order for us to hold your place in the class.
We may do inversions in class and while being upside down can be quite beneficial, there are some who have conditions which make it dangerous for them to invert. If you have any of the below conditions, please consult your physician before participating in a swing class:
- There is a 250 pound weight limit on the swings
- High or low blood pressure
- Neck Injuries
- Heart Conditions of any kind
- Eye Problems
- Other conditions - check with you doctor to make sure it's ok for you
We understand that things happen where you cannot make class but in order to be fair to those on the wait list: Cancelations must be applied 24 hours prior to class or your pmt will be processed as if you were there. Please call 931-2074 in order to cancel.
EVENTS: Pre-payment in full is required at time of registration. Refunds for cancellations up to two weeks prior to date of workshop, minus processing fee of $30. PLYC credit only is given for cancellations at least seven (7) days prior to the workshop. Only credit is given less than seven (7) days of the workshop with a documented emergency occurred that resulted in the cancellation. No refunds or credit for cancellations without 48 hours notice prior to the day of the workshop. If PLYC cancels a workshop, a full credit or refund will be issued.
Swing yoga: We understand that things happen where you cannot make class but in order to be fair to those on the wait list: Cancelations must be applied 24 hours prior to class or your pmt will be processed as if you were there. Please call 931-2074 in order to cancel.
Workshop Cancellation Policies
We understand that plans occasionally change, and unanticipated circumstances sometimes arise. Its is therefore necessary that we have consistent policies. We have endeavored to make these fair, and hope you will agree. Thank you for your support.
In the event of a client initiated cancellation, the following rules will apply in ALL cases:
1. A 100% refund of the purchase price of the workshop will be refunded to the client's PLYC ACCOUNT if the client provides at least 7 business days notice that they will be unable to attend the workshop.
2. A 50% refund of the purchase price of the workshop will be refunded to the client's PLYC ACCOUNT if the client provides less than 7 business days but more then 1 business days notice that they will be unable to attend the workshop.
3. Should the client provide less than 1 business days notice that they will be unable to attend the workshop, NO refund will be offered.
4. If the workshop is a series (i.e. more than one day) and the client is unable to attend any or all of the weeks, (except as noted above) no refund for the week or weeks that are not attended will be offered.
The Workshop Policy is to be applied to all situations without regard to the basis for cancellation; no deviation from this policy will be permitted. Credit via this policy to a client's PLYC ACCOUNT must be used to buy goods and/or services from PLYC and in NO circumstances may be cashed out. Pink Lotus Yoga Center reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. If this occurs, a full refund will be issued.