Epcot Experience Yoga Instructor Bio
Epcot Experience Yoga Instructor
An accomplished speaker and teacher, Nikki is an MBA, E-RYT500, Yoga Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Addictions Recovery Specialist, and Ayurvedic Specialist. Born from her struggles with addiction and work with countless students, Nikki is the founder of Y12SR, Yoga of 12-Step Recovery. Based on its theme ‘the issues live in the tissues’, Y12SR is a relapse prevention program that weaves the art & science of yoga with the practical tools of 12-step programs.
Y12SR meetings are available internationally and the curriculum has rapidly become a feature of addiction recovery treatment centers. Nikki’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Black Enterprise, The Huffington Post, Origin Magazine, CBSnews.com and countless podcasts. She is honored to be a co-founder of the annual Yoga, Meditation and Recovery Conferences at Esalen Institute and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Nikki has been featured as a keynote speaker at the International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT) conference and the International Conference on Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She was named a Yoga Journal Game Changer and is an honored recipient of the esteemed NUVO Cultural Visionary Award.
Y12SR - Yoga of 12-Step Recovery
Presentations & Workshops
Healing the Dis-ease of the Lost Self
When the search for what is within us is directed outside us instead, we begin to mistakenly believe that joy and fulfillment can be found in people, places, things, education, behaviors, substances or experiences – a path which inevitably dead ends in darkness and disconnection. This loss of self, due to trauma or unmet needs, is not only the root of addiction, eating disorders and co-dependent behavior, the ancient texts from yoga and Vedanta call it the root of all suffering, including the social ills of racism, sexism and gender based discrimination. We don’t have to suffer or cause suffering. We can reclaim our true selves. The self-reclamation process requires coming home to parts of ourselves that we’ve banished or covered up for far too long, with the intention of reclaiming the love, acceptance, and belonging that is our birthright.
- Gain an understanding of the connection between addiction and trauma through the lens of yoga philosophy and how it applies at the personal, communal and systemic levels
- Describe a framework for healing based in ancient texts
- Explore ideas and resources for personal and communal healing based in trauma informed mind/body/spirit practices
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