About T. Nichole Cirone

 
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I am a teacher, writer, dancer and mom to a teenager and two cats.

Like many others, I first came to yoga for physical healing. Twenty years ago, I was in a car accident and simultaneously discovered I had a congenital defect in my lumbar spine. The doctor said I could choose to have surgery or “try yoga.” So, I tried yoga! And I ended up never needing the surgery. That was my first step on a path to a yoga practice that has strengthened and sustained me through many of life’s joys and challenges. Through my practice, I have learned to connect breath and movement. Over the years, I have also moved in the direction of a way of life centered around kindness, service and love for myself and others.

During a retreat at The Himalayan Institute, after hearing from two friends how teacher training had allowed them to develop a deeper practice rooted in the foundations of yoga, I made the decision to embark on the next phase of my yoga journey and enroll in the Yoga Garden’s 200-hour teacher training program. At first, I was unsure if I would become a yoga teacher at the end of my studies; however, I grew to realize that I felt called to share the joy I experience in my own practice with others. I completed my certification in April 2018 at The Yoga Garden, and I began teaching right away.

Yoga literally means “to yoke or join together.” For me, moving and breathing in community with others is one of the most beautiful aspects of my yoga practice. It’s a significant reason why I keep showing up on my mat and why I love to practice with others. It’s the reason why I love teaching and being among the powerful warriors and the beautiful trees in the room. It’s also a lesson I have learned from the amazing yoga teachers who have inspired me to become a teacher myself, and from my dance sisters in my tribal bellydance troupe.

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Each time I come to my mat, my practice is different, though the asanas may be familiar. Some days, as in life, the practice comes easily—the breath and movement align in a way that feels joyful and effortless. Other days, the practice can be challenging—my mind can wander, or maybe I will keep falling out of a pose that I could easily do the day (or even hour) before. For this, I go back to this quote from the Bhagavad Gita, “On this path, no effort goes to waste.” The key is to show up and continue to practice. And continuing to show up on my mat has taught me how to show up for others-- and myself--in the world, and to experience every beautiful moment of this precious life.