Nicky Grimsdale

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I began my yoga journey through a keen interest in the Buddhist philosophy and through that I discovered yoga. I then began to practice asanas by reading from an Iyengar Yoga book by myself at home for around 2 years before even stepping foot in a studio. Slowly over that time I was integrating other body movements that yoga was lacking for dynamic stability in the body and tying postures together in a fluid and purposeful way.

My real focus has always been the philosophy and meditation side of yoga as a way to live and understand life. The postures have been a complementary aspect to maintain physical health, discover the potential of the body and shift energy. In a way, these are forms of purifying the body and mind in preparation for self inquiry through meditation. As a result, the practices have led to a richer joy in the engagement with life itself, finding a deep equanimity for all.

Creative sequencing became a natural way to evolve my teaching. It creates mindful purpose for every class through deep understanding of the dynamic way a body needs to move to maintain health and vitality. As a teacher, my intention is to create an environment where students can experience themselves as more than just a body and mind. My classes always start or end with either pranayama or meditation, since these are the two most profound physical practices of yoga I have encountered. Though, I use creative sequencing as a tool for them to understand themselves through movement and notice that they are composed of more than just flesh, bone, thoughts and feelings.

Teaching & Certification

  • 200 hour with Oceanic Yoga, India
  • 300 hour with Byron Yoga

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: Yes.

  • Theming: Always! A vast array of philosophical concepts and yoga practices of hatha, tantra, bhakti, vadanta, hinduism, buddhism and personal experiences.

  • Sequencing: Dynamically, creatively and purposefully. We use all sides of the mat. Purposeful and creative sequencing is also fun and that's really its main power. We always discover more when we play and have fun while learning and practicing, it opens the mind and body to investigate the unknown. When we play, there are no mistakes, there are no wrong answers and self judgement is dissolved. This gives the students a very powerful attitudinal state of mind in preparation for self inquiry, healing and development.

  • Music: A big mix! Kirtan, mantra, traditional indian, african, south american, hip-hop, rock, house, minimal, etheric, and electro.

On & Off the Mat With: Nicky Grimsdale

As a yoga teacher, what inspires and motivates your teaching?

I feel blessed every day to be able to share my love of yoga with the world. It's a daily honour to be given this opportunity. Watching my students and own practice evolve, I have complete faith in the yoga practices creating a healthy, loving, insightful and rich life for all that are dedicated. To see the positive impact of the practice on myself and others, time after time, is enough to motivate me and invest all of my energy into this way of life.

Yoga is such a deep and profound practice that even after 13 years, I feel I'm only just starting to scratch under the surface. The constant support that the philosophy and lifestyle practices provided by yoga have never let me down in any situation or circumstance, so in this way, every moment of life is ripened by the knowledge and integration of these ancient teachings. Nothing is more motivating than the firm trust and faith I have in yoga that provides a foundation and guide for a happy life and to fundamentally understand who I am.

How has your own yoga practice evolved since becoming a teacher?

Teaching has been an express path of learning about myself. Having to explain complex yogic movements, concepts and practices so every type of person understand clearly, really has given me the opportunity to learn and distill the inner most working of yoga in an practical way. It has transformed the theoretical knowledge of yoga into the intrinsic knowing of yoga.

The greatest development that teaching has given me in a real life application is how much more compassionate, empathetic, supportive and loving I have become in relationships with other people and myself. I'm constantly embraced with a feeling of deep connection. From a practice perspective, the importance and positive effects of daily pranayama and meditation have easily superseded the asana practice even though I've learnt a few new tricks with my body too!

Do you have any yoga teachers that you admire and/or look up to? Who are they?

Swami Niranjanananda, Swami Pujan, Swami Sarvapriyananda, Joey Meyers, Meghan Currie, Sarah Metzger, Joey Sbarro... The list could on!

For those of us that haven't practiced with you before, what can we expect from your classes?

Expect to move! Expect to try something new and different but also to deeply relax and learn traditional methods of meditation and pranayama.

My classes always start or end with either pranayama or meditation, since these are the two most profound physical practices of yoga I have encountered.

What type of class could you teach all day, everyday and why?

I could easily sit around and talk yoga philosophy all day. A satsang kind of environment. I have a deep thirst for Vedanta and all things yoga philosophy. To share and understand the profound truths put forward by ancient seers that still apply today is a great joy. The process of self discovery and sharing that with others by bouncing these mind-bending esoteric ideas off each other, makes the whole process that much more valuable. I get a real pleasure in sharing these ancient texts and see others have a lightbulb moment just as I have had through understanding these ways to understand the universe. It gives people a real sense of direction in life and ease in themselves when they start to understand the nature of themselves and their relationship to the world at large, since we are all fundamentally the same.

Do you practice any other form of movement or fitness besides yoga? If so, what kind?

I'm a hack rock climber, but I love it!

What's your go-to spot in Melbourne to get inspired?

Aside from Here Yoga of course, it's got to be Updog, Good Vibes Yoga or Warrior One.

Which 3 icons or figures would you want to sit next to at a dinner party and why?

Larry David, Bob Marley, Ramakrishna. We'd laugh, love and learn something.

Finish this sentence. "I feel the most like myself when..."

I'm far from any city, immersed in nature.

And lastly because it's fun, what's your spirit animal?

Elephant.

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