Featured Teacher: Nicole Salvo

Why do you practice? Because I am a better person when I do. The whole day is different when I start my day with my practice: I make better choices, I have more space for other people, and I am usually just plain NICER (my sister will vouch for this one;). It is the catalyst for constantly evolving who I am and what I am here to do on this earth.

Why do you teach? Because it seemed like it would the best job in the world…and I was right, it is! I love observing and being a part of people’s journeys. Yoga is a never ending lifelong undertaking that is constantly peeling back layers, so to be able to help people along their path is not only an honor but it inspires me to keep going on mine.

Inspirations? I am inspired by mom…The woman is a go-getter. Also, my friend Val introduced me to Tara Brach’s podcasts on different subjects dealing with Buddhist meditation. These usually light me up when I need a little fire.

Who have you trained with? Kathryn Budig, Max Strom, Darren Main, Noah Maze, Taylor Hunt

What style do you teach? Vinyasa Flow

What’s your favorite food? Coconuts.

What’s your nickname? As many of them as you care to share. Schmicole, NikkiCoCo, Auntie Coco (reserved for my nephew and my friend Debbie’s twin girls), Coco, Cole, Salvo, Nic…. Just about every portion of my name you can break apart.

Do you own any animals? I adore animals--I basically grew up in a miniature zoo. At the moment, I am currently only the surrogate mother of my roommate’s cat, Adagio. I will someday have a miniature pig and call it Prosciutto.

What’s on your playlist right now? At the moment Father John Misty, Garth Stevenson, M83, my best friend Gia Margaret (always!), Band of Horses, Sigur Ros, Lauryn Hill, Fleet Foxes, Brandi Carlile, Third Eye Blind, some good old Elton John…the list goes on! Constantly falling in love with music.

What’s your favorite yoga accessory? Sweat.

What style influences your teaching? Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Anusara, Kundalini,

Favorite yoga pose? Handstands & Drop backs…they taught me what it means to be present and to trust myself, and they are just plain fun. Also, I am currently in a love/hate affair with Supta Kurmasana in my Mysore practice. It’s the most challenging pose for me in the Primary Series, and although it feels near impossible for me still, I can’t wait for the day when my head just rests snugly underneath my feet.

Favorite quote?

 “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” –Joseph Campbell

“Leap and the net will appear”

What is your favorite TV show of all time? I’ve somehow lived without a television for the past 6 years. However, in times of crisis I do resort to Hulu for my “New Girl” fix. I wouldn’t say it’s the best show of all time…but it gives me a good laugh!

Your favorite item of clothing? Wunder unders… my closet is a scary world of unhealthy amounts of stretchy pants.

What did you want to be when you were little? A cowgirl

In the animal kingdom, which animal would you be? Why? Definitely a bird. Not sure what species, but I would love to know what it feels like to fly.

Best trip you’ve taken, or dream trip you’d like to take? My trip last year to Thailand and India. I was away for about 6 months, and the experience changed my life. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel a lot in my 25 years, so I always encourage people, if they have the urge, GO. There is always a way to make it happen.

What word describes you best? I needed a lifeline on this one, so I asked two friends and got the same word: Free.

What drives you every day? My practice.

Whom do you admire? My friend, Debbie. She’s a single mom, works so hard, constantly excited about life and never fails to light up a room with her energy and love.

What is your mission? To know myself completely, and to have compassion for all.
“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe”, a part limited in time and space…Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” –Albert Einstein

What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you? My sister letting me live in her house for 4 months when I returned home from traveling. She is a mom, and very particular about her space and I know she swallowed her pride many times to give me the time I needed to get back on my feet. She was also there for me in some pretty low times…I don’t know where I’d be without her!

Fun fact about you? I have really long toes.