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Graduate Stories - Nicole Koop: 'Surrender to the Feminine'

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Nicole Koop Bliss Baby Yoga LRGraduate of our Bliss Baby Yoga 80 hour Women’s Yoga Teacher Training and self-confessed ‘Bed Yogi’, Nicole Koop, shares her story of how embracing a feminine approach to yoga has benefited her and the other women that she works with.

As the busy mother of three children, Nicole’s body, mind and soul were bearing the brunt of the many challenges that women can face on their mothering journey.

With sacroiliac instability, pubic symphysitis, and a world of problems through her pelvic floor, Nicole was also working her way through bouts of postnatal depression.

“I would have sunk deep into depression if I didn’t have my yoga – my saviour!”

However, even her salvation had its challenges. Exhausted from juggling many mothering-balls in the air, Nicole would jokingly describe herself as a “Lazy Yogi”, and said her favourite style of yoga was “Bed Yoga”.

A turning point in her yoga and self-healing path occurred when Nicole attended a Byron Yoga Centre Teacher Training course that included some sessions on yoga for women’s health taught by Bliss Baby Yoga Director, Ana Davis. “After one session with Ana I wanted more, mainly for my own healing. I wanted more tools that I could use to heal myself.”

Hungry for more knowledge about this intriguing approach to yoga for women, she decided to enrol in the Bliss Baby Yoga 80 hour Women’s Yoga Teacher Training in Byron Bay.

Nicole Koop Ana Davis Bliss Baby YogaAlthough Nicole was excited about the core course content that explored yoga for the four phases of the menstrual cycle, she was a little unsure about some of the additional subjects on the timetable. She wondered how relevant she would find sessions like ‘Tantra for Women’ or ‘Fertility Yoga’ to her life. Determined to keep an open mind she packed her bags and headed to Byron Bay for the 8-day residential intensive course.

“It surpassed every expectation I had! I got so much more out of it than I ever could have imagined,” enthuses Nicole.

Though a self proclaimed Lazy Yogi, it turns out that one of Nicole’s biggest challenges with yoga was finding the balance between a strong masculine practice, and a more accommodating feminine practice.  “I tend to find that I am at either end of the scale: either all masculine or all feminine.”

Upon reflection and after doing the Bliss Baby Yoga course, Nicole believes she has become less judgemental towards herself: “Instead of saying ‘I should be doing this’ or ‘I should be doing that’, I have embraced the feminine flow, which is more about listening to my body, rather than ‘do, do, do’.”

Nicole has also found that her body started to heal after doing the course. “The feminine yoga I’m doing now is the one type of yoga that does not negatively impact on my pelvic floor.  Rather than forcing my body to do things, I’m treating my body with a lot more kindness and respect. I think this approach has created a world of healing for my pelvic floor and hips.”

“I enjoyed the whole course, there was not a moment that I didn’t love. I loved the immersion - where you get to live, breathe it, and totally absorb it.”

Womens YTT Group May 2016Nicole found that sharing this space with like-minded women gave her the confidence to explore and discuss subjects that she was fascinated by. “I realised that I wasn’t some weirdo who was totally obsessed with my menstrual cycle – it was nice to have the time to explore this deeply and not feel completely like a lunatic!”

“I’m now learning to honour my cycle. In the past I hated it! I hated being a girl! It caused me lots of pain. It’s been a blessing to have met Ana and do the course and get some power back,” shares Nicole.

And as for the sessions Nicole was initially sceptical about?  To her surprise she says “the fertility sessions ended up being one of the best days, and the Tantra for Women session was actually an ‘ah-ha’ moment for me!”

Nicole currently teaches general yoga classes in the South-Eastern Queensland town of Elimbah. She also teaches restorative yoga classes that feature meditations fostering the heart-womb connection, which women have been finding deeply relaxing.

One of Nicole’s students said that she had experienced her first pain-free cycle in seven years and had not needed to take pain relief.

“Its beautiful to help someone achieve this and to be a witness to that,” says Nicole. 

And what does the future hold for Nicole? “I would love to run women’s health and wellness retreats all over the world! It’s a big dream I know! Although general yoga classes are great, I would love to create a space that goes beyond yoga. Like for instance the sharing circles we had on the Bliss Baby Yoga Women’s Yoga Course and all the other tools we can use to be healthy, confident and nurturing women.”

By Miranda Burne

 
You can find more info about Nicole’s classes at her Facebook page "Nicole Koop - Devine Wellness", or her blog: www.devinewellnessblog.wordpress.com

Vist our website for details about our Bliss Baby Yoga 80 hr Women's Yoga Teacher Training course, which also forms a module of our full 200 hr RYT Shakti Purna Yoga Teacher Training course.

If you are interested in deepening your knowledge in the gentle approach to yoga for women, you may also be interested in our Level 1 & Level 2 Restorative Yoga Teacher Taraining, 31st March - 2nd April , 2017, in Byron Bay, or our 2-Day Level 1 Yoga for Fertility Teacher Training courses offered in Byron Bay (29th & 30th July 2017) and Melbourne (21st & 22nd October, 2017).

We wll also explore the topics of Yoga for Menstruation, Yoga for Fertility and Yoga for Menopause in our upcoming Live Online Lecture Series (2nd May - 11th July, 2017) - a series of weekly 2 hour webinars which enable you to study with our Bliss Baby Yoga team, live, from the comfort of your own home.

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