Nikki is the owner and creator of Wild Roots Dance & Yoga based out of Victoria, BC. She found her passion for dance, movement and performance over 25 years ago. She has studied various disciplines of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Strength and Conditioning, Burlesque and Belly Dance. Training at many facilities throughout the world including The Canadian College of Performing Arts, The Royal Winnipeg School of Ballet and Casa Sangam in Italy, she has developed a extensive repertoire of techniques and styles. Nikki graduated from the Vancouver Island University with a Technical Theatre Diploma, the Canadian College of Performing Arts with a Performance Certificate and Camosun College with an Exercise & Wellness Diploma. Nikki found her passion for teaching at an early age and has been sharing her joy of movement in any form with students for the past fifteen years years. Nikki has studied with RAD(Royal Academy of Dance) and CDTA(Canadian Dance Teachers Association). She is a member of the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association in Ballet and Jazz and an associate member in Modern. She is also a certified Bellyfit® instructor and a facilitator of THEGROOVE™ and THEGROOVE™ for Kids. She is the Victoria ambassador for Rainbow Yoga and has completed the Rainbow Yoga-Kids and Families Instructor Training course. She has also just returned to Canada after completing the 360 hour Rainbow Yoga Teacher Training in Italy this summer. She studied with Birthlight, certifying in Fertility Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga, Baby Yoga and Wise Women Yoga. While in Italy, she also completed training in Yoga in the classroom, Teen Yoga, Partner Yoga, Tantra, Senior Yoga and Yoga Therapy. Nikki is also a founding member of a performance troupe in Victoria, British Columbia. She is thrilled to be a part of this dynamic group of powerful women who promote self love, positive body image and creative expression. The troupe has shared their passionate energy at many events around Victoria, Vancouver and the US. Nikki is a talented choreographer and loves to explore the connection of movement and sound. She has a passionate and contagious love for movement and she loves sharing it with others through her performances and classes! When Nikki is not in the studio, she loves to sail around the beautiful islands surrounding Vancouver Island, climb cliffs, host gatherings in her home, explore the world, camp in her delica and dance barefoot any chance she gets...............
My official foray into teaching began in the spring of 2017 when I studied in a teacher training course on the West Coast of Canada. Following that I traveled to India with the idea of “go to the source” in order to learn from the masters - for my own practice, and with the hopes of learning even just a little bit how to teach and share Yoga. I left both experiences with more knowledge than I imagined and a deeper desire to continue studying (it’s endless!) - but more importantly I gained an entirely new and broke down sense of being.
Throughout my childhood and into adulthood I have studied a variety of dance styles - I’ve always been in love with the creativity that movement allows for, both in body & soul. My personal yoga practice stems from that, fueled by a curiosity and awareness of body movement and how it impacts relationship with our self, with others and with our surroundings.
My hopes in teaching are to create spaces for practitioners to move through and break down their physical and emotional boundaries, and to feel comfortable in movement according to their body. I aim to create classes that pace through our breath, allowing it to be the guide of movement and stillness. In doing so I hope this will allow for the connection with self that the practice of yoga can open, and that the practitioner will gain insight into the Philosophy and Science of Yoga, beyond just physical postures.
“All things carry yin and embrace yang. They reach harmony by blending with the vital breath.” ~ Laozi ~