About Amanda Nickerson

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Amanda became a Bikram yoga teacher in 2004. Her love of yoga and travel has taken her to the United States, Belgium, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia where she has taught yoga. She has since ventured into Prenatal and Kundalini yoga. Apart from yoga, her interests include music, reading, running, nutrition and travel.

Posts by Amanda Nickerson:

Enlighten Up!

Enlighten Up!

“A filmmaker is determined to prove that yoga can transform anyone. Her plan: select a subject, immerse him in yoga and follow him until he finds a practice that transforms him. Her subject: Nick Rosen a skeptical, 29 year-old journalist living in New York City. Before he can say OM, Nick finds himself twisted up like a pretzel surrounded by celebrity yogis, true believers, kooks and entrepreneurs. The more he investigates yoga the more contradictions he discovers, straying further from Kate’s plan. They circle the globe talking to mystics, gurus, mad men and saints searching for the true meaning of yoga, encountering things they never could have imagined. They don’t find the answers to their questions, they find much more.” (www.enlightenupthefilm.com)

Vancouver Pride

What an amazing weekend in our beautiful city!  The Celebration of Light and Gay Pride.  It got me to thinking?  If we are to recognize the light in others, we must first accept ourselves:  gay, straight, short, tall, fat, skinny.  If we are able to accept ourselves, we are free to accept others.  We are able to come from a more authentic place.  A place of love.  This is where yoga comes in because it takes us on a journey of self realization.

A friend came to me with a problem this week because of a person in his life who chooses to see him in the past.  Life is constantly changing.  It is important for us to move forward and grow without being shadowed by past regrets or judgements.  We wouldn’t be in the place we are today if it wasn’t for our past experiences.  For example, I recently became a vegan.  I had a friend tell someone that was inquiring about my dietary choices, “I’ve seen her chow down on a burger.”  Yes, that is true.  It is because I used to eat meat that I choose not to now.  Does that make my current decision any less valid?

By no means am I perfect.  What is perfection?  Yoga helps me to recognize the good in myself and others.  I am truly grateful to live in a place where we have access to yoga and the freedom to express our pride.

Lead by example.  Be proud of who you are!  Celebrate who you are because you are unique.  As long as your intentions are not to hurt, you will change those around you for the better.  This is the energy that moves mountains.

Namaste.

Will Blunderfield

In Vancouver, we are blessed to have access to countless amazing yoga teachers!  I would like to write about one such teacher, Will!  My friend Tracey took Will’s class a month ago and  ever since she has been telling me that I must take his class.  Finally, I went.  I am left wondering why I haven’t heard of Will sooner?

I see Will before the class and he is wearing a bandana and eyeliner.  I could tell that this was not going to be your “typical” yoga class.  What is a typical yoga class?  That is another story.  Will starts the class as soon as he walks in.  “Inhale, Exhale,” with an audible sigh.  “Let it all go.”  The sighs get louder as we repeat this a few more times.

During the class, Will gets “personal.”  He tells us about his journey into striving to be his authentic self.  You can tell he genuinely likes to teach.  He exudes love and acceptance.  Here are some Will “isms.”  “Shine your light.  If others think your light is too bright, tell them to wear sunglasses.”  “Don’t judge me, but love me.  When you judge others, there is no room to love yourself.”

Will finishes class by singing an amazing rendition of Hallelujah.  Talk about taking Savasana to a whole new level.  I left class feeling detoxed and good about myself.  That might have something to do with having to look into my eyes in the mirror and chant “I am good enough, I am enough, etc?”

If you are looking for a class that is inspirational, uplifting and fun (there was some butt shaking involved).  Try Will’s hot hour at West Coast Hot Yoga in Yaletown.  It’s a judgment free zone that will allow you to express your fabulous self!

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