Nikki Doane (USA)
Nicki Doane had a wanderlust that led her to India in 1991 to study yoga. She went to Mysore to meet Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and immediately realized she had found her teacher. Nicki started teaching in 1992. She cites Pattabhi Jois, along with Eddie Modestini, Gabriella Giubilaro, and Tim Miller among her most influential teachers. She is an authorized teacher of Ashtanga Yoga. Although rooted in Ashtanga, Nicki‘s teaching goes beyond the traditional. Her Vinyasa classes combine asana, pranayama, philosophy, and poetry. Nicki’s emphasis is on awareness: creating integrity within each pose that can be carried beyond the mat into daily life.
Nicki teaches at yoga studios and conferences across the globe. She is featured in two Ashtanga Yoga DVDs from Gaiam Inc. and has produced her own series of Maya Yoga DVDs in collaboration with in collaboration with Eddie Modestini. Nicki lives in Maui, Hawaii where she is an owner and director the Maya Yoga Studio.
Why do you practice yoga?
I practice yoga to maintain my health: physically, mentally, and emotionally. And because it really works!
What mantra do you live by?
The mantras I have lived by tend to change as my life’s circumstances change.
With Faith comes courage
Change is the only Constant
Happiness doesn’t make us grateful. Gratefulness makes us happy.
What's been your biggest life challenge?
I’d have to say my biggest life challenge has been my very recent divorce from my partner of over 20 years. Yoga got me through it by giving me tools both physical and emotional to manage my pain and stress. Much of the time i had to drag myself to the mat and I Always felt better after I practiced, whether I had the energy to do a strong vinyasa style practice or just laid in savasana and cried. The yoga sutras of Patanjali were essential as well in reminding me to speak my truth, to not project my anger onto others, and to relax the intensity of my effort because this thing called Life never ends. Essentially to go with the flow and not resist the change; its the only constant in life.
What's #1 on your bucket list currently?
#1 on my bucket list right now a tie between a pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and a wild animal safari in Africa. Both will happen in the next decade!