Read reviews and the articles that Nicole has been published in.
Featured in Natural Awakenings & Sparta Living Magazine
"Now more than ever is when we need grounding and yoga the most. Nicole Zornitzer took a leap of faith during these unprecedented times and opened up a second location in Sparta overlooking the picturesque Upper Lake. Building a business from the ground up is no easy feat and doing it in an eco-conscious way can be even more challenging. From the moment you step foot into Niyama Yoga Shala’s bright, airy studio you’re brought back to simpler times. Times when we weren’t constantly overstimulated with news and social media, times when we could just let go of our “to-do” lists and be present.
In Sanskrit, the ancient sacred language of Hinduism, the word Niyama translates to positive duties or observances. The mission of the studio is to guide each practitioner through a practice that invokes inner peace through safe and mindful movement, meditation; as well as awareness of the physical and subtle body. Each of the instructors teach in a way that ensures proper alignment and the practice is built from the foundational expression of a pose with the options to go deeper or stay where you are and just experience.
The ambiance of the studio is one of serenity, and lord knows we need it more than ever these days. When you walk in you breathe a sigh of relief and your body immediately relaxes-it’s as if the space is energized in such a way that immediately allows you to leave your “baggage at the door.”
The health and safety is at the forefront of everyone's mind including Nicole’s. Entering into an indoor space with others who are not from your household can be a bit intimidating which is why the following protocol was put in place: The studio is outfitted with hospital grade air purifiers, windows which are kept open to allow air flow, hand sanitizer is available upon arrival as you are getting your temperature taken, all high touch surfaces are disinfected before and after each class, masks are worn by all until you are on your mat, practitioner capacity is set to 25%, and teachers are mindful of keeping a safe distance from the practitioners.
If you’ve been craving an in-studio practice; I promise you, you will not be disappointed. Looking forward to seeing you on the mat!"
Spotlight Article: Bare
Our Founder Nicole's Reflections on Turning 50
"As I reflect upon my life and the 50 years I have been on this journey, I am realizing that each piece, each moment has brought me to this moment where I can bare my soul and be completely comfortable in the vulnerability."
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” — Anais Nin
Summer from an Ayurvedic Lens
In Ayurveda, summer is viewed as Pitta Season. Pitta’s earth elements are fire, heat, action and may be viewed from the Eastern perspective as a “type A personality”.
Springtime: An Ayurvedic Persepctive
Springtime aligns with the kapha dosha, which in Sanskrit translates to “that which flourishes in water” as the season of spring brings rain and increased water in the environment.
A client recently inspired me to analyze the idea of how yoga and mindfulness have transformed me & relate it to past articles regarding the power of the yoga mat.
Tapas is often translated as “austerity” or “discipline” and the word tapas is derived from the root Sanskrit verb “tap” which means to “burn” and evokes a sense of fire or passion.
Finding Your Yin
In the west, Yin Yoga has historically been the least celebrated style of yoga. However, our Founder Nicole believes it is one of the most necessary styles. This is the topic of her recent article in Sparta Living Magazine this month.
Oasis of Light
Let’s celebrate the female body for all that it offers from childbearing to menopause; remember it is the woman who carries the fruits of life, and our bodies are temples that should be revered with the ultimate respect.
Finding Your Yin
The lessons of yin are far more reaching than one may think at first glance. When we truly find stillness, we become one with ourselves and enter a more meditative state.
During this holiday season and an increasing amount of pressure on people to spend more, have more, do more to feel appreciated or loved, I have taken a different approach on the meaning of a gift.
And The Award Goes To….Heather Kerner
We are pleased to announce that we have selected Heather Kerner, currently enrolled in YTT 200 at Niyama Yoga in Randolph; planning to enroll in the YTT 300 in January 2022, to be our Natural Awakenings #NextChapter Scholarship recipient for spring 2021.
Pranayama is the manipulation of breath in yogic terms. It is my belief that pranayama is more important than the physical asana practice.
My Touch Tree-The Bones (A Tribute)
Nicole’s intention is to bring to light the struggle of divorce while also finding a forever love and compassion for the one you once loved and possibly always will love.
The Healing Power of Sound
In this article, Nicole explains everything you need to know about Integral Sound Healing: Its benefits, the science behind it and the instruments used.
Sunshine On My Shoulders
Nicole reflects on 2020; dealing with life and death, looking for the lessons, messages and moments that come with it.
The Graduate - 2020
I just completed my Ayurvedic Graduate Studies at The Maryland University of Integrative Health. Learn about my experience here.
The Wait for Double G: A Tribute to Mom
Nicole reflects on loss & closure, a tribute to her mother this Mother's Day.
Yamas & Niyamas
The yamas and niyamas can be viewed as yogic ethical disciplines that offer practitioners a means to move through life in a mindful way.
In one of our dharma talks, we were taught we need to accept where and who we are in this very moment in order to shine.
Courage: Braving Our Own Wilderness
Read the thoughts of our Founder, Yogini Nicole Zornitzer, on Brene Brown's book Braving the Wilderness. It's all about courage!
The definition of yoga is union of mind, body and spirit. The five koshas of the body are the foundation to creating this harmony of self.
Any Given Wednesday
How does one manage the constant fluctuation of emotion? How do we start the day in fear and try to end in gratitude?