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Meet Nick Namaste

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nick Namaste.

Please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today? 
While living in Denver, Colorado in 2006, I was finishing my college degree in Finance when I attended my first yoga class. I immediately discovered the benefits yoga could offer my life and was compelled to dive deeper. So, I completed my 200hr Power Yoga Teacher Training in 2008. The fork in the road between following the degree or the vocation would shape my future, as I chose to pursue a life of a yoga teacher. I began teaching regularly in January 2009 and soon found some success through positive feedback, increased class attendance, and more opportunities within different studios. Fast forward more than 11 years and I have since taught at numerous studios across the US and have led retreats in Mexico.

I am currently the Yoga Director at Set & Flow, a fitness/yoga studio in Hollywood, CA. When the pandemic hit, I decided to broaden the scope of my teaching by starting virtual classes on Instagram and hosting private, semi-private, and group Zoom classes.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The path of a yoga teacher is rarely a smooth one, so it goes without saying, it takes time to build confidence and experience. Initially, class wages are extremely small, but as class sizes and teaching experience expand, the financial return follows in suit. I have, and still do, worked two jobs and know that most instructors do the same. We must also recognize there is competition at every corner. New instructors are born every day (pre-COVID) and studio schedules are limited, so gaining experience presents its hurdles. Having yoga as a primary source of income takes time, but one must stay true to their chosen path if they love it… challenges and all.

Nick Namaste – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Yoga teachers are a dime-a-dozen… we’re everywhere. So, it often goes unrecognized that instructors are at times more the product than the location/studio they teach at. At times, instructors need to leave the nest of a singular studio so they may spread their wings and see how far they can fly. It’s a daunting endeavor, but a necessary at times. Nick Namaste has been my handle on Instagram for years and its often how people remember me, (either “yoga Nick” or “Nick Namaste”) so I’m taking a step of the ledge to see how far I can go with my teaching. This is my time to fly.

My classes are known for their “flows.” Seamlessly integrating breath-to-movement while offering clear, succinct verbal cues, classes are dynamic and inspiring. They offer an hour of separation from the trials of life through an hour of personal connection. Yoga is a tool for the self and my classes offer students an opportunity to practice using those tools. Classes are challenging, but still accessible for all levels of practitioner. Each week I offer a new “flow” so that students may learn by repetition and consistency. Each class often carries its own theme/message, which we instructors call an “intention.” Combine all this with carefully crafted playlists to add to the experience and students generally leave feeling physically challenged, mentally stronger, and more in-tune with themselves. I really enjoy bringing a community together. I love a large room of energy and allowing a group of individuals to move and breath as one. Even teaching virtually, in which practitioners are mostly alone, a large shared connection and energy can be felt.

What sets me apart from the many other instructors? I feel I’ve started to find my voice as an individual and instructor. Class doesn’t need to be anything other than a human talking and sharing with/ to other humans, and I feel strongly that I am authentically myself when I’m teaching.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is absolutely subjective. What qualifies as successful for me, is setting and meeting goals and intentions then setting new ones; learning from failures and challenges, and overcoming adversities; working towards a constant place of growth and improvement of one’s self; striving for a life of happiness while surrounded by loved ones and others that push and inspire; having a strong support network; and providing security for me and my (future) family. Financial stability is definitely on the list as well, but I feel if most of the aforementioned qualities are occurring/being practiced, then financial resources will be there as well.

Also, I feel that a component of success is recognizing that no one person’s success comes unassisted; there are always others that assist along the way. Be it through financial or social support, offering an opportunity to grow and/or expand their business/following, or just something as simple as word-of-mouth marketing, we all need other people to succeed. In-turn, being in service of others is a priority of mine and I very much look forward to being able to give back. One day soon, my intention is to host charity based classes, either put on by myself (virtually and/or live donation based classes for a cause) or working directly with charities and hosting large events/classes.

This is a tall order, a lot to do, but if we strive to be better and live a little more selfless, success can and will be easily attained.

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Image Credit:
Taryn Kelly via Set & Flow (for the first/horizontal/personal photo ONLY)

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