Nicola Gambrill

Nicola Gambrill

Some of my favourite childhood memories are of my Mum doing sun salutations in our living room when I was a little girl. I used to join in, so I guess you could say Mum was my first yoga teacher! She loved it and inspired by her enthusiasm, I tried a few classes in my teens and experimented on and off with different styles throughout my adult life. I never really fell in love with yoga though, until I stepped into the hot room. I was in my element. I loved it straight away. I felt amazing afterwards and couldn't wait to do it all again, so I did go back the next day and the next..I clearly remember looking at the teacher in that first class and thinking 'I want to do that!' 

I continued to practice Bikram solidly for almost 4 years and the feeling didn't change. I decided to see what else was out there and went to my first Fierce Grace class in 2013. I knew I didn't want to lose the heat from my practice but I wondered what else I could add. Fierce Grace immediately felt more playful and fun. The practice was still disciplined and the teaching method clear but I loved the variety of interconnected classes, the addition of music, upper body strengthening and deeper twisting. Something about the whole philosophy really resonated with me. The idea that yoga is for everyone regardless of age, size, current fitness or flexibility level is something I couldn't agree with more. The focus on a combination of strength and flexibility, power and grace and achieving that balance sounded like the effect yoga has had on my life. I am stronger physically and mentally, more determined and focused. I also feel more balanced and calm. Yoga has helped me deal with anxiety issues, physical injuries and all the usual stress and challenges we all face in our daily lives. I decided to finally go for it and completed FG TT3 in March 2015. 

In yoga, I have found my passion and I love expanding my knowledge and developing my practice and teaching with each class. I'm constantly learning from students and other teachers. I may be a teacher myself now but I am still very much a practitioner and a student who enjoys learning and the fresh challenge every class brings.