About

Hello! My name is Nicole Thomas and I am a yoga instructor and wellness coach based out of Ajax, Ontario, Canada.

Nicole Thomas

Here I am! Enjoying some sparkling Rose in Price Edward County (2018)

I was first introduced to yoga about 14 years ago. I was volunteering at a summer day camp for children with special needs while I was studying at the University of Guelph. One day a yoga instructor came in a taught a class – simple stuff for all the kids to follow (i.e. you are a tree, you are a cat, you are a mountain). I loved it, especially because it was accessible for all the children to participate in some way, which is something that continues to be important to me many years later.

I wish I could say that my yoga journey began that day and I started a daily yoga practice. However, it took me many more years and encounters with yoga to truly become a yogi. And a daily practice is still something I am working on. I continued to come across yoga in my life and took classes at the gym and fitness studios, at various yoga studios in Toronto and Durham, and even practiced at home using yoga DVDs. I always found yoga kept coming back to me in some way.

Nicole Thomas

Yoga in shoes is harder than it looks

Despite not being a dedicated yoga student, I always felt drawn to the practice and I always thought I would enjoy teaching it or learning more about it. This may just come from my love of learning and teaching but I like to think the universe had more in store for me.

In 2017, after a particularly tough couple of months, I finally decided to sign up for a teacher training program. I still had not been practicing with any regularity and I was worried that I wasn’t experienced enough. I also didn’t really have any real intentions in teaching; I was just looking to expand my own knowledge of yoga with the hopes of improving my personal practice.

The Inspiring Spirit Teacher Training Program at Balanced Life Yoga in Ajax has truly changed my life. I have met so many wonderful people, primarily strong, smart and badass women. I have learned amazing teaching skills not only specific to yoga but that are applicable to teaching in general. I have also learned so much about myself. I have gotten in touch with my soul purpose and learned what I truly want out of life. This was further solidified for me through my 300 hour teacher training program which I completed in 2019.

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Fall 2017 200 Hour Crew

I have a BA from the University of Guelph in Sociology and a Post-Graduate Diploma from Durham College in Human Resources Management, as well as a certificate in Teaching & Training Adults. I have completed my 200 and 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training through Balanced Life Yoga, and I am registered with Yoga Alliance International (RYT200). I have certificates in teaching Kids, Pre- and Post-Natal, Beginner, and Restorative Yoga. I am a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner and I have been attuned to the cho ku rei, sei hei ki, and Hon sha ze sho nen Reiki symbols used in the practice of Usui Reiki.

I also am an avid knitter and crafter. In addition to teaching yoga, I am also a knitwear designer and technical editor (visit nicolethomas.ca to learn more). One of my passions in life has always been learning new things and exploring new concepts. I love to read, both fiction and non-fiction, and I watch too much Netflix (they have so much awesome true crime right now, which is another guilty pleasure of mine). I live in Ajax, Ontario, Canada with my husband, Stephen, and our two cats, Bruce and Alfie.

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One of my favourites from our April 2018 wedding

It is my goal to explore how yoga and meditation can reconnect us to our selves as we find our true purpose in this world. I look forward to sharing my journey with you.

Much love and Namaste.

Nicole