About Asraya

It is an incredibly beautiful thing to fall in love and like many love stories, mine happened just the same, a unique unfolding journey through every layer of my being. A mirror staring back at me. The unrelenting repulsion, the beauty. The endless mess, the order. The need to control, the surrender. The pain and struggle, the bliss. The terrifying darkness, the light. And just like that, I fell in love…I fell in love with yoga and like an innocent, unsuspecting child I sat there and watched the magic unfold…

Hello, my name is Nicole

I am a yoga and meditation teacher and spiritual mentor.
Let me tell you a little about me and my own personal journey.

I’ll rewind it good few scenes, about 15 years at that, and after an early encounter with the physical practice of yoga, at a much younger and less serious age, it continued to gently nudge further into my life over the span of the next 10 years, never forcefully just graciously reminding me of its presence.

I had spent years studying the intriguing and fascinating human body, the anatomy and physiology, all the countless things that could possibly go wrong with it in all its intricacies and how to make sure that it went right… Every pathophysiology and its process. The pharmacology and its affect on the biological systems and their state. Trained to understand what was going on in someone’s body at the very cellular level so that if something were to go wrong, I could try my darndest to put steps in place to fix that, to heal the physical body. And just like that I jumped “eyes wide shut” into a career in Emergency Medicine but never quite finding peace or fulfillment or surrender.

Like a heartbeat, soft and persistent I felt this undeniable gravitational pull into something more… There had to be…

I’m on the beach, the wind blowing through my hair , the sun gently kissing my salty skin, the water lapping the white sandy shore. The setting – a magical island in Thailand. It was here that I started my yoga teacher training on this journey and here that I learned some of the most valuable and fundamental tools in teaching and sharing this practice with others. It was here that I learned that there is a never-ending amount to learn, every single day that we are blessed with on this earth.

It takes a very special soul for someone to realise that they want to spend the rest of their days, healing others through mindfulness, movement and conscious connection. It wasn’t about me at all, it really wasn’t about what “I” could heal physically for others, it was about what I could make people feel. About being able to create a safe and nurturing space for others to find their own essence, their true self and in that beautiful process, finding their own true healing…

My very own yoga journey allowed me to witness a wholeness within me, one that for many years I denied myself. Yoga allowed me to gracefully choose absolute presence, over absence no matter how uncomfortable those times could make me feel. To allow myself to become intimate with the suffering and the struggle as much as the beauty and bliss. To see the world through new eyes: eyes of appreciation, love, kindness and grace.

It takes courage to teach and share this knowledge, but an unbreakable passion and willingness to hold space for others and guide them on their own journey is something that fulfills my “why” every moment of every day.

Now, I practice most days, both on and off the mat. I have the privilege to teach private one on one yoga classes in Vienna, Austria where I am currently based as well as hosting my own yoga retreats across the globe. I am infinitely blessed on this ever-learning and ever-inspiring journey just a few snippets of which you can find on my blog here.

It takes a very special soul for someone to realise that they want to spend the rest of their days, healing others through mindfulness, movement and conscious connection. It wasn’t about me at all, it really wasn’t about what “I” could heal physically for others, it was about what I could make people feel. About being able to create a safe and nurturing space for others to find their own essence, their true self and in that beautiful process, finding their own true healing…

If you’re just starting out or you’re an avid yogi, if you would like to strengthen your practice or establish a new one, if you’d like to connect, reach out to me here or over socials… I’d love to hold space together…

With love and gratitude always

— Nicole