I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open to me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which came to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which came to me as blossom, goes on to fruit.
— Dawna Markova

Nicole Dagesse

Nicole is a yoga teacher, dance artist, and mother.  Yoga was vital in her ability to stay present during the transformation of pregnancy, childbirth, and new motherhood.  As a yoga teacher specializing in pre/postnal and vinyasa yoga, Nicole delights in opening her students to increased movement possibility in body, breath, and mind.  

Nicole's vinyasa style draws on her dance experience to create unique sequences that build toward a culminating asana or energetic state.  Her fascination for anatomy and her experience with somatic practices are evident in her anatomical cuing and in the importance of proper alignment for ease and longevity.  Her sequences range from spiritual to playful to wild, and she uses hands on adjustments to help students safely deepen into their practice.

Beginning with a college yoga class, yoga became a practice wholly for herself, balancing the challenges and asymmetries of life as a dancer.  After earning an MFA in Dance and specializing in Somatic Practice, Nicole felt that teaching yoga would allow her to take her practice and understanding of yoga to a new level.  Nicole was deeply inspired by the training she received at OmTime Yoga, Tillai University in Boulder, Co.  Under the tutelage of Shannon Paige, Nancy Kate Williams, and Gina Caputo, Nicole was encouraged to develop her own teaching style that incorporated vinyasa flow, anatomy, and the chakra system.  Nicole began teaching at OmTime Yoga in Boulder upon completing her training and was in awe of the beauty, humanity, and grace of her students.

In North Carolina Nicole taught at Triangle Yoga and Carrboro Yoga Company, entrancing students with her unique flow style that felt like dancing.  Students of all abilities were able to find strength and fluidity of body and clarity of mind.  As Dance and Somatics teacher at Longleaf School of the Arts, teaching yoga and anatomy to high school students was a joyous challenge.  Watching students gain self-awareness, let go of external judgments, and trust and value their bodies was truly inspiring.

Pregnancy was a terrific yoga teacher for Nicole, as she began to understand union in a completely new way!  Deepening her knowledge with a pre/postnatal training at the Asheville Yoga Center, Nicole began teaching prenatal yoga and then postnatal yoga with a wonderful teaching assistant, her son Elias.  Prenatal yoga brings a fresh perspective to yoga teaching, where creating community with other mothers is as important as the postures and therapeutic practices.  Nicole especially loves teaching partner yoga to pregnant women and their birth partners, sharing the breath, ease, and physical connection that will aid the couples through the challenges and joys to come!

Nicole has since continued her training with workshops and intensives with Sarah Powers, Gabriel Halprin, Chris Loebsack, and Janice Gellar.  After many years away, Nicole is delighted to call herself a Vermonter once again, having just resettled with her husband, son, and newborn daughter in Hinesburg, Vermont.   Nicole looks forward to finding her yoga home in the Burlington area and is currently teaching at Vinyasa Flow and Prenatal yoga Evolution Yoga in Burlington.  

 For more information about Nicole's life as a Dance Artist, visit murmurationsdance.org.


Photography by Shaena Mallett