Niko was first drawn to yoga because of the physical benefits of strength training and cardio. She soon began to realize yoga had a broader scope than just the asana practice. She began to utilize the breathing exercises in stressful situations, understanding that difficult situations will not last forever, and compassion and patience towards self and others. The lessons she was learning helped to enhance the way she carried out her daily life as an expat as well as an extensive traveler. She is pleased to have returned to the Valley after being gone for many years. She encourages self-exploration and discovery through yoga. She brings to class a welcoming smile, a sense of calm and encouraging enthusiasm. Niko promotes self love and compassion while safely moving within ones body being respectful to where ones person level, body or emotional state is that day. She hopes students leave class feeling a little lighter than when they first began their practice. After 10 years of personal study she completed the YogaWorks 200-Hour training and then the Ashland Yoga Center 200-Hour training this past summer. Niko is excited to bring kids yoga to the Ashland and Central Point studios. Niko loves the energy, playfulness and fun factor that kids yoga brings. The laughter and creativity of the students always brings a smile to her face. She completed her Kids Rainbow Yoga training this past fall, 2018. Niko also teaches gentle yoga, all level flow yoga and water board yoga classes at the Central Point studio.