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Nicole Griffin

Learning to Fly

I worked in office settings on and off for ten years.  The offs were grad school and travel (that I always felt like I was scheming and stealing to maintain my sanity).  The last job that I had, I hated.  I had studied International Business and Arabic in grad school and felt very passionate about working to create economic opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa.  I moved to DC after graduation and struggled to find a full time job in my field.  After six months of couch surfing and interviewing, I finally accepted a job completely outside of my field.  I then spend the next 2.5 years working in dental education.  I think the universe was definitely sending me a strong message/playing me for a fool because wtf random landing is that? Read More

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Nicole Griffin

Picture Yourself in Morocco....

Picture yourself floating in a hot air balloon, taking in the bustle of Marrakech from above.  Suddenly the din of the mopeds, the snake charmers, and the calls to prayer fade out and all you can see is color.  The pink ochre architecture, the green palm trees, the bright blue sky, and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains resemble a soft landscape painting.  You are aware of activity below, but you float above it, peacefully, gaining a new perspective on the hustle as you buoy through the sky. Now picture yourself sitting in a beautiful, lush garden, sipping tea from a glass packed with fresh mint leaves.  Read More

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Nicole Griffin

Dreaming of Yoga + Culture Retreats

One of my goals for 2018 is to lead an international yoga retreat.  Ever since I studied abroad in Ankara, Turkey in 2007, I have been obsessed with sharing my deep appreciation for the cultures of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).  My affinity for the region runs deep as does my stubborn desire to positively influence perceptions of it.  I started a blog while I was still in business school called Because I Love Sand.  Here, I explored topics that I felt would make the region seem less scary, intimidating and unfamiliar to friends and family back home.  I wrote about pomegranates, princesses, and Phoenicians and attempted to translate the charm and wonder of the Middle East and North Africa.  I have not updated it in almost four years, but it is a project that I still feel extremely proud of.   Read More

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Nicole Griffin

Trash Fires and Bitches: My Unlikely Journey Teaching Yoga

I like to listen to podcasts when I'm cooking or commuting or puttering about.  The other day, I was listening to episode 51 of Love Teaching Yoga Podcast.  The host, Michelle Linane and guest Lori Snyder were talking about finding and sharing your voice as a yoga teacher.  I've been mulling over one particular question they asked since hearing it, "how do you want your students to feel when they leave your class?" I basically fell into yoga ass backwards about 4 years ago. Read More

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