nicole griffin wellness oakland yoga teacher mindfulness

My Yoga Vision

The deep sense of belonging and community I felt at my first yoga studio, Tranquil Space, was what inspired me to become a yoga teacher. The sense of community care and mindful living that I felt at Tranquil Space grounded me and gave me renewed purpose. 

As a yoga teacher, my intention is to offer that back out. Above all else, I want my students to feel seen and accepted for who they are as they are. I aim to cultivate community and offer a practice that feels practical and purposeful and that ripples out into the world. 

When it comes to yoga, I imagine a big tent full of diversity, equity, compassion, and respect. I want everyone to feel deeply witnessed and embraced for who they are and I want our collective practice to matter.

As Susanna Barkataki says, “Yoga is not a passive practice. Nor is it a practice to put down when you roll up your yoga mat. Yoga is, truly, an engaged social justice practice.”

Rather than practicing in a vacuum, let’s practice with the understanding that every small effort matters and ripples out into the collective. Let’s practice with the intention to change the world.

You Are

…a seasoned yogi who is looking for more meaning and a community of people who are committed to putting their practice into action.

…an athlete with injuries, tight muscles, and a type-A mentality. You go hard and might need some balance in the equation, just sayin’.

….stressed out, anxious, working too damn much, and not sleeping. At this point, you are open to trying anything as long as its not too woo or weird.

….in a regular-sized body and are not interested in flexibility contests or yogi fashion shows.

….not flexible, and while you know yoga will help you, you think you can’t do it or will look like a fool. I’m not flexible either, and if it weren’t for yoga, I’d have the posture of a tiger prawn. 

….a person of color, and when you look around the room, you don’t see anyone else who looks like you. Many yoga spaces are extremely vanilla and I’m sorry if you have ever felt like you didn’t belong because you do. 

Let’s Build

A space where everyone in the community feels welcome, seen, embraced, and respected. 

What I Offer

  • A practice free of chanting, preaching, manifesting, chakra healing, and woo vibes in general
  • Tools and practices to help you build resilience, mindfulness and presence
  • A practice that is in service to my community and to the world
  • A relationship that is not transactional, extractive, or hierarchical
  • A commitment to keep learning and unlearning, and to show up honestly and imperfectly along the way
  • A promise to always tell the truth and call out the yoga world BS 
  • Sliding scale pricing and scholarships as much as I can

My Practice

The yoga I offer is practical, grounded, and rooted in Mindfulness.

I love connecting with my students and creating space for them to wind down and tune in. In a fast world, slowing down and paying attention is powerful. My vinyasa classes are playful, mindful, and grounding. My yin and restorative practices balance and nourish. 

When I practice yoga, I feel more connected. My practice keeps me honest, it helps me see more clearly, act more intentionally, and live more compassionately. It offers me a wealth of tools that I can choose from each day to cultivate insight and balance.

Before the pandemic, I taught at YogaWorks, Yoga Tree, and Tranquil Space.

I am inspired by Off the Mat, CtznWell, Michelle C. Johnson, and YoginsUnited, where the above images originated.

“To be a yoga teacher is to embody what it means to have well-being in life, and in turn to impart that understanding to others. Teaching yoga is a sacred calling for many. Indeed, it is one of the most rewarding professions out there – not many others can say that it’s their job to make people feel good!”

Amy Ippoliti

I’m always thinking of ways to make yoga more accessible, less appropriated, and more action-oriented. Join the conversation here.

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