Who: Nicole Buono
Where: Nicole is born and raised in Saugerties, NY, but is now living a town over in Woodstock. She travels often for her job, but feels extremely lucky each time she returns home to the beautiful Hudson Valley. Nicole teaches at Shakti Yoga Saugerties and Pure Mountain Yoga in Tannersville, NY.
Ytt/teaching exp: Nicole completed her 200-hour teacher training at Shakti in June 2019.
Offerings: (Tuesday 6p Level 1 at Shakti Saugerties) Very beginner, Level 1, and Children’s yoga classes at the YMCA of Ulster County.
Why: “It was love at first Sun Salutation” Nicole came to her mat 10 years ago at Shakti Saugerties, and was hooked instantly. Coming from an athletic background, Nicole was always looking for a challenge and yoga offered up that challenge for both her body and mind. Through her practice, Nicole worked through the challenges that arose and was able to connect her body and mind, something she strives to help her students achieve. Nicole hopes to spread love and happiness within her classes and show the world that yoga is truly for everyone. She likes to offer creative sequencing, with a touch of playfulness and a dash of inspiration. Her hope is that her students always step off of their mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.
Favorite yoga pose: My favorite yoga pose is Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, bridge pose. In bridge, I feel grounded and connected to both the earth and my body. I could stay in the pose forever, especially with a block in the restorative version. This pose helps me to feel energized and is a great heart opener.
Fun fact: I am a crazy dog mom, to my very own recuse pup, Della, a German Shepard/American Foxhound Mix. I always say she was the one who rescued me!
Favorite quote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson