Nikki's gift for teaching others, soothing and empowering women has inspired the Eve team for a number of years.
Nikki is a mother to 13 year old daughter Ahlianah, and made the tough decision to embark on the journey of parenthood as a single mother, removing herself and her unborn child from an abusive relationship.
Nikki is a yogini and a business owner with a successful yoga studio in Ponsonby, Auckland, and she has recently also realised her dream of owning an entire wellness centre, located in Brown’s Bay.
She has an undeniable gift for teaching and helping her students feel strong and capable. We suspect her nurturing, knowledgeable and witty teaching style mirrors her style of mothering, as those who attend Nikki's classes feel seen and held while they learn and grow in their abilities as yogis.
Nikki teaches yoga internationally and trains other teachers in her personal philosophy and yoga method, ‘The Ralston Method,’ which makes asana, meditation, breath work and mindfulness safe and accessible to all.
What does motherhood mean to you?
To me motherhood means being a stable, steady guiding force that nurtures growth, just like ‘the great mother earth,’ does for all its inhabitants. For me this is not isolated to being mother to my wonderful daughter Ahlianah, I feel this mothering guidance extends to all of the students that come through my studios and teacher trainees on my programs.
I feel my role as mother is to make sure I look after my own wellbeing physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually first, so that I can be of service to others and have a sustainable impact in the world.
What's one healthy habit you've tried to pass onto your child?
I have tried to pass on many healthy habits, but my daughter is 13 right now and making her own choices in life, so it’s kind of a time where I cross my fingers and hope that the foundation I have laid down thus far, is an anchor and helps her to navigate these years!
The biggest thing that has been vitally important is self-reflection and she is really good at this, which makes me proud. The understanding that we all make mistakes and sometimes poor choices, yet we can pause, reflect on our behaviour and we can make new decisions that are more in line with our truth or what we want to create.
What are you most grateful to your mother (or a mother figure in your life) for?
Oh, me and my Mum are super close and I am so grateful for everything she has and continues to do for me. She is such a solid presence in my life and actually is always working behind the scenes in my business. She has a keen eye for detail, does all my books, reminds me of all the things I forget, even cleans the studios and is my sounding board for all my wild ideas and dreams!
But the thing I am most grateful for is that she knows and loves ALL of me without judgement and accepts me for who I am.
How has your health journey impacted your journey as a mother?
They have been and continue to be inseparable.
I made the decision to put mine and my daughter’s health and wellbeing as my top priority and leave an abusive relationship during my pregnancy. From that moment on, I never looked back.
I learned pretty quickly when my daughter was young that if I was healthy and happy, everything flowed much more easily. My practice of yoga has helped me to be a more present, available and compassionate mother. As she grows, so do I, and we are constantly building new ways to navigate challenges and keep communication open.
What tips or advice can you pass on around staying healthy while being a busy mum?
Don’t try to juggle everything, or else you end up just spending fleeting moments before rushing onto the next ‘thing’.
I feel this need to be ‘busy’ or keeping up, is sapping our vibrancy and energy more than ever, when we are in a state of overwhelm we make poor choices around what we eat and how or if we exercise. By prioritising the most important aspects of your life and consciously carving out time for those people, things or experiences you can be fully IN them and enjoy them!
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