Ever wonder what people do AFTER yoga teacher training? Many participate in training simply to deepen their own education and yoga practice. Many others wish to create a life and living out of their love of yoga.
👉 In this new blog feature, Yoga Teacher Spotlight, each quarter, you’ll meet a Purple Lotus Yoga alum and discover what she’s doing out in the yoga world.
For the debut Yoga Teacher Spotlight meet: Nicole Anderson Land who graduated Purple Lotus Yoga in 2011.
How did your yoga journey begin?
NAL: It started about 10 years ago, there was a yoga studio near my home. It’s funny I remember the instructor talking about savasana and I thought there is NO way I can keep my mind calm for 5 minutes. HA!
PLY: Such a common experience for beginners in savasana!
What made you decide to become a teacher?
NAL: The first class I taught was actually before teacher training. I taught it on a girls trip. We were on the beach by the ocean and all of my friends got so much out of the class. That was one of the key factors in my doing the teacher training.
Also the chatter in my mind started to calm down the more I practiced and I knew that I wanted to share this gift with other women.
And how long have your been teaching?
NAL: I’ve been teaching about 6 years. Now I typically only teach workshops and on special occasions. I do a lot more breathwork and meditation teaching these days!
PLY: Yay for yoga that focuses on those two powerful limbs!
What was the most surprising lesson you learned during ytt?
NAL: I was introduced to The Four Agreements. It was honestly hard for me to understand at the time and now it’s the most influential book I’ve ever read.
PLY: A favorite among many yoga teacher training participants.
What do you remember about the first yoga class you ever taught?
NAL: The first class I taught was actually before teacher training, I taught it on a girls trip. We were on the beach by the ocean and all of my friends got so much out of the class that was one of the key factors in my doing the teacher training.
What is your niche/specialty?
NAL: Breath Work, Meditation and helping women remember who they are before the world told them who they were supposed to be.
How were you drawn to your specialty?
NAL: In this day an age there are so many shoulds, you should be a good wife, you should be a mother. Way too many rules for my taste.
How about you should take care of yourself first so then if you choose you can take care of others. My goal is to empower women, to remind them to love themselves first then everything else falls into place.
What advice do you have for others who are considering teaching yoga?
NAL: If you feel that deep voice inside, trust it…it’s just the beginning!
PLY: Now for some funsies questions…
What is your favorite yoga asana + why?
NAL: Savasana, it changed my life!
What is your favorite beverage + why?
NAL: Water water and more water! It’s fuel for your brain! I also enjoy vodka water with a couple limes every now and again!
What’s one thing about you that would surprise people to learn?
NAL: I have an extremely loud wolf whistle, doesn’t really go with my girly look.
PLY: I can totally see you whipping out the wolf whistle.
NAL: 4 Aussies, what the heck was I thinking? Just kidding I love my pack but they are a lot of work and my dark hardwood floors are typically a mess!
What are you doing now?
NAL: My brand is #staywildchild where I help women remember who they are before the world told them who they were supposed to be.
My first interview for #staywildchild was October 2019. I’ll be interviewing empowering women who’ve fully stepped into their light. It will be live streamed to my Facebook group, shared on Youtube as well as becoming a podcast. I host workshops, retreats and events. I’m a speaker on the Quantum Revolution Tour.
PLY: Thank you Nicole for participating in the Purple Lotus Yoga Teacher Spotlight. We wish you continued success with your all your yoga endeavors.