About Nicole

Nicole took her first yoga class in college because read that she needed to cross-train for her marathon. It didn’t take her long to realize that one hour on the mat, for her, was infinitely more fulfilling – both physically and mentally – than her daily run.

In the following years, Nicole used her practice to manage the stress of graduate school, moving to new cities, and working for various tech startups, small businesses and PBS. The more she learned, the more she wanted to uncover, leading Nicole to study under some amazing local teachers and complete her 200 hour certification at Carborro Yoga Company.

Nicole believes that yoga is the relationship built between your body, mind, and breath – three things that define the way you maneuver through the world and impact your relationship with others. She strives to give her students the space for intention, the right breath for the task, and any tips and tricks that make life even the tiniest bit easier.


Success is something that makes us feel better about all the work we’ve done, even though there’s always more room for love, learning and growth. 
— Nicole, Yoga Off East Instructor

Q + A

I am happiest…

when I catch myself smiling for no reason. 

My favorite view…

is always dancing behind closed eyelids. 

Morning ritual…

always involves a coffee experiment. Lately, I’ve been digging coconut milk, allspice, and maple syrup lattes, but I’ve even gone as far as adding pistachios, cardamom, honey, cayenne and anything else I (sleepily) snag from the pantry. I like to pretend I’m fancy for a few minutes, then go back to bed. Ask me about my grandmother’s espresso machine. 

One activity you do everyday without fail…

Thank my heart for beating. It keeps me alive!

A good day is…

a day filled with sunshine.

Last thing you do at night…

read!

What 3 things are vital to your day…

coffee, a good book and more coffee. 

Your most overused phrase…

”I read this really cool [article / book / study] …”

Go-to websites…

Brain Pickings, LitHub and Libgen.io

Most used emoji…

the crying laughter

How do you unwind…

Painting for creative buildup, Epsom salt and dried lavender baths for aches and pains, and wine with friends for the soul.

What was your dream job as a child…

When I was a young girl, I always used to say I wanted to be a fashion designer with a dog, a Jeep Wrangler, and a horse ranch in Montana. As of right now, I’ve got two of the four ;)

Who is your greatest mentor…

My father. He’s Italian, confident, wise and gentle. Ask me what he thinks about yoga. 

Biggest risk that has paid off…

was moving to Durham (the first time) for a startup. I had limited job experience, no plan, a lot of travel to our dev team in Philly and our legal team in DC, and a team of folks who wanted to help kids get scholarships to college. We ran out of funding, but it led me to the place I never knew I needed to love. 

Failure is…

just a word we use when we’re too afraid to admit that we actually don’t (and can’t) know everything. 

Success is…

something that makes us feel better about all the work we’ve done, even though there’s always more room for love, learning and growth. 

Best piece of advice…

A wise heart doesn’t know it.