Nikki Costello on the essential practice + art of sequencing

Want to learn the art of sequencing? Nikki Costello is running a weekend workshop, the essential practice, at triyoga Camden from 9th – 11th November, exploring the art and science of sequencing for greater clarity in self-practice. This is ideal if you’ve been practicing yoga for three or more years and want to learn more about how to observe the body to prevent injury, improve function and promote healing.

Nikki Costello is a public speaker and Iyengar yoga teacher, influenced by her many annual trips to India, the study of philosophical and scriptural texts and a daily meditation practice. Residing in Brooklyn, New York, she shares her wisdom and expertise on yoga and meditation retreats around the world.

Her workshop promises to be a positive and transformative experience of yoga and an opportunity to focus your mind and attention on yourself. You’ll leave with greater access to parts of their bodies that may be tight, stuck or inert, plus an appreciation of the effect of yoga asanas on the stilling of the mind.

Nikki says, “My deepest wish is for students to learn how to access their own deepest wisdom and the essence of their heart through the support and expertise I offer. The workshop is a progression that enables each student to practice at their own pace and level of skill.

“As a Yoga student and teacher for over 25 years, I’ve seen and experienced many facets to practice and how our bodies change, how we need different experiences at different times and how challenging it is to sustain health and well-being. My aim is to communicate and demonstrate a simple and effective approach to practice that students can embrace.”

Ahead of her visit, we asked Nikki a few questions to get to know her a little better.

If you could be remembered for one thing what would it be?
I’d choose to be remembered for kindness.

What top three things are on your bucket list?
Speaking Hindi, a pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and building my home from the ground up.

What’s your favourite quote?
From the poet-saint Lalleshwari:
“Oh Lalli, you are mad!
You have planted your feet firmly
In your own primordial nature.
How can you fall?”

What do you attribute the biggest successes in your life to?
Enthusiasm for learning.

What do you think your future self will remember about you now?
My future self would reflect on how much pressure I put on my present self.

What one book would you recommend reading?
The Way of the White Clouds by Lama Anagarika Govinda (my summer of 2018 favourite).

Who would you most want to be on a desert island with?
My guru.

What is the secret to a happy and fulfilled life?
Contentment.

Where is your happy place?
India.

If you could teach everyone in the world one concept, what concept would have the biggest impact on humanity?
I would teach everyone “Slow and steady, little by little, again and again.”

Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?
Wisdom.

What life-altering things should every human ideally get to experience at least once in their lives?
Everyone should experience a week in silence in nature at least once.

What two questions would you ask to get the most information about who a person truly is?
Who do you most admire? And why?

What is the biggest waste of human potential?
Forgetfulness.

How do you define consciousness?
Consciousness is the all-pervasive, all knowing presence within each one of us.

What causes the most harm in the world, but is completely avoidable?
Selfishness.

Has social media been a net positive or a net negative for our society? Why?
Whether social media had been a net positive or negative for our society all depends on the state of mind of the one who engages with it.

To what extent do you shape your own destiny and how much is down to fate?
Destiny and fate are entwined without beginning or end. Who is to say that the creative impulse arising as one’s own desire has not been stirred by the imprints of previous experience and therefore continually guiding one towards the truth?

To learn more from Nikki, join her on her weekend intensive – the essential practice – at triyoga Camden from 9th – 11th November. For more information and to book, click here.

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