Niki Saccareccia, E500-RYT, YACEP, BAh

Niki Saccareccia is a Los Angeles based yoga teacher who travels regularly to teach. She holds the top credential in her field since 2014 and has been teaching since 2010. She has practiced as a Clinical Behavior Therapist and counselor for special needs people since 2007. Niki has a great scope of insight for creating lasting, personal transformation through an uncommon blend of Western Psychology, Cognitive and Behavioral Science and Yoga.

Breath awareness and breathing techniques are the touchstone of everything she teaches. Her approach focuses on fundamental alignment to promote proper form, balance and stability for the body. She includes elements of Yogic philosophy, history and mindfulness teachings.

Niki is concise. She has a down-to-earth approach that has gained her a reputation as “an expert in teaching beginners the basics of yoga.” Her intelligence and compassion will support you on your path of practice, teaching, and self-inquiry.

Niki is most influenced by the teachings and philosophy of J. Krishnamurti, T. Krishnamacharya, Mark Whitwell, Sigrid Matthews, Dr. Stanislav Grof, Leslie Kaminoff, Dr. Gil Hedley, Tom Myers and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. YACEPShe holds an advanced Psychology degree from the University of South Florida, and is registered as an E-500 and Y.A.C.E.P. with the internationally acclaimed Yoga Alliance.

She completed her first yoga teacher training for children at Shanti Generation in 2010, continues to study advanced anatomy and somanutics with Dr. Gil Hedley, has completed private studies in Thai Massage technique in Chiang Mai, Thailand and spends her free time studying brain science and emerging science into the nature of consciousness. Niki is currently collaborating with Florida Institute of Technology’s Behavior Science researchers to operationalize her method of behavior modification via yoga technology. She is a poet and writer, contributing to various online publications, regularly.

The Method: Understand + Explore + Practice

Understand + Explore + Practice describes the typical structure of Niki’s classes. They deliver a strong foundation to physical practice, an education about yoga’s method, and practical meditative teachings.

After a decade of teaching people of all ages, across the entire spectrum of mental and physical abilities, I’ve found that combining clear language with step-by-step teachings creates the most efficient, balanced way to learn. My approach is thoughtful, well-rounded and always evolving to include new information and techniques. It’s also deliberate, helping you progress in your poses, without building in unnecessary bad habits.

My classes encourage present-moment awareness and the space to appropriately challenge yourself to go as deep or strong as you like. They tend to be therapeutically oriented which improves general health, self-awareness and wellbeing.

My goal is for you to leave class feeling like the work we’ve done together is meaningful and that it makes a considerable shift in your life. Whether you want to touch your toes or find ultimate happiness – my intention is to help you discover the light inside that illuminates your next step forward.

Through the practice of yoga, we can all stress less, create more, and embrace the reality of our lives as the great source of love that it is.

Yoga offers us the tools to adjust our thoughts and choose better actions in order to realize our fullest potentials. I am privileged to witness how a regular yoga practice removes self-doubt and reawakens radical creativity and a very sustainable stress management system. I see students learn to trust themselves, to feel healthy and discover deep potential in their body and change how they see themselves.

May we all discover this for ourselves! May we discover the light, inside!

Testimonial

You will float out of the room!

An expert at safely guiding you into and out of poses, Niki offers optional modifications if you need them, and encourages you to go deeper if you're ready. She opens her class with a guided introduction to the breath, which sets a wonderful meditative foundation for the practice. If you're a more advanced practitioner, this class allows you to back off and go into deeper exploration of breath and body, perhaps illuminating certain habits and tendencies that have crept into your practice.

If you're coming back from an injury, Niki is quick to give you options and help in every pose. And, most important, if you are pretty new to yoga she will help you begin to understand your body and the poses with the right attention to alignment so you'll be ready to move into more challenging asana (should you choose to) in a safe way that makes sense in your body. Better not to develop those bad habits in the first place.

I am most impressed by how she is able to weave the breath, key yogic concepts, and alignment without making you feel overloaded. If she is using Sanskrit (ancient language of yoga) she always follows up with the English translation or explains why you're doing something in a certain way. This is good foundational yoga!

On top of that, her background in clinical psychology ensures a sense of safety and security in class. She is committed to giving her students a healing and therapeutic experience. You will float out of the room!

Sigrid Matthews
Yoga Director of Black Dog Yoga

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