Niki Saccareccia, E500-RYT, YACEP, BAh
Niki Saccareccia is a Los Angeles based yoga therapist and mindfulness expert. She is the author of Roadmap to Mindful Living: A Practice Book for Turning Good Intentions into Long Term Habits, and the developer of a research-backed curriculum for creating sustainable changes in wellbeing. This curriculum borrows from her work as a Clinical Behavioral Therapist in special-education and at-risk youth organizations in her early career. Her work has been peer-reviewed and backed by research fellows at the NIH and Van Nuys Medical Magnet High School, and brought to USC’s Novus Think Tank for Social Change, Loyola Marymount’s Masters of Yoga Studies programs, along with the Medical Magnet and Mathematics Magnet School of Van Nuys High School.
A major theme in Niki’s teaching is to provide a direct experience of the inner-healing intelligence. Her works aims to bridge the gap between your good intention and the skillset required to make sustainable change happen – to walk the talk – and discover the light of awareness, inside.
She specializes in therapeutic alignment and rehabilitation, injury/pain management, and fundamentals of Yoga for Beginners.
Niki is the founder of Light Inside Yoga School, a 200-hr certification course for registered Yoga Teachers, and a Continuing Education provider for currently certified teachers. She leads semi-annual retreats worldwide for students of all ages and conditions. Her written work has contributed to Yoganonymous.com, Wanderlust Journal, YogaEscapes.com, and Elephant Journal.
Her own ongoing education includes extensive study with world-renown teacher, Leslie Kaminoff of The Breathing Project, 120+ hours of advanced anatomy study and cadaver dissection under the guidance of Dr. Gil Hedley of Somanautics Lab Inc., and completed 40hours of private study in Thai Massage technique in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Niki has gained the most knowledge during more than 10,000 hours of teaching experience in the public, private, corporate and educational sectors over her first 8 years of teaching, including accounts with Disney, Bento Box Media, the writing staff of MTV’s Teen Wolf, Shift Beyond Work, Yoga Wake Up and Shanti Generation; and large-scale festivals including Symbiosis Gathering, Earthdance and Northern Nights.
Niki is most influenced by the teachings and philosophy of J. Krishnamurti, T. Krishnamacharya, Mark Whitwell, Dr. Stanislav Grof, Leslie Kaminoff, Dr. Gil Hedley, and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. She holds an advanced Psychology degree from the University of South Florida.
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 (of awareness), inside!