KATE! She is one of those people you want to give a big hug to when you see her. I was lucky enough to be introduced to Kate through my manager at Athleta. She is one of my favorite connections since working there.
We have a lot in common – Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, passion for women’s & maternal health, teaching yoga, spreading wellness, essential oils – let’s just say we can talk for hours!
I have a sweet spot in my heart for Kate. Every time I’ve partnered with her, or simply been in her presence, the space she holds is serene, loving, gentle, relaxing. I don’t think I could ever feel “stressed” around Kate. Her easy-going vibes and smile are contagious!
Kate and her friend Mae Corwin, owner of Sundara Yoga, are hosting a yoga retreat in Costa Rica in March! Ignite Your Inner Nature is a yoga and wellness retreat for women to
hit pause on the pressures of daily life to immerse yourself in the rich & diverse natural wonders of Costa Rica. This retreat will be an opportunity to connect with a supportive community of women while living artfully in nature and exploring inner and outer landscapes with fresh eyes and renewed energy.”
AH. MA. ZING! One word comes to mind when I think about this retreat: NOURISHMENT.
Here is a little more about this busy mama bee!
Name: Kate Nicholson
Location: Brunswick, Maine
Occupation: Yoga teacher, Licensed Massage Therapist, doTERRA Wellness Advocate, Assistant Director of Student Wellness Programs Bowdoin College
What book do you always recommend to people: I am absolutely adoring Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Yoga of the Subtle Body by Tias Little, The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk & Educated by Tara Westover
What does your self care/love routine look like? Messy! People think my routine looks super consistent and ultra-healthy. In reality, I’m a mother first and foremost which keeps me on my toes, is unpredictable and not really Instagram impressive 🙂 The ‘yoga of motherhood’ has taught me to bend and sway and surrender to the ‘weather’ more than anything. So, my self-care routine looks like 2x weekly strength training at gym, warm water with lemon every morning before my hot coffee, some mornings I meditate in some way and some mornings are a hustle so I’m catching my breath in the car, settling my focus for the day ahead. I have a diffuser in my office(s) and choosing which oil feels just right for my mood or energy is a simple practice in mindfulness. I get monthly massages and occasional reiki which also manage to reset me in deeper ways. When life derails me, I just take notice, ask for more help from my partner and take some time and space for myself to realign. I think real life, especially with kiddos, just doesn’t resemble yoga journal or social media often although these are great sources of inspiration… and that’s OKAY. Someday my house will be clean and quiet and I will miss the mess so better to just appreciate my practice however it feels available to me day to day.
Describe your fitness/movement routine: In the winter, I love to x-country ski and in the warmer months I love my road bike and cycling around mid coast Maine! Yoga year-round and weekly strength training. If I am lucky, my friends will make me go salsa dancing on occasion too! When I’m in my body I feel happy, healthy.
How long have you been in the wellness business? 12 years.
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