My practice and teaching is most inspired by:
- A thoughtful, nutritious meal.
- A restful night’s sleep.
- Time spent alone in wilderness.
- My many teachers, near and far.
- My family and my partner, Dylan.
Places that inspire me:
- Local: Olin Park, Pope Farm Park and Olbrich Botanical Gardens.
- USA: Bryce Canyon, Utah.
- On the Globe: The Ocean, from the shore to its greatest depths.
What are your self-care practices?
Submerging my body in water gets me the calmest, quickest. It mostly happens in my tub, but when I can I dive into a nearby lake, river or sea. Depending on the time of year, this practice can be simultaneously invigorating and calming.
Regular Traditional Chinese Medicine Practices with my favorite practitioner keep me centered and ready for whatever is coming.
A consistent seated meditation practice. This practice helps me to stay faithful to and prioritize my most honest and true self.
New sheets and towels. It’s weird, but not really. Freshly cleaned linens satisfy my craving when I can’t justify purchasing more sheets.
What are you reading right now?
I’m currently re-reading “One Flew Over the CooCoo’s Nest.” I recently read “The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” and loved every word. Up Next: “Yoga and the Subtle Body” by Tias Little.
Currently, at this very moment, I’m listening to James Blake’s new album “The Color in Everything.” I adore his work and music. Lately, I have been enjoying Donny Trumpet and the Social Experiment, not exactly yoga class appropriate, but heartfelt, nonetheless. In class, I love to play East Forrest. The album, “Music to Be Born To” is the perfect start to finish soundtrack for a 60 minute Yoga Practice. When I’m at home, I crack the windows and listen to the birds and the sounds of everyday life, while practicing.
What does your summer look like?
Swims, yoga – yoga- yoga, a secret collaboration with two amazing yogis (stay tuned!), fresh vegetables, warm nights.
Best place you’ve set your feet?
That’s hard. I’ll choose Vietnam. It might have to do with the fact that they put sweetened-condensed coconut milk on all of their desserts and it’s considered cultural, not “bad for you.” In all seriousness, Vietnam has the most delicious food and the kindest people of any country I’ve ever been. Also, cool birds.
Is there a pose that has been calling you lately?
I’ve been having a love affair with Ustrasana, Camel lately. Belly-down backbends have been holding my attention as well. Akarna Dhandurasana, Archer Pose, and it’s variations are also of interest to me at this moment.
What don’t we know about Nelle?
I love to bird. It is right up there with Yoga. The two practices are quite connected for me. Just as if I were on my mat, when I steady and center my breath, the quality of my attention and focus is enhanced. Instead of searching or grasping for a glimpse of a bird, all I have to do is open my eyes and SEE them all around. Sounds a lot like Yoga, no?
When you are not on your mat?
Watching the birds. Dancing. Preparing and enjoying food!