My name is Nicole Marcia and I’m the founder and director of Fine Balance Yoga.
In 2009, I was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. From 2008-2017 I served as the Director of Therapeutic Yoga Programming for the Provincial Health Services Authority at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions and Riverview Hospital where I developed and delivered a comprehensive yoga therapy program for in-patient clients in various stages of recovery from mental health and addiction issues.
I also serve as the director of training at Yoga Outreach, a not-for-profit organization providing volunteer yoga teachers to marginalized populations. In 2010 I completed a training to teach yoga in military communities with Warriors at Ease in Silver Spring, MD and in 2017, I completed a 300-hour certification in Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) facilitation at the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Boston, MA.
In 2017, I completed the EMDRIA approved 50-hour Basic Training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I’m a faculty member at Ajna Yoga, Yoga Therapy International and the Vancouver School of Yoga and a project coordinator and instructor at Langara College Continuing Studies in addition to being a yoga therapist at Onsite, the treatment arm of North America’s first safe injection site in Vancouver’s downtown eastside from 2009 – 2018.
I’m a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) as well a member of Bridge for Health and the Breathe Network which connects survivors of sexual violence with healing arts practitioners.