Best Practices for Bringing Yoga in to Addiction Treatment Settings, the Yoga Service Council, Rhinebeck, NY
2019 – 2020

Yoga Therapist

Tupper Nova Adolescent Psychiatric Day Treatment Program, The Vancouver School Board and Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver
2017 – 2019

Yoga Therapist

Deborah’s Gate a program of care serving international and domestic women who have been trafficked into situations of sexual and/or labour exploitation, Vancouver
2017 – 2019

Yoga Therapist

The Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions & Riverview Hospital, The Provincial Healthcare Services Authority, Burnaby
2008 – 2017

Yoga Therapist & Yoga Program Coordinator

Onsite Rehabilitation Center- Vancouver Coastal Health & The Portland Hotel Society, Vancouver, BC 
2009 – 2018

Project Coordinator & Instructor

Yoga Program Langara College Continuing Studies
2012 – present

Program Director

Incorporating Trauma Informed Yoga into Drug Treatment Centers that Serve Justice Involved Youth, Yoga Outreach
2006 – 2020


Yoga Therapy International
2016 – present


Vancouver School of Healing Arts
2012 – present

Guest Faculty

Stenberg College
2011 – 2016


Ajna Yoga
2010 – present

Yoga Therapist

Reclaiming Our Spirits Aboriginal Women’s Intervention Study , University of British Columbia – School of Nursing
2014 – 2016

Contributing Author

The Breathe Network’s Trauma Informed Toolkit Project
September 2016

Curriculum Developer & Yoga Therapist

Thrive 5-week Mindful Movement Program for Single Mothers Returning to Work
June 2016


Incorporating trauma and violence-informed care into patient-centered primary care: A realist review and knowledge synthesis
2016 – Present

Research Assistant

Yoga Outreach Environmental Scan: Trauma-informed Yoga for Youth in Conflict with the Law
June – October 2016

Yoga Therapist

Mindful Brain Yoga Research Project with Shivani Wells and the University of British Columbia examining Yoga’s impact on symptoms associated with brain injury/concussion
October – November 2015

Yoga Therapist

Jump Step: Exercise is Medicine Study – UBC Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, Vancouver General Hospital & The Mood Disorders Association of BC
2013 – 2015


Mindfulness & Walking Group – The Mood Disorders Association of BC & the UBC Centre for Hip Health and Mobility
May – September 2014

Qualitative Research Interviewer

The Vancouver Injection Drug Users Study (VIDUS), The BC Center for Excellence in HIV Research
October 2013 – January 2016

Yoga Therapist

The Centre for Concurrent Disorders
2012 – 2013

Yoga Therapist

Pacifica Treatment Centre
2007 – 2013

Yoga Therapist

Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW)
September – November 2007

Community Health Worker & Yoga Therapist

The British Columbia Compassion Club Society
2003 – 2009

Volunteer Community Support Worker

The Kettle Friendship Society

Volunteer Counselor & Support Group Facilitator

Battered Women’s Support Services
1995 – 1997


Master of Arts Degree, Yoga Therapy Studies

Lesley University, Boston, MA, USA
Graduation 2009
Thesis: “Using Yoga Therapy for Stress Reduction in Community Health Care Practitioners.”

Bachelor of Arts Degree, English Literature

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Graduation 2007
Modern and Classical Literature, studies included Communications and Education.

Field School in Eastern European Cultural Studies

Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
2001 – 2002
Focus on Czech Literature, Eastern European Politics, History, Art & Architecture.

Arts and Sciences Diploma in Classical Studies

Langara Community College, Vancouver, BC
1997 – 2000
Study of Ancient Greek & Roman Civilizations, Art History, Latin & Philosophy.

Basic Counselling Skills Certificate Program

Vancouver Community College, Vancouver, BC


Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Certification Program

The Trauma Centre at Justice Resource Institute, Brookline, MA, USA
September 2016 – April 2017
300 hours

Vijnana Yoga Teachers Training

The Vijnana Yoga International Association
2011 – 2014
800 hours

Fundamentals of Teaching Yoga & Meditation in Military Communities

Warriors at Ease, Silver Spring, MD, USA
April  – June 2012
7 weeks

Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teachers Training

Professional Training at The Trauma Centre At Justice Resource Institute, Brookline, MA, USA
40 hours

Master of Arts Degree, Yoga Therapy Studies

Lesley University, Boston, MA, USA
Graduation 2009

Pre-Natal Yoga Teachers Training

Professional training with Janice Clarfield, Vancouver, BC
26 hours

Teachers Integration Program

Professional Development Training with Shannon Cluff, Vancouver, BC

Professional Yoga Therapist Certification Program

Integrative Yoga Therapy, USA
2005 – 2008
1,000 hours

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Professional Training with Jon Kabat-Zinn & Saki Santorelli, Mount Madonna, CA, USA

Advanced Yoga Teachers Training

Professional training with Beryl Bender Birch, Bellingham, WA, USA
40 hours

Primary Series Teachers Training

Professional training with David Swenson, Vancouver, BC
40 hours

Yoga Teachers Training

Professional training with Kim Roth, Vancouver, BC
125 hours


Healing Sexual Trauma

The Breath Network
September – November, 2019

Occupational Awareness Training for Therapists: Understanding First Responder Trauma, Levels 1 & 2

Conducted by Steve Farina, Matt Johnston & Scott Young, BC Professional Fire Fighters Association and First Responder Health
April 19 & 20, 2019

Liberation Spring Autumn Series: Gaslight the System

Conducted by Anjali Nath, Liberation Spring
October 2 – December 16 (12 weeks)

Unlearn gas-lighting that may have been clouding our perception. Understand the role that gas-lighting, pathologizing, medicalizing and institutionalization has historically played in suppressing dissent. Deepen awareness of the relationship between oppression & mental health

Tackling the Hidden Crisis: Immigrant Anxiety and Trauma

Conducted by The Immigrant  Learning Center
September 18, 2018
A 1-hour webinar uncovering the hidden public health crisis facing immigrants of all kinds and exploring tactics that can improve immigrants’ lives and allow them to achieve their full potential in these perilous, uncertain times.

Embodiment: Body-Mind Psychotherapy Intensive

Conducted by Susan Aposhyan
August 31, 2018 – September 2, 2018 & August 31, 2019 – September 2, 2019
A 3-day training in Body-Mind Psychotherapy with a focus on physiology, neuroscience and early motor development.

Liberation Spring Summer Series: Just Pleasure

Conducted by Anjali Nath, Liberation Spring
July 3 – September 18 (12 weeks)
Survivor centered space to unlearn pornographic propaganda, rape culture and this society’s hyper-sexualization.

Emotional First Aid

Conducted by The Icarus Project
May 18, 2018
A 2-hour webinar exploring how to provide emotional first aid for someone experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis.

Movement Work at the Intersections of Neurodiversity, Mad Pride, and Disability Justice!

Conducted by The Icarus Project
April 15, 2018
A 2-hour webinar exploring the lived experiences of diverse populations.

Queer Competency Training

Conducted by Qmunity
April 6, 2018
A 4-hour experiential workshop exploring  diversity and how to make organizations more inclusive for queer, trans, and Two-Spirit clients and staff.

Liberation Spring Winter Series: Our Spirits, Our Selves

Conducted by Anjali Nath, Liberation Spring
January 2 – March 20 (12 weeks)
Unlearning hyper-individualistic consumerism, spiritual bypassing & materialism, neocolonialism, non-consensual appropriative entitlement, naiveté, & capitalist profiteering.

Pain Management in Indigenous People: Through the Lens of Culture, Society and Medicine Webinar

Conducted by The Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability
June 7, 2017

Conducting Research with Indigenous Populations Webinar

Conducted by Dr. Gwen Healey, Executive and Scientific Director, Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, Iqaluit
June 6, 2017

Trauma-Informed Practice with Indigenous Peoples across the Life Span Webinar

Conducted by Natalie Clark, Associate Professor, School of Social Work and Human Service, Thompson River University
May 25, 2017

Indigenizing Course Outcomes: Updating your Syllabus to Use the Medicine Wheel as a Curriculum Design Framework Half Day Workshop

Conducted by Dr. Marcella LaFever, University of the Fraser Valley
May 18, 2017

San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training

Conducted by Provincial Health Services Authority in BC
April/May , 2017

Langara College Instructional Skills Workshop

Conducted by Andrea Dawson, Lolita Gambroudes & Colin Mills
April 24, 25 & 26, 2017

Your Well-being Power Switch: The Role of the Vagus Nerve in Health and Healing Webinar

Conducted by Marlysa Sullivan
June 2016

Mindfulness, Mindsight and the Brain: What is Mind and Mental Health?

The Justice Resource Institute of British Columbia
Conducted by Dan Siegel

October 2015

The Body Keeps the Score

17th Annual Energy Psychology Conference
Conducted by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
October 2015

What Are We Actually Doing in Asana?

Online Workshop
Conducted by Matthew Remski
July 2015

Yoga & Mindfulness: Clinical Interventions for Anxiety, Depression and Trauma Webinar Series

Conducted by Mary Nurriestearns, MSW, LCSW, RYT
June 2015

New Frontiers in Trauma Treatment at The Justice Resource Institute of British Columbia

Conducted by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
April 2013

Advanced Webinar in Complex Trauma & Dissociation

Conducted by Janina Fisher, PhD
September 2012 – June 2013

“Our clients struggle with a variety of complex mental health and addiction issues, behavioral problems and medical conditions. Nicole has put in a tremendous effort into the development and implementation of a program that meets the unique needs of our clients and enriched their overall treatment and recovery. Nicole works with caring and compassion on the complex issues of our clients providing creative solutions in an independent and effective manner. She has developed strong therapeutic relationships with the clients, and has been helpful in the development of treatment plans and provided quality Yoga Therapy for our centre. In my opinion, she is an excellent Yoga teacher and therapist and is dedicated to her professional work.”

Steven Henne, MA, RCC, Clinical Practice Lead, Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions