Nicole Marcia, MA, C-IAYT, ERYT 500, YACEP, TCTSY-F
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, 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 am the Program Director for Incorporating Yoga as a Trauma-informed Practice to Enhance Drug Treatment Outcomes for Justice Involved Youth as well as a training facilitator and mentor with Yoga Outreach, a not-for-profit organization providing volunteer yoga teachers to marginalized populations. In 2017, I completed 300 hours of training to become a certified Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) with Dave Emerson and Jenn Turner at the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Boston, MA. I am also certified to teach yoga in military communities through Warriors at Ease in Silver Spring, MD.
I’m a faculty member at Ajna Yoga and the Vancouver School of Yoga and a project coordinator and instructor at Langara College Continuing Studies in their Holistic Health Department in addition to being the yoga programming coordinator at Onsite, the treatment arm of North America’s first safe injection site in Vancouver’s downtown East side from 2009 – 2018.
I’m a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and a member of Bridge for Health and the Breathe Network which connects survivors of sexual violence with healing arts practitioners.
“Nicole mindfully integrates her knowledge of yoga philosophy with skillful and respectful practice. She is an experienced teacher, with a great gift for helping people heal through yoga. Yoga can be a powerful trauma healing practice, and I highly recommend Nicole as a skilled therapeutic yoga practitioner for those working through trauma or other symptoms.” – Dr. Jeff Morley, PhD., R.Psych