Nicola Jane Hobbs

I stumbled across yoga as a teenager in my local gym. I had been battling anorexia and depression for years and I was immediately drawn to the way yoga made me feel – strong, peaceful, and free to explore who I was and who I wanted to be.
After a couple of years of practising, I realised how powerful yoga had been as I became healthy and free from the worries that had been holding me back. I went to Thailand to train as a yoga teenager and set up classes across Brighton, London and the South East of England.

After my personal experience of using yoga to overcome an eating disorder, I was intrigued to find out more about the relationship between yoga and thriving (the way we grow from trauma and adversity rather than remaining devastated by it) so I undertook a Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology in London to research the role of yoga in post-traumatic growth. I now specialise in teaching yoga in mental health units, eating disorder treatment centres and to war veterans overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder, using the body to heal the mind. After becoming two times English Champion in Olympic weightlifting and experiencing how much yoga enhanced my own athletic performance, I also specialise in teaching yoga to athletes and sports teams.

I love teaching and run classes and workshops across the UK which cover everything from breathing techniques and relaxation, to handstand-ing, Acro yoga, and generally getting fit and having fun. I am currently working on my first book, Yoga Gym, which will be published worldwide by Bloomsbury in January 2016. The book is a 28-day programme full of over 200 yoga poses, bodyweight exercises, and breathing techniques which takes readers on a journey to health, strength and happiness. I would love you to join the journey.

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Photography by Geoff Whitaker

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