Yoga changed Nicole Tsong’s life. Through heated power yoga classes, she grew stronger than she thought possible, learned to apply lessons she heard in class off her mat and discovered deeply wise and inspirational mentors who guide her to this day. She is passionate about teaching yoga in the Baptiste style and loves the experience of people sweating, laughing, and creating together.
Nicole is a Certified Baptiste teacher, E-RYT 200, RYT 500. She was first inspired to teach by Seattle teachers Lisa Black and Michel Spruance, and she continues to train with master teacher Baron Baptiste, assisting him at teacher trainings and other Baptiste programs around the world. From 2011 to 2014, she supported the Baptiste community as the Affiliate Relations Manager at the Baptiste Institute. She is an Igolu certified leader, guiding others in powerful vision and goal work created by her teacher, Susanne Conrad.
In 2013 and 2014, she taught kids yoga at the White House Easter Egg Roll, sharing yoga with 30,000 adults and kids from around the country. Nicole writes the popular column, “Fit for Life,” in The Seattle Times, published weekly in the award-winning Pacific Northwest magazine, where she is known for a playful, accessible approach to fitness and health. For her column, she explores the fitness scene in Seattle, such as what it’s like to swing on a trapeze or how to make it through 60 minutes treading water in Aqua Fit. She is honored to serve on the board for Yoga Behind Bars, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to transforming the American corrections system.
Nicole teaches yoga at Be Luminous Yoga in South Lake Union, Shakti Vinyasa in Bellevue and Yogabliss on Mercer Island, where she has developed a following for strong, energetic, and fun power flow classes. She mentors and develops new teachers at Shakti and Be Luminous and is part of the 300-hour teacher training team at Be Luminous Yoga. In 2014, she presented at the Northwest Yoga Conference, a regional conference that has featured teachers including Kathryn Budig. Nicole loves combining her passions, and leads an annual yoga and hiking retreat in the North Cascades. In 2015, she will lead a yoga and surf retreat in Baja, Mexico. In her spare time, she tests her strength with Olympic weight lifting or goes for long hikes in the Cascade Mountains. She has fun experimenting in the kitchen and has played violin professionally.
Come to a class. Nicole will encourage you to explore your edge, to appreciate what it means to be human, to laugh about it and to create and choose new possibilities in your practice and your life.
Updated July 2015