👋 I am Nicole McKenna
Nicole grew up in Panama, New York. After retirement from the U.S. Army in 2011, she settled in Garner, North Carolina, where she currently resides with her two dogs Jax & Daisy, who are both Miniature American Eskimos.
Nicole embodies gratitude in her life and teaching. Her yoga students can expect to be challenged, praised, and reminded to see the opportunity within challenging yoga poses and in life. Nicole lives with arthritis, which informs her daily gratitude expansion practice and both her and physical yoga practice and teaching. She inspires her community to customize any pose to access power and freedom.
In her first career, Nicole had the opportunity to be a master fitness trainer and help a diverse population of soldiers achieve improved physical and mental wellness. She is now conducting research to fulfill the final requirements for her Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology with a concentration in crisis response. Nicole’s dissertation is a qualitative examination of the lived experiences of first responders who use yoga as a coping tool for the stress, anxiety, and repeated trauma exposures associated with their work.
Nicole’s future interests include attending and hosting many yoga retreats, traveling, opening a yoga therapy center, and making contributions to the community that support positive social change.
Nicole is currently an ERYT-200,YACEP. She is also currently enrolled with Yoga Medicine to complete their 500hr yoga therapy certification.