Bio

Nicole Smith-Goldberg has been specializing in holistic health over a decade. With a background in ballet and modern dance, she
received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Illinois, where she fell in love with the study of biomechanics, Alexander Technique, yoga, and improvisational dance.

After college Nicole moved to New York City and became certified in personal training through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. After working at the highest level as a personal trainer at Equinox NYC for four years, she now works privately in client’s homes and private gyms throughout NYC. Her extensive knowledge includes functional strength training, injury rehabilitation, yoga, Pilates mat, pre and post-natal training, Spin cycling, posture training, Qi Gong, TRX training, and kettlebell training. She continues to take innovate workshops and courses to further her studies in the field of anatomy, functional movement, vegetarian sports nutrition, and fitness program design. Her sessions target individual needs and limitations to help clients of all ages and fitness levels build up to their goals in a progressive and safe manner, 

Nicole is also a level IV Thai Yoga Therapy Practitioner. She has studied Thai Yoga Therapy at Two Souls Thai Massage School in New York City and at the acclaimed International Training Massage School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She incorporates elements of these studies into her personal training, and does individual body work sessions.

 Nicole finished her 500-hour yoga teacher training certification and is registered with the Yoga Alliance.  She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training from Kusala Yoga in Brooklyn, New York, which specializes in Vinyasa yoga and Theravadan Buddhist studies.  She then journeyed to Rishikesh, India, to complete the remaining 300-hour studies with world-renowned Swami Vishvketu in 2010. In India, her studies centered on Akhanda (Hatha) Yoga; which includes asana, pranayama, yoga theory, meditation, mantra and kirtan, and advanced yoga adjustment and anatomy. She is also certified in pre/post natal yoga and has completed several workshops specializing in anatomy and injury prevention in yoga. She currently teaches private and semi-private Hatha & Vinyasa yoga classes.

Nicole has been passionately teaching beginner’s meditation classes since 2010. She specializes in Vipassana meditation from the Buddhist Theravadan tradition and Vedanta meditation from the ancient Indian yogic Nath lineage. Nicole is a daily meditation practitioner and accredits meditation to changing her life and opening her mind and heart to the world/universe  in ways she had never even imagined. Her teachers include: Swarmi Vishvketu, Melissa McKay, Kamalika Mills, Mélanie Chevarie, Sharon Salzberg, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, Madhavi Nash, and Swami Yogananda. Her studies specialized in: Vipassana Meditation (mindfulness meditation and metta meditation) and Vedanta Meditation (third-eye meditation, sound meditation, pranayama, pratyahara techniques, and dharana techniques.) As a teacher, her meditation classes do not teach the wisdom of only one lineage, but draw on multiple sources and from multiple voices of these two very different ancient traditions. Her teaching style allows the beginner to not only feel comfortable with beginning a practice, but offers them various styles that they might resonate better with, allowing them the power to follow which ever path they feel is right for them. She believes that the only way to have meditation change your life is if you practice daily so her teachings allow the student to feel confident and safe to form a meditation practice of their own. As well as group and private classes, she has also taught meditation workshops at several corporations in NYC including Bloomberg Corp. and Martha Stewart. 

Keeping ties with her dance roots, Nicole is the founder and current board member  of the Dance Omi International Dance Residency (www.artomi.org), a prestigious dance residency in the Hudson Valley, since 2005.

Additionally, she has appeared on the WB11 morning show, has been featured in Whole Living, Time Out New York, The Inside Source, and contributes to Whole Living Magazine and How To Be A Redhead Blog.