Nicole Daignault, a.k.a. Coco, did her first yoga practice in her early 20's and knew that her life would be different. From the age of 13, when she was diagnosed with having scoliosis (a curvature and rotation of the spine) as well as a leg-length discrepancy, Nicole had experienced ongoing moderate-to-severe pain. Nicole felt a pain-free bliss after that first yoga practice and she began the physical and mental journey that has brought her to this point in her life.
In 1999 Nicole made her first trip to the source of yoga: Mother India. She did her Teacher Training under the guidance of Sunil Kumar, of the Yoga Training Center and was certified by the All India Yoga Society. For many years, she travelled the world, practicing and teaching yoga in the Himalayas, on top of pyramids and on island beaches. As her love of yoga and her understanding and fascination of the body grew, Nicole became a Myomassologist and subsequently spent a year in Thailand learning Thai massage as well as shamanic healing practices.
Today Nicole is a mother of two young children and a well-known, sought-after yoga teacher not only in her home town of Windsor, Ontario, Canada but also internationally (contact Coco directly for information on travel and yoga abroad!). She inspires people with her knowledge, passion, love and nurturing. Her classes assist and challenge both beginners and adepts. They open the body, heart and mind. Unique and authentic, her teachings integrate bits and pieces of wisdom cultivated over years and miles, but mostly from the rewriting of her own physical story with her intuitive practice.
Nicole believes that no matter what brings one to yoga, whether a desire for less physical pain or increased mental clarity, a dedicated practitioner is already free.
While Nicole’s classes ground, strengthen and relieve the physical body, awareness of the astral body is awakened as well as other subtler aspects of the practice. Proper breathing, proper posture, meditation, chakra awareness, increased agni,and concentration on AUM are emphasized. All while having fun!
Over the years people have come to know Nicole as a teacher who can give unique guidance to each individual, based on particular needs. She has taught workshops on yoga for people in wheelchairs and has taught caregivers how to alleviate their clients' pain through Thai massage techniques. Classes for the very elderly as well as classes for pregnant women, mommies and babies, and kids yoga have been a few of her specialties. In August of 2012, Nicole was inspired by a young woman with Down syndrome who participated in a private group class. Since then, she has taught Modified Yoga to numerous individuals with various physical as well as intellectual disabilities (see the Modified Classes icon for schedule of current classes).The community has rallied around these classes and Nicole has been written about in The Windsor Star, has given several interviews for the cjam.fm radio program called "HandiLink". See the MEDIA RELEASES icon for links to these.
Aside from her numerous public classes, Nicole has an office (Suite 115) in the Jackson Park Health Center where she is thrilled to host specialized group classes. Private yoga and Thai Massage are also available. Call to arrange a session or to book Nicole to come to your facility.