Nicole Koleshis, OTR/L

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Nicole Koleshis is a master Kids Yoga Teacher and pediatric Occupational Therapist based in Seattle. She has been sharing Yoga with children and families since 2002. Nicole’s work as an OT naturally led her to start teaching Yoga to children in schools and then inspired her to expand her Yoga offerings into the community and beyond.

Nicole received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Hartford in 2002 and has extensive experience working with children with special needs, especially with those on the Autism Spectrum. Additionally, she holds an advanced certification in Sensory Integration from the University of Southern California.

She completed the Next Generation Teacher Trainings for 2-7 and 8-13 year olds in 2007 and has been facilitating NGY Teacher Trainings in the US and internationally since 2011. Nicole co-created the NGY Advanced Teacher Training with Jodi Komitor, plays a role in mentoring licensed NGY Teachers and co-authors the monthly Lesson Plans for the NGY Lesson Plan Club.

Nicole has been called upon numerous times to lead in-services on the benefits of Yoga for children with Special Needs for Seattle Public Schools’ Occupational and Physical Therapy Department, assisted teachers in implementing Yoga programs in the classroom, and presented on the benefits of Yoga for children at the Washington State Infancy and Early Childhood conference. She is currently an Ambassador for Africa Yoga Project and often incorporates the importance of service, or giving back, into the classes she teaches. Nicole has organized Yoga summer camps and co-lead Family Yoga retreats to destinations such as Costa Rica and Hawaii.

Nicole is committed to furthering her knowledge as a Yoga teacher and as a student of Yoga through her own practice, by attending various trainings on Yoga and child development, and through continued research. In addition to her NGY certifications, she has completed the Radiant Child Yoga Program, Integrated Movement Therapy (IMT) Basics, and Circus Yoga Ring One. Nicole believes in loving big and laughing often and this is felt and experienced throughout the classes she teaches. She views each class not only as a fun and educational opportunity for children and families, but also for herself as a teacher. Children always have been and will continue to be her greatest source of inspiration and learning. She is inspired by their insightfulness, creativity and their ability to live in the moment.

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