Nicci Cloete Annette
Nicci takes her practice seriously but takes herself with a large pinch of salt (preferably Himalayan rock). Her classes are accessible, relaxed, and light. Laughter and softening is encouraged. Breathing is highlighted. Practising the pause is celebrated, on and off the mat.
Practicing formally since 1997, Nicci completed her first teaching immersion through YogaWorks in California in 2007 with Patti Quintero and Billy Asad. She gained her 200hr YTT in the Integral Vinyasa style (originating from the Sivananda tradition) and Advanced Pregnancy YTT through Ananda Sangha, under the patient and knowledgeable tutelage of Anne and Martin Combrink in 2011.
Whilst Nicci’s core yoga training is in the flowing Vinyasa style, her growing passion is the slow and meditative yin practice which she teaches on retreats across the country, having completed her Advanced Yin Teacher Training course in Goa, India in 2018 (Preksha Ashram). She loves to practice and teach a strong, slow flow, but increasingly feels that to tap into the truly transformative power – body, mind and soul - of the practice, we need to slow things right down, getting face to face with what lies beneath the distractions of movement: working deep into our deepest tissues and layers.
As an Internationally Certified Infant Massage Instructor (IAIM), Nicci creates a safe space to walk the challenging and exciting journey of pregnancy and beyond with mums-to-be: from yoga for infertility, through prenatal yoga classes, and flowing into the baby massage courses that she teaches from 6 weeks onwards. Nicci’s own experience of healing from trauma and addiction have led to her specific interest and passion for yoga, meditation, mindfulness and touch therapy as tools in this ongoing recovery process. She trained and qualified as a certified M-Technique Touch Therapist at St. Luke’s Hospice, Cape Town in 2018 and is available for massage upon request (to existing yoga students).
50hr YTT Immersion, Yogaworks with Patti Quintero and Billy Asad, California, USA (2007)
200hr YTT, Ananda Sangha with Anne and Martin Combrink, Somerset West, South Africa (2010)
Certified Infant Massage Instructor, IAIM, Johannesburg, South Africa (2010)
50hr Advanced Prenatal Yoga TT, Ananda Sangha (2011)
Level 1 & Level 2 Play Therapy Certification with Dr. Hannie Schoeman, Somerset West, Western Province, South Africa (2012)
50hr Advanced Yin Yoga TT, Preksha Ashram with Madhav and Kelly Mason, Goa, India (2018)
Certified “M” Technique Touch Therapist, St. Luke’s Hospice, Cape Town, South Africa (2018)