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Nicole Blaser

I moved to Crested Butte in 1999 having no idea I would return for so many winters and now finally summers too! The first love of my life was dance.  Growing-up I study tap, jazz, ballet, and modern dance.  In high school I performed in the theater, with a traveling dance company and was on the high school varsity competing dance line.  While at University, I managed to fit in African and Ballroom dance classes and auditioned dance performances.  Dance was always a foundation for joy and deep connection in my life.  After college I gratefully fell into yoga.  I have since, explored deep connection and presence through yoga, meditation, NIA, and yoga trace dance.  I have been a yoga and mediation practitioner since 1994.  I earned both my 200hr yoga teacher certification (in 2009) and my 500hr advance teacher certification (in 2014) from the Sivananda Ashram.  I have returned every year to the Sivananda Ashram to study the philosophy and practical application of Raja Yoga (Ashtanga 8-limbs of yoga) and Bhakti Yoga.  These studies have included an in-depth look at the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.  I am well established in Zen Meditation and have spent 4-5 months per year for the last four years living and practicing full time at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center.