Nicole Koleshis
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Nicole Koleshis

Nicole's inspired journey from Occupational Therapist to building a successful Yoga business and becoming Seattle's leading Kids Yoga Teacher. 

 

Hi! I’m Nicole, the founder and director of Seattle Kids Yoga.

I’ve been teaching yoga to children for almost two decades as well as inspiring and educating others on their Kids Yoga teaching path. Seattle Kids Yoga classes are developmentally-appropriate, child-directed, educational, and filled with joy and silly jokes! I view each class not only as a fun and growth opportunity for children and families, but also for myself as a teacher and human being. Children, including my nephew Jacob and niece Kylie, are my greatest source of inspiration and learning. I am endlessly guided by their insightfulness, creativity and ability to live in the moment.

Nicole changed my life. Yoga makes me happy. Yoga makes everything loose. It makes me feel good.
— Skye Anderson, age 9

My Kids Yoga teaching journey began in 2002. I was brand-new occupational therapist and working at a Special Education Collaborative north of Boston. Inspired by my personal Yoga practice, I began to explore using Yoga during my therapy sessions. I had no idea this would lead to me teaching yoga to thousands of kids and families, facilitating Kids Yoga Teacher Trainings all over the world, co-authoring monthly Lesson Plans, running my own business and becoming a Kids Yoga entrepreneur!

Nicole’s passion and genuine love for kids and Yoga could not be more inspiring to Yogis and teachers alike!
— Taylor Andrykowski, Montessori Preschool Teacher

Education

  • The Biz of Kids Yoga (TBoKY) LIVE! (2016)

  • Next Generation Yoga Advanced Teacher Training (2015)

  • Next Generation Yoga Train-the-Trainer (2011)

  • CircusYoga Ring One (2008)

  • Next Generation Teacher Training for 2-7 yr. olds (2007)

  • Next Generation Teacher Training for 8-13 yr. olds (2007)

  • Advanced Certification in Sensory Integration, University of Southern California (2006)

  • Integrated Movement Therapy (IMT) Basics (2004)

  • Radiant Child Yoga Program (2003)

  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of Hartford (2002)


Professional Experience

  • Kids Yoga Teacher (2002-present)

  • Kids Yoga Business Owner and Entrepreneur (2007-present)

  • Senior Teacher Trainer, Next Generation Yoga (2011-2018)

  • Director of Teacher Trainings, Next Generation Yoga (2015-2017)

  • Sensory Integration Specialist and Consultant, Seattle Public Schools (2007-2014)

  • Occupational Therapist, Seattle Public Schools (2004-2014)

  • Occupational Therapist, Merrimack Special Educational Collaborative (2002-2004)