Urban Lotus Project
Nichole Schembre - ULP Teacher
Yoga entered my life during my mind-twenties when I found myself at a point in life where I did not know my direction. My anxiety was high and I had no tools or people around me to guide or assist. I began taking in-studio yoga classes rather than sticking with my home practice. The verbal cues and mindful guidance of the instructors quickly shifted my perspective inwards. I found out traits about myself that I didn’t know existed. I found strength. I become overjoyed with the idea of connecting to my breath and getting my monkey mind to turn off. Learning strength and stillness in the postures brought me greater peace of mind. Upon deepening my practice through a 200-hour teacher training, I found that there was more below the surface than just the postures. There was an entire way of living and being. Today, continuously putting in the practice these philosophies (specifically the yamas and niyamas) has shaped my inner and outer world. I am a greater communicator, I show more compassion and patience with myself, which in turn is given right back to my students.
ULP was referred to me by a local yoga instructor almost immediately after moving to Carson City back in November 2020. I connected with the ULP mission of helping young adults that are at-risk, have suffered trauma, and are finding their way. My journey through my anxiety had led me to a high concern for children who suffer, for I suffered as a child and never knew what it was until I was an adult. Our younger years are what shape our personality and how we take on the world around us. It is crucial that kids and adolescents learn the tools to be able to calm their mind and find strength in every day. It is a passion of mine to give these tools back to them so that they can understand and accept their emotions and overcome obstacles with confidence.
Aside from a full-time Marketing office job I hold here in Carson City, I enjoy spending my leisure time with my family (who I now live closer to), exploring new hiking trails and lakes, swimming, reading non-fiction, and constantly connecting to my body and the earth by clean eating, and creating tailored programs for beginner yoga students.
My mantra: Lokah samastah sukinoh bhavantu –
“Let the entire world be happy and free”
When I say this to myself it’s not just a blessing on others. It is a reminder to me to show up in kindness and compassion. Your actions towards another can and do have an impact the ones you interact with. Your kindness to another may ignite their kindness to another. And so of. We were not meant to be on the planet to live alone. We were meant to connect with others; therefore, your choices and actions will affect another. Spread joy and kindness and you will see more of it around you. And so, it is.