My name is Nicole Marcia and I’m the founder and director of Fine Balance Yoga.
Since 2004 I’ve taught therapeutic yoga classes and offered individual sessions to trauma survivors struggling with addiction, depression and anxiety, teaching them healthy self-regulation strategies to empower them to live connected and embodied lives. I also I train yoga teachers and clinicians in the trauma-sensitive yoga theory and techniques required to support trauma survivors in their healing, long-term stability and recovery.
In 2009, I was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. Since then, I have been employed by the Provincial Health Services Association at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions, where I developed a comprehensive yoga therapy program for in-patient clients in various stages of recovery from mental health and addiction issues.
I also serve as the director of training at Yoga Outreach, a not-for-profit organization providing volunteer yoga teachers to marginalized populations. In 2010, I completed the Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training with Dave Emerson at the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Boston, MA, and a course on teaching yoga in military communities with Warriors at Ease in Silver Spring, MD.
As a faculty member at Ajna Yoga I designed and deliver the Therapeutic Relationship and the Trauma Sensitive Yoga for Mental Health and Addictions Courses. I am a curriculum developer and instructor the Langara College Continuing Studies Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma, Resilience and Emotional Well-being Certificate Course and the yoga programming coordinator at Onsite, the treatment arm of North America’s first safe injection site.
I’m registered with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and a member of Bridge for Health and the Breathe Network which connects survivors of sexual violence with healing arts practitioners .