The pain is the teacher…

You’re here because you’re tired – mentally exhausted from wanting things to be different then they are yet feeling stuck in your current circumstances. There’s a pull for something greater but it’s suppressed.

It always seems one part of your life is out of whack just when things start to balance out in your favor. Other people’s feelings and energy affect your choices in life; sometimes you look back and wonder, “How did I get here?”

The conversations of the day can play over and over. As you think of yourself just doing your best out there, your body tenses, your stomach pains.

Our bodies impact our well-being… and are indicators of it

We all live in bodies with histories. When we let them run on autopilot for too long, we see the damaging effects it has on our relationships, health, and careers. This has a major impact on our well-being.

The good news is, we can choose to turn off autopilot, take the controls, and return vitality, clarity, and purpose to our relationships and daily lives.

The awareness is the medicine…

You’ve landed in the right place now. Somatic yoga therapy can help. Somatic means relating to the body. Yoga is an ancient comprehensive system of well-being. Therapy is commonly known in the West as a healing art. What do they mean together?

After traumatic life events, whether singular or ongoing, physical tension may remain in the body affecting us unconsciously. With somatic yoga therapy, we become aware of the sensation of this tension in the present moment, transform and reframe the tension, and ultimately release it. See the Methods page for more details on what this looks like in sessions. These techniques bring freedom and more engagement with life on all levels.

Hi, I’m Nicole.

The clients whom I help are sensitive, high-achieving professionals between the ages of 30 and 55 who feel stress has made them lose focus or direction. We work together to permanently resolve anxiety, angst, and feelings of hopelessness by expanding embodied awareness and the most compassionately grounded sense of integration they have experienced.

I am an energy-work and consciousness expert with 15 years’ experience studying yoga, mindfulness, and the spiritual body. As a somatic therapist and coach, I help sensitive professionals go from exhaustion and burnout to fulfilling life purpose, mind-body balance and health, and joyous authentic relationships.

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— Kristen B.

I was suffering from chronic pain, was unable to dance, and was extremely sad, angry, and frustrated. I didn’t know how to cope with the physical or emotional trauma I was experiencing and I felt incredibly alone and hopeless. It was in that dark place that I was introduced to Nicole and made the best decision of my life. — Kristen B.

— Dina L.

Did I mention how incredibly fortunate and grateful I am to have Nicole Smith Levay as my somatic yoga therapist? Just back from one of my last of 10 sessions as a private client and feel so blessed. Today, we recalled my goals. We talked about the lessons learned. The conversation was sweet. Nicole is someone who is exceptional at her work. I couldn’t have picked a better companion on this journey. She is wise, loving and caring. She sees me. What a gift! — Dina L.

— Anonymous Client, 33 y/o female

A grounded, empathetic presence, Nicole addresses mental health concerns in a holistic, embodied way. With her support, over the course of six months, I was able to understand how the relationship between my emotions and bodily sensations shaped my reactions to everyday challenges and opportunities. Through perceptive listening, Nicole composed different meditations and exercises to support me through my journey, which included regaining my confidence, tapping into my sense of creativity, quitting smoking, and clearing my aura of different energetic intrusions. By integrating these practices into my daily routine, I have been able to stay grounded and quickly reset if I become overwhelmed. — Anonymous Client, 33 y/o female

— Keeley W.

“Please work with Nicole! You will be well on your way to a much more happy, satisfied you! Your soul will rest easier and your energy will be renewed for taking on whatever life throws at you! Since the course ended, I have an abundance of creative projects coming to me that I love. I’m also dating a man who is totally great! It feels so good to be living the dream. Thank you so much for all your help, check ins, and continued inspiration, Nicole!” — Keeley W.