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About Nicole

A moment that shook the very core of my existence led to a profound discovery in 2013: an undiagnosed leg-length discrepancy that ended my career as a professional dancer and touring artist. The identity I had worked so hard to build and once knew so well suddenly crumbled, leaving me to cope with an overwhelming shift.

Mourning the loss of my former life, I turned inward to find solace. Amidst the struggle, I discovered joy in my healthy lungs, a powerful mind, and an empathetic heart. These became my pillars of strength as I immersed myself in somatic therapy, therapeutic yoga, meditation, and energy healing modalities—reclaiming the essence of connection and resilience that dance once provided.

While my journey is unique, perhaps it resonates with you, especially if you’re navigating loss or change. This resonance inspired me to step into the world of coaching. As a coach, I focus on empowering high-achieving men and women to reclaim their energy and reinvent themselves from the inside out. In a culture obsessed with superficial fixes, I stand for true transformation through a deep commitment to inner work.

My path over the past decade has included training as a Kundalini yoga, meditation, and breathwork facilitator. I hold a Master’s degree in Somatic Psychology with a trauma-sensitive focus, alongside a life coaching certification.

Although I’ve reintegrated dance into my life with the help of orthotics, my primary focus has shifted towards being a mentor for mentors and a guide for fellow coaches. I am committed to supporting empathetic wellness professionals in overcoming burnout and aligning with their calling.

Our mission at Power Within Healing comes to life through our diverse offerings. From virtual retreats and a 16-week immersive program to local and virtual events that span the globe, each offering is a haven for transformation. 

If you’re ready to shift old energy and embrace peace, join one of our connection-filled experiences. Together, let’s embark on a journey of healing, transformation, and empowerment.

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“If you are looking for a program that only focuses on goal setting and “head” work, this is not the program for you. However, if you are looking for mind, body, and heart connection and going deeper into healing old patterns in your body so you can take purposeful and aligned action in the future, then this is absolutely the right program for you. Nicole is a great balance of holding space for you while also helping you stay accountable to what you are looking to accomplish in the program. This program is different from anything I’ve ever done, and I highly recommend it! There isn’t another program that I have experienced like this. I know that if I’m ever going to move towards the life I desire and deserve, I can no longer simply muscle through with my head and will. I need my body, spirit and emotions to come with me on the journey.”

Jen P, corporate exec, podcast host, & part-time entrepreneur

I joined Forward Momentum to initiate the process of true self-transformation. Through this experience l’ve become more confident in my ability to create a life that l’ve been longing to live. I’ve noticed, to my amazement, that manifestation is real!! I feel more and more that I can become unstuck and create the life I deserve without negative self talk getting in the way. With the support of Nicole and our Forward Momentum community of women I feel more powerful and committed to realizing my vision for myself. I’d tell my best friend that Nicole is a super knowledgeable, excellent coach! She seems to connect to all people with a pure heart. You really feel she’s rooting for you 100%!

Forward Momentum participant

I feel like this work is helpful to better yourself.  The work helps you feel grounded, puts your priorities in order, and gives you self confidence. When I started the program I felt a little down and not motivated.  I feel like my goals for my dreams are real now.  It has helped put myself first. I like the accountability buddies, feedback in groups, and Voxer support.  The videos and workbook are also great.  So much is offered. It has helped bring the dream to real-life. Thank you so much for this incredible spiritual journey.”

Mary Jane, customer services professional & entrepreneur

“The beginning of the year I had decided that this 2023 is the year I’m gonna fix everything and get really clear on what I wanted in my life going forward, and relationship wise. And also in my yoga teaching.  Now after the program, I just feel more balanced, centered, grounded. I stay with the discomfort. You learn that on the yoga mat, but sometimes it doesn’t make sense in real life. And the relationships I have, I have changed the way I approach them now. The resentment just kind of fell away, and I did not expect that.”

Cindy, project manager and yoga teacher

“Before the program, I was feeling really stuck and like stagnant. I  felt like I didn’t have community. I felt like I didn’t have a direction. I was just very “task rabbity,” but just like going through the motions. I now have less baseline anxiety. I’m just more grounded and less anxious every moment, you know, like I feel like myself again (after postpartum/early motherhood), which is so nice.”

Shannon, nurse practitioner & mama of 3

“Working with Nicole is like a super supportive and mindful “choose your own adventure” journey.  She has been there to help me move through the challenges that come up but also doesn’t push; she is present and helpful when I need her but she empowers me to recognize the guide I have within myself.  She is my biggest cheerleader and has created such a safe and loving space for me to be vulnerable and truly learn to trust the power that this journey has for me. Nicole is gifted in seeing everyone’s individual strengths and she really plays on those to formulate the group process.  I truly value the 1:1 coaching with Nicole as it is time to work through specifics of whatever is bubbling up in the moment, and then having the group connection gives the works another layer.  It is a very well-balanced program and I highly recommend it to anyone considering a coaching program.”

Nicole R., child therapist, yoga teacher, & mama of 2

Before the program, I was struggling with feeling overwhelmed, disconnected from my heart’s desire/passion, and needing a way to calm my nervous system. I was still vacillating between committing to my dream and not committing to it.  I have learned that I went into burnout because I was not in alignment with my soul. I’m starting to listen to my soul’s calling once again and take steps towards it. My biggest takeaway, is the understanding of what a dysregulated nervous system means and how breathing can be a huge part of healing.  I have built breathing and meditation into my morning routine. The coaching calls, the breathing sessions, and the astrology forecasts were all so key. The coaching calls helped with accountability, and the astrology forecasts helped me realize that I can be a Christian that also follows astrology and the mystical without guilt. It isn’t one or the other.

Forward Momentum participant

“When I started the program I was still very much stuck and hadn’t yet initiated a conversation that I had been avoiding for several years. I really needed to have this conversation in order for me to move ahead and in the course of program I finally addressed this situation and I don’t think I could have done it in the way I did without this program. My biggest take away to apply to growth in health is that breathwork is essential for moving through stuff! In relationships – it’s really helped me not to be reactive. I struggle with time management but this program has helped me to prioritize – even by just making sure to be in the calls I’ve started to notice what is non-negotiable as far as what comes first.”

Kate G., professional artist & teacher

The biggest takeaway is connection to self through learning HOW to surrender. Learning how to let go. A lot of my struggles with the anxiety, and the compulsive behavior was very fear-based. Now I truly have had practices in place. And I thought I was living mindfully before and/but now— through just the actual practices… the breathwork, the movement, the meditations, paired with the increased self understanding. It’s this new sense of like, I can handle this! Like I really can! There’s nothing to be afraid of anymore. I can let go of control because this discomfort that comes up that’s inside of me sometimes- with the practices, I’m able to work it through and feel more refreshed and present, ready for anything.

Alicia, licensed mental health therapist & yoga teacher

I needed this so badly. I have felt a lot of heaviness for weeks and needed a change in environment in order to find my joy again. The transformation was so powerful. I received needed messages and great joy. Nicole is such a great retreat leader! Super intuitive, flexible, kind and so talented, each retreat has been better than the one before. Can’t say enough about the location and the food! Each time we come together with old and new friends I fall in love again. I’m still glowing.

Cindy B.

This was my third retreat with Nicole. During each I discovered more about myself and ways to deal with issues preventing me from living a full and joy-filled life. I had a profound awakening and realized I was continually in an old pattern that I needed to overcome and discard. Once discovered through the healing process evoked by our classes, sharing, movement and breath work, I became more able to overcome this negative cycle. Since then I have taken major steps forward without guilt but rather with joy! I have unending gratitude for Nicole and the entire group of participants who supported me lovingly as I began to emerge into a stronger and happier woman.

retreat attendee

Connect with Source Energy 2.0: Creativity Edition

The biggest takeaway is connection to self through learning HOW to surrender. Learning how to let go. A lot of my struggles with the anxiety and the compulsive behavior was very fear-based. Now I truly have had practices in place. And I thought I was living mindfully before and/but now— through just the actual practices… the breathwork, the movement, the meditations, paired with the increased self understanding. It’s this new sense of like, I can handle this! Like I really can! There’s nothing to be afraid of anymore. I can let go of control because this discomfort that comes up that’s inside of me sometimes- with the practices, I’m able to work it through and feel more refreshed and present, ready for anything.

Forward Momentum participant

What a wonderful, amazing experience. I have never been on a retreat and did not know what to expect. I felt 100 percent confident that Nicole would create a retreat that would leave me feeling like my best self. Not only did I feel that, but I am still feeling the effects of the weekend. Nicole made sure that when my daughter and I got there, we were comfortable and secure. Each day was planned perfectly with meditation, movement, breathing, sharing, journaling and hiking in nature. Bringing my daughter made us much closer. I have worked with Nicole learning and discovering Kundalini Yoga. During the pandemic, my husband and I continued with her online website that enabled us to always take a class when it was convenient for us. Thank you Nicole for a weekend I will never forget and will keep close to my heart.

Bethe B.

Earth Medicine Magic in Northern California

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.

Nicole is such a beautiful soul, she made everyone feel welcome, comfortable and at ease and I am extremely grateful for having had the opportunity to learn from her. The experience has launched me onto a new trajectory of embracing me as I am and exploring new ideas and belief systems. Thank You, Nicole!

Birgitte M.

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.

Nicole is the kind of teacher that guides you to see how strong and capable you are of. She is knowledgeable, loving, inspiring and has a steady calm presence that made this experience the perfect fusion of relaxing, fun, and full of new. I surprised myself at how much Kundalini yoga and meditation I was capable of doing, and I owe so much of that to the safe space Nicole created.

Ann D.

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.

It is a gift to receive the wisdom of your cosmology, somatics, and kundalini yoga expertise. So very grateful for your teaching and leadership especially as we embrace awakening, awareness, healing and transformation. It is an honor to join you in your sessions.

PWH Online member

Nicole is a true leader in the way she shows up real, vulnerable, and authentic. I am always honored to share space held by her and would recommend anyone ready to dig deeper into their souls work to invest in Nicole’s guidance. She is a shining star that is unlike any other I have worked with… I would recommend Awakening Bodies to anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of the Somatic Philosophy and Trauma Informed work. This course is a must, not only for the work you do with others but the work you do with yourself!

mentorship participant

This course was the perfect marriage between my experience as an energy worker and a yoga teacher… the physical and the spiritual. I learned specific tools that allowed me to dive deeper into my own healing which I feel allows me to offer these tools in an authentic, embodied way. I also came away with an INCREDIBLE community.

course participant

From the course, I’m learning how to better embrace my intuitive gifts and my sensitivity. Also to discern what is mine vs what is other people’s energy/thoughts that I’m picking up on. All the grounding techniques were really transformational. It brought me back to being and embracing the healer that I am. Prior to the course I was guarded and depleted. I’m starting to feel the passion again in helping people through some transitions in health and end of life. I’m also starting to feel that it’s ok to open up about my gifts and have them be well received.

course participant

A grounded, empathetic presence, Nicole addresses mental health concerns in a holistic, embodied way. With her support I was able to understand how the relationship between my emotions and bodily sensations shaped my reactions to everyday challenges and opportunities. 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.

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