NITARA meets...Nikita Nevison

NITARA meets...Nikita Nevison

March 19, 2019

Nikita Nevison is a Essex/London-based blogger and yoga teacher in training, who shares her raw and honest journey through Ashtanga yoga via her beautifully curated Instagram and newly re-launched blog...and soon to be yoga classes, of course!

She really is the perfect example of someone who uses their social media for good: talking all things expanding consciousness, living well, living with less and honest accounts of real yoga life - cus' we know, that isn't really all handsands on beaches! - without loosing sight of the beautiful things.

As always for these interviews; we try our best to find the stories we think you'll really want to hear, with genuine women doing their best to transfer the traditional teachings of yoga into real life - so, we thought you'd really enjoy meeting Nikita!

We caught up at Benk & Bo, where she shared her story so far and exciting plans for the future - enjoy!

Tell me about your life pre-yoga, whats your background?
Nikita: I didn’t find yoga till I was about 25. Before that I came straight out of school and into a apprenticeship with a hair salon. I had always been a arty kid and I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life so I chose hairdressing because it was creative and a good link to fashion. I was a bit of a rave monster and spent a lot of my early 20’s partying. I was a bit of a rebel wild child, with a chip on my shoulder. I think I had a lot of internal anger and sadly I wasn’t very well for a long time, it manifested into a lot of unhealthy lifestyle choices. I went through a really bad patch where I broke up with my boyfriend at the time and lost my home. I had to move back in with my mom and start from scratch. That’s when life really started to turn around and I found yoga after my friend recommended it. Four years after that I found my Ashtanga teacher and never looked back.

How did yoga become part of your life? 

At first I didn’t like yoga. I found it really hard to just sit still and it felt slow and awkward. It took along time for me to love it but now it’s invaluable and I couldn’t imagine life with out it.
I took random classes trying different styles for about four years. I remember buying my first Triyoga unlimited monthly pass and just going nuts on classes. At one point I was doing about 3 classes on my day off just to try out as many styles as possible, and learn as much as I could. It wasn’t until I found Ashtanga and my teacher that I felt I found what I had been looking for.
I think sometimes it takes a while to find a teacher or a system of yoga that really calls to you, but when it does it’s pure magic!
Now I want people to love it as much as I do so I decided to enrol in my teachers training a year ago. I’m looking forward to having my own students and I hope they find many benefits like I have through the practice of yoga.


And now, what does the practice mean to you?

At the beginning I used to practice yoga to ‘get good’ now I find it’s something I do to keep myself sane and in touch with who I really am. I leaned very early on how beneficial yoga can be on the mind, it’s like a switch flicked on in my head. I feel like it just makes me a better person, not only for myself but for those I love too. Am able to be a better friend, relative, spouse, employee, you name it. It just keeps my chattering monkey mind in check and my perspective a little bit broader. I honestly couldn’t be without some form of practice now.

What would you say is the biggest lesson you've learned through yoga?

I think it’s how to be more accepting and being ok with being vulnerable.
Like I’ve mentioned I’ve had a lot of baggage to deal with from the past and I can’t say looking back that I ever liked myself until these past few years. It’s a shame I spent so many years feeling that way, but I guess its what lead me here, and I’m grateful. What comes up on your mat also tends to play out in your life. It’s like having a mirror held up to all your inner workings. It’s such a beautiful tool to grow. I’ve been able to let go of so much emotional stuff, and learning to become comfortable with being more vulnerable I feel has made me more forgiving and loving.

Off the mat, what are you most passionate about?
Honestly so many things it’s hard to choose one! I’m one of those people who has a finger in every pie, and I love to try new things and learn.
I love nature and being in nature. I also love to travel.

Despite being painfully shy I’m a huge people person and I love to socialise and get to know other people. I’m also super into art, design and writing so I decided to start up my blog.


What inspired you to want to write/blog?
I’ve journaled since I was around the age of 12-13. I feel like I’m going through a pretty awesome time in my life with lots of change. I decided to do my teachers training and I wanted to write about my time as a student teacher.
I’m learning so many cool and awesome things and I thought it would be awesome to share them. I read a lot of blogs but I find it hard to find ones that are about my stage in my yogic journey. I wanted to write from a students perspective and I think it’s important to always keep a inquisitive and curious nature when learning yoga. It keeps your perspective fresh and your mind open.  


Wheres your favourite place in the world?
Again that’s so hard! If we are talking about travel, My family village in Jamaica. It feels like a second home. It’s in St Catherine, beautiful Jamaican countryside. There are trees and hills as far as the eye can see. We take a walk to a fresh water river about a half a mile from the village on hot days where we can swim. When I go there I feel like a kid again. Wild and free. We swim in the water and pick wild oranges and star apples.

My other favourite place would be my little flat that I share with my partner and two cats. We’ve lived together for a year now and I’ve had the best time. It’s been fun to build a life and memories. It’s also been fun to see the place transform from a shell to a real home. I love looking around and seeing all our trinkets muddled together.

You're stranded on a desert island and you’re granted one item, what is it?
This was such a hard question to answer! At first I thought clean drinking water because I’d be a nightmare in the heat without hydration, but I think my journal.
I couldn’t imagine being without pen and paper to create with. I could write about my adventures as a ship wreck survivor!  

Is there a mantra or quote you live by?
“Leap and the net will appear” - John Burroughs.
My mom used to say this to me all the time. I seem to have the life long habit of holding on to things for to long rather than letting go when I should.
When I find myself in a situation that needs me to let go I always reflect on this and it works! There have been times in my life where I’ve just had to have faith in the universe that everything will work out. It’s really scary when you can’t see a clear path from A to B but you have to just trust that all will be well, and it always is in the end, even if the road was a little bumpy, you still survive. The universe is always on your side.

 

Stay in touch with Nikita via her Website and Instagram

All photos by Sam Lindley , and a massinve thank you to Benk & Bo for having us use their space to shoot.



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