Nicole Lilly | Boulder, CO | Yoga and Healing



Writing can be healing medicine for the mind.

When we detail and follow our private thoughts in written form, it gives the thoughts power and provides us with insight.

When we share our words with the world, we have an opportunity to reveal ourselves often in terms of universal truths that can help us be present with ourselves in a more authentic way.

Here you will find some of my own insights.



Living and Dying by the Ego

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012 in All Posts, Master, Self-Inquiry | 0 comments

As life is often marked by the cadence of time and events, the seasonal arrival of Dia de los Muertos recalled to memory a paper on Introspection that I wrote as part of my Yoga Teacher Training course certification requirements last year. The context of the writing was to be around my resulting thoughts of a couple chosen books: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle and The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz But really, this writing had much more to do with my own personal process of awakening, heartache and some very real deaths occurring in my life...

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Mind the Gap

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in All Posts, Blog, Master, Self-Inquiry | 0 comments

As we are in the thick of life transitions, gaps will inevitably appear between the known and familiar (past) and the unknown (future). Sometimes the gap is deep and wide. Other times, quite manageable. We may be able to see this huge gape coming into our field, and out of a habituated response, we start to build plans for how to conquer it or drudge across in dread. Maybe the gap is more like a bamboo trap, all hidden and seemingly innocent, until we fall in and then must spend our valuable time and energy to strategize a way out. The more...

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Through the Looking Glass

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in All Posts, Master, Mystical, Self-Inquiry, Travel | 0 comments

I’m sure most of us have had that undeniable feeling of deja vu at some point. Perhaps we dream of a scene only to find ourselves in that exact spot sometime soon after. Or we meet someone that it seems like we’ve known before. Are these mere coincidence of situations that are interpreted by the mind as familiar? According to Psychology Today, the answer is “yes” “This feeling of knowing is related to knowledge about the source of a memory. The experience of déjà vu involves having that feeling of knowing in a situation in which...

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8 Life Lessons from the Past Decade

Posted by on Oct 14, 2012 in All Posts, Master, Self-Inquiry, Tips | 0 comments

8 Life Lessons from the Past Decade. Yesterday, I ended a 2-week group cleanse based in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine principles with the aim to transition into Fall season while planting seeds of change in my daily habits: eating, meditation, movement. Essentially, being selective and aware of each thing taken into the mind and body with an observance of the effects. As a result of the cleanse, I noticed a significant change in my overall mood, whereas I’d been focused primarily on the results in my body with cleanses in the past. The...

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Trauma Triggers

Posted by on Oct 7, 2012 in All Posts, Body, Master, Self-Inquiry | 0 comments

  I have had my fair share of injuries over the years, starting in early childhood. In many ways, these injuries became parts of whom I am (have been). There has typically been some silly story to accompany most of them, and also an embedded psychological imprint, particularly with those traumas sustained when I was old enough to make associative connections. Thus, the traumas became triggers.   One of the earliest injuries I know of is when I sported a black eye for about 6 months at the age of 3. I fell down on the corner of a...

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Time Out From Habits

Posted by on Sep 28, 2012 in All Posts, Austin, Master, Self-Inquiry, Tips | 0 comments

Time Out from Habits By their very nature, habits are conditioned responses that quickly become our second nature, leaving the realm of conscious action. At some point, we introduce a new action or activity into our life that became repetitious. In essence, we setup a mind game for ourselves.   The Game Habit has a whole team working to make sure he keeps winning at this mindless game. Compulsion is the star player. Distraction, Avoidance and Boredom also play a mean game, scoring high for Attention Deficit. Since there are no real rules...

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the Heroine

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in All Posts, Austin, Blog, Master, Self-Inquiry | 0 comments

                      The Heroine   Wind caresses her face, Swiftly sweeping away the mask, Unveiling her tendencies Stroking her hair Wild with a Kiss of Encouragement. She pushes up into the Golden, beams of Sunlight consume her A gentle, forgiving fierce lover at once Harsh and Harmonic. Shakes away the lifeless locks of dread to Call forth a sparkling Halo Crown Great gift of the Goddess. Her eyes shine forth like a Galaxy of unknown Universes, Expand and...

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Shi(f)t Happens.

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in All Posts, Austin, Blog, Master, Self-Inquiry, Yoga | 0 comments

Last night I taught my regular weekly class, Yin Flow. It’s currently the only public class that I am offering, largely due to unfortunate circumstances of navigating the yoga business, and the resulting decision I made to focus my time on becoming a better student and teacher rather than seek out more classes to lead. The way I see it: Far better to LIVE my Yoga in a way that is congruent and aimed towards healthy, holistic growth in my own practice than to teach Yoga from a place that meets the demands of the ego, external expectations and...

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Cave of the Heart

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in All Posts, Blog, Master, Self-Inquiry | 0 comments

The unmistakable clinching sensation in my jaw seems to have taken up permanent residence. As if to say “No way! We’ve become too familiar to end the relationship now!” “There is too much history there. Think of all the times you’ve been misunderstood. Punished for what you have had to say. How can you release that?  Too much is at stake.” adds in my subconscious mind. So here it is, my responsibility to understand this journey of my pain body. That place constructed of concrete. Emotional ghosts frozen like statues in a great...

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Playing at Water’s Edge (Without Drowning) in the Business of Yoga.

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in All Posts, Austin, Blog, Master, Yoga | 1 comment

Beware the Rip Tide When I made the decision to embark on the transitional journey towards becoming a Yoga teacher, it never occurred to me how political and volatile it might be when it came time to find a place to teach. Or let me rephrase:  I have come to require more than simply a place to teach. Perhaps my own vision is different than some……I desire a Yoga teaching home. With knowledgeable and supportive studio hosts. You know, the kind of people who would treat you as a friend and approach business matters with an open...

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