Director of Yoga in CT
Nicole Renée Matthews
Nicole Renée Matthews has been teaching yoga with a focus on mental health for seven years. Her personal journey with anxiety, depression, and pharmaceutical use as a teen inspired her to find substance-free solutions for healing and wholeness. When she found yoga, she found guiding principles for navigating difficult times. Today, Nicole strives to inspire in her students curiosity, compassion, and lifelong self-study.
Nicole completed her 200-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa certificate with Michele Fife in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During this course, she studied anatomy with orthopedic surgeon Ray Long, a student of renowned yoga master B. K. S. Iyengar. Nicole has since completed more than 100 additional hours of yoga training, including trauma-informed yoga practices. Moreover, she was chosen as one of 60 yoga professionals from 23 countries for the first Yoga Ambassadors Tour of Kerala, India.
Newport Academy…in her own words
“Newport Academy treats teens as whole people with unique visions for their lives. Through adventure, Equine Therapy, yoga, and art, as well as traditional models of individual and family therapy, teens have the chance to deepen their sense of self and find what sparks their joy in life. Newport Academy fosters a sense of wholeness, acknowledges that we all lose our center from time to time, and offers methods to return to our true selves with compassion.”–Nicole Renée Matthews
- Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, New York, New York
- Certifications in Reiki 1 and 2
- Bachelor’s of Science degree, focused on addiction, holistic health, and nutrition, from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo