Courage. Empowerment.Transformation. Self-Love. Patience. Perspective. And self-actualization. These are the words I use to describe my experience with Nicole Doherty. I started working with Nicole as a life coach to leave a job in which I was unhappy and unfulfilled. Nicole helped me accomplish this goal, but I gained much more from working with her than a new career. Nicole enabled me to unearth the causes underlying my discontentment for my job, and she dared me to engage in a process of self-discovery which has forever changed the course and trajectory of my life. With her insight and encouragement, I unveiled and overcame fears and old patterns holding me back from reaching my potential; I identified my strengths and recognized how I can use use them to further my goals; and I explored my passions and learned how to prioritize and integrate them in my personal and professional life. Nicole helped me "dive deep," while giving me the practical tools necessary to implement real change. She provided tools and self-reflective practices which assisted me in revealing my true self; she created a schedule to keep me focused and accountable; she taught me how to set goals and apportion my time to meet them; and, through it all, she gave me permission to have fun and be creative in the process. In the end, Nicole became not only a life coach but a sounding board, mentor and friend. I transformed from unsure and scared to confident and courageous. In my lifelong process of "becoming," Nicole was, and remains, integral. She turned a quick search for a change in career into a meaningful journey of personal enlightenment. I'm forever grateful for her help. You can do it too!

Bradley Thomasma, Life Coach Client

It's refreshing to meet some one that has found their true calling in life, I view Nicole not only as my Yoga instructor, but also as a powerful Healer. She is extremely knowledgeable in her area of expertise and in tune with her client's needs. Nicole treats each session as a rejuvenation and rebirth ceremony... her focus, attention to detail and guidance are unparalleled. I highly recommend her.

Julian Reyes, Private Yoga, HealingsExecutive Producer

Add "motivational speaker" to the already impressive array of hats that miss Doherty wears. I just attended her  Sunday class on "How to get rid of negative thoughts and patterns" and have instantly noticed a boost in my energy, outlook and general satisfaction with life. I only wish the sessions were longer and had more interaction between classmates.  Next up: Tools for Transformation. If I am a better yoga practitioner and person at the end of this year, Nicole will surely be a huge part of it.

Michi V., Empower to Evolve WorkshopSan Francisco, CA

Nicole is my Yoga Instructor. She comes to my home once a week and coaches my wife and I in our practice, and she is very good at it. I feel 10 times better after a session, and since I've been practicing, my body and soul have taken a 180 degree turn for the better. She's a fantastic instructor, and we love and respect  her  more than you can know.  I have never felt healthier than when we are consistent with our sessions! In addition to being an expert, she is very friendly and personable. I would recommend Nicole to anyone looking to start or continue a yoga practice.

Tim Dionne, Private Yoga Technical Staff at

I have been taking private yoga as well as group yoga from Nicole for a couple of years and she is a truly gifted teacher.  Her warm approach and extensive knowledge of anatomy make taking class with Nicole not only relaxing but beneficial for our tired, tight bodies.  Most recently I attended a workshop called Transform Now with Nicole.  The information she gave us was very helpful and pertinent to anyone's yoga practice.  The fun style in which the workshop was held makes it accessible for any level yoga student from the beginner to the seasoned yogi.

Roxanne G., Private YogaOakland, CA

I am a novice yoga guy. Classes make me nervous because I feel like I don't know what I am doing. This is why Nicole was a great fit for me. Nicole lead me through the session with ease and expertise. She made me feel like I was a pro and explained to me what was going on with my body, where I held tension, what areas needed to be strengthened and why. I felt safe and encouraged. When my session was over I felt calm, relaxed, and open. I am excited to work with Nicole again and highly recommend her!

Christopher T., Private Yoga San Francisco, CA

I've been taking private yoga lessons with Nicole for some time now, and she is terrific! She tailors her instruction to my practice level, to my body and specific needs. She has great listening skills and asks great questions about my goals and what I'm looking to get out of my practice. Her own practice is very advanced, so she's a good example of what I'm shooting for ultimately. I've taken a lot of classes, and hers are terrific! Her understanding of health, fitness, nutrition and spirituality are wonderful. I definitely recommend Nicole!

Nicole W., Private YogaSan Francisco, CA

I took some small, private yoga classes with Nicole and I have to say that I wish I didn't move away from LA so I could take them a few times a week!  She is knowledgeable, attentive, rigorous and relaxing all at the same time.  She pushed me enough so I felt like I had a workout, yet my mind felt clear and calm when I was finished.  She includes just the right amount of spiritual and meditative insight--enough that it is beneficial, but not so much that you lose track of her know when that happens?  Anyway, like I said, if I could I would attend Nicole's classes all of the time.  And if I ever go visit LA again (which I most certainly) I will definitely try to catch one.  Her classes just make me feel better, both physically and mentally.

Lisa E., Empower to Evolve WorkshopSan Francisco, CA

Nicole showed me how to love yoga. She is patient and understanding. She is calm as well as calming. Her integrity is unmatched and she is as sweet as they come. And on top of all this, she really knows her stuff.

Jim Vetter, Private YogaWedding Photographer

Nicole has always been very multi-faceted in her business endeavors. She is very detail-oriented, thorough, and in touch with current trends in business and promotion. She is highly experienced in her field and always brings something new and welcomed to the table. Always a pleasure to work with her!

Brittany Tilleman, Private YogaBrand & Artist Development at YBR Promotions

As a Dance Instructor myself for over 13 years, I am highly  aware of both good and bad instruction. I am happy to share that Nicole is an incredibly intuitive and excellent instructor! I have taken both group and private instruction from her and I am always blown away by her ability to share her vast knowledge, help you understand the posture and guide and support you throughout the whole class. A skill many instructors do not have. Her sweet soul and sense of humor is a gift she shares with everyone in the room making each lesson a joy and a pleasure.  Her light shines bright and she is willing to do whatever it takes for you to have some of that light too my sharing all that she knows. Thank you Nicole for showing me so much and taking me on this great Yoga journey. I am forever grateful.

Val Cunningham, Empower to Evolve Workshop, Private Yoga Dance Instructor

I have been practicing Yoga on and off for the past 10 years at various studios around the United States. Although I have always felt a connection to and respect for the practice I often felt as though something were missing. When I began practicing with Nicole I immediately noticed her attention to alignment and the students’ individual needs. Each class began and flowed throughout with a sort of rhythm that provided compassion, non-judgment, and space to find strength and peace. This is the kind of environment I had been craving to practice in and I am so very grateful to Nicole for filling in that missing puzzle piece. Her radiant energy brings a fun-loving vibe to every class, accompanied with great wisdom for all that Yoga is. It has been a true inspiration. Nicole’s guidance has made my practice more well rounded in the foundations of what Yoga can do for the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. This has allowed me to open and listen to the vision for my own self, as I have decided to enroll in a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program. Everyone deserves to practice with someone like Nicole! Much love to you!  Namaste...

Erin Grace Gonzalez, Teacher TrainingTeacher

Thank you again for that amazing workshop! I had been craving an arm balance workshop and it came at the perfect time. You did a wonderful job of walking us through the poses and your knowledge of each poses was really evident. You're an awesome teacher! The Grow Your Wings workshop was INCREDIBLY useful and I'm finding that focusing on my core and bandhas in arm balances really makes a huge difference. Also, I'm really happy we did Flying Pigeon. That poses strikes fear in me and it was immensely beneficial to spend a lot of time just going for it. I definitely conquered the fear that day and pose is becoming more and more approachable for me. Also, I was able to hold a handstand in the middle of the room...that was a huge step since I had never held a handstand without the wall before then. It's such an awesome feeling advancing in my yoga practice! Thanks again, Nicole! I'm looking forward to taking a class or workshop with you again!

Megan P., Goda Yoga Student

A big thank you to Nicole Doherty for a transformative Reiki Healing experience and Lightning in a Bottle for providing me the opportunity to meet and connect with such a loving and talented healer. I highly recommend Nicole if anyone is interested in alternative healing practices!

Heather H., Festival Workshop Attendee & Client

Nicole, The Ojai Yoga Retreat was such an amazing weekend! I have been describing the weekend to friends in one word, POWERFUL. I went in expecting a beautiful location, relaxation and yoga. I was not expecting to come home illuminated! Thank you ALL for your presence! Oh and I want to add that I had an emotional breakthrough last night when I got home! I was laughing while tears were coming down my face and I told my boyfriend "This was supposed to happen during the retreat!" lol Much love to all you beauties! XO

Ulrike L., Ojai Spring Retreat 2014

I just wanted to thank you personally for the incredible retreat.  I feel so blessed that I found your retreat and was able to come.  You are an incredible teacher as well as an amazing person.  Thanks so much for enhancing my life with your workshop. xxoo

So much to say, I don't even know where to begin. You are blessed with a talent for teaching and a gift of some amazing energy I can't begin to put into words. I noticed tonight that I had a little bit of white sticker left on my mat from my name-tag, and I decided to leave it on there so I'm reminded of the weekend every time I'm on my mat. Nicole, THANK YOU. You have touched my soul in an incredible way.

Sara K., Ojai Spring Retreat 2014

Nicole is a multi-talented healer.  As a frequent student at her yoga classes, I became impressed with Nicole's knowledge and positive energy, so I decided to try a Reiki healing session.  From the very first moment of the session, I felt uplifted, as if the air around me became galvanized.  Nicole personalized the treatment based on my bio-feedback.  During the sound-healing portion, I literally felt the world dissolve away.  I experienced powerful emotion at times and I left feeling grateful.  Thanks Nicole!

David D., Reiki Healing SessionReiki Client

Hi. Nicole. I just want to thank you for the wonderful weekend!  It was an amazing experience and I am so grateful that I was apart of it!  You have inspired me in many ways!  You are an amazing person and teacher and I hope to do more workshops with you in the future!

Bettina., Empower to Evolve Workshops

Hi Nicole! I wanted to say thank you and much Gratitude to you and your beautiful workshop!!! I was drawn to you by my fav yogi dani and she assured me it would be amazing!:) I too had a sad and devastating break up 7 months ago, so when you shared your story I knew I was in that right place!!! Thank you for your wisdom and strength , and I will always remember your words I choose me! Thank you and hope to connect soon! I could use some life counseling! Much respect and love...

Wendy, Empower to Evolve Workshop

WOW. I really don't know where to begin. I'm sitting here eating my bland, boring, non Chef Robin made dinner and just reflecting on the weekend. This entire weekend was just incredible and I am so grateful that I was a part of it. You are so AMAZING and I can't thank you enough for putting on a magical retreat that allowed me to reconnect with myself and also connect with other spiritual, curious, and open people. I really hope to see you soon at Hot 8 and am definitely going to check out some classes at Yoga Works, thank you for that pass! I look forward to the another retreat with you : ) Thank you again Nicole! xoxoxo

Allie K., Ojai Retreat Fall 2014

Ahhhh...  I am just reading this and drawing in a deep breath.  Thank you so much once again for the beautiful support and love during the retreat and after. Life has so many gifts!   I am moving forward and finding my glass half FULL and full of HOPE. With Gratitude and love. Ojai Retreat Fall 2014

Cindy., Retreat Participant

It was so amazing and empowering...and I feel so blessed that it was my first yoga retreat experience led by Nicole Doherty, I don't have the words to even describe how i feel but just blessed!!

Sheryl T., Goda Yoga Student, Ojai Fall Retreat 2014

I seldom use the word "sublime".... But tonight I experienced such beauty and grace that no other word could compare. I took another yoga class with the talented Nicole Doherty. During shivasana she started to sing, with her friend who played the guitar. I felt so much love and grace listening to their angelic voices. It was as if these waves of grace and beauty were washing over me, opening my heart wider and wider. Wow. It's really indescribable. I'm so grateful for the experience.

Noushin B., Student Goda Yoga

Nicole Doherty's Yoga and Empowerment Retreat in Costa Rica was simply amazing! Our hosts in the jungle at Buenaventura and at the beach at Encantada were so friendly and hospitable, and between the two locales, we attuned to many powerful vibrations of Mother Earth: rivers, rain forests, sustainable organic farming, waterfalls, primordial clay, rocks, trees, tropical birds, waves, sunsets, the beach, and the great Pacific Ocean. Such incredible settings for personal transformation! But the shining star of the experience was Nicole herself.  Whether on a retreat or in a class, a yoga teacher holds incredible sway on the energetic direction of the experience.  Nicole's energy is nurturing, encouraging, supportive, and fun.  She is authentic and genuine about her spiritual path, but she's also down to Earth.  Without missing a beat, she can switch from talking about channeling the Divine to growing up in suburban New Jersey or hitting the town in San Francisco. With a steady, gentle hand, an open, non-judgmental heart, and her bright, easy smile, she held space for each of us and coaxed us to open our wings and take flight physically, spiritually, and creatively.  Not only are her yoga series intelligent and well-sequenced, but she deftly interweaves teachings from diverse modalities such as life coaching, shamanism, chakras, reiki, astrology, kirtan, and meditation, resulting in a truly life-changing yoga and empowerment experience. And while doing this work on ourselves, we had a lot of fun, too!  We hiked to multiple waterfalls, swam in a rushing river, did a full-body blue clay treatment, took surfing and salsa dance lessons, went bird watching, skinny-dipped in the ocean, had poetry readings, a comedy performance, and even took a sunrise bike ride on the playa, all the while eating delicious, lovingly-prepared organic meals. We all left Costa Rica with our eyes, hearts, and souls wide open, and each and every one of us will live a better, more mindful life because we went on this retreat.  Most highly recommended! Pura Vida!

Ben W., Retreat Participant
Michelle Case, Sales

I came to Nicole at a time when I was spinning my wheels. I'd made some big changes in my life which unexpectedly brought on anxiety and confusion, rather than the predicted increase in day-to-day happiness. Working with Nicole, we teased out what truly fulfills me and brings me joy and peace. The weekly exercises are life-long tools that I will treasure. Nicole helped me to come up with an attainable plan to get me out of my current situation and doing what I love. All in all, I'm blown away by how much Nicole was able to help me.She taught me how to better serve myself and my dreams for the future. Nicole is gifted not only in her ability to heal and nurture, but to make things happen.

Michelle Case, Sales

I hope everyone is well and acclimated to the life in the big city. I also miss our walks and talks and the lovely structure of our days! The transition is always challenging for me, but I am finding that this time it's easier - I am happier, centered, rested, and full of gratitude for all the amazing gifts I received. Life is throwing challenges my way as usual, but I find I am better equipped to handle them this time around. And, I am grateful for my challenges! It's fantastic to re-establish my faith in the power of the universe - the retreat was the best medicine for my cynicism and doubt! And, my mind is absolutely blown by all the synchronicity. I am a believer! Thank you all for your presence, support, listening, sharing, friendship, adventurous spirit, and all the laughs and silliness! And most of all, THANK YOU NICOLE!  You were a teacher, a catalyst of change, a healer, a joy to be around, and a HUGE inspiration! I am humbled, awed, inspired, and eternally grateful! Till we meet again soon! Pura Vida!

Natalia S., Retreat Participant

I miss you all so much, waking up and seeing your smiling faces, the meals we shared, coffee talks, yoga, meditation, and frolicking in the ocean.  It's been lovely sharing new experiences and seeing things with you all for the first time.  I feel so blessed and cannot think of a better group to have spent this retreat with.  I left it up to the Universe and it answered! To be in the presence of "like" beings who share the same desire to better ourselves on our path to living happy, full lives, is very meaningful to me.  I love our little family and how supportive we were of each other, shared intimacy, and deep work going out of our comfort zones. Truly beautiful to witness our individual transformations and healing processes.  Stefano swallowing the sun!  WE are love!  Thanks for all the laughter, truly the best medicine of all.  I still chuckle when I think about our late night skinny dipping, Kim Jung Il comedy show, sports illustrated swimsuit shoot, Kris, sunrise Burning Man ride (what are we gonna wear? headlamps only).  I look forward to Stefano's poem about this whole experience!  I will think of all of you next time I run around on the beach naked.  I wish you all the best as you travel along your paths, the Mystic, the Poet, the Birdman, the Waterfall Muse and the Healer. Most of all, thank you Nicole for making all of this possible and for sharing your divine beauty, strength and wisdom!  You truly have many gifts!  I admire your strong leadership, and inspiration in trusting the Universe and manifesting your source power.  Thank you for your teaching, guidance and love.   You are so special, bright shining star, and you will be a great mom!  I feel honored to have shared this time in your life with you, and look forward to hearing more.  Best wishes, and let me know how the "decluttering" is going :) ~Know thyself ~Accept thyself ~Love thyself ~Live thyself

Angela R., Retreat Participant

Several months ago, I spent 8 days in Costa Rica with Nicole where she led a yoga retreat that integrated daily yoga practices, empowerment workshops, farm to table nutrition, and Reiki healing sessions. This was my first experience doing a yoga retreat and Nicole came recommended to me through a friend. My intentions were to go as deep as I could in understanding my most important values and to bring those to surface, and also to establish a better health foundation. My body was tight, I was experiencing pain and limited motion in my shoulder, and my weight was about 30lbs over what it should be. I was emotionally fatigued and mildly depressed. My inner self was out of alignment and the symptoms were manifesting through my outer self. After meeting in a small village at the edge of the sea, we drove by all-terrain vehicle into the jungle, deep into the sacred Savegre River Valley. We arrived at our lodging at night, under a canopy of infinite stars and we listened to the clear river as it moved through the valley. Each morning that we awakened, we practiced yoga and spent time attuning to our own sense of individual purpose, forming affirmations that were resonant with our unique values and aspirations. Nicole helped me isolate an imbalanced relationship that I had developed with my solar plexus, in particular that part of self associated with personal choice and the courage to take risks. We worked together on fortifying this relationship throughout the trip which resulted in me taking action to make significant professional changes in my career (I work in the field of executive management and I set in motion a series of steps that led me to a better position more aligned with my values). During our stay in the jungle, we were nourished daily from the foods harvested directly from the land. Every meal was bright with healthy food and lots of color, often including exotic fruits and vegetables specific to the region. In the jungle, we hiked into the mountains to bath under lush waterfalls; we discovered bright blue and gold clays from the earth, like pigments from a painter’s palette; we roasted cacao and made chocolate infused with sugar cane juice that we freshly pressed; we stretched, meditated, reflected, and opened ourselves up to a more transcendent awareness. This process of self-discovery was enabled with absolute grace, kindness, love, and compassion by Nicole. Her presence is a gift. After several days in the jungle, we moved to the coast, where we did yoga on the beach under the majestic colors of the sky. Nicole also performed a Reiki treatment with me. During the Reiki session, I found myself experiencing boundless visions and remarkable personal insights. My sense was that Nicole had invoked a lineage of healers that traced back to ancient times and into the future. She opened up a vastness that was beyond linear ideology and it unlocked a profound shift in me that I understood would last a lifetime. When I emerged out of the Reiki session I felt a new lightness of being, a quality of inner joy. I took a dip in the magically sparkling waters of the sea, and I understood that a new beautiful self had been born. I intentionally waited for a few months to write some words about my experience because I wanted to give the experience time to breath, and to evaluate the longer term impacts of the work I did with Nicole. Since my return, I have sustained excellent health, lost over 30lbs, improved my overall flexibility and vigor, eliminated shoulder pains that were present, and been in a state of constant happiness and gratitude. I have taken courageous, choice-driven steps with my professional life, and I am in tune with my inner values. It has been an inspired transformation resulting in sustainable change. Nicole has a rare quality that fuses her multi-disciplinary knowledge about yoga and the many modalities of healing with her ever-smiling, love-overflowing, generously kind, and radiantly joyous presence. I am grateful.   ~Stefano, Executive, Client on the Empower to Evolve Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Stefano R., Retreat Participant