My name is Nicole Rupp, or Padma Priya.
After working in the private sector for 15 years, I quit my job, feeling sad and afraid. There was only one thing I knew: it was the end of a beautiful love story. But I knew it was the right time to leave, so I gathered up my courage and quit. Naturally, it wasn’t until later that I understood what Love really meant, but that’s another story.
Thanks to a very good friend, the support of my husband and my 3 children, thanks to all of them, in 2016 I dared to make a career of the question that had always been closest to my heart: who am I? Yoga was the obvious answer.
Today, after practicing Yoga for 30 years, I have done over 450 hours of traditional training and earned multiple certificates in Yoga. I’m not especially attached to them, because I know that the most important work you do on yourself happens outside of your training, in real life, on your own, and most of all in your encounters with others; and this goes on every day.
We don’t embark on the Yoga path alone. I have always been lucky to meet extraordinary teachers and I continue to meet them. We are all teachers and students at the same time. Some people say that you cannot be on the Yoga path because it’s a state, an inner space. Perhaps it’s even impossible to explain what Yoga is, because the word itself always creates a duality between what is Yoga and what is not Yoga and impedes the experience of unity.
My teaching languages are English, French and German. I offer Yoga teaching for groups and individuals as needed. In my nomadic yurt, at your home, at your office, in a school, a yoga studio, in Europe or India… tell me what you have in mind.
My Yoga Training Path:
September: yoga instructor certificate 200 hours YTT (inspired by Ashtanga Vinyasa) in Chamonix with the wonderful Mariza Smith (www.myyogapeople.com); I have been offering a meditation and Yoga Nidra discovery day since 2017 as part of teacher training.
October: intensive training with Max Strom in Zürich on breathing for good mental health (maxstrom.com)
2017 liquid flow yoga instructor certificate (Vinyasa Yoga) 60 hours YTT with Simon Parc in Samoëns (www.liquidflowyoga.com)
2016-2018 two years of training in Bert Hellinger’s family constellation method in Geneva, equivalent to 570 hours of training with Michaël (www.constellation-familiale.info/michael-katzeff)
2018 Total Yoga Nidra Network instructor certificate 45 hours YTT with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli in Portugal (www.yoganidranetwork.org)
2019-2023 first year Gaia Healer instructor certificate 150 hours with Swami Sarva Atma Mithra in Kerala, India (maithrimandir-homestays.com); training lasts a total of 4 years
2020 International School of Yoga – Gaia Healer project together with Sarva Atma in Decazeville (France), an offshoot of Ekarshi Sarva Atma Mithra’s training center in India (maithrimandir-homestays.com/yogi-gaia-healers)