Nicole duke





Nicole's story

Nicole Duke has been practicing Yoga for over 20 years. As a professional long distance runner sponsored by Cliff Bar she traveled all over the United States to race. Looking for a competitive edge mentally and physically she was turned onto Bikram Yoga. From the very first class she intuitively knew that this practice was so much more than physical and that she must incorporate Yoga into her training program. With no Bikram studio in her hometown she was only able to practice when she traveled and immediately started dreaming of building her own studio someday. Nicole was one of the very first certified Pilates instructors in Santa Cruz County Trained by the PhysicalMind Institute in both Mat and apparatus. She taught both privately and in many local gyms before opening her studio Balanced Body.

For over 15 years Nicole trained hundreds of clients and inspired the growth of the Pilates fitness craze in Santa Cruz. She Helped heal injuries, change bodies and minds and supported new instructors on their path towards leadership. As her Balanced Body business grew over the years she expanded from a small location in Santa Cruz to a beautiful studio in Aptos.

In 2006 Nicole life changed forever with the birth of her baby girl and life partner Nina Grace. Nina would then inspire even bigger things as Nicole's dream of creating a Hot Yoga studio was getting closer.. she realized the need to let something go to gain something new and sold Balanced Body in 2008 to a dear friend and apprentice Summer Doty. Summer then grew the studio into an amazing sanctuary of all things Pilates, Breathe Deeply. Nicole and Nina moved to Palm Springs for the vigorous and intense 9 week Bikram Yoga Teacher Training.

Nicole graduated in the summer of 2009 and Hot Yoga Aptos opened its doors in August of 2010. Nicole continued to travel and visit many teacher trainings to help lead and to teach thousands of new teachers. She has trained under some of the most knowledgable and influential Bikram instructors in the world and is forever grateful to the community for her success. Hot Yoga Aptos is now one of the most successful and innovative studiios in the world. In a huge leap of faith Nicole was one of the first Bikram Yoga studios to introduce Hot Pilates to her studio and within months following her success story hundreds of other Bikram studios across the country followed.

Nicole is an educator and widely recognized as one of the most inspirational teachers you will meet. She believes in the power of intention and in encouraging others to follow their dreams. Her mission is to inspire a body positive army of students who love hot yoga, pilates and positive thinking combined. 

We love nothing more than getting the chance to connect face-to-face. So if we are able, let's get together for some good ol' fashioned fun & if we are too far apart, let's let the interwebs connect us.

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Priscilla Luckhurst, Manifestor

Yoga Instructor, Pilates Instructor, Business Woman, Fierce Friend.

Priscilla is a fierce leader, friend, and wellness advocate. She loves to listen to your life experiences and is happy to share her life with you too! 

Priscilla is grounded in herself. She is always a student yet a teacher who is happy to share her wisdom. Priscilla graduated for California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor's in Sociology in 2009. She took 1 year off and traveled the world! She earned her 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Vinyasa Yoga Certification from CorePower Yoga in 2010. Since then she has become certified in Mat Pilates, Yoga Sculpt, TurboKick, and has over 8 years of teaching experience. She has also been a dynamic leader of Teacher Trainings since 2012.

Learn from Priscilla in the next Teacher Training!

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