Whatever Nicole did, sending Reiki vibes my way worked! I went from having the fertility office suggest cancelling an upcoming IVF appointment to having six follicles that are ready for retrieval.
This was my first reiki session and I couldn't have asked for a better experience! Nicole guided me through the experience and made me feel very comfortable and relaxed to give and receive energy. Nicole is very gifted at her craft and genuinely cares about her clients throughout each session, before and after. I can't wait for my next session!
Nicole doesn’t just know the poses – she understands the human body. My hips were destroyed from sports, and surgery left me with flexibility issues. Nicole found counter-intuitive movements that worked magic, released the muscles, and made my hips looser than they’ve been in years! Even my
physical therapist couldn’t deliver the relief she did!
I’m Nicole Starr Bacon
Who’s certainly, not everyone’s cup of tea
Honestly, I don’t really like tea
That's right, for a long time I hated the taste of tea
I hated most things about myself. The negative self talk (one that I didn't put there) played on repeat. To cope, I numbed - through partying, alcohol, toxic relationships, business...you name it. I did everything I could to avoid slowing down, because when I did, I crashed, stuck in a state of depression. I'd burnout, crumble, fall apart, put myself back together and repeat the cycle over and over again.
Until one day, I had enough. I was sick of my own self sabotage, my avoidance of turning inward, my inability to discover who I really authentically was.
So, I went to a single Yoga class and came out rebirthed. I remember leaving the class, driving home and seeing a bird out my window. The scene a similar one, but usually, I was too strung out on the viscous thoughts swirling through my mind to notice my surroundings, until stillness made me see what I was missing.
That’s why I believe in the importance of that first step. That moment when you’re ready to take control of your life and aim it in the direction of your choosing. The excruciating beautiful moment you decide to reconnect with your most authentic self.
That first step lead me to another and then another until I was on this journey of self discovery. I fell head over heals in love (literally) and I fell hard, right into the arms of all things wellness. I embraced Yoga and wanted to dive deeper into better understanding its true meaning.
In the frustrating process of trying to “perfect” my practice, I realized I was missing the whole point. I humbly realized that there was no way to ever “perfect” yoga. Yoga is a never-ending practice because every day we, (ourselves, our beings, our bodies) are different and everybody's body is different. Yoga is not just a practice of poses, but a practice of life.
Wanting to expand my training, in 2012, I left everything behind for a month long intensive Teacher Training in Costa Rica with Jackie Chiado. I earned my 200 Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) approved through Yoga Alliance. During this journey, I discovered that my Dharma, my destiny, was to enrich the lives of others through authentic Yoga.
This was not the end of my learning journey, in fact it was just the beginning. I threw myself into teaching, becoming recognized as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT). From 2014-2016 I opened, owned and operated a successful yoga studio, called Bending Branch Yoga. I created a community that felt warm, inviting and safe. During this time, I realized other growth and healing modalities complimented my yoga practice.
In 2015, I completed a Therapeutic Thai Yoga Bodywork training with Michael Sitzer, a National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork approved educator. In 2016, I studied Yin Yoga with Douglas Johnson.
In 2021, I became a Holy Fire® Reiki Master Teacher (RMT) through the International Center for Reiki Training. In 2022, I completed a Positive Psychology Health and Well-Being Coach training, meeting the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) requirements to become a National Board Certified Heath and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). In 2023, I finished my 500 RYT through Yoga Medicine.®
I am currently attending school to pursue a degree in Psychology with a focus on mental health.
I’ve been on this health, wellness and well-being journey for about 14 years, have taught for over a decade and am now at a place where I can turn down the volume of the negative self talk. It still pops up, will most likely never go away, but thankfully I know how to respond to it with grace, curiosity, acceptance and can FINALLY say
I F**KING LOVE MYSELF
I AM ENOUGH, EXACTLY AS I AM
Let me be your guide on this journey. Let me hold space for all the perfectly imperfect parts of you. Let me help you find the light, when it gets dark. I'm your Well-Being Guide: Your Guide towards being well .I'm here whenever you're ready.
Rest in Your Radiance,
Specialties & Certifications
National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach
Positive Psychology Health and Well-Being Coach
200 E-RYT Yoga Alliance
Holy Fire® Reiki Master Teacher
Thai Yoga Bodyworker
500 RYT Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist Student
Yoga from a Christian Perspective
Psychology Major with Focus on Mental Health Student