Meet Nikki LeClair

Q: What do you do and how long have you been involved in the (health / fitness / sports / wellness) industry?

A: I was always active growing up; I seasonally played hockey, soccer, softball, basketball and volleyball. I pursued intensive dance training in ballet, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, tap and hip hop, then began teaching the dance curriculum in an elementary school. My passion for movement evolved into using movement as a healing modality which led me to teaching yoga. I currently teach at Ocean and Crow Yoga, YWCA, True Nosh Studio and UBC Yoga Club. I previously managed a yoga studio prior to working at Le Physique. I love working in studios because I get the opportunity to support each client’s journey, build a sense of community and share my passion.

 

Q: What inspired you to do what you do?

A: I believe in taking the time necessary to heal ourselves and each other. I’ve had a few major sports injuries that have shifted my previous abilities and limitations. It took a lot of mental/physical strengthening and care to minimize my symptoms and rebalance my mind/body. A natural, holistic healing approach has been so impactful because I’ve established stronger sleep, nutrition, social, meditation and exercise practises. I now wish to share with others the tools I’ve used to overcome the feeling of discouragement and low self esteem that often occur with serious injury.

 

Q: What are your favourite things about fitness / Kinesiology?

A: I love Kinesiology because it takes an interdisciplinary approach to health. Kinesiology allows me to look at specific problems (emotional, mental, social and physical) from many different angles to understand the full picture. It took me 3 years into my degree to finally declare a major because I was interested in so many different subjects. Kinesiology helps me weave all my passions together; social activism, healing, art and movement.

Q: Outside of work, where can people most often find you?

A: I enjoy watching sunsets at the beach, biking around the city, teaching/practising yoga, healthy baking, taking self care/healing workshops, singing karaoke, exploring craft breweries, painting, dancing and reading/writing poetry.

 

Q: Favourite hobby?

A: Trying new self care practises with friends!

 

Q: What’s your favourite music

A: Cumbia!

 

Q: What’s your favourite exercises?

A: I love dancing because it’s so fun and builds community!

 

Q: What are 3 things people don’t know about you?

(1) I love Mexican food

(2) I’m obsessed with stretching and massage

(3) I want to become fluent in Spanish

 

Q: What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A: I wanted to own a dance studio… that dream has evolved into owning my own wellness studio!

 

Q: What’s your spirit animal?

A: I jump between Unicorn and Earth Dragon.

Q: Favourite TV show?

A: I can’t pick one because I watch all kinds of shows. Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Flash, Supergirl, Rick and Morty, and Friends (because Phoebe is my alter ego!).

 

Q: If you could be on any reality TV show what would it be?

A: I would have my own reality TV show because I’m sure my daily life and interactions are entertaining.

 

Q: Celebrity crush?

A: Ryan Gosling

 

Q: What’s your guilty pleasure?

A: Tater tots… and potatoes in general…

 

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