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Nichole Schmid
that adventurous jamaican that randomly shows up 

     I couldn't tell you how I felt about my first yoga experience. What I do recall is sitting in the corner of my mom's class playing with toy horses for the entire hour. I grew up resistant to the idea of yoga, and although I occasionally practiced growing up, I didn't catch the "yoga bug" until I left for college. 

     In my life, I've experienced alienation from myself, so I’ve kept busy to mask the feeling that I never felt like I belonged. After only a few weeks of consistently practicing the Baptiste Journey into Power sequence, I began to come to terms with understanding that belonging begins with belonging to myself. 

     The Baptiste Journey Into Power sequence changed me almost in an instant, and I had no clue it was coming. I stopped flirting with commitment when I became fully dedicated to living inspired. There have been so many challenges and long-lasting set backs since this practice grew roots in my life, and though, each time the tools I practice on my mat have guided me back stronger and eager to live. 

     Polly created something magnificent when she opened Change over ten years ago, and it has been the collective effort of her, the studios' many teachers over the years, and Change’s inspiring students who have shaped it into the special place it is today. You won't leave its doors without feeling good about yourself. Change is our home, and you are welcome here!   

     Other than yoga, my life consists of time spent in the barn, doing mountain and river things rain or shine, jamming to music live or in my car, spending time by the fire with a book or hanging in the backyard with fun and interesting people.  

     I'm a Certified Level 1 Baptiste/200 Hour Yoga Teacher having attended my first training with Baron in 2019 and a second Baptiste Teacher Course with Leandra in 2020. In the spring of 2022, I had the pleasure of participating in Brandon Sommers' empowering 200 Hour Baptiste Teacher Training with Baptiste Yoga Fort Myers. 

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