From a very young age, CINCH's founder Nicole has been fascinated with movement. She started dancing at the age of three and gymnastics at the age of five. She continued studying dance and gymnastics intensively throughout her elementary and high school years. It was when Nicole moved from Southern to Northern California to attend UC Berkeley for her undergraduate degree that she discovered her love of Yoga. While attending college, she took Yoga classes to balance her busy schedule of academics, dance, and cheerleading. Nicole was definitely hooked!

After college, Nicole moved to New York to study for her MFA in Dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. This was where she truly fell in love with Yoga and Pilates. Both, Yoga and Pilates were required classes at NYU.

The summer after graduating from NYU, Nicole took her first Yoga certification at the beautiful White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California. This wonderful training piqued her interest to continue studying anatomy, Yoga, and eventually Pilates. Nicole’s next few years were dedicated to teaching Yoga and Pilates, attending Yoga workshops, finishing her STOTT Pilates certification, and completing a college anatomy class. After concluding her Pilates studies, Nicole took an additional 500-hour Yoga teacher training with Yoga Works. Nicole is so thankful for all these invaluable trainings.

For more information on the founder, please refer to www.yogapilatesnicole.com.

Philosophy of CINCH

Yoga and Pilates are two of my favorite movement modalities. I find that both Yoga and Pilates balance each other and bring calm to our busy lives. To me, Yoga moves beyond exercise and offers people a chance to connect with their more spiritual side. Yoga is about movement (asana), breath (pranayama), and union of the mind and body. I love how Yoga gives me a chance to clear my mind, relax my nervous system, and rejuvenate my body.

Related to Yoga, Pilates is a safe and informed way to strengthen one’s body. Pilates is about toning the core and extremities, in order to bring our bodies back to ideal alignment. Too often, work leaves our backs feeling tight and sensitive. In Pilates class, I give you the tools to learn how to stabilize the muscles around the lower back. This leaves your body feeling elongated, toned, and properly aligned.

CINCH Fitness fuses Pilates, Cardio, and Yoga into an efficient and revolutionary workout! Each class combines Pilates mat exercises with fun and challenging cardio intervals. Continuously alternating between strength training and cardio delivers faster toning and fitness results. Each class ends with Yoga sun salutations and a restorative savasana. Clients are left feeling lengthened, toned, and refreshed!