April 3-7, 2017

The Enrichment Practice: Stillness in Action

Lead Faculty: Nikki Costello & Mark McLaughlin
Location: New York City

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About This Program

The Enrichment Practice is a continuing education program developed by Nikki Costello for students committed to the study and practice of yoga. This 5-day course creates a retreat environment where students have an opportunity to explore themselves in depth through the practice of asana, pranayama and meditation. Simultaneously, Nikki skillfully threads a philosophical theme throughout the five days and facilitates a dialogue amongst participants to challenge, inspire, and provoke their understanding of yoga as a path of self-development, and transformation.

Stillness in Action

“Cultivating discernment through contemplation and stillness through meditation gives rise to a calm mind and reveals self-wisdom.” – Mark McLaughlin

In this course you will:

  • Practice the shape and basic actions in foundational asanas to move with greater freedom and ease
  • Restore your own body in sessions dedicated to inversions and supported poses
  • Learn how to set-up restorative poses for healing and self-care in your home practice
  • Experience deep relaxation with simple and effective pranayama instruction
  • Refine your sitting posture for meditation
  • Engage in a contemplative dialogue exploring the teachings of meditation
  • Identify and articulate the benefits of meditation from your personal experience, scriptural wisdom and scientific research and discovery
  • Debrief each practice session with the group to expand your knowledge by listening to the diverse and unique voice of each participant
  • Gain clarity through your own experience for sharing and teaching these practices to your students

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Dates: Monday, April 3rd – Friday, April 7th
Schedule: 8:30am-11:45pm: Study & Practice, 11:45am-1:15pm: Lunch, 1:15-5:30pm: Study & Practice
Location: Yoga Shanti, New York City, 46 West 24th Street.

Your Teachers

Nikki Costello is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT). For 23 years, her teaching has been influenced by annual trips to India including six visits to RIMYI (Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune), the study of philosophical and scriptural texts and a daily practice of meditation. In 2013,  Nikki was a contributing editor at Yoga Journal, writing the magazine’s “Basics Column” and in 2016 she was named one of the 100 Most Influential Yoga Teachers in America. Nikki is recognized as a thought leader in the global yoga community and shares her wisdom and expertise in yoga and meditation retreats around the world. When at home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, she teaches public classes at Kula Yoga and Yoga Shanti and maintains a well-established private practice in New York City, guiding individuals on all levels of their health and well-being.

Mark McLaughlin is a visiting assistant professor of South Asian religions at the College of William and Mary. He holds a PhD in South Asian religions and Sanskrit from the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition to his extensive field research and language study in India, Mark lived for six years in a monastic community both in India and in the United States where he studied meditation, yoga, and the nondual Kashmiri Śaiva and Vedāntic philosophical perspectives underpinning this tradition. He has over 20 years of meditation experience anchored in a deep and sustained engagement with nondual samādhi based meditation techniques that strongly influence and inform his approach to teaching and research. He is an American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Research Fellow, and a recipient of the Professor Raimundo Panikkar Memorial Award for academic achievement in the study of Comparative Religions in South Asia. He is a Steering Committee Member of the Institute of Pilgrimage Studies and a member of the Academic Advisory Council for the Muktabodha Indological Research Institute whose mission is to digitally preserve endangered Sanskrit texts from the religious and philosophical traditions of classical India and make them accessible for study and scholarship worldwide. He has published a number of academic articles related to Hindu sacred space and is writing a book on the development of Hindu tomb-shrines for revered gurus, known as samādhi maṅdirs.


Who are you? You are a dedicated yoga student and/or yoga teacher who seeks out opportunities to learn, appreciates the guidance of experienced teachers and enjoys the energy that is created when like minded people gather together to achieve a purpose. Upon completion, you will feel a sense of accomplishment! Additionally you will have 50 hours of Continuing Education with Yoga Alliance under The Practice by Nikki Costello.


The Early Bird rate for the course is $960 if paid in full by February 15th, 2017.  Thereafter the cost is $1200.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2017. There is a non-refundable application deposit of $100 for students who are new to The Enrichment Practice with Nikki Costello. This amount will be applied towards your tuition if your application is accepted. Please use this form to submit your application.  Note: For students who have already participated in any of The Eerichment Practice modules since January 2013, you do not have to complete a full application or pay the $100 deposit, and should instead please use this form instead to enroll in this Foundations of Excellence module, and we will get back to you regarding payment. Once you have committed to the program via paying the tuition, there are no refunds.

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