At heart, I have the temperament of a mystic. I see and speak in the language of energy and feeling. Many years of study, primarily in the tradition of Yoga, but also of Buddhism and Theosophy, have provided a framework that have become the basis of not only my spiritual practice but also my life’s work as a teacher and healer.
I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved to the United States in 2004. In 2012 I spent almost a year living in the northern city of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Currently, I divide my time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Squam Lake, New Hampshire.
When people ask me how I ended up where I am, it starts with my 3 year old self asking “why I am here”. In my teens I had major leg surgery which in part inspired my fascination with the human body and my own capacities to heal via the support of different modalities. I was 20 when I had just started my adult working life, and after just a few months was involved in a major car accident. I didn't realize this at the time, but working in finance and banking was not where my soul intended me to be. I then immigrated, always feeling this “pull” that I needed to be somewhere else. I was 24 at the time and spent another 5 years figuring out what my soul intended me to be doing. It was becoming certified first as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor that really set the rest of the story in motion. After this, and more study and certifications, I left the world of finance, sold my condo and took a “life sabbatical” in Thailand. Since then, I’ve bought and closed a yoga studio, met my amazing life partner and continue to travel and study all while living from my life’s purpose.
Ultimately, within this tapestry of stories, has been the thread of self discovery. To realize, to recognize and know myself deeply - this has been and is the answer to my 3 year old self, “who am I and why am I here?”
I’ve been profoundly influenced by having a deeply devoted, almost decade long term of study with my spiritual teacher and mentor. The greatest gift I’ve received from this relationship has been reuniting with my own inner teacher. Part of my mission is to in some way do this for others, to help others on their spiritual journey return to their own inner teacher, inner wisdom and inner insight.
I believe that as multidimensional beings, the true source of joy & contentment, peace & fulfillment, resides within oneself. And the journey is through the doorway of the heart.
I am passionate about teaching and facilitating the self-remembering of others. I am only the vessel and the messenger. Healing happens from within each individual when they are ready.
My spiritual life and teaching philosophy is simple:
Every moment is an opportunity to realize the nature of your true Self. Practice kindness towards yourself and all other sentient beings. Live lightly on the Earth and in harmony with Nature.
"I began studying with Nicci in 2013, and it's no exaggeration to say that she saved my life. She's a highly intuitive, sensitive and compassionate person, and she approached me directly when she was that I was struggling internally. Her guidance, counsel, and teachings have helped me to transform my life through a broad range of contemplative and physical practices and I'm forever grateful! As an asana teacher, Nicci is patient, precise, and offers a lot of individual guidance, alignment, and advice regarding injury or emotional resistance. As a breath teacher, Nicci teaches a wide range of techniques and practices to support the mind, body and spirit. As a meditation teacher, Nicci is the most creative, profound, and skilled I've ever known. She has perfect integrity and a great sense of humor. This stuff can be hard! Thank you, Nicci, for extending yourself towards me and all your students. You are making the world a kinder, stronger, more ethical place!"
“I met Nicci at the perfect time in my life. I had been practicing yoga for many years with different teachers and in different studios but was feeling stuck. Finding Nicci and her uniquely spiritual teaching style changed my relationship with yoga forever. Learning how to meditate and find clarity in my thoughts while remaining open to all of the possibilities that mindfulness awakens has been life-changing for me."
“I have worked with countless healers over the years—osteopaths, chiropractors, physical therapists, etc. It is not over the top to say that my life changed when I began receiving Thai Massage from Nicci Goott. She is an intuitive and powerful practitioner whose skills have literally kept me going over the years."