Hello! I'm Nicole "Naya" Calmels and I'm so happy that you've found my website! Whether you're exploring my offerings as an athlete looking to enhance performance and prevent injury or a person who is dealing with chronic pain and hoping to find a way out of it -- I've been there and I feel you! I discovered Pilates in 2006 after sustaining a debilitating back injury while working as a firefighter/paramedic. I was injured at 25 years-old, when I was in the best shape of my life. My back injury turned my whole world upside down. I saw countless doctors and physical therapists, took the pain medication they gave me and stopped doing everything that brought me joy because it was too painful to do much of anything at all. After months of chronic pain and misery, a neurosurgeon recommended that I try Pilates. Through what became a regular Pilates practice, I was able to reduce chronic pain, develop better muscle balance and learn functional movement patterns. Pilates empowered me to start healing and to start moving again! Over the many years since my injury, I've continued to deepen my knowledge and expand my practice. With great honor and passion, I share my knowledge and experience to help you find self-empowerment through movement.
As an integrative movement coach, I draw on my varied experiences as a school teacher, athlete, dancer, avid world traveler and nature enthusiast. My formal training in Pilates, yoga, Core Align and dance support my clients' health and fitness goals. As a former public educator with an M.A. in Education Administration, I recognize that a teacher shapes the experience for the student. The teacher's role is to educate the student, so that they may become proficient and self-sufficient. A coach takes that a step further to truly assess the individual's needs, recognize their strengths and weaknesses and develops a plan to support and encourage the individual to perform their very best. As your coach, I'm dedicated to helping you achieve optimal performance, deeper mind-body awareness and a healthier relationship with your body. I'm known for precise cueing, detailed attention to alignment and compassionate communication. I'm also known for being persistent (or stubborn), thorough and staying true to my beliefs. Those are the qualities that brought me to where I am today. I truly believe that movement is medicine. I'm back to doing the things that I love, but now I'm mindful about how I do them - and the work that it takes to continue being able to do the activities I love.
After practicing Pilates for three years, I completed my ITT Pilates Mat certification at Studio M in 2009, while spending several years studying under renowned movement expert Odile Zelenak. In 2018, I completed the Balanced Body Comprehensive Apparatus Instructor training and Core Align training. I also completed 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through Yandara Yoga Institute and Gokhale Method Foundations Training. In addition to my personal practice, I continue to expand my knowledge through trainings in a variety of movement and bodywork modalities:
The Resilient Neck with Irene Dowd
The Foot Workout and Understanding the Low Back through Understanding the Psoas with Kelly Kane
Pelvic Revolution: Yoga, Breath and the Female Pelvis with Leslie Howard
MELT Method Introductory workshop with Michael Feldman
Unlocking the Hip Joints to Unlock the Spine with Kuan Hui Chew and Madeline Black
"Centered" practice labs with Jean Sullivan
Neuromuscular Reprogramming Module 1 with Jocelyn Olivier
Anatomy for Health and Fitness Professionals at Life Chiropractic College
Sports Nutrition with John Hoeber
Fascia in Motion with Elizabeth Larkum
The Running Clinic - specialist training
I'm a voracious reader/learner of all things movement and a member of Pilates Anytime, an online platform for continued professional development. Contact me directly to learn how I can help meet your movement needs and to schedule a session.