This week — Nicky Poole
Welcome! This is our first series on Mom-Entrepreneurs and we’re starting in the Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood of Toronto. Over the next few weeks we’ll feature eight different moms juggling growing businesses as well as motherhood, learn a little about what they’re upto.
Name: Nicky Poole
Company: Nicky Poole Yoga
NICKY ON BUSINESS
The Pitch: I have been teaching yoga for over 10 years, managing my own yoga studio in Vietnam and now in Toronto at www.889yoga.com. I teach regular yoga classes, and run the teacher training program. I also specialise in pre and post natal yoga classes, kids yoga classes and Mama and Baby yoga classes. I’m committed to making sure new parents are able to maintain their yoga practice through the challenging transitional times of pregnancy and the early parenting years.
Why she got started: It’s difficult for new parents to find time and space to maintain their committment fo their yoga practice with children. It’s also challenging to find great yoga classes for children, taught by an experienced instructor who is also a mother and really understands child development. I noticed a huge gap in the market when I was pregnant and raising my kids in terms of yoga classes. I fill that gap, and make yoga an accessible, fun, family affair!
Why her business is unique: Very few yoga studios support mothers during pregnancy, and afterwards with specific classes tailored to the needs of new parents. I am a highly experienced teacher with over a decades experience. I began the Birth, Bellies and Babies program at www.889yoga and now offer Baby Mama classes at Muse Movement Studio in Artscape Youngplace. The next session begins on March 25, contact them now to register! [email protected]
On where she wants to be in 5 years: Still teaching and studying yoga, and running retreats and teacher trainings in beautiful, natural places around the world. Oh, and living in a bamboo house in the Rice Fields of Bali with my kids attending the international Green School in Ubud.
NICKY ON MOTHERHOOD
Kids: 2 boys, 8 and 5.
Most taxing time of the week: The never ending search for original and healthy school lunch recipes, and the drama of the lunches coming home uneaten.
Thing she thought that she’d never do as a mother — that she does all the time: Pretty much all of it. I never really considered or even planned on becoming a mother!
Does she let her kids jump on the couch? My sofa is a disgusting and unsanitary place covered in stains. They do far worse things that just jump on it. I cover it with a throw when guests come over. The cushions are usually on the floor to create walls for a fort. You learn to pick your battles. This, is not one of them.
Most impressive dinner (in terms of health and ease of concoction) that her kids will actually eat: My kids inhale Kale Chips. Massage kale with lemon and olive oil. Bake in a very hot oven for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt. They’ll eat two bunches for a snack in 5 minutes. Simple, nutritious, delicious.
Best Time of the Day: The Reading Party’, I have in my eldest sons bed every night. We snuggle up, and read our own books. It’s quiet and nice. We chat about what we are reading. He teaches me a lot of cool stuff about the solar system. We also love watching the Cosmos series on Netflix on Saturday evenings.
Messy House or Neat House: I try to keep it tidy. I’ve done all the housework myself for years, but a few months ago I splashed out on a once a month cleaning lady, just for 3 hours, and she gets the floors clean and sparkling. I’m grateful. I can manage the rest. I come home and feel like I’ve had a day at the spa.
Favourite Book at the Moment: A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton + Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd
NICKY ON HER NEIGHBOURHOOD:TRINITY-BELLWOODS
Favourite Park: Trinity Bellwoods is my neighbourhood park. We sled there in Winter, and the kids go to Art in the Park every summer. I practically live there.
Restaurant that you dare take your kids to: Pho Linh on College for great Vietnamese, and Rol San on Spadina for Dim Sum. Asian restaurants are always crowded and noisy so we don’t bother anyone.
Local Special Treat: They love heading up to Smokes Poutinerie for Poutine… and we spend far too much of our pocket money at the Lucky Penny on Shaw Street. We have to walk past it to get home from school, so we are always in there.
Best Kept Secret: Feel Good Guru soup delivery soupscription.
OFFER FROM NICKY POOLE YOGA
ONE FREE baby + parent yoga class, or ONE FREE Pre-natal yoga class at 889 Yoga for the month of January. One class per person. Just mention Nicky Poole Yoga at the front desk when you check in.
Pre-Register for the next 6 week Mama Baby Yoga class at Muse Movement, Artscape Youngplace Building, 180 Shaw Street, and receive 25% off the drop in price if you mention this email. The next 6 week session starts on Wednesday 25th March. Contact Muse Movement –416-300-2657 or [email protected]
Read a Little About Other Toronto Mom Entrepreneurs in our Series.