If you’ve never danced freely beside a crackling fire with a small group of strangers led by Nicole Lindstrom, you may not have experienced the endless possibilities of the human mind. Once out of his cage in an uncomfortable but intimate (and sober) setting, the moment is piercing. From writing exercises to meditative breathing and that free dance move, often followed by a sound bath, Lindstrom’s practice provides liberation and realization – opening a pure path to consciousness.
“A lot of what I do is in the realm of introspection – learning about who you are, why you’re going through what you’re going through, and how to consciously move into where you’re trying to go, who you want to be,” says Lindstrom. “And a big part of what I’m trying to do is empower people to realize the power they have to create the life they want.”
Since embarking on her first yoga training program at age 22, Lindstrom has completed more than hundreds of hours of training, from cocoa travel in Guatemala to kundalini in Bali. With a master’s degree in spiritual psychology and experience teaching meditative and more physical, westernized styles of yoga at studios across the valley, Lindstrom now guides people to awareness through her online and in-person workshops, her cocoa ceremonies and retreats conducted locally and internationally.
Rather than a yoga retreat, Lindstrom describes her work as “an exploration of different things.” Mainly found by word of mouth, she conducts private and group spiritual sessions at locations across the valley, from Beyul Retreat behind Ruedi Reservoir at the Hope Barn in Carbondale to her own residence nestled in the Snowmass Mountains. . She will continue those efforts this summer, adding hiking, outdoor arts and writing incentives and all weekend
workshops in the mixture of its versatile techniques.
“There are so many offers to live here or be here – any night of the week there are so many different options to connect with your friends or things you can do,” says Lindström. “And so, I want to create a more sacred space, or time to be more intimate and vulnerable with members of the community.”
Like many local Aspenites, Lindstrom moved to the Valley on a whim and stayed there seven years later. While writing and producing events for the Wanderlust festival, she found herself working at the renowned summer yoga festival when it came to Snowmass, and that’s when Lindstrom met Lead with Love founder Gina Murdock. . In two short weeks, Lindstrom moved from Brooklyn to the Roaring Fork Valley to work with Murdock at the Aspen-based nonprofit. For three years, Lindstrom helped organize global retreats and community events aimed at bridging the gap between business and more spiritual awareness, like the Lead with Love Summit workshops at the Aspen Institute, until the pandemic strikes and Lindstrom turns to his own practices. .
Lindstrom says her job is to tap into and connect with your spirit — “having the space to activate within yourself.”
“What I love about this practice is that I guide it, but the brilliance, knowledge and truth is all yours; it is already there; you already have it. So it’s just about tapping into your own source rather than having an external source telling you, “this is the way” or “this isn’t the way,” says Lindstrom. “It’s all self-directed – all you’re going to get out of it is what you’re going through yourself.”