Nyamwathi is an ex-advertising Creative Writer / Creative Director turned Yoga Professional. As an Experienced Internationally Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RTY 200) with over 1,000 Hours teaching experience she has been practicing yoga for over 18 years.
She teaches in Anglophone East Africa (Nairobi, Kenya) and Francophone West Africa (Dakar, Senegal). Her styles include Intuitive Vinyasa Flow, Alignment Based Hatha, Office Yoga, Restorative Yoga & Yin Yoga.
Each of her classes incorporate a holistic approach to yoga using breathwork (pranayama), meditation, mindfulness, energy work, massage and aromatherapy.
She is also a certified KinAesthetic® and Reiki® Therapist and has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy.
Nyamwathi’s vision is to be a healer and teacher in service to others, helping transform and restore physiological and psychological wellbeing through the gift of yoga.
She works with a range of private individual clients, small, medium and large groups, businesses and corporates, designing personalized programs to help them build capacity and achieve their unique goals and objectives in the areas of physical and mental fitness and wellness.
The word Vinyasa means ‘connection’ in Sanskrit. We practice connecting each posture to our breath and connect one posture to another in a seamless 'flow'. This particular style of yoga has more cardiovascular demands on the body and requires greater breathing control, as each asana (posture) is either linked to your inhale or your exhale. In our practice we use carefully curated musical soundtracks to create depth and safe space in order to go within, explore and connect with our intuition, breath and body.
Hatha yoga allows us to delve deeply into the structural alignment, purpose and benefit of each asana (posture) chosen. We shall exploring a wide variety of postures sequenced to work on one’s muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons as well as the internal organs. Poses are held anywhere from 30 seconds to 3 minutes, allowing us to really get into a detailed understanding and mastery of the pose. Each class highlights the details of proper alignment with emphasis on the correct internal ‘feel’ of each asana, increasing body-mind control, awareness, breath, focus and muscle tone.
Yin yoga is a hybrid of a Pure Hatha practice with Traditional Chinese Medicine. The postures are designed to work with the body’s meridians and move the flow of chi (energy) releasing and clearing any energy blocks. Each seated or reclined posture is held for 2 - 7 minutes allowing for deep impact targeting the body’s connective tissue known as the fascia. Throughout the session we are tapping into the para-sympathetic nervous system, which is the access point for cell regeneration, healing and stress-release. We are also creating space to notice one’s inner self-talk, retraining negative thought patterns with more uplifting positive ones, releasing the urge to control and allowing surrender and trust.
Restorative yoga is an incredible way of helping the body and mind repair and heal. We activate the para-sympathetic system / relaxation response balancing the entire nervous system and set up the body for deep healing, growth and repair. This practice is a combination of Hatha, Iyengar and Yin yoga styles, designed to target and alleviate specific health concerns from the mind and body. These range from body injuries, chronic pain to lifestyle dis-eases such as high blood pressure, diabetes to mental dis-eases such as anxiety etc. A very gentle practice, with long passive holds, aided by props to allowing one to be in restorative asana for up to 10 minutes per posture.
OFFICE YOGA Classes
A Vinyasa-Hatha-Yin fusion specifically designed to dramatically decrease stress, create inner & outer strength, increase mental clarity, focus and efficiency, as well as alleviate the chronic aches, pains and disease symptoms that occur from a sedentary lifestyle (prolonged sitting). We focus on realigning posture, strengthening the lower back and core, while lengthening and stretching the hamstrings, calves and shoulders. We also pay special attention to lubricating the wrists, ankles and other major body joints. These classes incorporate breathwork and meditation to decrease cortisol and increase serotonin production.
CORPORATE WELLNESS Programs & Events
Bespoke workplace wellness programs designed to increase the health and productivity of employees while decreasing the cost of employer-provided health care. These Wellness programs lower health care costs, reduce absenteeism, increase focus and productivity, reduce injuries and disability-related costs, improve morale and loyalty and build mental, emotional and physical fitness. The programs cover a holistic view on equipping one with valuable tools and skills for better physical & mental health by incorporating a wide range of practices; psychology, yoga, tai chi, qi-gong and nutrition.
Individual & Group Classes
Nyamwathi is amazingly kindhearted and caring in every way which you will see wonderfully reflected in her yoga classes. I was only able to take classes for about three months but it was just the inspiration I needed to pursue my own training to become a yoga teacher. She made me feel safe and courageous to go deeper in my practice and to trust in my body.
Starting with a session to discuss your own wants and needs, the classes are adjusted to suit you and help you reach your own personal goals. Because of the private one-on-one sessions you really get the extra attention to proper and safe alignment that I don’t feel you get in a bigger class setting.
I learned so much about the benefits of different poses and, which was absolutely freeing for me, realized that every body is unique and moves in different ways. This means that stretches don’t look the same for everyone and that, in fact, some people are not able to move in certain ways. This really gave me more confidence in my own strengths and abilities as opposed to what yoga is “supposed” to look like. I can’t thank you enough, Nyam, you’re an absolute inspiration.
I always feel like I get more than what I paid for! Yoga with Nyamwathi has been transformational to my practice and to my own actualizing the benefits of yoga to my daily life (finally!). Nyamwathi is a wonderful teacher and I love how she incorporates subtle and yet powerful meditative practices to her classes that simply elevate the classes to a whole other level. I hadn't really had one on one yoga classes before Nyamwathi and I couldn't recommend her classes more! I truly feel like I am receiving more than I bargained for! Her playlists are also a lovely bonus and I am constantly looking forward to my classes with her!
Nyamwathi is an amazing yoga teacher. Her lessons are always thoughtfully put together and designed to make you feel better (every time!), whether you’re tired or anxious or restless or in need of a more physical workout. And her in-depth knowledge of different types of yoga and how the body and mind work together means she can adapt her lessons to give you just what you need. I’ve seen and felt my own improvement with every session. Thank you, Nyamwathi!
I’ve had somewhat of a love-hate relationship with yoga since I first began practicing 4 years ago. I had previously been a solo practitioner, learning through YouTube videos and making some quality progress in the process.
However and inevitably, I kept arriving at my version of the "yogis block”. My progress was always stifled by the underlying imbalances in my body that I was unable to correctly diagnose and self-prescribe treatment for. After toiling away for so long and nursing the same injuries through my day to day life, this also restricted my ability to pursue long term exercise programs due to a variety of limiting factors.
Nyam has been a revelation to my practice and has helped me surpass these plateaus and learn so much about how not only the body works, but also the mind. I finally feel free of the tension that has underlied so much of my experience of life thus far and that’s mostly thanks to her.
I found Nyamwathi by chance when my previous yoga instructor left Kenya. It was absolutely wonderful crossing paths with her as she is an excellent instructor and teacher. She works to customise her sessions for each of her clients and helps strengthening and enlivening the body to become healthier.
I have recommended Nyamwathi to many of my clients and have only heard amazing feedback. Not only does she practice and teach Hatha yoga which is truly a pure form, she is also experienced in ashtanga, vinyasa and yin yoga practices.
If you're looking for a great yoga instructor, look no further...she's right here!!
With my long days at work, this is a welcomed practice that everyone should take time to do for their own well-being. You can only love others if you love yourself.
Nyamwathi really understands the mechanics of the body and uses this understanding to design creative sequences that fit the needs of her students. Within two weeks of working with her I felt noticeable relief in my lower back and have continued to make progress since then!
She also imparts interesting and insightful bits of information and philosophy both related and unrelated to yoga.
Above all else, yoga with Nyams is fun and I look forward to every session!
The lessons are what I have been looking for, for a long time without even realizing it. I look forward to every class, and encourage all my friends to join – even the men!
Get In Touch
Nairobi +254 737 543 789
Dakar + 221 78 385 43 45
Nyamwathi's warm, yet strong voice guides you through the class making difficult asanas and self-love easy <3 Thank you for teaching at my studio and blessing the community with your light.