The Art of Awakening

is the path to Self-Mastery.

I close my eyes to Awaken and meet the truest version of myself. NB

Self-Mastery is available to us all.

This proven program bridges 20 years of practicing yogic sciences, intuitive healing arts, cognitive behavioral therapy, and spatial awareness through dance and movement. 

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​If you have had any of these feelings, you're probably ready to break the glass ceiling:

  • I'm ready for more, but don't know where to begin.

  • I'm want to be happy.

  • I already have a practice yoga/meditation, but still feel like there's

something that I can't get to the root of inside me.

  • I've tried talk therapy, but it doesn't always.

  • I know there's more, but I'm feeling stuck.

  • I want to heal myself.

  • I want to learn how* to believe in myself.

  • I want to love myself.

  • I need to level-up. I'm ready to level-up.

  • I need to be heard, seen, and in a nurturing environment.

  • I need motivation and have tried everything.







Be Proud...

                you've gotten this far.

I invite you to pause. Breathe. Listen to the video.

You may be familiar with these terms from a wellness or yoga class:

  • higher self

  • breath-work

  • Om

  • consciousness

  • mindful 

  • prana

  • Shiva

  • chakra

  • asana

  • pranayama

  • sutras

  • Patanjali

  • vinyasa

  • savasana

  • Yoga Nidra

  • shadow

  • Shakti

  • and many more...



But how do they apply to life outside of class?

How do I learn to respond vs. react?

This level of work, exploration, healing and transformation requires self-commitment, trust, integrity,

authenticity, humility, radical honesty, and surrender.

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Maybe you've even tried coaching, seminars, pod-casts, and Yoga Teacher Training to try to balance 

everything... make sense of it all. 

Erica Marcano, MS ATC, CSCS

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To Awaken is a Conscious Choice.

First, we must Consciously Awaken to our fullest, truest, most unapologetic self.

Then, we can embody and lead with grace on the path to Self-Mastery.


What is Conscious Awakening?

𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗰𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴  is the 𝙨𝙤𝙪𝙡 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙠 of healing. Together, we use methods, that I have personally formatted from over 20 years of studying Yoga Science, Ayurveda, Meditation, Somatic Healing, Movement, and Intuitive Healing Arts. The subtle energies of the Chakra System are the driving force for 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴.

Do I need to have a wellness practice or background?

This leadership training is available and open to all. 

Past students have had backgrounds in yoga, wellness, healing arts (reiki, massage, acupuncture).


However, it is not required. An open mind is all you need.

Whether you are a seasoned yoga practitioner or simply seeking a new way of growing personally & spiritually, this unique approach marries the essence of the yoga principles  with modern practicality in a down-to-earth way. 

What will Self-Mastery Training offer me?

- a deeper understanding of your purpose

- a more loving relationship with yourself and others

- how to apply healthy boundaries

- embodying grace through challenging times

- balancing and establishing non-negotiable self-care rituals

- you'll learn how to apply the concepts and terms, that you hear in traditional classes to your       everyday life.

- you'll create rituals for how you awaken, how you nourish, and what you're doing before you sleep,

- you'll develop a language of kindness from how you speak to yourself and how your body responds

- you'll learn to identify what areas are energetically blocked within the chakras

- you'll receive tools to truly create the life you deserve

This conscious awareness offers an invitation to delve deeper and get to the

ROOT CAUSE of your 

How will Self-Mastery help me? 

You'll learn how to transform your life through the 5 senses and beyond.

By rewiring what you have been conditioned to perceive, your personal truth will invite you to soul search. This exploration then guides you to address what it is that you truly want out of life.

You'll learn why breathing is essential to life extension + healing the physical body.

You'll learn why certain postures can trigger emotions in class.

You'll see how social media, movies, news affect the nervous system.

You'll learn how certain foods that create energetic disturbances within us.

Maybe you are able to practice "loving kindness" on the mat and in meditation,

but you have a really hard time finding compassion for someone who cut you off in traffic?


broke your heart?

lied to you?

abused you?


Maybe someone just rubs you the wrong way and you just can't seem

to figure out why


"put your finger on it?"

You will learn how to master your mind through the inward journey, so your outward reality will match.

So are you ready to face the real you?

Then let's start the journey.

You'll have plenty of support along the way.






What does my Conscious Awakening journey include:

Programming is offered as a  3 month weekly commitment, similar to a university semester course.

Many choose to embark on this journey privately in a 1-1 sessions with me, for deeper personal development, while others prefer the group setting, resembling a 200hour YTT.

This work goes very deeply, and the essence coursework's lifestyle transformation spans one year. 


Investment: 200H training


 Your investment for this program includes:

- a weekly 2 hour virtual online session over 14 weeks 

- complimentary access to all of my classes* during the 3 month training 

- self-study project of your choice (Svadyaya) 

- film-work and documentaries with in-depth discussion/assignments 

- 20% off any Healing Arts Workshop offered during the program

- in depth training manual

- 1-1 mentorship with me for 1 year

- lifetime connection to other graduates through our Kula

- sessions are held online via ZOOM and in New York City

Apply for next session:

✨Upon Acceptance to Training✨


Healing begins with intention + loving action.

Students wishing to become teachers for Nikki Baksh: the Movement Teacher Training  must first complete Conscious Awakening as a pre-requisite.

Please note: 
Private practice packages are valid and must be used within six (6) months of purchase date. 
There is a strict cancellation policy, that requires a 24-hr notice to prevent a session from being dropped from your package. 



Full payment is required prior to starting this training.
Payment plans are available* for those experiencing hardships, and incur an additional 3% processing fee per transaction.

All sales are final and non-transferable. 

By clicking, I acknowledge that I am ready to deeply commit to my growth.

"No Mud, No Lotus," Thich Nhat Hahn


I first sought out working with Nikki when I was getting together my workout schedule for the fall of 2019. As I was in the process of looking for a  new fitness studio, I also reached back out to former instructors who had influenced me and whose classes had the biggest impact on me. I recalled that Nikki's meditations at the start of yoga class and during savasana always felt relevant to my life and sometimes left me in tears. Although she didn't know me at all at that point, it often felt like she was speaking directly to me. When I googled to try and find her, I once again felt like she was speaking directly to me in the description of her Conscious Awakening program. What had begun as a search for a new yoga studio suddenly became something much bigger. While at first I was concerned that a 3 month intensive program would be cost-prohibitive, suddenly, the universe opened up to me the exact amount of money I would need. I took this as a sign and dove in. 


Nikki's thoughtfully curated programming was presented to me from a yogic perspective, as I do hope to begin a 200 hour YTT program at some point this year. As we worked through each chakra, her guided "homework" assignments helped me to open up to the work we were doing in a gentle way throughout the week, so that I could be better prepared for our more intense sessions in person. Nikki intuitively knew when to prompt me and when to hold back during our sessions, and by respecting my boundaries, she helped me work through boundaries and "non-negotiables" in other aspects of my life. She was never concerned if we veered off-topic due to what had come up in my life that week, and this fluidity really helped me feel comfortable as well. One of the other most important things she helped me to better understand was my sense of self-worth and how it related to my actions. It has taken me quite awhile to break some of the patterns I had established that I thought were valuable, but realized were no longer serving me at this point in my life. Things that seem so simple -  like saying no to unreasonable demands at work, allowing myself to take one day a week with no commitments to work or social plans, and controlling the negative self-talk constantly going on in my mind - were things I had never taken the time to think about and change before! It also was eye-opening to discuss less esoteric topics such as career, finances, relationships, family, etc with Nikki and have her validate that the things that are prioritized in Western culture, especially in NYC, are not the things that are most valuable to me, and that that's not only okay, it's a good thing!


Another aspect of Nikki's programming that I really enjoyed were the recommended readings and films. The ability to read and watch some of those on my own time really supplemented the work we did in our one-on-one sessions. In addition, I pursued learning more about the films and readings that I felt most strongly about. I joined email lists, followed new people on Instagram, and joined some Facebook community groups based on this. The end result is that it has completely changed the content I am presented with each time I scroll through social media on my phone or open my email. The reiteration of these positive, holistic concepts daily has been truly helpful in making a conscious shift. In addition, I now am notified when these authors, producers, etc have new content, and so I can continue to read articles and watch webinars that reaffirm the shifts that I am making. As Nikki's programming opened my eyes to these things, I feel like this 3 month training continues to reverberate throughout my life even though I completed the programming two months ago. 


Erica Marcano, MS ATC, CSCS

Clinical Strategic Manager | Associate Professor

Athletic Trainer | Strength & Conditioning Specialist 

Be the change you wish to see.
- Mohandas K. Gandhi -