Ms. Nikki, Owner and Founder of Grace and Zen:
Hi! I'm Ms. Nikki. I started Grace + Zen in 2015 at the age of 27 with little guidance or experience running a business. I managed to make it work, and I have faith that you can do it too! What I did have was a ton of passion inside of me, a really great work ethic that I learned from my parents, and a supportive partner who wanted to see my vision come to life as much as I did.
Prior to opening Grace + Zen, I worked in Marketing/Public Relations in San Francisco and Orange County. I also spent a few years teaching children's dance and yoga, and managed the office at one of the studios I taught at. In 2009 I earned a Bachelor's Degree from CSU, Chico in Public Relations with a minor in Dance, and a concentrated 'theme' study in Contemporary Health Issues. During college I learned a lot about balance - I graduated in four years while holding a job at the University Box Office for three of those years, and seeing as I was at Chico State, I maintained a very active social life as well ;) It was during this time that I fell in love with yoga, while recovering from a knee injury that prevented me from dancing at my previous capabilities. Throughout my young adult life I have been faced with a number of situations that were particularly tough on me mentally and emotionally. Yoga was a constant in my life that I feel helped me tremendously in holding myself together and persevering though difficult situations. On a personal note, I am so grateful to have yoga in my life. My love for working with children came in during one college summer break where I worked as a YMCA summer camp counselor. It should also be mentioned that I grew up as a dancer and was very involved with my high school dance, cheer and pom teams as a performer and choreographer.
I feel that all of these experiences helped contribute to forming the success of Grace + Zen, and I hope that I can now share that success with other like-minded individuals.
Grace + Zen started as a brick and mortar studio in Orange County in 2015, and has since evolved into a mobile business so we can benefit more children, beyond our studio walls. Over the past five years, Grace + Zen has impacted thousands of children in Orange County, the Inland Empire, and the Bay Area through classes, camps and parties.
I am very excited to see the importance of mindfulness, yoga, and Social Emotional Learning being recognized in so many schools and society today. Parents, educators and health professionals are placing a lot of emphasis on these subjects to help create a future generation that is mentally and emotionally stronger than we are currently seeing. I enjoy learning as much as possible about these subjects as new information continues to come out on a daily basis. I truly believe in the power of movement, mindfulness, and social emotional learning for children, and the life changing benefits it can bring to them. I hope to be able to bring these benefits to children everywhere though Grace + Zen licensing opportunities.
Currently, I live in my hometown in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband Adam, who has been on the Grace + Zen ride since the beginning, our two dogs Tux + Pixie, and our newest addition Baby Bella. I love the beach, coffee, sunshine, mexican food, being active, eating healthy, and working on/learning about anything related to Grace + Zen. My role models are my mom and Beyonce. I hope to one day inspire my daughter as much as they inspire me.
Peace + Love,