“In The Five Tibetans, Chris Kilham offers a simple yet profound practice that promotes health and longevity, is centering, and leads to peace of mind. Chris is a jewel among men!” - Nicki Doane

“The first word that comes to mind is Wow. Nicki sets a whole new bar for yoga practice, sincerity, humor, grace. She lives yoga and radiates that spirit. A mother, a friend, funny, warm- there’s a lot to love about Nicki. She’s a big star.” - Chris Kilham

Nicki Doane
Founder & Master Yogi
Maya Yoga Studio
Master Yogi, Yoga Coach
Yoga, Teaching


Nicki Doane is a well-known yoga teacher who had a wanderlust that led her to India in 1991 to study yoga. She went to Mysore to meet Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and immediately realized she had found her teacher. Nicki started teaching in 1992. She cites Pattabhi Jois, along with Eddie Modestini, Gabriella Giubilaro, and Tim Miller among her most influential teachers. She is an authorized teacher of Ashtanga Yoga.

Although rooted in Ashtanga, Nicki's teaching goes beyond the traditional. Her vinyasa classes combine asana, pranayama, philosophy, and poetry. Nicki’s emphasis is on awareness: creating integrity within each pose that can be carried beyond the mat into daily life. Nicki teaches at yoga studios and conferences across the globe and is featured in two Ashtanga Yoga DVD’s from Gaiam Inc. and recently produced her own series of Maya Yoga DVD’s in collaboration with her husband Eddie Modestini.

Nicki lives in Sebastopol, California with Eddie. Together, Eddie and Nicki co-direct Maya Yoga Studios in both California and Maui, HI.

The Maya Yoga Teacher Training program encompasses 200 hour & 500 hour Yoga Alliance accredited programs as well as Maya Yoga Continuing Education training. In order to receive Maya Yoga Teacher Certification you must have been teaching for 2 years, complete the Maya Yoga 200 & 500 hour programs, the Maya Yoga Continuing Studies program, as well as an additional 150 hours of studies with Nicki & Eddie (1000 documented hours), all required coursework, and pass both a practical and written exam. Maya Yoga is the un-system. In these trainings you will learn the principles and techniques from many different yogic traditions in order to make you a fantastically effective yoga teacher.