About Nicola


Nicola Cusi

Nicola Cusi was born in Linz, Austria, January 11 1966. After university she worked in Vienna, Austria, Sweden, Paris, and France. 1995 she moved to the country in the south of France, were she lived for 7 years teaching Yoga, studying herbalism and raising her two children.

After a one year travel through North and Central America she settled on beautiful Vancouver Island were she taught Yoga in her home and at the Shawnigan Lake Community Center and practiced herbal medicine.

September 2009 she opened her studio “KaliYoga” in the heart of Shawnigan Lake, BC.
Nicola also offeres Yoga to local schools, nursing home, and health centers.


Trained as a Yoga Therapist, Yoga Instructor, Medical Herbalst, Ayurvedic Herbalist and Fitness Trainer, Nicola offers tools of Yoga that can be used by anyone - no matter what age, level of fitness, state of health. Nicola’s gift and interest is to make Yoga accessible to all different interest groups – children, teens, mums with babies, people in recovery, elderly with limited flexibility, and people looking for a serious workout or wanting to complement their sports and fitness program. In the true teaching of Hatha Yoga, as long as we breath we can do Yoga!



2019 Pilates Matwork Teacher Training with Josie McKenlay
2014 Personal Fitness Trainer certified with ISSA (Internat. Sport Science Association)
2013 "coursera" university programs, university classes in Nutrition, Disease Prevention, Exercise Physiology
2011 AcroYoga Teacher Training Montreal, level 1 & 2
2011 AcroYoga intensive with Jenny & Jonny (AcroYoga US)
2001 – 2012 
Continuous studies with Yoga teaches such a Angela Farmer and Ed Clark, Lux
April 2005 
Workshop in Thai Yoga Massage from the Saltspring Centre of Yoga
Feb. 2004 
Course on Ayurveda from the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico.
1994 - June 2001 
Graduation from the College of Phytotherapy, Hailsham, England 
with the “Diploma of Herbal Medicine” (4 year program)
May 2000 
Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Program
Oct 1993 
Yoga Teacher Program from Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
Sept 1992 
Diploma in Herbalism from “The School of Natural Healing”, Utah, US
Mai 1992 - Dec 1992 
Instutut Français, Paris, French language studies
Magister in Business Administration (MBA)
(Marketing and Systems planning) from University of Linz, Austria
Nicola speaks fluent German, English, French and moderate Spanish.