Testimonials

Dr. Nikki is an inspiration. She is awe inspiring in how she has found her path and is following it regardless of any obstacles she may face. The personal retreat day I had with Dr. Nikki has inspired me to seek and continue on my spiritual path no matter what the obstacles. The energy that surrounds Dr. Nikki and that she abundantly shares with you fills you with a sense of love, positivity and hopefulness. She took the time and effort to get to know me, what I wanted/needed, and planned a whole day around that and me. Dr. Nikki showed a consistent flow of positive energy, even when I didn’t. She taught as well as shared everything I needed to hear to help me heal and grow. The whole day was nothing short of amazing! I can’t wait to work with Dr. Nikki again! If ever you have the chance to meet Dr. Nikki, take a class or work with her in any capacity - it will definitely be worth it. It has been a profound experience and shift for me. She restored my heart and my spirit. I cannot express my thanks deeply enough. I cannot wait to see Dr. Nikki again in her Reiki/Yoga retreat!
— Erin
Diving into the retreat was one of the most meaningful, life changing decisions I have experienced. I didn’t know what to expect so the groundwork and exercises that you had us do helped me so much! I was able to get clear with my intentions and sometimes that’s the hardest part. I learned so much from the meditations and was totally swept away at how peaceful each one made me feel. The meditations and it’s affects have stayed with me even in New York. I was inspired to deepen and continue my practice back at home. I was also inspired by the amazing yoga we did!!! It was challenging and I felt so great afterwards! The yoga was one of the favorite parts. It put my mind at ease and made me feel so strong! I loved being in the Nucleo and meeting everyone. Dr. Nikki- is such a fun, loving, funny, caring, nurturing teacher!!! I felt really comfortable at all times and love how real she was! It’s like you go on this spiritual life journey for the time you’re there and you lose all concept of time and space. She chose the most amazing places in nature to do our meditations and exercises which made it all the more magical!!! I am grateful to have chosen such a wonderful mentor to guide me on my spiritual journey. Dr. Nikki is like the sister you always wanted! You feel so protected and guided, it was incredible to feel in only 7 days.
— Maria
Instagram Testimonial for Dr. Nikki Starr by Maria C. who attended Damanhur Spritual Retreat

Instagram Testimonial for Dr. Nikki Starr by Maria C. who attended Damanhur Spritual Retreat

“Dr. Nikki, so many life changes because of your Initiation Program. I changed the way I eat, the way I love, and who is in my life. I have moved, learned to speak from the heart, and to focus on my true self.

I have learned to speak from my heart, to find and allow love in as I attract it through my energy. I have learned to feed my body organic whole foods to provide me with energy while balancing my weight for the first time in years. I have developed some very close friendships and feel surrounded by love.

People around me see the changes I have made and ask me what I have done different. All the years of working in behavioral health never prepared me for what your program did. It helped me to change multiple things at once. All my intentions have come true.

I absolutely LOVE you, you have changed my life, my health, my love, the way I live, and the way I give. I have recommended this class to so many people! I already have people wanting to sign up!”
— Faith
A session with Dr. Nikki is pure magic. I learned more about myself and the universe in one hour than what I thought was possible in an entire lifetime. If you’re open to a permanent, life changing experience, work with Dr. Nikki and spread your wings. She is powerful. It’s kind of surreal.
— Taylor, Musician
Dear Dr. Nikki, I just wanted to take the time and let you know how much I appreciate you! You are the kindest and most beautiful person inside and out that I have ever met. You taught me more than you’ll ever know. You’re an angel.
— Summer, Graduate Student
I attended Dr. Nikki’s salt room event and it was a magical experience! I’d never been to a salt room before and didn’t know what to expect and I was so happy I decided to go. Dr. Nikki performed energy healing and the salt aided in this healing. It was very relaxing and a nice way to be removed from the hustle and bustle of life and focus on myself. I left the event feeling lighter and more relaxed. I will definitely be doing that again.

Any event with Dr. Nikki is sure to be an amazing one, filled with love and life. Whenever Dr. Nikki is in New York I sign up for an event because they are wonderful and so fulfilling. Thank you Dr. Nikki!! Thank you so much for always being available and open and so loving, it makes all the difference in the world! You are such a kind soul.
— Kristine
Being in Dr. Nikki’s presence automatically puts me into a calm and relaxed state of mind. The guided meditation in combination with the salt did wonders lowering my stress level and helping me ground and center. I’ll be back for the next one.
— Marina
Wow, Thank you for the salt room experience. I honestly feel like i died and came back to life. I feel like a new person but like myself. Super powerful thank you.
— Stephalie
This Initiation Course™ with Dr. Nikki was amazing.

The course exceeded my expectations. With yoga, meditation, healthier food work sheet, and inspirational real face time sessions with Dr. Nikki and others who were taking the course, it changed my life for the better. I have had years of therapy and counselors, this course helped me move on from a painful dark place. And made me more aware of a healthier, happier and now thinner me.

Listening to Nikki speak, and her contagious laughter, she not only made you feel informed and confident, she made you feel there was nothing I couldn’t do. I also liked how the worksheets helped me look deep inside of me to be able to unravel and define what was causing me to be in such a negative place.

YES! I would recommend The Initiation Course™. It help me move past all my pain that was also affecting my health. This was something I had not been able to do for over 10 yrs and many therapists.

P.S. I finally got a new job...
— Soni
I just wanted to thank you again for those classes. You are such an inspiration and I felt like you came as a blessing in disguise to me at a much needed time. You really helped me realize not to let this disease conquer me and that I can get better physically and mentally. I felt like myself again during the classes, like nothing could stop me. You inspire me to become my true self and Gia and I said how much love and optimism we felt from you. You are a very kind soul and I am so happy to have met you !
— Cristen

"Nikki is a brilliantly dynamic and connected soul. Her presence gives you a sense of comfort, care, warmth and deep compassion. You feel her heart connect to yours as a sense of pure love comes over you. She projects a commitment to truth and connection which helps to ignite that commitment in yourself. In this space insights come through clearly and in inspiration. She acts as this perfect blend of grounded Intuitive wisdom and brilliant butterfly airiness. Nikki is a brilliant anchor and beacon of light to help you on your journey; beautifully delivering you insights of her own while encouraging the sourcing of your clarity. Thank you for your continued commitment to my growth, my journey and my path. You are a gem."

–Krisztina, Body Worker, Mother & Healer

Andrew, Insurance Advisor, Vancouver

Maria, Psychotherapist, NYC

Getting away and having a moment to breathe and forget about the everyday was exactly what I needed to clear my mind and get inspired. This was my second retreat with Dr. Nikki. She is a great teacher, she really practices what she teaches. She is kind, warm hearted and really cares about everyone on the retreat. It’s a beautiful experience to share and connect with others.

The retreat taught me how to be focused in my mind, how to eat healthy meals, and improved my yoga abilities. This retreat put me back on track and focused to live a healthier life. Dr Nikki inspired me to live a healthy lifestyle and to lead by example. It was an overall outstanding experience on all levels.
— Vito G.
I will remember tulum for years to come, and wanted to take the time to say thank you again. I have much to reflect upon and put into practice, and like I told Serrina, I feel like I will hear your guiding voice in my head when trying to make tough decisions
— Kayla W.
Dr. Nikki’s retreats are about transformation, so be ready for things to move. They did for me! This was the first retreat I have ever been on where the host takes the journey with you, and that is what makes Dr. Nikki different. She joins your transformation with her own. Everyone’s energy is moving and you can’t help but feel the love and vulnerability. It will be unlike any other retreat you can experience.
— Jeffrey, 58, Founder of Nutripy

Yesim, Professor at Emory University, Atlanta

Cherish, Songwriter, Los Angeles

I attended Dr. Nikki’s Spirit Retreat in Tulum this November and had a profound Rejuvenation and Peacefulness experience.
I been practicing yoga for the past 2 years and was looking to go back to my regular ashtanga practice by attending a retreat that will motivate me and inspire me after a very difficult year in my life. Thankfully, Nikki not only lived up to but surpassed expectations in every way. There were 4 additional people in my group and I can honestly say everyone expressed the deepest gratitude for having landed there.
Nikki is one of the most inspiring people I met in my life, she is truly a beautiful soul! You can really sense the amazing energy that surrounds her, you can see the light in her eyes and how genuine she is and passionate about what she does.

This retreat allowed me to open to spaces in me I didn’t know existed and I was able to regain my inner power and light that I lost this year. This retreat is a place where everyone is not only welcome but encouraged to come with all of who they are and Nikki was really amazing at providing us with unconditional love, joy and growth opportunity.

Nikki combined the spiritual practice with practical, offering tools through the union of mind, body, spirit and heart to become a better person in this world thwarts yourself and others.
Nikki is very knowledgeable when it comes to yoga practice, nutrition and healthy lifestyle and she is spreading that knowledge in the world with so much love. I left the week inspired, uplifted and ready to conquer the world and make it a better place! Thank you for your teaching, exercises of the mind, challenging yoga poses and inspiration for me to keep on studying about the wonderful world of yoga, spirituality and mind and body connection!
— Liz Lvovski

Jen C., 28, Finance


I attended Dr. Nikki's mind, body and spirit retreat in Ojai and I was just blown away by the experience that Dr. Nikki provided for us. She is really passionate about what she does and genuinely wants to help people live healthier more fulfilling lives. She provides a safe space where you could come and be yourself without any judgment. It doesn't matter what your age is, physical ability, background, If you are shy or very social. She accepts and loves everyone for who they are and makes them feel comfortable. She goes above and beyond to provide the best overall experience for her clients. The Ojai Foundation where most of the retreat took place was absolutely beautiful. It was there where I witnessed one of the most beautiful sunsets and had some great experiences that had an immediate effect on my life. On the last day Dr. Nikki took us to another beautiful location where I continued to connect with nature and with other people. It was hard to leave. After those three days I felt reborn and re-energized. I'm grateful that there is someone out there like Dr. Nikki. I highly, highly recommend everyone to attend one of her retreats so that they could experience what I experienced. –Javier, 35

Dear Dr Nikki,

The three days at the Ojai Foundation were exactly what I needed. I thank you and my fellow retreatants for the deep sharing and support we gave each other as we processed some very important and vulnerable inner stuff! I come away peaceful and yet very focused and purposeful on changing my life to one of self meaning and growth. I see the way forward clearly. And those that I thought might want to block such change are instead encouraging me and congratulating me on taking this time away to heal and refocus.

I have experienced healing. I am peaceful my body now craves the movement and challenge of yoga. I hunger to mediate in the morning. I so enjoyed the wonderful wholesome healthy and delicious food we were served at the retreat and the fun in sharing in the preparing of a couple of those meals that I am committed to changing the foods that go in my mouth.

There were symptoms of changes in health that were concerning me and while I will connect with my doctor ASAP, I noticed the reversal of those symptoms just from the change in lifestyle. I am committed to caring for my body mind and soul to heal myself and grow beyond the absence of illness to true vitality! I am going to feed myself, move myself, and go inside to see myself!

Thank you Dr. Nikki, this retreat was wonderful and I would love to join a future retreat.
Peace
— Brian, 60, Occupational Therapist
Thank you very much for your insight and great suggestions. I appreciate your help immensely. I especially appreciate you and your genuine quest to heal. You truly are an amazing woman and human being. I very much appreciate meeting you as you’ve touched me in the few hours I spent with you.
I will heed your advice and look forward to seeing you again.
— Sylvia

Jason R., 27, Salesman


This was a much needed get-away!
The surroundings were amazing. The Ojai Foundation is a very beautiful place.The food was all organic, healthy and plant-based and was very good and a nice change for me. I enjoyed very much all the activities, yoga, art projects and I loved, loved the sharing circle with the cards. They were inspiring for me. Sharing space with each other individually, and recognizing the beauty and gifts of the other, while receiving positivity and celebrating our own unique gifts! Who knew I was such a funny girl! Thanks!Keep up your excellent and inspiring work Dr. Nikki! –Diane, 61

“Dr. Nikki Starr truly is a love ambassador! In the Adventures In Intimacy workshop I had an exhilarating and blissful evening connecting with my new friends as we turned on each others’ oxytocin systems at full blast. I learned a lot about myself and others as we ventured into new territory of acceptance, belonging, creativity, and fun. Nikki is a beautiful inspiration and a skillful guide.”
— Martin S.
I have been reading your blog and I have to say it has helped a lot. I have lost 45 lbs in 4 months! Thank you!
— Christie
Dear Dr. Nikki,

I attended your Yoga and Meditation workshop at Revolution Yoga today and loved every minute of it!! Your voice is so soothing and you were easy to follow during both the meditation and yoga sessions. You are a great teacher and immediately made me feel comfortable. I loved how you incorporated and spoke about the chakras during the yoga session.
I left feeling so relaxed and in a blissful state. It shows you love what you do and encourage your students to love yoga as well. I can’t wait to attend another one of your workshops! I hope you’ll be in New York again soon!

Thank you again
— Kristine Lopez
The workshop with Dr. Nikki Noce was amazing. Most of my aches and pains have disappeared. My energy level is up. I am experiencing a sense of overall well being. All this from a one-day workshop. I can’t wait to see what will happen to me after her next workshop. Dr. Nikki, in my opinion, will become one of the most influential doctors in the field of healing. She has already made a positive difference in my life.
— Mathew, Personal Trainer
Hi Nikki,

I just wanted to say thank you again for being a part of the event last weekend. You are a beautiful person inside and out and your talk was incredible.

I listen to a lot of talks and most people aren’t very good speakers, but the things you said felt like they were coming from a really deep place...like collective unconscious kind of deep.

I feel so blessed to have been connected to you in the final moments of putting everything together, definitely meant to happen.

You rock sista!
— Jeff Bausemer, Creator of East Meets West Medicine Fest
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I admit that I was once a Utopia(on Fox) livestream watcher. While watching I saw a kindred spirit in Nikki. I was bummed when I didn’t get a chance to head up to the Utopia land before the show was canceled. She mentioned that she would continue Goddess Circle after Utopia ended. I am so pleased that I reached out via social media.

As a seasoned circle facilitator, I am grateful for the space Nikki’s circle has offered me to relax and grow in a nurturing circle. It has been a long search to find a women’s circle I could be a participant in, not lead. I trust her to guide the journey.

Nikki creates a warm, loving, inspiring and self affirming space for women to connect and support eachother on our journeys. Thank you! Thank you!

Sister in Spirit,
— Tatyanna M. Wilkinson

After being diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, I decided to surround myself with like-minded individuals who shared my passion for healing. I instantly connected with Dr. Nikki and Bhavani. Their joy, laugher and love of community brought together by sustainable local organic food was infectious. I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day deepening my yoga practice, meditating and preparing an amazing farm-to-table meal to share with new friends. I can't wait to do it again!

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–Jillian Burne, CHC NTC FDN author of Hashimoto's & You Cookbook

"Dr. Nikki's Farm-to-Table Retreat was amazing and so relaxing. It was so great to get out of the city and meditate and eat from the land. I was so impressed by the energy of the people I met. I left feeling energized and inspired! I highly recommend!"

–Courtney Spritzer, 29, Co-Founder of SocialFly

As we explore our passions in life, be it running or weightlifting or poetry or music, we naturally get to a point of plateau. Our approach, even though it got us to as specific proficiency, no longer provides a means of progression. I hit that point with distance running. I was racing over eighteen marathons each year and adhered to a strict daily running regime on non-race days. The literature available made the simple point that to become a better runner, one must run more. 

Frustrated and perpetually fatigued, I explored a different approach. A friend had suggested that I look into yoga; that it would help balance the specific muscle-group focus of running. Somewhat skeptical, I researched yoga instruction online. I came across Dr. Nikki Noce and was immediately impressed by her unique understanding of the needs of the endurance athlete. She tailored her instruction to encourage stretching and strength building, particularly of muscles generally not effected by daily running. She also provided pre- and post-race stretches, helping my body better adapt to the unique stresses of a 100 miles per week running regimen. 

The results were amazing. Upon integrating yoga with running, I have started to experience incredible gains. I beat my marathon PR by over 10 minutes, was able to run two, 100 mile ultra-marathons in a single month and won, overall, my first 100k ultra-marathon. Dr. Nikki’s unique ability to customize yoga to address an individual’s needs is nothing short of remarkable. If you have reached the limits of your goal or are looking to define a new one, I highly recommend reaching out to Dr. Nikki. 

–Matthew Maday, Ultra Runner IG @dreamsBeyondReality


Dr Nikki’s lessons are a soothing blend of the dymanic mental, physical and spiritual aspects of a yoga practice than engages the entire person. The classes are engulfed by positive ethos, fostering a sense of well-being and tranquility. I would wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend her to students at every level.
— Alex, Lawyer
Dr Nikki, you inspire me. You are someone who both exudes and attracts such positive energy. You have a beautiful spirit and it shines.
— Ada, Financial Advisor
I am so thankful for you and your light that shines so bright! It is truly an honor to know you Dr. Nikki.
— Vivian, Healer
I really enjoyed Nikki’s workshop on intimacy! Even though I have participated in similar circles, this one stood out to me as unique and one of a kind. Giving and receiving touch is important! And the conversation around it is equally crucial to get right in order for us to advance as a species. I would love to see Nikki’s content spread and become a staple of modern culture. Her work has the potential to elevate our collective consciousness and do so in a playful and genuine way.
— DANI
Dr. Nikki Starr truly is a love ambassador! In the Adventures In Intimacy workshop I had an exhilarating and blissful evening connecting with my new friends as we turned on each others’ oxytocin systems at full blast. I learned a lot about myself and others as we ventured into new territory of acceptance, belonging, creativity, and fun. Nikki is a beautiful inspiration and a skillful guide.
— MARTIN S
I had the recent pleasure of experiencing Leah and Dr. Nikki’s Intimacy workshop. I’m so happy I went! Being a single male, I was a little worried leading up to the workshop that maybe I wouldn’t fit in or that perhaps it was more geared to couples...Well that wasn’t the case at all. It’s a great workshop for singles and couples alike.

Leah and Dr. Nikki made me feel so comfortable from the onset. Their exercises were really fun and playful and left me feeling the love! I stepped out of my comfort zone and gained real insight into how to have a deeper level of communication with both strangers and loved ones. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to have a fun heart opening experience.
— TONY
Your workshop was powerful. It was yet another reminder for me that intimacy is home and all that “other stuff” is foreign. I felt safe, invigorated, nourished and loved. Thank you for creating a safe space for deep expression and connection!
— JAMIE
Truly a magical, juicy and satisfying experience. Nikki and Leah skillfully make exploring your edges a smooth and transformational ride.
— IVY JOEVA
Nikki and Leah have created a ‘playshop’ space to explore deep and sometimes uncomfortable levels of intimacy, connection and love that most of us only scratch the surface of in our daily lives and relationships. I found myself gently nudged out of my comfort-zone and experienced a profound learning that aloud me to let down my guard and really open with other human beings. Because they are also so involved in the practices, the experience and learning that takes place is meaningful in ways that stay with you as you head out into your world.
— BOB
We are all human. We all ache to connect; to be seen—and yet, we are the first to put up barriers between ourselves and others. So we hide in our cocoons suffering, aching, hiding. And yet, still pining for the same things. In this safe space, we got to abandon those barriers with people committed to give and receive fully and lovingly. Abandoning layer after layer, receiving the love we deserve, and giving the gift of our love that we are so eager to share. We watched it multiply. Amplify. Explode. Release. Dance. Smile. Cry. Laugh. Be—In the arms of each other. It’s where we belong, but have forgotten. And we think it’s conditional, but it isn’t. We think it should come from someone in particular—it doesn’t. It comes from ourselves. Everyone. Like magnets that don’t discriminate between shape and color, they just connect. This experience made normal the state of spirit, and made strange the disassociation we see often as we walk past strangers. It is rare, and a gift, and something worth cultivating. The magic of love and intimacy is potent. It leaves a delicious taste in my mouth; a delicious feel in my body. I want to spread it like butter across the earth.

I am a mother of 3 kids, a 7 year old autistic son, 5 year old daughter, nearly 2 year old little guy. It is so important that I take some time out of my seemingly never-ending identity as a mother and connect with everything else about me that makes me, me... And come alive. And bring that essence; joy back to my family, friends, and even hold on to some of it for myself. Get a sitter. It’s so worth it.

I am also going through divorce and for real dating for the first time after 12 years. The first thing I realized in my attempt to heal after divorce is: I come first. And how does that look? I am th best mother, lover, sister, bff, and goddess for myself. So be that. Nurture that. Depend on that. Depend on me. I am resilient and powerful and it is an honor to have me in my life. Next, only spend my love and energy on nurturing relationships and situations. Third, get comfortable again with sharing myself with another. It’s ok to. It’s safe to. It’s beautiful to. Therefrom, many amazing things have cultivated in my life. This intimacy “play” shop was a perfect venue for me to continue and encourage this healing process. Not just expand in new ways, but to put my beliefs and feelings into practice... To actually have the opportunity to let go with others; give myself permission to be me. Totally. And see what that looks like.

As an artist and a healer, watching everyone else unfold and express during this play time was BEAUTIFUL. To see others staring lovingly into another’s eyes... To see people cry, Laugh, dance, explore, grow... I felt like what God or Source must feel when gazing upon humans living in their love. It is... Explosive. I never want to look away, and yet, as I did, there was more to see and take in and feel. His whole night was gift after gift after gift. Beautifully orchestrated. Essential for where we are as people... Everyone needs this healing, perspective, and love.
— Nikki Elias
My husband and I could not be happier to have been introduced to yoga through Dr Nikki. Sessions with Nikki are fun yet challenging, and we especially appreciate her attention to detail when it comes to adjusting the body precisely for each pose. She is so knowledgeable - not only about yoga but also about holistic health- and it’s ultimately inspiring to practice under her guidance. Neither my husband nor I had ever taken a yoga class before meeting with Nikki for privates, but we have instantly become hooked. Simply put, Nikki is the best!
— Aliza, Artist
Dr Nikki –
You are awesome! I had never done Yoga before and after one of your sessions, I loved it! Thanks for being so patient and understanding of my beginner level. I would totally recommend you to anyone. Your positive energy and outlook on life is inspiring. I look forward to creating a healthier lifestyle from your coaching.
— Mike, VP in Finance
Hi Nikki!

It was such a pleasure to meet you! I feel like I met a soul sister for sure! I instantly resonated with your energy. Thank you for holding such a beautiful loving open-hearted space for people to connect. I was a little nervous about going to the Intimacy workshop especially solo, but it was exactly what I was looking for- an opportunity to connect with others from a heart centered place in a way that was fun, joyful, heart- warming and expansive. You have such an effortlessly genuine love full presence that creates a safe space that’s very welcoming. I wish you weren’t going back to Italy- if the intimacy workshop was here all the time, I’d seriously go every week. With so many of us feeling isolated, overworked and in our heads, it’s such a vital practice to be present for ourselves and be able to connect with others. Human connection is so needed in the world, especially to allow ourselves to embrace others, fully hold and also be held. When I left the workshop I was amazed at how at ease and softened I felt in my body. Truly a heart expanding transformative experience! Thank you!
— LAUREN A.
I attended the Adventures in Intimacy with Dr Nikki Noce in New York. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I got there and met a few people and then the adventure began. When Nikki Starr speaks you immediately feel comfortable. Her soft voice speaking to you, she looks you in the eyes, she smiles and you almost feel like she is only speaking to you. As the adventure moves on it seems strange because you are face to face with a stranger and you are almost uncomfortable but then all of sudden you feel close to that person. You are staring into their eye you are hugging then you sit and you are talking to them and then you are listening, you start to massage and dance with someone you barely know but it’s comfortable. I learned some things I didn’t know about myself and about a few strangers, but by the time we left each other we weren’t strangers anymore. The awkward hello turned into a big hug and “it was so nice meeting you”.
Whenever Nikki Starr is in New York I always try to take the time to attend a seminar or yoga and meditation class. I always leave there with such an amazing feeling and so relaxed. Last night was no different, my heart and soul felt renewed. I can’t wait until the next time.
— OPHELIA R.
Leah’s and Nikki’s Playshop provided a safe container to explore deep, spiritual intimacy and non-sexual knowing in the company of strangers, whether participating as a couple or a single. Exercises were geared towards being bodily present in the moment with no regard to gender or orientation, allowing giving and receiving on a human level rarely touched upon by spiritual workshops. Whether you are intimately familiar with the concept of embodiment or yearning to experience it, you will serve yourself well by allowing Leah and Nikki to safely guide you along.
— EDWARD
Wow!!!!
What a lovely experience to be a part of
Was really soul and eye opening
Greatly appreciated.
— NATHAN
This testimony comes a week after the Adventures In Intimacy Workshop. Over a year ago I had attended a Goddess Circle with Dr. Nikki. I remember the eye contact exercise causing me to be triggered, at which point I started sobbing. The feelings of emotions from an abusive childhood were overwhelming. I had been working in the human service filed for 12 years, yet I could not look at myself for who I was, let alone appreciate or love myself. Dr. Nikki was very understanding and allowed me to rest while the other Goddesses participated.I knew at that moment I needed to truly open my eyes, not to see others, but to see myself, flaws and all.

After taking Dr. Nikki’s Initiation Course to help with this process, I began to feel confident, strong, and aware of my flaws. At the Adventures In Intimacy Workshop I was able to look in the eyes of three other strangers and smile. I felt a wave of empathy and love being sent from my being, outward. The three strangers I saw as having been hurt, lost, and sad. I saw tears falling. I also knew the things that I saw in them, was also a refection of my own soul. When we learn to love ourselves for all our vulnerabilities, past mistakes, flaws, and imperfections, it is than that we can open our eyes and truly see into another persons soul and heart. I can listen without hearing words. I can hug and feel a connection. I can give love, but most importantly I can receive love. This is a beautiful gift.
— FAITH
This Initiation Course™ with Dr. Nikki was amazing.

The course exceeded my expectations. With yoga, meditation, healthier food work sheet, and inspirational real face time sessions with Dr. Nikki and others who were taking the course, it changed my life for the better. I have had years of therapy and counselors, this course helped me move on from a painful dark place. And made me more aware of a healthier, happier and now thinner me.

Listening to Nikki speak, and her contagious laughter, she not only made you feel informed and confident, she made you feel there was nothing I couldn’t do. I also liked how the worksheets helped me look deep inside of me to be able to unravel and define what was causing me to be in such a negative place.

YES! I would recommend The Initiation Course™. It help me move past all my pain that was also affecting my health. This was something I had not been able to do for over 10 yrs and many therapists.

P.S. I finally got a new job...
— Soni C. 52, Myrtle Beach
Yoga with Dr. Nikki on the beach during sunset was pretty magical. I’m a rookie, so it was nice to have such a great, personal instruction, and I can’t imagine a better experience elsewhere. A++
— Brandon
Thank you Dr. Nikki! I had an amazing experience. I went in with a completely open mind and really enjoyed taking time to breath and meditate! Looking forward to more yoga!
— Laura, Medical Doctor
Dr Nikki—you are a very positive and happy person and I am always around stressed out people who are not so happy so my time with you is one of the best parts of my day—you are also the right kind of teacher for me, which is encouraging rather than scolding!
— Jim, Lawyer
From the moment I arrived, Nikki you provided such a loving & welcoming embrace. Thank you.

The session for me, was trans-formative in so many positive ways. There was so much loving energy and I knew this would be one of those things that would have a ripple of positive side effects days after the session. I still feel as great/loving as I felt yesterday and will carry the feeling & message for a long time. This can’t be undone & can’t be forgotten.

From the meditation to the connecting/intimacy parts of the program, it was all very engaging, very enriching and very enlightening. I was put in a place where these actions would totally feel uncomfortable but all of that went away withing seconds as you ladies provided such a safe space & gentle guidance. It was so easy & had a perfect flow. Thank you.

Connecting with the other people in the ways in which we connected felt so natural. It felt as though this is how we are supposed to connect or perhaps we are all longing for this type of connection/communication. Either way, the transfer of energy between these people i’ve never met before, was beautiful and I loved every minute of it.
— ELISA
Dr Nikki Starr and Leah created a beautiful space fostering the magic of human connection. It’s wonderful to interact with strangers as brothers and sisters of a great family, the class nurtures the tools to carry this feeling into the world at large. Much love to Dr Nikki and Leah!
— REZA
I had the pleasure of attending Nikki Starr’s Adventures in Intimacy playshop over the weekend. My partner and I attended as a couple, but many singles, male and female were in attendance, as well as another couple or 2. I highly recomend it for anyone; female/male, couple/single etc..., whether you feel you have a good grasp of intimacy or you have much work to do in this area. The experience moved well, enviroment was very comforting, and allowed us to open up in many ways. Definitely worth exploring alone, in a relationship, or with a friend. I’m grateful for the opportunity to experience such a magical meditation in connection.
— JUSTIN
Such an amazing workshop. Highly recommended for couple and singles. We learned a few new practices we will be using at home for sure! 🏻 also connected with a handful of beautiful souls and made fantastic connections that will last outside of the class.
— BRANDON FULLER
Humans at their basic levels are intimate. This adventure allows humans to retreat through life’s distractions to a basic level of senses, renewing their sense of intimacy.
— MICHAEL

"Thank you, Nikki!! This course was amazing, and I’m so grateful for it! It also really set me off on my spiritual journey, so thank you!! I’m so much happier now, in so many different aspects.

It’s truly changed my whole perspective on life. I learned to view life through a completely different lens – one of gratitude. One of the biggest things this course has taught me is to act in spite of fear.

There was so much information – from nutrition to how to better connect with nature – all incredibly helpful.

My goals have changed a lot since going through this course. The things that I wanted to work out are either a.) No longer an issue for me or b.) I learned how to look at them through a different lens from this course!

Everyone should take this course. Even if you’re already happy and feel like life is great – there’s something in this course for you. "

–Atthena

Update: 

Since taking the Course Atthena quit her job to follow her heart. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training and has been traveling the world. She recently opened a Yoga studio in NYC. During our last email exchange she was in India and wrote, "As I'm rapidly evolving and exploring this new path, my calling seems to be pulling me towards bhakti yoga and that's where my heart wants me to focus on at this time. You are doing such amazing things, and I am continuously so excited and so proud of you for all that you are doing.

Dr. Nikki, so many life changes because of your program. I changed the way I eat, the way I love, and who is in my life. I have moved, learned to speak from the heart, and to focus on my true self.

I have learned to speak from my heart, to find and allow love in as I attract it through my energy. I have learned to feed my body organic whole foods to provide me with energy while balancing my weight for the first time in years. I have developed some very close friendships and feel surrounded by love.

People around me see the changes I have made and ask me what I have done different. All the years of working in behavioral health never prepared me for what your program did. It helped me to change multiple things at once. All my intentions have come true.

I absolutely LOVE you, you have changed my life, my health, my love, the way I live, and the way I give. I have recommended this class to so many people! I already have people wanting to sign up!
— Faith

Since The Initiation Course™, I am excited about everything because I am more positive, and I’m just more grateful about everything I have.
I rate this course a 10, it’s a great life course for your mind, body, and soul. By the 3rd week (if not sooner) you’ll start seeing a significant result, if you put in the work.
I have really implemented the positive thinking, nutrition, and gratitude. Life has been calm, my anxiety has gone away, I’m no longer tired and bloated. I have completely changed my eating habits. I’m now dairy and gluten free, and everything I eat is organic, antibiotic free, and preservative free as well.
— Krista, 32, New York
 
The Initiation Course™ has increased my mental and physical energy and has helped me establish a regular yoga practice. I also signed up for Kundalini Yoga teacher training. I am more excited and inspired about life since taking this course. I have more energy so I can do more and I feel much happier because of this.

My favorite things about the course are your love, support and wisdom. And the goal setting and action steps, they really helped to set me in motion. I’ve told my friends about the course!

Thank you Nikki! I definitely feel I am in a better place in my life with mental and physical energy/health and better situated to achieve more of my goals because of your support!
— Alex A.

The Initiation Course™ has changed my life in so many ways. I’ve learned to be more appreciative and patient, and I’ve learned to be more mindful about how I treat myself, my body and the world around me. I’ve become more mindful about the toxins around me and chosen to live a more healthy and chemical-free life.
I feel more open to the possibilities that life has to offer. The course is a form of group life coaching, with information on goal setting, emotional and physical wellbeing, nutrition and living holistically.
Everything has been helpful, and everything came in an order that was very timely. It seemed like you knew what I needed to hear in that moment.
I’ve been using yoga to help me sleep better at night, and meditation has helped me emotionally. I think the most beneficial has been the nutrition stuff, I have lost about 35 pounds so far.
— Jenna 43, Tulsa OK
The Initiation Course™ allowed me to truly start what I always wanted to do in life and to not settle. I started a new business.

Dr Nikki Noce, is a true role model; an image full of passion and a vibrant individual. I loved taking this course after a devastating tragedy happened to me in my life. I think it’s meant to be that our paths crossed. Her sincere, genuine and true well-being of each students was felt and truly appreciated. I wish there would be many, Dr Nikki Noces on earth. A true impact and inspiration for any person. I loved this course and have recommended it to all my friends and family-even abroad.
— Yesim O. 40, Atlanta, GA Yozbarlas@hotmail.com
My favorite part of The Initiation Course™ was Week Two. I enjoyed learning about the spiritual laws, and in particular the Law of Compassion. This caused me to restore my relationship with my biological mother. Of all I gained from the course, re-establishing a relationship with my mother is one of the greatest gifts given to me.
For the person who does not have any metaphysical or spiritual knowledge, the course is a great start to learning the principles. This course will equip you to be a better, happier you. For the person who has metaphysical or spiritual knowledge, it is a perfect enrichment and supplement for one’s continued growth.
The course has caused me to pay attention to the little things. While grocery shopping, I now read labels. Something that surprised me was finding out that the majority of the name brand soups have high fructose corn syrup as one of its ingredients. Knowing this I purchase different, healthier soups now.
Dr. Nikki and I spoke about my finances. I shared with her that I have been saving for emergencies. Dr. Nikki stated something that revolutionized my way of thinking about savings. I now save for my dreams, instead of emergencies. With this, my savings is flourishing and continues to do so.
— Aaron, 32 Corpus Christi, NM
 

"The Initiation Course™ has taught me to look at the glass half full instead of half empty. In remaining with a positive state of mind regarding my life, I will continue to channel better, greater opportunities that will eventually fill my glass to the top.  In achieving this level of peace and accomplishment, I will feel wholeheartedly complete in all areas of my life.

The course has given me an amazing sense of clarity and perspective on the direction I want my life to head towards; and how to get there. It has made me much more aware of the foods entering my body, the products I use on my skin, and just my overall view/perspective on everyday living. The course has given me a foundation to leading/living a positive lifestyle.

I was excited to try the foods on the list given for better health to the 25 Spiritual Laws, as well as the new breathing and relaxation techniques which were provided.  Incorporating these practices leaves me rejuvenated and strong, mentally and emotionally.

I have ALREADY recommended the course to friends, once I read the email which stated this will be done 2x a year. I rate this course a 10!! I have told them what the course was about, what it has done for me and how inspirational it is. Also, how cool it is to work with so many different people from all over.

The only thing I would want to change is the length of the course. Although 6 weeks is a good amount of time, I wish it was a bit longer. The inspiration which comes from the weekly calls and documentation, just makes me wish it wasn’t over so soon. 

- Naomi


"Here is my story, my testimony of what I learned in The 6 week Initiation Course™ and how it has changed my life: Great material, great video and explanation helped so much. I am such a hands on type of learner and not only was I able to follow along, I felt like I was sitting in the same room with Dr. Nikki. The material at my disposal whenever I forget something or get distracted is so nice to have. 

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The first weeks worksheet really helped me to realize where I was, how I got there and where I wanted to go from here on out. It took a lot of tears to admit just what really went wrong. Then it gave me hope. 
Week two gave me perception to see my life from a different view. I started believing I just might have a purpose in life after all. I can honestly say this is when I realized there was a different window for me to see out of rather than my bedroom where I watched the world go by for so many years. 
Week three was something I didn't realize I needed until I started practicing. Little did I know there was so much to breathing, meditation & relaxation. Now when I am doing all three together and correctly, I seem to have an out of body experience. 
Week four was something I felt I was really ready for. Boy was I wrong. When I first started yoga, I felt completely out of my league. I was overweight & lazy, but the three previous weeks is what kept me going. I can honestly say, I never ever thought I was ever going to be able to balance on one foot. Now I do it with ease. The material provided gives me so many choices to do as little or as much as I can handle that day. 
Week five was and is the hardest week for me. I have always been a horrible eater and have never really enjoyed green food, yet alone anything healthy. There is so much information in week 5. I have so many choices. I am a long way from eating healthy but I am on my way, I have choices and if I don't become a green eating, hummus loving vegan, it's ok. I know I am feeling healthier than I have in a long long time. 

Wow, week six. I was so afraid to get to this last week. Even with all the wonderful material I have tried so hard to empower my mind, soul and body, I was afraid I would put the material on the shelf and slowly fall back in to my dark safe place... My bedroom. I can happily say, I am doing great. Am I perfect? No! Will I ever be? I used to say no one is perfect. Now I ask myself, what is perfect? Perfect is knowing you have done the best you could do. You gave it your all. You will do it again and again and each time you do, it will be better than the last time. But if one day isn't the best, that's ok too. I have choices to make, I have decisions to make but most of all I now have the material I need to start on my next chapter in life. I may have to re read a chapter or two, but I will get though this book, one chapter at a time. 
I owe this all to the one beautiful Dr. Nikki. Without her, I would still be living in my safe place. Now the only time I visit that place is when it is time to go to sleep. I'm active, I'm happy and most of all I'm me and I love ME! Thank you for giving me my life back Dr. Nikki. Your patience, understanding, guidance, knowledge, love and compassion is what I needed. You are just what the Doctor ordered."

- Teresa B. bowen.teresa56@yahoo.com

Update 8 months after the course:

Hi Nikki! I needed to message you and give you wonderful news. Brandon (my son who fell) is signing his walking papers today and is on his way a long road of recovery. Who in the hell falls 50' onto concrete and not only survives but walks out of hospital 7 days later! Right?

Even better news, and this is my reason for messaging you. I used the tools!! Oh boy did I ever use the tools!! Nikki, I have to tell you, not only was it almost killing me to see my step son in that condition, the family bullshit I had to deal with, had I not had what I learned from you, it would have killed me!! The breathing is what saved me during the initial devastating news, as time went by, the meditation is what overpowered my body to get though every obstacle thrown my way.

So Nikki, from my soul, my heart and my mind, I thank you!


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"The Initiation Course has taught me step by step instructions in becoming who I am truly meant to be. To take risks and if they fail, look at them as a learning tool for my next journey. I've been able to find the positives in my life and grow with them rather than allowing the negatives to hold me back.
I had some knowledge in what and how I needed to change my life but felt overwhelmed because I didn't know where to start. Dr. Nikki taught me the step by step instructions and gave me the confidence to take that first leap.
Even if you're a beginner you will quickly learn what you're doing right in your life and the areas you need to change to find the inner, happier, healthier you. Her love for life is contagious! "

- Lori B. loriannburt@gmail.com 

The course superseded my expectations. The Initiation Course gave me the tools to polish my life. I feel more relaxed and excited about the future. I feel like I now have a plan! I would rate the course a 10. I feel like a I have a more defined road map that is easy to follow. Life has been more clear.


The course is organized in a way that is very easy to follow. So many of the words have become a part of my subconscious which helps to keep me aligned. I was not unhappy before the course but wow I feel firmly grounded. The course is an investment in yourself. I am determined to be my best me so that I can give back and thoroughly enjoy this life journey.


Dr. Nikki is also very intuitive, sincere and full of love. I felt an instant connection to her which made it even easier to do the work. Continue doing such wonderful work and changing lives. What a wonderful gift you have.

Denise, Medical Doctor


I didn’t know what to expect when I started this course, bc I WAS pessimistic by nature I didn’t think it would do much good! Boy was I wrong, and I’ve never been happier to be wrong! Just by analyzing your life, and setting up your goals for the future in the first week set a good tone for the rest of the course. The gems as Dr. Nikki calls them, that I learned are priceless! I’m in AA and the things I learned made me more grateful with the gratitude list we wrote everyday, in turn I became more spiritual and grew in my spiritual life with the gratitude lists, meditation, and yoga, she had us doing. I already did prayer and meditation, but she taught me that there’s more than one way to meditate and to be more free with things. I’m definitely a positive person now, and if I find myself being negative I always say something to negate it which is something I learned from Dr. Nikki. I also learned a lot of great nutrition information from her as well! I thought I knew a lot of things about nutrition, and Dr. Nikki really enlightened me to so many things I never knew! This course was unimaginably great! I could have never imagined anything better, it has really changed and helped my life and continues to on a daily basis! Thank you Dr. Nikki for all your help and advice, and thanks to the group that was also so great and supportive! P.S I even hug trees now!
— Kris N., 33, NYC

Dear Dr. Nikki,

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Thank You from deep within my soul for saving my life in so many ways in 2015. After the course was over and I began the journey of getting off Morphine, I started seeing my new GP once a week and she was able to guide me completely off long acting and short acting (It's been 3 months now). Apparently this usually takes most people years to achieve and I believe that It was your Initiation Course that prepared me for the War I was facing.

Meditation and Breathing exercises were so key to keep faith that it would be over eventually which it finally has. Your posts kept me inspired to keep on pushin' on..I still am relearning how to live again, feel some of the pain I originally had before entering a Pain Clinic but I am free and will never turn back! :)

I do my best to spread the Love and positivity you've shared as much as I can every day I can make it outside as I continue to heal. A Year ago I was pretty much stuck in bed but through your lessons and hard work, 2 nights ago I proved to myself by DJing a 4 Hour set and I’m back to doing my weekly radio show at the University so I'm excited for the New Year.

I also attached some photos I took of the Certificate you had sent, I had it framed to put on my wall to see every morning I wake up. Thank You Nikki for the beautiful gift for life!

Steve, 37


"I was reading my affirmations from the course again recently, which I had copied onto my phone, including part of the email you sent back when I needed help structuring them. You had said "It is important for you to find clarity about what your purpose and passions are and then figure out from there where to go. Digging deep and going within with meditation will begin the path for you along with other insightful experiences like travel, yoga, trying new things, and meeting new people. You have to get uncomfortable and start seeing things from a different perspective in order to find out what your purpose is."

After the retreat experience, rereading it, especially that last sentence, I felt like it really clicked and understood. It was really powerful to see your words and think about them in a new light. I just wanted to share that with you.

I miss you and all of the retreat participants a lot! I can feel the tugging in the wrong direction and my rationalizations / fears / society expectations getting stronger back in the "real world". First few days back I still had the strong clarity from the retreat but it is getting clouded again these days. But I am grateful that I can think back to the experience to remind myself. And Atthena also helps to remind me! Last thought - I also love the quote you posted recently."

-Jen, 28 Financial Advisor

Update from Jen 7 months post course:

"Life is changing a lot right now! I just moved to Seattle and started a new job this week! Looking forward to exploring a new city and new experiences. I'm also a lot closer to nature now! :) Atthena and I were talking about it shortly before I left NY - how much everything has changed and it really hasn't even been a year yet!"

 

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From Nikki Starr's Appearance on Utopia...

Dr. Nikki,

I just wanted to tell you that since you were on Utopia. I started your classes, reading your posts, watching your videos and your sample meditation starter. I lost 76 pounds in a year and a half and I am healthier and happier than I have ever been in my life.

I thought my life was over after the PE’s on both lungs and I was hopless after conventional Land and Aqua therapy. I owe it all to you because you are the one that prompted me to start yoga from being on Utopia. I had amazing results. My body feels so much better. My spondylitis has receded. All my surgeries seem to have gone away and I hardly have anything anymore. My muscles have never been better, my sex life is greatly increased.

I also added a partial vegetarian diet after watching and making ‘recipes’ from your YouTube vids. Especially gluten-free and new ways to add organics to my diet. I cut out all gluten from my diet and I feel lot better.

I’ve had very much stress and now I just don’t feel any stress. I just feel calm and relaxed and happy and I just want to thank you. You have giving me so much hope and inspiration. I can’t thank you enough!
— Bill
No seriously, Utopia really changed my life. I have been sick for about 18 months, (like in bed, depressed and in pain). You inspired me to DO SOMETHING about it. I am eating clean, doing Yoga and feel LOTS better. My goal is a 5K next year. I’m learning alot from you. I’m 67 it may be too late but thanks for all the info. YOU’RE THE GREATEST!
— Connie
I just wanted to tell you that you are a wonderful person. Normally I do not watch tv..but I happen to catch a preview for utopia when my husband was watching something. I started following online and was hooked. You just are amazing. Your beautiful inside and out. Your laugh would make me smile .I watched as people would act up and you stood to yourself.

I try eat non gmo and even have been looking into yoga classes. We are setting up a meditation room in our house hoping to get it done soon. If you ever come north to do retreats please let me know I follow your webpage and hope to make it to nyc to take a class with you.

You’re an inspiration to me. The world need like a million of you. You are amazing !!
— Tamara
You are an inspiration. You are the type of person I aspire to be like. Any time you speak, words that relate to love, empowerment, forgiveness, choices and compassion come out. Always smiling, crying when it comes to happiness and most importantly you remind us to love ourselves and take good care of our bodies, mind, spirits with the help of our mother earth and community.

Dr. Nikki you are awesome and You are a great example.
— Mayra
How’s it going Nikki? First of all I have to tell you how amazing of a person you are. You’re thoughts, perspective on life and healthy living lifestyle I hope spreads. You’ve had a total effect on me and my life even before the television show. I had heard about you thru a friend from New York. I’ve only seen the show twice and you are exactly what Utopia is about.
— Shaun
Dr. Nikki,
You are my favorite on Utopia. Your positive energy and beauty inside and out is my Utopia. I could have told you that being who you are is what makes you needed in Utopia just as in real life. As a Doctor and loving spirit, you are the center of the group. Glad to see you’re still shining and have such positive radiance!
— Christos
Dr. Nikki,
I watched Utopia and became a huge fan of the show. I would just like to say that I love seeing all of your posts and its so nice to see all of your positive in such a negative world. I wanted to just drop you a message to share with you that your positive will spreads and it is appreciated. Thank you so much
— John
Admittedly I’m here because of Utopia I hate that they cancelled the show. You guys kept me company every morning at work. I really enjoyed your morning yoga sessions on the dock as the sun rose. It looked so peaceful and soothing. You have a beautiful soul and I’ll miss your sunshine!
— D.B.
I loved watching you in Utopia! You bring a calm and much-needed stillness.
— Josette
The abrupt ending to the Utopia experiment was a shock, and I’d hoped for this blog from you from that moment. You inspired me, Nikki. One of my favorite snacks is kale sauteed in olive oil and garlic now (no worms yet!). Before I just had it in smoothies. And I began meditating again. I loved your conversations with Ernesto on the dock, your lunch chats with Amanda, and those with others, too.

The Utopia live feeds were mesmerizing. You are so loving and see the good in people. It’s good to see you looking forward, in the real world. I’ll be following your journey. Thanks for being so open in Utopia, and back in the real world, too.
— Anonymous
I know you are probably swamped with messages, but i just thought you should know what a bright light you are in this often dark world.

I am 37, i am not in the best of shape, football really took a toll on me early in life. I am a gun toting, meat eating conservative and i have typically always put my nose up when i heard the word yoga or vegan, etc.. I will admit when i first started watching Utopia, I was pretty judgmental towards you. I thought “Oh boy here we go, another nutbag with her hippy dippy way of life trying to push it on everyone else.” (sorry for that btw) I really thought you were going to be the biggest problem in Utopia, Even though i am right there with you on food. I know that is a huge problem in this country and world, with the GMO, processed, etc.. crap out there.

As the weeks went by and i watched how Aaron treated you and in turn how you treated him, I quickly realized you were not trying to be a pain in the butt, you were doing everything you could to keep the harmony and bend as much as you could. My favorite moment in Utopia and when i fell in love with you, was when you and Red did Yoga. I think by far that was the sweetest thing i saw there. You were so supportive and sweet to him. Your heart just blasted through all of Red’s crazy. I noticed no matter how crazy Red got, you still cared for him and were only trying to help him. I saw this through the whole show. You have such an amazing heart and love for people. I wish we would have been able to see more of that with the show going on..

Anyways i wanted you to know, after seeing that you didn’t have an agenda, you just care. I started looking into Yoga. I found and bought a dvd set by a former WWE Wrestler. I gotta say, after a month i have felt better than I have in years and i am getting in much better shape. I can’t thank you enough for being a the light that you are and caring for people the way you do. You completely opened my eyes and heart to things i would have never been open to.

I hope this message finds you well. Thank you again Doc. Keep being the awesome person you are doing and good luck in all your future endeavors.
— Josh
Dear Dr. Noce,

I was a casual watcher of the Utopia feeds, but I would always try to catch your yoga and would follow along. I am also making dietary changes after watching all the “food fights” on the feeds. Thank you for helping me on my journey to healthy living! I will continue the yoga and meditation I began and it is because of you as the inspiration for the changes.

A thousand thank yous & a thousand hugs.
— Erica
Hey Doc,
I just want to say how much I have enjoyed watching you on Utopia. I hope to meet you some day and give you a hug. You seem like a real classy lady and you radiate peace and Love with every step you take. Missing you much.
— Curtis
What’s up Nikki!
I think you’re doing great on Utopia and I admire your calm spirit and level-headedness through it all. Especially since you didn’t beat yourself up over what other’s saw as lousy or a failure - the one customer for UtopiYOGA. I think you’re setting a great example of class and how we should all carry ourselves so thank you for that
— Marc
I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything you do!! ever since the first time i laid eyes on you when Utopia came on, i fell in love with you, from your smile and charisma to the way you look at life is just such an inspiration to me. I love yoga and meditation and everything even more now thanks to you. So thank you for posting something beautiful and positive everyday. I look forward to reading it and smiling. You’re a blessing!
— Chris
Utopia was amazing, several of you taught me so much about my own journey! Nikki your ability to stay centered was a huge accomplishment!
— Jayme
Dear Nikki,

Just a little note to tell you that of all the people you were with for the Utopia experiment you shone out from the rest as level-headed, conscientious, and intelligent. I truly enjoyed watching you interact with grace, even during the more trying moments you kept your cool and spoke with kindness. You are an excellent role model for others and for how we should all interact. Thank you being a source of light and love in the world :)
— Sarah
I saw you for the past two months in Utopia. I watched the live feeds and also watched the TV program. I want to let you know that you and Amanda were my favorites and also Ernesto, Josh, and Hex.

Nikki you are a great person. It’s nice to know that there are people like you in this world. I was very saddened today when I was watching the live feeds and they went to videos. Then I learned the show was cancelled. I know it might sound strange to you but most of us watching feel like we really know all of you since we watch the feeds. I subscribed to your blog and gave my email and I received your guided meditation, thank you. Also thank you for letting us the public, be a part of such a great project.

May God bless you always and I wish you all the success in the world. You are really an angel with a big heart.

Big hug :)
— Lily
I really enjoyed watching you on Utopia sad it is over. Have you ever thought of doing a yoga and meditation video. Watching you gave me inspiration in starting meditation.
— Ramona

Colleague Testimonial...

Recent evidence is accumulating to suggest that the type of lifestyle which Dr. Nikki promotes is the kind that will be necessary for a progressive move in human culture. If we examine her emphasis on wellness and her appreciation of the mind-body connection, there are certain questions that come to mind. Why doesn’t everyone live this way? Why hasn’t this unique kind of health promotion been introduced earlier? It is overwhelmingly apparent that satisfied, meaningful lives take into account factors within and around individuals. Things critical to biological survival such as nutrition, self-care, and fitness are equally important to how one approaches relationships and self-actualization.

The answer is that a sizable portion of the world’s population does live this way. But we don’t really know about it. The spiritual heritage of the East and Southeast Asia has mostly been about wellness, mindfulness, and self-awareness. The root of its continued success throughout history lies in the essence of its values. You see, in the Western world, we mostly think of religion as an individual kind of thing – between God and the person. But Eastern philosophies focus the connection between mind and body and their relation to others and the environment as a whole. These kinds of ideas have only began to make their way to the West and influence our culture in the way that Dr. Nikki is doing.

Modern science and medicine in America has been marked by research on specific diseases. You go to the doctor because he or she “fixes” parts of your body just like a mechanic fixes your car. We don’t go to the doctor when we feel okay or if nothing is bothering us. There would be no reason. But in Buddhist cultures there are sages or healers that people see on a frequent basis for things like advice and contentment. In fact, everyone within the culture is concerned with the well-being of one another in the context of the well-being of the entire population. Concepts like exploitation or profiteering are de-emphasized if not frowned upon. It’s not about the stuff you have or want, but rather about how you can create a meaningful life and contribute your skills and interests for the betterment of everyone. Their value system is progressive and self-improvement is aligned with societal improvement.

Neuroscience has essentially answered the question of mind vs. body. The truth is that the brain is the mind and the mind is the brain. Who we are is the result of electrical and electrochemical signals that occur in the billions of synapses that constitute our brains. This is a very powerful concept, for it means that the way we think about ourselves profoundly affects the brain itself! The brain we had yesterday is different from the brain we will have tomorrow. That doesn’t really happen with the heart, lungs, muscles, etc. So what should we do with this revolutionary information? Well we need leaders such as Dr. Nikki to emerge in the West and educate us about spirituality and health promotion. We need events, activities, and efforts that revolve around wellness. We need re-conceptualize the role of doctors to reflect our new understandings of health. This is what Dr. Nikki is doing.
— Joseph Siragusa, M.D.

Dr Nikki’s course gave me the tools to come back into myself. I feel stronger, more centered, and fully convinced at the Power of the Universe. Every week it felt as though my energy was becoming more refined through the meditations, and my life has felt more in “flow”.

A personal favourite is the Energy Cleansing Meditation. This is now my regular practice. I find that I feel lighter and better able to distinguish between my energy and the energy of others.

Through the course, I’ve developed the discipline to regularly meditate, and learned an array of different types! It was lovely to be guided through all of the meditations, through the live sessions. Even now, I use the videos to be guided through them.

The live sessions were supportive and helped to keep me motivated throughout the week! Also very grateful for the contained space we had to share, if we felt like sharing.

Dr. Nikki is an incredible teacher, too. She’s powerful. Yet very loving, and compassionate. I’m very grateful for her guidance, and for the wisdom of the course.

Thank you, Nikki, for inspiring me and for being there. I’m incredibly grateful our paths crossed.
— Tasha
Nikki’s meditation course helped me break through the process of quieting my mind and learning to Let Go more & more. Each session brought a new approach, more insight and guidance. If you feel like you need help initiating meditation and want a variety of tools to help you get to a better place of self-awareness, this course is it. Nikki is there to direct you, and her open forum style brings everyone together in an intimate community. The course helped me so much! Highly recommend it!
— Lori Steiner Laguna Beach, CA.
Dear Dr Nikki,

Your online program “The Power and Practice of Online Meditation has been a life changing experience for me. I now meditate daily and the fundamentals that I learned from you helped me get through some difficult and transitional times in my life successfully.

The program was dynamic on a few levels: it was designed and structured in a way that facilitated a graduating process of learning. You encouraged us all to interact with you and each other. We learned many techniques. The guided meditations were very effective.

Depending on the situation, be it stress, anxiety, or the beginning of depression, I have managed to work through my days better now with your tools.

My new job is going well and I have been running again.

While taking the course, my mother passed away. The class really helped me work through this loss. I feel stronger and my mind is open wider.

Thank you and I look forward to taking another class under your guidance.

With love and appreciation,
— Frank Perrulli Tampa, Florida
I’ve been a client of Dr. Nikki for a while now and the reason I continue on as a client is because she always puts her heart and soul into everything she creates. Her Meditation Program is no exception. I believe Meditation is very important for self care and Dr. Nikki’s program will give you all the tools you need to begin your practice or take it to the next level. Her program is catered for anyone at any level. She does an excellent job of introducing various types of meditations and providing step by step instructions on how to do them. She is very responsive to her clients and takes the time to answer any questions or address any concerns that they may have. Taking this course made me realize that I could practice some form of meditation anywhere I am. You don’t always have to be sitting down with your legs crossed in the traditional meditation position we all have come to know in order to get the benefits. Dr. Nikki is an amazing teacher and overall great person to work with. I could not recommend this program more. Thank you Dr. Nikki!
— J.D.
Amazing course! Nikki is very dedicated and caring. Her inner light is magnetic! Different types of what I call “active meditation” helped to connect deeper to myself, embrace my inner light and trust the universe and my purpose more.
— Maya
The Power and Practice of Meditation is exactly the course I was looking for to improve my meditation practice. Dr. Nikki Starr teaches this course with love and wisdom. She shares several different meditation styles, explains how to do them during the live sessions, practices them with you, and provides a written guide to help you to practice on your own. The live group sessions were incredibly powerful and provided me with insightful and peaceful meditations. I loved this course so much that I am taking Dr. Nikki Starr’s meditation teacher training course! If you are looking to learn or enhance your meditation practice, the Power and Practice of Meditation is the class to take!
— Lavi Chimata
The classes were great! You are an amazing teacher. Your guidance thru the process was so easy to follow. I have gone back to your sessions to update what I have learned. This has changed my life significantly since I work a lot of stressful hours and now teaches me to wind down and enjoy the moments of life. It has helped me tremendously with now detoxing from the day mentally and is helping me focus on the now. Not to mention how I rethink things in my head before reacting. That’s a big one. I am truly grateful for joining your classes.

I only wish I had access to you live but I’d have to move to California. Lol. Do you ever do yoga class on line?? I told my daughter about your classes and how they have helped me grow. She was so pleased. Thanks for everything!
— Janet
Over the years I’ve made many attempts to meditate. I have many friends who made it a part of their life but I just was never able to sit still long enough, Or that’s not even really it, in my case, I just needed some real guidance.
Dr. Nikki Was the perfect person to do just that.
Immediately I felt she had a way of giving everyone in our very diverse group a sense of ease. Before each meditation she had discussions and explanations that gave me a sense of connection and made my experience so much more enlightening.
Dr. Nikki, in a short time, made me feel that there are no set of rules or steps to “make” the meditation happen, I just had to “let” it happen.
After the courses finished I wanted to do 20 minute meditations every day but found it difficult. So I put my timer for six minutes. After a couple of times at six minutes I it felt so good but realized it was too short, and I’ve been working my way up to the twenty minutes.
— Nicholas A.
Nikki is amazing! She creates a supportive, integral teaching space that honors each person’s time and energy to participate. Second, she has a passion for leading the most wonderful meditative and healing journeys. For me, that alone made this course so worthwhile. Third, her extensive interests and background allows her to relate and communicate well with everyone.
— Alex D.