Nicole Stumpf

Let's enjoy this wild and precious life!

About Me

My endless curiosity and fascination with yoga inspires me to hold space for students to journey deeper into their body, heart, mind and spirit.

I’m ever formulating and evolving  meaningful yoga experiences to serve my students - I weave many different style of yoga and somatic exercises into my classes to ensure they’re fun, engaging and revitalizing. Always a student, I continue my yoga education and jump at the chance to read, teach or share my learnings with others.


Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training (2010

Freedom Flow Yoga with Erich Schiffman (2012)

Teaching and Assisting Advanced Asana with Yoganand Michael Carrol (2011)

Integrative Yoga Therapy, working on 800-hr Professional Certification (2013-present)

I founded Keuka Peaceful Roots, a mind-body wellness center based in Hammondsport, NY  in 2013. The center offers services to promote both physical and mental well-being including yoga classes, yoga therapy, massage therapy, reiki, and health coaching. I also lead weekly group classes at Sunrise Yoga Center in Ithaca, NY.  

One of my favorite ways to offer yoga instruction is at the workplace. At the moment, I offer classes for employees at Wegmans of Ithaca, Cornell Veterinary College, and Steuben County's Municipal Building. 

I also see up to five individuals each week for personal yoga instruction, in which the sessions are completely customized to meet their particular needs and condition. Some sessions continue on a weekly basis, others are a one-time meeting in which I help them develop an individualized home yoga practice. Private sessions are available by appointment in Ithaca and Hammondsport.

My Core Values

I have a framed copy of “Desiderata” hanging in my studio - I believe it to be a timeless piece of wisdom and a good reminder of what’s important in life. Desiderata was written by poet, Max Ehrmann in 1927. 

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.
— © Max Ehrmann 1927

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