Pain. Healing. Purpose.
After suffering multiple injuries from a car accident, Nicole Vickerman struggled for almost a decade to recover and get back to a normal pain free life. “I was a sophomore in college, I was driving in town and a guy hit my door and I was hit into another lane. As soon as I stopped, I got rear ended.” She paused. “I ended up having an acute lumbar sprain on my low back and severe whiplash.”
After that accident, Nicole had chronic pain for almost eight years. She tried to heal her pain through many different ways including chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, STEM treatments but nothing was working. Defeated, Nicole just thought she had to live with it.
“Later on, I was managing a restaurant and I took a glass rack out and I just stopped in my tracks. Paralyzed. I was taken to the ER and they had to shoot me with morphine. I literally couldn’t move.”
About a year after that trip to the ER, she found yoga. “I remember my first experience with yoga was very challenging but I loved it. And I just wanted to go back.” She continued, “After a few weeks of practicing yoga, there was this moment-” Nicole paused and smiled to herself before continuing,” a moment when I realized I didn’t have any pain anymore.”
“The reason I still go is to heal my body and feel good. It’s not about looking a certain way it’s about keeping integrity.” Since healing her back, Yoga has become a part of Nicole’s identity. “I think it really gave me a strong sense of self and allowed me to step into what I was supposed to do in this life.”
For the past 10 years, Nicole has worked hard to become a certified instructor and assist others with their own pain, healing, and self confidence. “It was my calling. I wanted to bring yoga to others and create experiences for people to where they’ll be intrigued to start practicing yoga in their daily lives. This is how I knew I was going to help others.”
Special thanks to Spokane Yoga Shala for being the setting for Nicole's story and allowing the Awaken Your Passion team use their beautiful space.
I think it really gave me a strong sense of self and allowed me to step into what I was supposed to do in this life.