We had the good fortune of connecting with Nikki Aiello and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nikki, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I really felt called to try and help people do in 5 years or less, what took me almost 20.
Successfully recovering from the life-shattering effects of substance abuse and mental illness is excruciatingly hard, especially without the help of an experienced guide. Too many choices and an overabundance of information can be paralyzing and unhelpful when healing, yet a plan needs to be designed and actions taken in order to move forward in a positive direction.
The importance of enlisting professional help to process emotional trauma is widely understood and supported, but there is more crucial work to be done in order to truly recover and thrive. Developing a new lifestyle, support system, and accountability protocol in the early stages are essential in order to ensure lasting change. Having someone to help me do all that I just listed would’ve been tremendously helpful and could’ve saved me a ton of time, energy, money, and heartache. I decided I wanted to be this someone to those embarking on the journey of recovery.
I especially see a real need for this role in the lives of those coming out of treatment centers who are sent out the door with only a therapist and an alumni program, not an individualized lifestyle consultant and maintenance plan.
What should our readers know about your business?
Recovery does not pertain only to addiction. My definition of Recovery is “restoring balance after having lost it.” Other major life transitions – such as divorce, an illness diagnosis, job loss, a dramatic move, going off to college, heartbreak, retirement – can leave someone feeling as lost and disoriented and in need of a lifestyle revamp as someone learning to live life addiction-free.
I became a Recovery Coach and Lifestyle Consultant in order to help others make big changes in a practical pragmatic way with a hefty dose of compassion and personal experience to draw from. I weave my 14 years of Yoga teaching experience in as well. I love continuing to learn about psychoneuroimmunology (mind/body medicine) and connecting with healers and medical experts of all kinds. A big part of my work is putting together a TEAM of professionals to help my clients restore physical, mental, and emotional balance swiftly. Even finding the right resources can be overwhelming and stressful to someone in recovery. I seek out the best of the best and we all work together in creating a really beautiful support system and program for my clients.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would for sure take them to Nurture where we would take a fitness class, have a delicious lunch at Nest, get an IV treatment or massage, maybe a reiki session, and then hang out for an organic happy hour mock or cocktail The next day we’d head into the hills for a hike, either up around Nederland and then get some BBQ in town The next day we would hang cruise around Rino and get coffee and stop into some shops and then head to Potager for dinner because it’s my favorite restaurant in Denver The next day we would head to Glenwood Springs to the Iron Mountain Hot Springs, get an airbnb and probably ride bikes through Glenwood Canyon. We’d spend a day at my house and take one of my wonderful Yoga classes on my outdoor deck at my home yoga studio So Hum Yoga Bungalow near DU and then go hang at Wash Park for the day with my dog Pickles The last night we would go to dinner at Cart Driver for oysters and then head to the Clocktower Cabaret for some great entertainment!!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Eric Walrabenstein & Yoga Pura Robert Birnberg – Long Exhale Life Enhancement Program, Bhakti Yoga Shala, Dr. Mark Force, Laura Freshman LCSW, Dr. Patrick Fehling, Ariel Harding, Amrit Desai’s book ‘A Yogic Perspective of the 12 Steps’ My family.
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