Nicole Jurovics is now an official Georgia native, having just passed her 20 year residency mark! Hailing from North Carolina, Nicole tried her first yoga class at Guilford College in1992 because she thought it would be an easy elective. It was and it wasn’t. She adored her first yoga teacher for being funny and very strong, even though her teacher was really old…..like, forty (ahem)! So Nicole began practicing yoga more regularly and sampled styles and teachers as often as possible. After moving to Atlanta, Georgia at the end of 1994, she structured her life to include at least four yoga classes each week. With the physical practice established, her interest grew beyond her yoga mat and into other limbs of the discipline.
With a background in the music business, Nicole’s schedule included very late nights. She needed an anchor, something to tether her to a true foundation. She credits her yoga practice and studies for illuminating what was truly important—respect for herself and the friends who continually surfaced when she needed support. Shortly after marrying a yoga-loving musician (surprise!), she decided to further cement her commitment to her yoga practice by completing a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Peachtree Yoga with Graham Fowler, Elizabeth Nix, and Sean Tebor.
Nicole has been teaching yoga since early 2004, with Decatur Yoga as her home base, although she’s fortunate to also work with other yoga studios, gyms, and schools.
Serendipitously, Nicole met Melissa Katz in 2008 when the fate of the next Atlanta Yoga Conference (AYC) was uncertain. She discovered that they made a wonderful team and therefore committed to broadening the scope of the AYC to include more than just local teachers, of whom Atlanta has so many incredible talents, and began inviting out of town, nationally-recognized teachers to join them for a full weekend each fall. The AYC became the Southeast Yoga Conference (SEYC) in 2011 and has seen tremendous growth in its attendance, as well as sponsorships and in the variety of the most exciting, respected, and educated yoga teachers in the country.
2016 is the 11th year of the Southeast Yoga Conference. Nicole and Melissa plan to make it an undeniably powerful experience for any level of yoga enthusiast, including the brand new practitioner or the yoga-curious! There will most certainly be a workshop for every body.
Nicole still has one foot in the music business as she manages the career of one artist/producer and books live music for a private club and one annual music festival. She now has two daughters who challenge her to slow down and plug-in to what is truly important, The Moment. She loves planning the annual SEYC as well as Southeast Yoga Retreats. Nicole feels so lucky, blessed, and grateful to have found an outlet that will allow her to be a teacher and student simultaneously, and for the rest of her life.
Melissa was born and grew up in Atlanta. She knows the city well and is thrilled and in awe of how much it has grown and developed since her youth.
Melissa has been involved with the Southeast Yoga Conference (SEYC) since its inception as the Atlanta Yoga Conference (AYC) in 2006. The SEYC is the embodiment of her practice of yoga as her passion and way of life. Her personal life, work life, community, and spiritual path align in her role as Co-Director of SEYC.
Melissa was thrilled to connect with Nicole Jurovics in 2008, when the conference was at a crossroads. Melissa has a strong business and financial planning background that she brought to her role in overseeing the conference. However, Nicole’s creative thinking and promotional savvy helped the conference to develop and expand way beyond its status quo.
The conference name changed from the “Atlanta Yoga Conference” to the “Southeast Yoga Conference” in 2011. This change was made to reflect its growing geographic base and number of attendees as well as its more regional and national presence in the yoga community. Melissa continues to focus on SEYC operations, development, and budgeting and is so grateful to have Nicole as a partner in offering such an important yoga event in the Southeast. Their partnership has further expanded into Southeast Yoga Retreats, an offering of yoga retreats throughout the year with some of the most wonderful and respected yoga teachers and some of the most amazing locales the Southeast has to offer.
As SEYC Co-Director, Melissa has been interviewed on local public radio and appeared on local television to discuss the SEYC, the yoga community in Atlanta and the Southeast, and yoga’s proliferation and transformation in the West.
In addition to her role in the SEYC, Melissa has been teaching yoga since 2006. She is recognized as E-RYT 500, Yoga Alliance’s highest designation based on experience and training. Prior to teaching yoga and her role as SEYC Co-Director, Melissa was a health care business consultant with Sullivan Consulting Group for ten years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Oberlin College and a Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Administration from Georgia State University. She has happily transferred her skills as a former business consultant for physicians and hospitals to her role as Co-Director of the SEYC.
Melissa lives with her husband, Michael, in Decatur, Georgia. She is ever-grateful to him for supporting and understanding her passion for working on the yoga conference, constantly and throughout the year!