Yoga With Erica
Human beings are made up of three components: body, mind and soul. Corresponding to these are three needs that must be satisfied for a contented life: the physical need is health; the psychological need is knowledge; and the spiritual need is inner peace. When all three are present there is harmony.
Erica merges several styles of yoga for mind body relaxation and integration. Yoga is not only relaxing to the mind and body, it also builds flexibility, muscle strength, muscle tone, stamina, cardiovascular fitness, improved mental clarity and detoxifies the body of impurities and ailments. Yoga gives the energy to live life fully and with enjoyment. Erica has a background teaching dance, yoga-beginner thru advanced, weight training and is very knowledgeable about the mechanics of the human, yoga therapeutics as she is also an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist. She offers Yoga classes for Kids and Teens as well!
What is Erica’s Philosophy About Yoga?
Many Western people are concerned that yoga is a religion and will not mesh with their current religious practice. However, yoga is what you make of it. It doesn’t matter what religion a person practices as they can incorporate the positive mental attitudes, loving kindness and inner connected-ness between body, mind and spirit of yoga into their particular religious beliefs. For some, yoga is and always may be a physical form of exercise. For others it deepens their inner connection to the divine. If either perspective serves the individual in a positive way, there is a benefit.
In my classes in particular, I do offer many of the traditional styles and thought processes of yoga. I also find it important to instruct my students as to the organs detoxed in each pose as well as the emotional connection therein. One could say that yoga is truly in the breath, then the hands and feet, then the pose. However, stripping all of that away, it is my opinion the yoga deepens our inner and outer self within the mind or spirit and can unlock the heart or soul. With that said, whichever of these phases a person chooses to start their practice is uniquely appropriate for them. I have learned long ago that we think we are doing our yoga, but our yoga is really doing us!
Yoga for Kids and Teens!!!
All children need physical exercise, and it is important that the exercise they get promotes the healthy development of their growing bodies. The stretching and strengthening techniques used in yoga are an ideal way for children to grow flexible and strong. Yoga offers Teens coping skills to work thru stress and anxiety. It also promotes greater ease in the hormonal changes teens undergo. Yoga teaches self awareness and builds confidence, self esteem and an overall sense of well being.
Erica has been teaching children and teens yoga since 2005 and has been teaching adults yoga since 2000! She is an experienced, advanced, E RYT 500 nationally certified instructor, member of the prestigious Registered Teacher’s Yoga Alliance. She also holds a YACEP Certification that allows selected classes and workshops to be approved CEU credits of continued education training for other Certified instructors in Yoga Alliance. She is also an Internationally Certified Yoga Therapist thru the IAYT and has experience for many years teaching Pre/ Post natal yoga and Mommy and Me classes!
She provides all necessary yoga props to offer a full range professional yoga class. She also has extensive experience teaching dance from ages 3 to grandparents for over 30 years!
Whether a student is wheelchair bound, geriatric, morbidly obese, able bodied or pre/post natal, Erica has the expertise to offer each individual a unique, safe and beneficial yoga experience!
In the words of Deepak Chopra (now on the Yoga.com Advisory Board):
“There exists in every person a place that is free from disease, that never feels pain, that cannot age or die. When you go to this place, limitations which all of us accept cease to exist. They are not even entertained as a possibility. This is a place called perfect health.”