Erika’s interest in self-discovery and personal growth, began with her own journey of recovery from addiction, leading her down a road of self-reflection. At her core, she knew her purpose was to use her experiences, struggles and successes to inspire others. She took her first Bikram yoga class at the age of 21, during an especially challenging time of transition. The room was hotter than anything she had ever experienced. When she stepped out of that room sopping wet with perspiration, after 90 minutes of both physical and mental transformation, she was absolutely hooked! Over time, her love of yoga grew. She found her confidence, and was set on a natural course of healing; through her commitment to breath, asana and meditation. Her own experience of transformation and internal healing is what drove her to pursue a career as a yoga instructor and is what continues to motivate and inspire her today.
Residing and teaching in the Bay Area, Erika is a Bikram certified yoga instructor and a RYT 500. She has studied under the expert teachings of Elena Brower, Anne Marie Kramer and zen master Ryuten Paul Rosenblum Roshi. Erika continues to learn and grow under the mentorship of master teachers, Lesley Desaulniers and Lynn Whitlow. Erika teaches with both fire and softness as she guides her students with compassion through asana and breath.
In addition to her love of teaching, Erika is a certified holistic health coach and mama to her 2-year-old son, Zander.
"Yoga has been a saving grace in more ways than one. While the physical practice has aided in keeping my body strong & healthy, it is also an amazing outlet for me mentally.
I consider myself incredibly fortunate to teach what I love, and to be able to witness transformation in my students as their own yoga journey unfolds."