Erin came to yoga after bilateral Achilles' tendon ruptures in 1998. At the time she had three children under five and life was moving at an accelerated pace. Growing up, Erin's mother practiced meditation and her father incorporated yoga to balance his marathon running. Years later, it was through her injury that she reconnected with both the regenerating and strengthening aspects of yoga practice. As a result Erin's classes combine playful sequencing, poetry and music to awaken the soul and leave you refreshed, nourished and balanced.
Erin completed teacher training with Beryl Bender Birch and Cyndi Lee and began teaching in 2000 in the Wilmington, Delaware area. She met Shiva Rea in 2002 and became a devoted student and friend, eventually receiving her 500 hour Prana Flow certification. Erin continues to study with Shiva who has inspired her to live with spontaneity and fearlessness, to stay close to the source and move with the rhythms of nature. You can find Erin in her new home of Charleston, South Carolina where she loves to play tennis, cook, garden and be on the water as much as possible.
Years Practicing Yoga: 20
Years Teaching Yoga: 16
Prana Flow Vinyasa
Lunar Flow Vinyasa
Solar Flow Vinyasa
The Middle Path Cyndi Lee
Ashtanga Yoga/Power Yoga Beryl Bender Birch
500 Hour Prana Flow Shiva Rea
Get to know me:
DESCRIBE YOUR UNIQUE VALUE ADD AS A TEACHER. WHAT ABOUT YOUR STYLE MAKES YOU STAND OUT?
I feel that yoga, like life, can become very mechanical. The rigidity of mind often creates a like condition in body. My approach to practice inspires new pathways both physically and neurologically that arise from qualities of steadiness and ease, of strengthening and rejuvenating. Our active and receptive nature is expressed though movement patterns that coil inward, radiate out, root and rise. These are qualities reflected in nature, in our bodies, breath and movement. Whether a beginner or long time practitioner these practices reconnect us with the rhythms of nature of which we are part, not separate from.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR INTENTION IN BEING A PART OF THE LOCAL COLLECTIVE OF GATHERYOGA?
Having moved from Philadelphia to Charleston last year I've learned that "community is the new affluence!" Gather is a wonderful way to connect and share with like minded people living full lives. I am an adventure seeker, curiously meandering a life that is both receiving and giving. Gather has become just that, a place to learn from and a place to offer some.
WHAT FIRST BROUGHT YOU TO THE MAT?
Growing up my mother practiced meditation and my father incorporated yoga to balance his marathon running. Yoga was a part of my childhood but it wasn't until years later that I truly connected with the regenerating and strengthening aspects of practice though bilateral Achilles' tendon ruptures. I had three children under five at the time and life was moving at an accelerated pace. Suddenly I was post operative, double casted with my toes pointed down and in a wheel chair for the summer. It's incredibly humbling to pause with the many curve balls life throws without freaking out. We heal, we recover, we learn. With a strong cup of compassion, those lessons continue to guide me. As Soren Kierkegaard said, "life is an adventure to be lived, not a problem to be solved."
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO TEACH?
For me entering the yoga room to lead practice is in the spirit of a river guide. Inspiration comes from creating a supportive container inside which our movement, breath and focus give space for our true nature to emerge despite the stories that filter through. By offering a simple theme through music, poetry and playful sequencing, the soul awakens. I am inspired by the alchemy that happens on our yoga raft. We are magically refreshed, nourished, balanced and transformed. This makes yoga unique. It connects our body and mind and inspires real life changes.
Where can you find me?
Urban Flow Yoga
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