I'm Erika. Originally from Seattle, I moved to Berlin in my mid 20s searching for something. I think it was freedom, or adventure, or maybe I hoped to find a 'reason' for living life, when my existential suitcase was feeling pretty heavy. Berlin was dark, and cold, and so through a chain of unimportant events I found my way to a yoga class. Within the special alchemy of the city, and really, within yoga, I found space to heal. Yoga gave me tools to sit with my pain, and to understand that this staying put is the way to move through it.

A twice-a-week yoga practice quickly turned into a daily one, and now yoga is a fundamental part of my life. I'm kindof obsessed with it. I received my 300-hour Jivamukti teacher certification in England in 2012 and my 800-hour certification in Berlin in 2013. Since then I've trained and taught extensively in both Jivamukti and Ashtanga yoga in Europe and Tel Aviv, and am always learning, always a student inquiring who I am, and why we're here. I am very happy to be in Seattle, sharing this practice back at home.

Since returning to the US, since getting bit older and facing the reality of my own yoga injuries, I've become increasingly interested in an alignment-based approach to these practices. I feel blessed to now study with Maty Ezraty, and consider her one of my most influential teachers. Through attention to alignment, we are not in pursuit of aesthetic perfection, but rather training the mind to become attentive, and learning the real, hard work of taking care of ourselves.