Meet our beloved volunteer, Erika! She is near and dear to Live + Breathe, joining the team in the early days with a passion for yoga that lights up the world around her. Sharing yoga as a therapeutic tool is invaluable to the karma yoga path that she leads. We are forever grateful that her own journey crossed ours, together we carry on this vibrant mission of service.
Erika is radiant, loving, wise and spends her time not only providing classes to many of the populations we work with at L+B, she is the co-founder of Wuf Shanti. This wonderful company is dedicated to providing yoga to children and teaching simple lessons of wellness for a happy life. We just heart Erika!
What brings you to your yoga mat?
Coming to my mat is like coming home. It's where I feel safe, connected, and grounded.
How do you practice yoga off your mat?
Yoga off of the mat is what matters most. Being kind, open hearted, non-judgmental, and patience!
Why did you want to become involved with Live + Breathe?
I have always been involved in karma yoga and love to give back to the community. When I moved to San Diego a little over a year ago I searched for volunteer work and found Live + Breathe. I met the founder Erin and that sealed the deal. She has an amazing vision.
As an instructor, what is your favorite part about teaching yoga?
Wow, that is a tough questions because the list is endless so I will give you my number one answer. The smile and peace that spreads across my students faces when they are finished with their practice. Priceless.
What are, in your opinion, some of the key benefits of yoga?
Again the list goes on and on but the most important in my opinion, is the relationship that we create with ourselves through the practice. Yoga offers us such a beautiful opportunity to become the witness of oneself. In this knowledge, our world view changes for the better. We start to see less and less separation and we begin to truly live.
Do you recall any special moments from your students?
I love all of my students so dearly and they all bring such diversity to the mat. Honestly, any time a student trusts me to hold them in a sacred space and be vulnerable to what may arise is beyond special it is ommmazing!
Are there any lessons you have learned from your students?
Humility, honor, non-judgment, patience, authenticity, love, respect, vulnerability, trust, and compassion. Just to name a few!
Is there a pose or meditation that you could do every single day?
Every day I surrender into child's pose to reconnect to mother earth, my inner knowledge, and the wisdom of my ancestors and guides.
What or who inspires you?
Life inspires me. The simplicity and complexity. The joy and the heart ache. This is the school of life and we are here to learn and to heal one another, that is inspirational to me!
What is your mantra?
I am enough. I am exactly where I need to be at this moment in time.