Erika is a Certified Yoga Practitioner (200HR RYT) and life time student, committed to self study, growth and healing. She began exploring yoga + movement more consistently in 2012 as a way to relieve the stress from her then-demanding career and busy NYC lifestyle. In 2018, while navigating grief and frustration, Erika felt a divine calling to deepen her yoga practice. Her journey led her to become certified in Buti Yoga, and then Traditional/Hot Vinyasa Yoga. The best way for her to grow and align with her true self is to teach, or share yoga, which has challenged Erika to explore, develop and nurture her own voice and true expression. She continues to deepen and expand into her passion, which she now inner-stands as Energy Medicine. In addition to yoga, she’s received her certifications in Integrative Energy Healing + Breathwork, Reiki I & II, Holistic Health Coaching, and Colon Hydrotherapy.
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
What form of exercise do you teach?
What does exercise do for you - outside and inside?
For me, yoga and different forms of exercise are medicine. Helping me to release energy, breathe more deeply, feel and show up as my best self.
What is your favorite inspirational or motivational quote?
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~ Lao Tzu.
What's your favorite reggae song? What does it mean to you?
This one is hard…There are too many. As I sat with it though, the beat to Love Is by Jah Cure came to mind. What a beautiful reminder that Love Is… the answer, for every question…
What does nature mean to you? How does it inspire you?
Nature, to me, is a reminder of divine timing and the importance + beauty of the present moment. Nature is beautiful. It inspires me to come out and play, as well as rest and be still.
How can our natural world help bring people closer to their true natures?
By being a very real reminder that it is okay to chill out, to be still and to rest & digest. It is from this place that we are able to return to a state of balance. Return to our true home frequency.
How can exercise make us stronger human beings, better able to connect with others and embrace everyone's right to thrive?
Exercise makes us stronger human beings by expanding our capacity to breathe more deeply. The breath is so powerful. It helps us practice presence and when we are present, we are better able to connect with others and see them as their highest & best self.
Why is it important for us to connect with other human beings?
I believe that we are naturally wired for connection with other human beings. There’s something about being seen, heard, felt, loved… It's healing and necessary on this life journey. It’s why we’re here…
What does the phrase "One World, One Love" mean to you?
When I hear One World, One Love, I think of unity… and flowing from a place of love, compassion and true expression.
In a universe of exercise platforms, what makes OneFirelight special?
It’s the inclusion of Mind-Body-Spirit practices + music with a message, for me.
There’s no better time than right now to discover your best self and embrace the world. Our community of instructors and members look forward to welcoming you.