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Erika Chau

Erika Chau

Erika Chau

Erika Chau

Erika Chau

Erika Chau

 

Erika Chau

Erika Chau

Erika Chau

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.”

From Erika’s early days on the soccer field and tennis court, through triathlons and to today’s balance of yoga, swimming, and running – her practice always returns to the linking of breath and movement.

In addition to her YogaWorks Teacher Trainings, she has studied under Senior Teacher Chad Hamrin, and is also certified in TRX-Group Suspension Training, YogaWorks-Sculptworks, and both YogaWorks Barworks and Stott Pilates Total Barre.

Erika believes that everybody has their own path in life, and that with patience and laughter, the possibilities are endless. 

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Number of years teaching

5+ years

Style

Alignment based flow & Yin yoga

Inspiration

Seeing people be open to change
 
 

FAQ

What inspired you to teach yoga?

Beyond being able to share the practice and the movements, I teach because I believe in supporting change, especially in people. To step on a mat or even into a studio means you are there because you want something to shift. Emotionally, physically, or both. I've watched countless students over the years find inner and physical strength they thought was lost or never even there - watching them change is everything. I believe everyone has their own path in life, and with patience and laughter, the possibilities are endless.

Who are your most influential teachers?

My first teacher was Chad Hamrin, who helped me dig into the "whys" of the practice. He ensured that I understood that without a strong foundation, including pranayama, meditation, and a regular home practice, it just becomes shapes and poses. 

How would you describe your style?

My classes are designed to build flexibility, mobility, strength, and endurance, while acknowledging that every body is different. I believe in the need to balance out strong vinyasa with the subtleness of yin poses. Students are encouraged to listen to their bodies and to learn how to feel the poses in addition to seeing them.

Why do you feel retreats are transformational?

Retreats allow us to step away from our normal lives, and to change our patterns of practice. When we suspend the ordinary, it gives us the opportunity to let go of old habits and ideas - in a sense, to re-invent ourselves. As we move deeper into all aspects of the practice, we are able to reset our hearts and bodies and leave with a clear mind.

What is your favorite pose to teach?

Poses change from week to week and even from morning to night. At night my favorite poses are deep yin-style folds and twists to help relax the body and release any tension from earlier in the day.

What is your favorite pose to practice?

Skandasana with a bind (side lunge) - it opens up the hips, shoulders, chest, hamstrings. I can roll from side to side to loosen up all those sticky spots, and then settle into the pose and allow everything to release.

What are your favorite places to travel?

My ideal places are anywhere I can be outside (which can also be in a large urban setting!) Top trips have included backpacking in Alaska, Kenya and Japan. Anyplace where I can drop in and wander around is what fuels my wanderlust.