"Having Erin as a yoga instructor has brought a new comprehension of compassionate care for one’s body to the trauma survivors that she has been working with. Women exposed to trauma with additional severe substance use disorders and mental health issues are often reluctant to expose themselves to new experiences. Erin created a circle of safety for them and they blossomed with her guidance.
Erin’s gentle and humble approach helped them through the indecisiveness that sometimes accompanies new experiences. Many of the women engaged in something that they soon identified as healing and nurturing for them and they were able to feel the “shift” that occurs when transformation begins. Finding peace, tranquility, serenity is key to reducing the risk of relapsing to drug use or to reducing mental health symptoms. This yoga experience added an important and necessary step to their recovery experience. " - Catherine C., MA Psy. Asst., LICDC-CS, ICCS, CMHIMP, psychotherapist
"Working with women in treatment is difficult. Most women have never experienced yoga nor have they spent time within themselves due to their past traumas and active addictions. Erin offered sixty-minute sessions and the participants were able to learn the practice, and also experience what it's like to stay within their bodies. Over time I saw breaths go in deeper and more rhythmically with each practice. I saw pride in the women as they prepared new women joining the group for class. Most surprisingly I saw women choosing yoga as a coping skill independently, sometimes as asanas and other times using "yoga breaths."
When women were preparing to leave treatment they began asking about how to do yoga after treatment. We helped them find yoga studios, libraries, and online classes they could use as part of their relapse prevention. Furthermore, the participants looked forward to going to yoga with Erin and expressed feeling a connection with her even though Erin was in her studio doing class over video. I appreciate Erin's warmth, smile and non-judgmental care for the participants because it created safety for the women to be present within. " - Evelyn Nagy, Rural Women's Recovery Program
"As Erin’s supervisor, I worked closely with her as she learned about trauma theory, attachment theory, the neuroscience of trauma, and the Trauma Sensitive Yoga methodology. This nuanced intervention has been an empirically validated adjunctive and stand-alone treatment for complex trauma and Erin diligently studied this model and became a certified facilitator earlier this year.
From the moment I started working with Erin, I sensed her sincere and heartfelt dedication to this field and her desire to serve others. She was a diligent, thoughtful, and committed student through the entirety of the program and was a pleasure to supervise due to her insatiable desire to learn, willingness to receive and utilize feedback and genuine care and compassion for others.
Lastly, I’d like to highlight that Erin’s enrollment in this program coincided with the Covid-19 global pandemic. Despite the myriad of hardships this timing entailed, Erin was able to juggle all of life’s many challenges and still show up with an open mind and heart. I have no doubt that Erin is going to be a fantastic addition to your program and I can confidently say that her future professors, peers and clients will all be lucky to have her." - Anna K., Supervisor
"Erin is a fantastic yoga instructor! She has a compassionate, gentle & patient approach, and achieves both relaxation and strengthening almost effortlessly. She was instrumental to get through both prenatal and early postpartum periods. I can’t recommend her enough!" - R.W., Prenatal Client
"Pre-natal yoga with Erin was a joy! She is so knowledgeable about the pregnant woman’s body and specific needs through the different stages of pregnancy! I feel that having her guidance through my pregnancy journey has really helped prepare my mind and body to birth this baby. I highly recommend her classes!" - K.B. - Prenatal Client
"I suffer from a variety of chronic pains and Erin's gentle practice helps me to heal. Thank you!" - C.F., Individual/Private Client