Erica Taxin who studied under the guidance of Yoganad Michael Carroll of the Pranakryia tradition.
Erica’s classes are a mixture of deep self inquiry a process of “coming home” to ones Self and a physical practice that integrates functional strength and mobility work. Erica has studied not only within the asana (posture) practice for over 25 years, but has continuing education in the FRC (functional range conditioning) discipline.
My philosophy is that everything is connected and that I’m here to be a voracious lifelong student - I believe this is felt in my teaching. My practice is a woven tapestry of disciplines rooted in consciously embodied breath, strength, resiliency, mobility and longevity. I am passionate about the marvelous systems of the human body and infinite mysteries of the soul. Consistency allows us access to embodied states of LIFE, self-expressing itself through moving and feeling and discernment about what works and what doesn’t. Like any good recipe, I draw from a vast field of interdisciplinary knowledge and use equal parts wisdom, sciences and intuition to light the way.
I’ve completed 500hrs of yoga teacher training, and an additional 500 hrs in specialty trainings such as Thai Yoga Massage and Acupressure, Yoga Therapy, Functional Movement Systems, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Lymphatics, Poly-Vagal Toning, and have an advanced certification in Astrology. I’ve been teaching movement classes since 1990, yoga classes and privates since 2012 and Mindfulness curriculum for Princeton University and private coaching since 2018.
I believe as teachers, we are guides whose primary role is to encourage students to explore their unique experiences on the mat.
What motivates us to find our way to a yoga practice is different than why we return to our yoga practice. The reasons for why are interesting only so far as we're convinced the mind has the answers. The convergence of the mind, body and life-spirit are where we rediscover ourselves, over and over again.
Born in the United Kingdom, I moved to the USA in 1996 for postdoctoral studies in organic chemistry. Living in Princeton, NJ, I was persuaded onto a yoga mat by a roommate - my curiosity piqued about how yoga could complement the activities that I loved.
The openness, focus and clarity that the practice provides and the calmness and stillness it creates are elements that I continue to explore in my practice and teaching.
I believe that our yoga practice can be a time for self care - an opportunity to balance the desire for action and movement with much needed time to slow down and invite our busy minds to quiet. My teaching places an emphasis on the qualities of curiosity and presence in the physical practice, with a clarity of instruction to build a proper foundation of alignment for “every” body. My goal is to empower students to dive deeper into their own practice and discover the long term benefits of mindful movement and breath awareness.
A forever student, I received my 200h certification from Verge Yoga (PA) in 2009 and completed a 300h training at The Yoga Garden (PA). I am especially passionate about Yin Yoga and have completed trainings with Corinna Benner and Sally Miller. Other studies include insightful perspectives on teaching and the practice, with Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny at Dig Yoga NJ.