For Erika, as an immigrant from a rather tumultuous part of the world, Yoga has served
as an invaluable tool to see through the illusion of separateness. Finding yoga, in
conjunction with writing, has provided her a path that goes deep; a path that has led her to
an immoveable ‘home’ within. Erika was born in Iran on the eve of the 1979 revolution.
She grew up in Tehran, where the Iran-Iraq war was the backdrop to her childhood; she
moved to the United States when she was sixteen years old. After receiving her B.S. in
Biochemistry, she spent several years working as a scientist in a cancer research lab.
She then left the biotech industry to pursue her love of writing. She is the recipient of a
Hedgebrook Women Authoring Change Residency, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing
from Mills College. Her work has appeared in many literary magazines, and she has
completed her first novel.

She came to yoga due to a severe back injury, and fell in love with the discipline inherent
in the Ashtanga Vinyasa method. Since then, she has studied with Richard Freeman, Mark Stephens, Chuck Miller, and David Garrigues. She is drawn to teachers who blend the intelligent alignment principles of Iyengar Yoga with the postures and dynamism of Ashtanga Yoga. Her classes are intense, intimate, and light-hearted.

She asks her students to drop in, move into the body with compassion and a sense
of humor, and witness their own internal process. She teaches the
Ashtanga Vinyasa method in a therapeutic manner, and, devoid of dogma.

She supports Women for Women, an organization that helps women survivors of war
rebuild their lives.

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