March: Erica Blackburn
A few years ago, I sat down at my computer to type up my bio for “Yogi of the Month” for the Halifax Yoga newsletter. I feel like my experience has come full circle as I write this bio for “Featured Instructor of the Month”.
To say the time between then and now has had tremendous highs and lows, uncertain turns, and a good dose of “just have faith” and “trust the process”, is an understatement. The path I thought I would take seems to be unwinding into an unplanned adventure, as life often does! Through it all I have had the love and support of my family and friends and a safe and soft place to land at Halifax Yoga.
Becoming a Yoga Teacher is something I knew in my heart I would do; I have been practicing yoga since I was a teenager and it has waited patiently as I have fallen in and out of love with it. Completing the teaching training at Halifax Yoga was a life altering experience for which I am forever grateful. The experience has opened me up to an inward quest to discover and know myself; the parts I like and those I try to hide. It has lead me to meet amazing women and men in the yoga community, teachers and students, who inspire me and carry the light of this incredible lifestyle, discipline and practice. I feel so blessed to be a part of this community and to have the honour to grow and develop as a teacher and student within it.
Since completing Yoga Teacher Training I have become a Certified Yoga Life Coach and Reiki Practitioner. I am currently studying to become a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner. As it says in the famous Hindu text, The Bhagavad Gita, “On this path no effort is wasted. No gain is ever reversed.” I feel that to be true every time I get on my mat. Something shifts in me and it may allow me to live my purpose with more ease and hopefully encourage others to do the same. In this practice of healing and self-discovery we can really only ever change ourselves.
Please join me for class on Monday (Hot Power, 4:30pm), Tuesday (Yin Yang, 6:15pm), and Sunday (Flow, 3:30pm). All three classes are all levels and everyone is welcome! There is always a wonderful group of regular students who show up ready and willing to share their light …and some space for you to lay your mat next to them! Sometimes the classes are guided with soul, other times with humor, and always with hands on assists (if you like!).
Otherwise… I’ll see you in one of the other fabulous classes, as we breathe and move together… changing ourselves and thus, changing the world!