Erica Magliaro (Registered Yoga Teacher-500 hour) was first introduced to yoga as a child, when her mom taught her poses based on the book "Be a Frog, A Bird, or a Tree" by Rachel Carr.
As an athletic teen and young adult, Erica was always on the court, field, or track, pushing her mental and physical limits. She rediscovered yoga while living in Boston, at first attracted to the athleticism that it can require, but then developing a greater appreciation for the mind-body connection that it fosters.
During her years as a financial analyst, often working 60+ hours a week, Erica found that yoga helped to manage her stress and stay connected to that place of inner peace and innate wisdom. It was the realization that so many people were struggling with the same problems that compelled Erica to pursue yoga as a career.
Erica completed her Interdisciplinary Yoga teacher training with Don and Amba Stapleton at the Nosara Yoga Institute. The program is a unique blend of Vinyasa yoga (linking movement and breath), and Therapeutic Conditioning Movements, designed to bring deeper body awareness and reawaken the body to its natural movement capability.
In addition to becoming a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (the highest level of certification), Erica believes in the benefit of cross-functional training to gain an even greater understanding of the body and mind. She has spent time studying yoga therapeutics, anatomy, somatics, myofascial and acupuncture meridians, athletic strength and conditioning, and body/posture reading. She is also a certified by the Titleist Performance Institute as a fitness professional for golf, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Through further studies, Erica has also become a certified Pranassage Practitioner, a powerful synthesis of yoga and bodywork that produces deep relaxation. Her love of yoga as a path of healing and wholeness draws her to continual learning and exploration with teachers of varied disciplines.
Erica believes that yoga can help you stay calm, remain focused, and be at your best – whether that's in athletics, at the office, or just having the energy for a vibrant life with friends and family.
When you're at your best, you are better able to re-connect with yourself, others, and humanity as a whole. This connection helps us find the awareness and inspiration to truly give back to the greater good. Whether it's a small token like a smile or compassion given to a stranger, or a bigger impact made on the world, Erica believes we can all make a difference.
She encourages her students to be authentic, find joy in life on and off the mat, and rediscover the teacher within.
Erica makes yoga flow, and I always walk out of her classes feeling calmer and more balanced. Her gentle personality comes out in her teaching and practice. Erica definitely brings serenity to my body and mind.
- Dr. Lee,