Hi, I’m Erica. And I have a story to tell.
My first bout with depression happened my senior year of high school. And while I never succumbed to medication, I came close a couple of times. That heavy, weighted feeling stuck with me like glue on my shoe for another 10 years.
During that time I lived with an all-pervading sense of guilt but I didn’t know why, and I was riddled with self-doubt and insecurities.
All of my relationships were suffering, and I was stuck in a dead-end job I didn’t love.
I felt trapped, alone and confused.
Through an interesting twist of fate that would forever change my life, I was invited to create and design a comprehensive rehab program for homeless adults, which would end up being a unique combination of education and coaching that took place over the course of 4 intensive weeks.
That was when everything changed.
The same questions I was asking them I, myself, needed to answer. Who am I? And why am I here?
As they, and I, started exploring and discovering the answers to these and other critical life questions, our lives began to change.
That’s when I started writing.
It took me 12 years to pour what I had learned—from my work with the homeless, two yoga teacher trainings, massage school and hypnotherapy training—into a book carefully crafted, beginning with the very first chapter, to take the reader on a guided journey of self discovery.
Showing Up Naked (SUN) was designed to help you get clear about who you are and what you want, eliminate emotional confusion and overwhelm, and make even the most challenging relationships work.
Now, my life and work are dedicated to shining a light into the darkness, lifting the veil of confusion, and helping others live a life of love and freedom.
Yoga saved my life. I’ve heard so many people say this over the years and I get it, because it helped save mine, too.
While all the self discovery work showed me the doorway to myself, gently cracking it open, yoga kicked the door wide open, letting even more light come pouring in.
Because, aside from self discovery, I have yet to find anything more effective in helping us become more self aware and self accepting, and release some of the stuck, stubborn holding patterns that keep us tethered to the past.
Now heart-centered yoga and guided meditation are an integral part of everything that I do, from my coaching programs, to my group retreats and travel…yoga and guided meditation are deeply baked into it all.
Where self-discovery cracked the door open, and yoga kicked it open wider, travel blew the door off the hinges.
I know the quality of my life is directly proportionate to my ability to love, and be free.
Travel opens our hearts and minds and broadens our perspective. It helps us break down the barriers and see everyone as a brother or a sister.
In the end, the deeper our capacity for love, the richer our lives will be.
It all comes down to love—our ability to love ourselves, love others, and love life itself.
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