From an early age, Erin has been involved in sports. Growing up in Western Canada, she was a competitive figure skater into her late teens. During that time, Erin was fortunate to train with Olympic-caliber coaches who recognized the benefits of stretching and visualization classes to complement on-ice training. She didn’t know it at the time, but this early exposure to yoga-inspired methods would eventually lead her down a yogic path...
Competitive by nature, Erin’s athletic endeavors did not end with skating and in fact became more intense. From skating, she migrated to triathlons and has completed an Ironman. In 2012, she also completed the daunting Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race. Today, Erin continues her love of sport by racing bicycles, primarily cyclocross. However, none of this would be possible without her yoga practice. While the asanas are what initially brought Erin to the mat in order to build strength, balance, and flexibility, it was the spiritual nature, and true grace of yoga, that keeps her coming back.
Erin earned her 200-hour certification from Garden State Yoga (now PowerFlow) in Glen Rock, NJ, with Jody Domerstad and recently completed a Yoga for Athletes intensive with Sage Rountree in June 2014. Future plans include working towards a 500-hour certification and continuing her studies of anatomy and sport-related yoga.
Yoga can complement any sport and is adaptable to an athlete's specific training program. Elm yoga, (is also Erin's initials - Erin Leigh Michelle) specializes in Yoga for Athletes, and her vinyasa flow classes emphasize the use of the breath and alignment. When yoga is included in a training plan, whether it be for a walker, runner, triathlete, cyclist, boot camper, endurance athlete, or weekend warrior, the athlete will gain core strength, reduce the likelihood of injuries, increase self awareness, and reduce everyday stress, all of which allows the athlete to perform at her or his best.
Erin lives in Easton, PA, with her husband Angelo and an adorable pitbull named Georgia. She is also a foodie, who loves supporting local farms, like Asbury Village Farm and participates in their workshare program.
- 2016 MAC (Mid-Atlantic Cyclocross) Master Women Champion
- 2015 MAC (Mid-Atlantic Cyclocross) Master Women Champion
- 2014 U.S. National Mountain Bike Cat 3 W40-49 Champion
- 2012 Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race Sub 12 Hour Finisher
- 2010 MAC (Mid-Atlantic Cylcocross) Series B Women Champion
- 2009 New Jersey Time Trial Champion
- 2007 Ironman Florida finisher
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