Hi, my name is Erin Ewing (they/them). I am a certified and registered Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)* and Yoga Teacher (RYT-500) with over 1000 hours of formal training, as well as a year of classical study in ashrams in India.
With a background in social work and social justice activism (Bachelor of Social Work; BA in Women's and Gender Studies and Native Studies), I have always been passionate about reaching underserved communities, and I am motivated by a deep commitment to support others in their own personal holistic healing journeys.
People often describe my presence as gentle, calming, grounding, and soothing. In my personal life, I am a quiet introvert; as a yoga therapist and teacher, I hold space with presence, compassion, and a focus on accessibility. As a human, I identify as queer and non-binary / gender fluid, am descended from primarily Celtic ancestry, and have moved in and out of both physical and mental health disability several times over my life.
Yoga Therapy & My Own Story
I am brought to this work by my own lived experience of trauma and the countless ways that it has impacted my life over the years: Complex PTSD, depression, substance use, chronic fatigue, risk-taking, self-harm, disordered eating and weight problems, body shame and disconnect, chronic pain and restricted movement, unhealthy relationships, boundary confusion, social isolation, not feeling safe in my own body or in the world....Any of this sound familiar?
Believe me, I get it.
For myself, I found that the more I practiced yoga, the less I felt the need to escape myself...the less I needed to drink or use drugs...the more I connected with my body and began to feel that my body was a safe and enjoyable place to be. It played a pivotal role in rebuilding my body from being unable to walk to being able to climb mountains again. I learned to tune in to physical sensations as well as to witness my thoughts and emotions, and to observe all of these with curiosity, compassion, non-judgement, and self-acceptance.
The more I practice therapeutic yoga, the less physical and emotional pain I experience, and the more effectively I am able to manage what does emerge. To this day, I rely on yoga's practical tools such as breath, mindfulness, and self-regulation of my nervous system to support me through life's ups and downs.
Rooted in empathy and a deep commitment to support others who struggle, my helping modality of choice has shifted over the years from social work to the more holistic practice of yoga therapy - a practice that supports and integrates mind, heart, body, and spirit in a way that profoundly changed my own life.
Please get in touch if you are interested in how yoga therapy could serve you in your life.