Erika Swyryn, RYT-500
While I had always been interested in yoga, I began my journey yoga journey in earnest in 2014. A friend frequently told me about her studio and teacher and how the practice has had such a positive impact on her life. I took my first class at Indra’s Grace and Sandra, the teacher and owner was so encouraging. I was not sure I could make it through that first class and I still remember her words to this day; “If you are thinking right now that you are in the wrong place, then know you are in the RIGHT place.” I fell in love with yoga that day, never dreaming that I would one day be a teacher myself.
In 2015 I decided to take the RYT200 Hour teacher training at Indra’s to further my own growth and practice and I received my certification in the fall of that year. In 2016 I focused on keeping up with what I learned and really took time to develop a home practice. Somewhere along the way I felt like I was called to do more with what I had learned and when Sandra offered advanced teacher training early in 2017, I jumped at the chance.
This time around, I knew I wanted to teach and took the opportunity to share with friends, family, and even my coworkers as I started the RTY500 program in January of 2017. I will have my certification for this advanced training by the end of December and am very excited to start Kundalini teacher training in January of 2018.
Even though I started yoga for the physical exercise, my favorite parts of yoga wound up being breath work and meditation. These are also the parts I struggled with the most starting out, and I have grown to love my breath work and meditation practice. I travel extensively for my full-time job, so finding places and times to practice can be challenging when I am all over the country. I also love experimenting with yoga I can do in small spaces, in cars, on planes, or in hotel rooms. You can take your yoga practice with you anywhere. Just ask me how!
In my spare time I am an avid reader and writer, and I am a rescue certified scuba diver. Along with my husband Jeff, we rescue and foster cats and kittens for a local rescue group in Weatherford, TX.