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Erika Burkhalter : theweconference.com
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Erika Burkhalter

Strong, supple and ageless, the very flexible Erika Burkhalter first discovered yoga as a young girl of eight or nine, practicing along with Lilias Folan as she demonstrated yoga techniques on the PBS TV series, Lilias, Yoga and You. Over the years Erika has explored many yoga practices and has studied with many well-known yogis.

“Exotic India has called to me since I was a young girl,” Erika explains. “The smells of the flowers and spices, the vibrant colors of the saris, and the echo of vedic chanting rippling across the Keralan backwaters lure me back year after year.”

After completing advanced teacher training programs, Erika began leading yoga classes in 1999. Integrating breath and bhakti into classes filled with alignment and inspiration, she brings balance to this moving meditation by focusing on the development of strength of both body and mind. Erika teaches vinyasa flow classes filled with pranic integration and alignment, weaving philosophy, chanting and meditation into a fluid practice guided by the breath. She currently serves on the faculty of Yoga Works’ 500-hour teacher training program. Erika particularly enjoys mentoring new teachers to nurture their exploration of yoga and share the benefit of her experience as they follow their own paths.

Inspired by her travels in India, she shares Indian folk tales and stories as well as philosophical teachings and pranayama (breathing) techniques with her yoga students. In recent years, she has combined her passion for yoga with her love of travel, founding Yoga Trek Adventures. She now leads groups on yoga tours in such exotic locations as India, Mexico, and Costa Rica.

Erika holds a Masters of Science degree in neuropsychology and, although she is no longer actively practicing in that field, she continues to be amazed and intrigued by the links between ancient wisdom and modern science. Her latest passion is the harmonium instrument featured in kirtan music. is currently writing a collection of stories entitled Tales of India.

She’ll be teaching yoga at Bhakti Fest at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center in the southern California desert from September 8-12, 2011. Don’t miss Erika’s incredibly breathtaking and mesmerizing performance of the Acro Yoga piece, Trust, with her partner, David Danon at The WE Conference™.


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