Erika Kemp, RYT-200
Erika began practicing yoga when she moved to Columbus in 2004. Growing up taking dance lessons, she enjoyed yoga for the familiarity of the movements and practiced on and off throughout the years. She considered teacher training at several times, but the fear of not being “good enough” at yoga to justify teacher training always held her back from pursuing it.
In 2019, Erika started taking classes at a new studio and met Colleen O’Brien McFall, founder of the Columbus School of Yoga. After taking one class with Colleen, she was inspired to finally pursing teacher training, and quickly signed up for her program. Erika loved digging deep in her yoga practice, and learning more about the history, philosophy, and connections between body, mind, and breath.
Attracted to the balance of effort and ease, a slow flow class is Erika’s favorite style to both teach and to take. She guides her students with ample cues for safe alignment, but also leaves space for exploration, reflection, and quiet. She encourages students to begin where they are, listen to and support their bodies, and focus on sensation over shape.
In addition to yoga, Erika is a horticulturist and is always happy to chat about anything related to plants and gardening. She is especially passionate about native plants and organic veggie gardening. She enjoys cooking, taking walks in her neighborhood and at the Metro Parks, spending time at the library, and hanging out with her boyfriend and their two cats, Emmett and Ernie.