In 2005, I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. During that year while on a myriad of medications, I spent a total of one month of my life in the hospital away from my newborn daughter. When the more conventional route for Crohn's management failed to bring me relief, I decided to make some changes. I met with my gastroenterologist and arranged to wean myself off of the medications. We agreed to a one-year trial. I changed my diet and dedicated myself to my mat. At the end of my year, my colonoscopy showed no signs of inflammation, scarring, or any other indications that I had Crohn's disease. My doctors were amazed. I was not.
Yoga is food for my mind, body, and soul.
In July of 2010, I was rushed to the ER unable to speak, shivering, and with a raging-I-think-my-head-is-going-to-explode headache. Once there, we learned that I had spiked a sudden fever of 103. This was the cause of my headache. The physicians spent the next 7 hours working to bring my temperature back down. Based on my initial test results, they determined that I was fine. I was sent home with instruction to return if symptoms worsened.
Two days later, I received a phone call from the ER. They casually explained that I needed to return to the hospital and that I had about 48 hours to live without treatment. I was septic. So it was back to the hospital. After several intrusive exams, it was discovered that I had two bacteria in my bloodstream; my liver and pancreas were failing, and my bile duct was inflamed. I spent a week in the hospital, was released for one week of recovery at home before going back for gall bladder removal surgery.
It wasn't until 2 weeks later during my post-op visit that I learned that what I suffered was a rare combination of ailments; cholangitis and sepsis. When it does occur, 63% of the people afflicted, die from it. My surgeon explained that I had gone in so completely healthy and strong that I was able to be counted among the lucky 37%.
During this ordeal, while still in the hospital, I continued my yoga practice. It felt like the right thing to do. Apparently it was. I believe in the restorative power of yoga and I place that at the forefront of my journey, my practice and my teaching.
Erica received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her Master's degree from Suffolk University. She has been a dedicated practitioner of Yoga for almost 20 years and has blossomed into a respected Healer. Erica is a certified and registered Yoga Instructor with Yoga Alliance and a Reiki Master of the Usui lineage.
Erica draws inspiration from her children, the quirks of daily life, contemporary writing such as Eat, Pray, Love and The Time Traveler's Wife as well as ancient texts such as the Yoga Sutras and The Bhagavad Gita. She strives to provide inspiration for students to carry with them, on and off their mats, lighting their path along their personal journey towards acceptance of Self.
Instructors who have inspired her: Shawn Cornelison, Rolf Gates, Jacqui Bonwell, David Vendetti, Ana Forrest, and Natasha Rizopolous.