Erika Straub moved from San Francisco to LA in 2013 to complete her Masters in Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute and to pursue her passions in yoga, dance, and fitness.
Erika has been a personal trainer for ten years and a yoga teacher for three years, working first with Equinox and then transitioning into a private setting.
Erika studied through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and is certified in TRX, Kettlebells, functional movement screening, pre/post natal, and Vipr, as well as being yoga alliance certified. However, she has found that her best teacher has been learning her own body through her many different fitness endeavors, as well as rehabbing her own injuries.
As an athlete she played collegiate level softball, ran half marathons, competed as an equestrian at the grand prix level, competed in fitness body building shows, and now she practices yoga daily, and trains as a hip hop, contemporary, and ballet dancer.
Her love affair with yoga began in San Francisco in 2012 under the teaching of Rusty Wells at Urban Flow. Her practice has taken her to India for a summer intensive, and most recently to Costa Rica to study at The School of the World with master teachers. She has practiced, taught, and trained in bhakti, vinyasa, hatha, bikram (only a student of), and power yoga, and currently teaches a provocative power yoga class throughout the LA area. Her teaching and classes are influenced by her love for athleticism, music, and movement.
Erika’s passion for fitness and movement inspire her to deeply connect with her clients so that they find love and appreciation for their bodies, for movement, and for the happiness that follows. She blends strength and flexibility seamlessly throughout her training sessions as a foundation for her clients to reach their personal goals. Erika deeply understands the connection between the mind, body, and soul and breathes that into her clients and teachings.