Erika Newell

Erika teaches Yoga for Women with Cancer Experience on Sundays at Circle Yoga. Learn more and see the YWCE class schedule.

Erika Newell didn't grow up feeling that her body was particularly strong, graceful or coordinated. She mostly just wished that this part of her was thinner or that that part was curvier, and prayed that no one would notice how far her ribs stuck out. After undergoing a bilateral mastectomy for breast cancer at age 31, she decided to get real with herself and face her body. It was yoga that facilitated that process. During a Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors class, Erika was surprised to find that she actually started to feel pretty darn good about herself in those moments of stretching and releasing, opening and folding. She began to dream that someday she would be able to share that delightful feeling of discovering one's vitality through yoga with other women who have been affected by cancer.

Erika became a Registered Yoga Teacher in 2012 after training with Neva Ingalls. After that, she completed her Y4C training with Tari Prinster (right here at Circle Yoga!) With a newfound confidence and love of her body, Erika soon started working out with weights and even performed in a modern dance recital! Recently she became a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is training for certifications in Natural Movement and Russian Style Kettlebell.