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Hello, dear Reader! Welcome to my inaugural yoga advice column, where you will have an opportunity to ask questions and get answers. Who am I? A New York City based yoga and embodiment educator. I teach classes, and work privately to help people feel better in, and about their bodies. I’m a lineage holder in a yoga system called Forrest Yoga, named after my teacher Ana Forrest. I’m a 1000hour certified Yoga Therapist. I’m the author of a forthcoming book (New Harbinger 2020) written to help women improve their relationship with their bodies. I’ve named this column “Adore Your Body Yoga” because that’s central to my approach to yoga. Before I say more about that, I’d like to answer a fundamental question, “what is yoga?” When you think of yoga, you might imagine all the ways

that people bend and stretch their bodies. But, did you know that yoga is one of the earliest studies of the human mind? Essentially, yoga is one of the first inquiries into the nature of human existence, why suffering occurs, and what to do about it. You might be surprised to discover that yoga is actually more about the mind than it is about the body! And, your mind resides within your body—where else would it be?!

Therefore, how we tend to the body affects the condition of our mind, and, vice versa. Modernity has been hard on our bodies. Sitting is the new smoking. Low back pain is the new common cold. Screens and lights tax our eyes. Our wrists and hands ache from typing and texting. Increasingly, we’re divorced from our body’s needs. Meanwhile, beauty standards don’t relent. Within work schedules that seriously compromise our lives,

Who is Erica Mather? Erica Mather is a natural-born teacher who began teaching at age 17 and now studies pedagogy through education, learning and leadership. She believes that our bodies are our foundational relationship, and created programs, services, and has written a book to support this philosophy. The Adore Your Body System resolves body image challenges; The Yoga Clinic supports students, teachers, and health

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professionals to learn about empowered self-care for the body; and her forthcoming book (New Harbinger 2020) covers these topics as well. Erica is a Forrest Yoga Guardian, hand-picked by Ana Forrest to become one of a handful of senior teachers in the Forrest Yoga tribe. She teaches at PURE Yoga in New York City, and maintains a full schedule of Yoga Clinic clients, and private Adore Your Body coaching.

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