Eriko Watanabe I 英里子
Yoga I Breath work I Meditation Teacher
With Eriko’s caring, grounded nature and her precise alignment guidance, you will feel safe and supported to explore your edge both physically and mentally. Eriko is known for her knowledge of anatomy and physiology and her safe and intuitive adjustments are one of a kind.
Eriko’s classes are dynamic and precise, with eastern flavour. Her teaching caters to a variety of practice modes, ranging from the more active held hatha and dynamic flow styles, to the slower, more restorative flavoured yin styles with focus coming to awareness and meditation Eriko specializes in neck and lower back pain management, increase focus/mindfulness, and anxiety/stress management.
She grew up in Japan and US, moved to Australia, and she considers herself as a fusion of east and west and appreciates the best of both world with her blended perspective. Her upbringing has given Eriko the ability to relate to others. She is an ex-corporate turned to a Yoga teacher, bringing in the understanding of office work-related stress and pressures of the modern lifestyle.
Eriko has practiced Yoga since 2007, having trained with many amazing teachers in classes/workshops/training, particularly Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss, both physiotherapists and incredible Yogis. She holds a 500-hour certification with Yoga Synergy and a 100-hour Yin Yoga Certification with Mel McLaughlin at the Yin space and continues her practice with Eileen Hall and Clive Sheridan.
First finding yoga as a form of exercise, Eriko instantly saw a deeper value not only through the “feel good” vibe physical practice, but more so the calmness it brought to her mind. This enthusiasm immediately turned into passion to learn more about movement, mind and Yoga.Through her practice, Eriko has found Yoga provides an anchor and many teachings particularly through tough times, such as anxiety and life’s regular ups and downs. Injury led to further investigation of Yoga through participating in teacher training, knowing at that time, she will be engaged in a lifelong practice. Now she considers herself a vessel of Yoga, passing on the knowledge she’s found to people who need it.
Eriko is always keen to learn, forever a student, and in work in progress. Aiming to be the best version of herself, using yoga as an anchor and a tool to enjoy life with more ease.