Erica Mather is a lifelong teacher. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, she acquired a degree in Music Theory (1999) and later a teaching certificate in Secondary Ed. for Band and Orchestra.
After college she became a local celebrity. A staple on the Madison jazz scene, she performed professionally for five years with her Trio, and was voted Madison’s favorite jazz musician in the 2001 Isthmus reader’s poll. Her seat in the public eye caught the Mayor’s attention and he invited her to be a member of the Mayor’s Arts Advisory Board, where she served briefly before relocating to New York City.
In 2004 she moved to NYC to enroll in Columbia University’s Graduate program in Ethnomusicology, and in 2006 completed her Master’s Degree. That summer took her first yoga teacher training with Ana Forrest. After the training, she began teaching yoga in NYC, and quickly gained renown as a gifted teacher in a very competitive scene. In 2009 Ms. Forrest invited Erica to become part of an elite circle of teachers, The Guardians, senior teachers who are entrusted with passing along the Forrest legacy.
In 2011 Erica made her debut on the National yoga scene, with appearances at Kripalu and Wanderlust. She’s been featured in the Sunday New York Times (July 31, 2011). She also was given her own channel on The Elephant Journal, where–according to the editors–her writing has been “a runaway success.”
In 2012 she made a repeat appearance at Kripalu and continued to broaden her horizons internationally, with appearances at the Bali Spirit Festival, the first Annual Forrest Yoga Conference “Wind Horse”, and a month-long residency at the Tembok Spa in Bali.
A teacher’s teacher, she is not part of the current yoga fad, where teachers are merely conductors for a score of predetermined poses. Her classes are improvisational responses to the people who are in front of her, and she always aims to teach to the crowd lessons that are level-appropriate and that provoke thought, feeling, and growth.