Erin Wicks: Chef, Mum, Yoga Teacher and now Business Owner! Helping children & families reduce stress & anxiety.
Erin Wicks first discovered Yoga 14 years ago and was drawn to the physical ability to gain strength and flexibility, but over time noticed the amazing benefits that the practice gave her on a psychological level.
Over the last four years Erin has immersed herself in the daily practice of Yoga at home and studios, and her passion is more than just developing strength and flexibility in the body, it is about strengthening the connections between the mind and the body. Erin says yoga is not just about the physical practice it is the inner process of understanding and knowing yourself. It is the physical and emotional connection between how your body feels and maintaining inner balance by listening to you mind, body and heart.
As Erin’s passion for her yoga practice grew so did her desire to learn more. In 2017 she studied to become a yoga teacher and completed her 350hr Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching at Australian Yoga Academy in Melbourne. During her studies she thought if she could teach Yoga, mindfulness, breathing techniques & mediation to children at an early age, what an amazing start to life that would be. So she completed Zenergy Kids Yoga Foundation, Advanced and Yoga Therapy Teacher Training courses and now offers Kids Yoga and Adults/Kids Yoga to the Ballarat community. She now owns Eternal Moksha and teaches Hatha style yoga classes where she specialises in teaching Kids Yoga, Adult Yoga, Prenatal and Yin Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation.
Meditation and mindfulness practices are used to maintain a strong and healthy mind. It is the daily practice of multiple elements in yoga that assists her in understanding herself and encourage balance in her life. When Erin is not practicing or teaching, she loves reading and spending time with her family. She also has a passion for cooking nutritious food at home and as a chef at The Healthy Hub Wellness Centre. Erin teaches Yoga classes at Elements Mind Body Studio, The Healthy Hub Wellness Centre, Jackie Allen Yoga Studio and The Ballarat Dance Centre.
The importance of ancient practices today “Busy-ness” is taking over people’s lives in our society and and advances in technology increases our connectivity to the world. But this increased availability and connectedness can reduce people’s opportunity to get the time that they need to recharge and rejuvenate their mind and body, and in turn it can add anxiety and stress to their lives. The pressures and stresses of the world directly link to the increased rate of anxiety and depression in adults and children. In our world people are more digitally connected and have greater access to knowledge than any other time in history. Being connected online has never been easier with social media and digital communication taking over their life and lifestyle. This digital connection has resulted in large numbers of people being disconnected offline in the real world, which also impacts on people through social anxiety.
There are many forms of Yoga, each with their own practice, purpose and postures and actions. Erin’s goal as a teacher is to guide people through the different techniques in a safe and understanding way. Her focus is on simple techniques to feel into your body, rediscover yourself and breathe. This is where the ancient practices of yoga, mindfulness, relaxation and meditation are becoming more necessary than ever before. It can be as simple as sitting still and just breathing in a safe and calm environment. Anyone willing can practice Yoga, even with limited mobility, it can be adapted to cater for any needs.