About Change with Yoga


About Erika
Erika is the founder of Change with Yoga and is a qualified Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga facilitator and Laughter Yoga facilitator.

Erika was drawn to yoga after visiting India in 1998 which led her to have a on and off practice for 8 years. She later picked up a solid practice at the Brighton Buddhist Centre, England, in 2006. It was here that Erika became inspired to become a yoga teacher. She later returned to Australia to complete her Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teacher Training at the Australian Yoga Academy.  Erika then went on to study other areas of yoga such as yogic philosophy, laughter yoga, yin yoga, trauma sensitive yoga and yoga therapy.

Erika comes from a Hatha/Vinyasa tradition and bases her classes on Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga. Her classes are powerful and challenging yet nourishing. There is a strong emphasis on mindfulness and a unique sense of playfulness to her classes. We take our practice seriously but ourselves lightly.

Erika’s classes are suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced practitioners as various modifications are offered throughout her sessions.


Erika is a registered senior level 3 member with Yoga Australia and is a certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapy (C-IAYT). Erika is also certified through the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute to facilitate Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga sessions (TCTSY-F).


  • Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teacher Training, Australian Yoga Academy (500hrs)

  • Certificate in Yogic Philosophy & the Universal Mysteries, Australian Yoga Academy

  • Laughter Yoga, Dr Kataria School of Laughter Yoga

  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training Level 1, Jennifer Cresenzo

  • Jivamukti & Universal Yoga Master-class Training (50hrs), Will Lao

  • Insight Yoga Yin/Yang Mindfulness Training (60hrs), Sarah Powers

  • Graduate Certificate of Yoga Therapy, Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy

  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training (1 day intensive), Annabel McLisky, Arthur Sharp & Shirley Hicks

  • Healing through Breath Centred Yoga, Leslie Kaminoff (14hrs)

  • Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) for Trauma, Melissa Harte (16hrs)

  • Yoga for Mood Management, Anxiety & Depression, LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training, part A, Amy Weintraub, LifeForce Yoga (33hrs)

  • Neurophysiology of Breathing workshop, Roger Cole (5hrs)

  • Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Foundational workshop for yoga teachers, TCTSY Australia (20hrs)

  • Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) Certification (300hrs), Trauma Center - Justice Resource Institute

  • Group Facilitation Workshop, Andrew Mournehis (12hrs)

  • Trauma Informed and Community Yoga, Yoga for HumanKind (60 hours)

  • Secondary Level Insight Yoga Teacher Training, Sarah Powers (30 hours)

  • Yoga as Medicine: The Art and Science of Yoga Therapy, Dr Timothy McCall (30 hours)

  • Trauma & Cultural Awareness; Being Accessible to the Whole Community, Frontline Yoga (3hrs) 

  • Eating Disorders: Understand, Recognise, Act - for yoga professionals, Eating Disorders Victoria & Janet Lowndes (4 hrs)

About Cleo

This is Cleo the yogi cat and she works behind the scenes at Change With Yoga always leading by example of how to integrate the 8 limbs of yoga. You'll often see her experimenting with different shapes with her body (she loves rolling around on the floor), breathing deeply, resting and maintaining healthy boundaries! She's also brilliant at co-regulation. If you're stressed or overwhelmed she's wonderful at calming you down. If you're in a rush, she's very good at slowing you down or even making you stop for 5 minutes!

She does have a strange obsession with shoes though!


Although you won't find her in the studios or clinics around town she is very much a part of the Change With Yoga team!