After having her second child and starting a Couch-to-5K program, Erica Holt quickly fell in love with everything about running. Although it began as a way to drop baby weight, Erica soon found that moving her body was just as exhilarating as it was rewarding. As the miles piled up, each greater distance brought on new challenges, aches, and stiffness. Nonetheless, pushing herself during every race was exciting and fulfilling.
Although Erica had only supplemented her training with the occasional vinyasa class over the years, it wasn’t until she really committed to a consistent practice that she fully understood the benefits yoga brought to her life. The contrast of movement and stillness gave Erica the same thrill distance running had. Once yoga became a staple in her life, Erica found she was a stronger athlete overall, could start races in a more grounded mental state, and recover faster post-race.
Erica earned her RYT-200 from the New School of Yogic Arts at Coolidge Corner Yoga in the summer of 2016, where she studied under Tatyana Souza, Laura Ahrens, Goldie Graham, and Andrew Tanner.
Amanda Nurse recently transitioned from social work to the yoga and fitness world. Amanda loved working with her patients because of her passion for empowering others, but she also wanted to have an impact on Boston's health and fitness community.
Yoga has always been an important part of Amanda's healthy lifestyle. She is an avid proponent of practicing yoga to enhance running performance through strength, stability, flexibility and, most-importantly, mindfulness and breathing. In 2016, Amanda completed the New School of Yogic Arts' 200-hour teacher training, studying under Tatyana Souza, Goldie Graham, Andrew Tanner, and Laura Ahrens. Amanda teaches yoga to the men's and women's water polo teams at Harvard University, and recently taught Yoga for Runners classes at the Runner's World Pop-Up Store during Boston Marathon weekend. Her teaching style is informed by her knowledge of the body and how it needs to be optimized to perform at its top level in a sport. Her thoughtful sequencing includes a mix of vinyasa and restorative yoga, with a strong emphasis on stretching and finding breath through movement.