Namaste, friends:
I have been instructed by saints and sages in India to offer the gift of yoga to the world as a service (seva):

  • Instructed to teach yoga in individual and group sessions by Sai Baba through leela vision (Shirdi, 2010)
  • Instructed to teach yoga by Narmada Devi Puri Ma (Mataji) at Santosh Puri Ashram (Hardwar, 2010)
  • Instructed to continue my work as an astrologer, and to write about non-dual (advaita) understanding, by my guru, the sage Ramesh Balsekar, in our last talks and private discussions. (Mumbai, 2009)

Erin Reese is a Hatha Yoga Instructor, having graduated from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana yoga university (SVYASA University) in Bangalore, India.

She is available for one-on-one, private, and group teaching sessions by appointment.

Her primary goals as a yoga instructor are:

1. To help you to move from the busy-ness of the thinking mind, into the quiet and wisdom of the body.

2. To help you establish a simple practice that you can do on your own, in your home

Erin emphasizes a combination of restorative-passive (opening) yin yoga, balance, strength and flexibility asanas in a meditative flow style. Body awareness is of primary importance, as are improved posture and total mindfulness.


Yoga Consultant, 2007-Present
Various Locations in India, Europe, and U.S.
Instructor for Small Groups and Individuals. Successfully setting student(s) up for self-practice. Heavy emphasis on personal attention, helping beginners to yoga to overcome fears and insecurities about starting a home yoga practice.


Certified Yoga Instructor, 2010
SVYASA Yoga University, Bangalore, India
With 'Marks of Distinction' for coursework in all of the following: Philosophies of Bhakti, Jnana, Karma, and Raja Yoga; Applications of Yoga (Research, Education, Diet and Nutrition, Health, and Therapy); Indian Culture (Bhajan - Devotional Music; Introduction to Sanskrit); History of Spiritual Masters (Sri Ramakrishna, Ma Sharada Devi, Swami Vivekenanda); Asanas, Kriyas, Pranayama, Meditation, Chanting; Teaching Methods and Presentation; Yogic Games and Artistic and Creative Development Through Yoga.

Self-practice, 2006-2009
Deepening self-practice while working as freelance editor and travel writer throughout south India. Also simultaneously teaching small groups and individuals privately.

Group Practice, 2004-2006
Regular courses at Yoga Tree in San Francisco, California with Dina Amsterdam. Yin Yoga and Vinyasa Flow emphasizing deep, passive-intense postures to loosen the body and release stored tension.

Iyengar Intensive, 2002-2003
Small group training in Rishikesh, India with Swami Anil. Iyengar series with heavy emphasis on alignment.

Sivananda Yoga Introductory Hatha Course, 1992
Taught through Experimental College, UC Davis
Hatha yoga asanas; meditation with emphasis on breath and japa.


Between 2002 and 2010, spent a total of four years in India - living, working, and studying philosophy, yoga, and meditation.

Vipassana Meditation Study, with several 10-day silent courses in Dharamsala, Jaipur, Hyderabad, and Igatpuri - as well as in the U.S. and Europe.

Major Pilgrimages: Holi and Diwali at Varanasi and Rishikesh (Lord Shiva and Maa Ganga); Shirdi (Sadguru Sai Baba of Shirdi); Tiruvannamalai (Holy Mountain Arunachala Shiva and Sri Ramana Maharshi); Sarnath, Lumbini (Nepal), Kushinagar, and Bodh Gaya (Lord Buddha); Dakshineshwar (Maa Kali); Puri, Orissa (Jaganath - Lord Krishna); Gokarna (Shiva Atma Lingam).

Advaita Vedanta: Philosophy of Non-Duality
Disciple of Sri Ramesh Balsekar, Advaita Master (1917-2009) - Intensive Study 2007-2009 in Mumbai; Lineage includes Sri Ramana Maharshi and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Traveled through and reported on all major cultural regions of the Indian subcontinent, including sixteen states in north and south, east and west: Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman Islands, West Bengal, Uttar Pradhesh, Uttarakhand, Uttaranchal, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Orissa, Rajasthan, Goa, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh.

Freelance writer and contributor to Global Traveler USA magazine on Varanasi and Kolkata. Top Ten Travel Blog on for award-winning India blog, Bindi Girl, 2002-2010.


Earth Yoga When our energetic roots go deep enough, we can fly even higher.

When you’re in a city, the sheer congestion of people, electricity, computers, radio and wireless, microwave, satellites, and other waves penetrate our system – especially if we’re in a location where we’re surrounded by antennas and there are lots of hills or structures bouncing waves right back into your brain. If you’re a highly-sensitive person, like me, it’s enough to make you super-scrambled. It can be quite disorienting, even painfully so. Click here to read more.

Awakening in Asana "The great yogis remind us that if the body is not in a fit state, our higher stages of yoga practices leading to samadhi will be obstructed by aches, pains, and an inability to rest comfortably in mind and body, hence, the importance of asanas..." Click here to read more.

The simple act of watching the breath as it moves in and out of the nostrils, or as the abdomen fills and empties, does wonders for our peace of mind.  Click here to read more.


  1. I loved reading about your background and enjoying you own practice.

  2. What a great yoga retreat you led! A perfect way to start out the new year. My mine and body feel more clear and ready for 2011! You are an excellent guide and instructor!