ERIN WARD AKA EASY E
Hometown: Laurel Springs, NJ
On weekends you can be found: Trolling the BK coffee shop scene, urban exploring, yoga-ing, and hanging out with amazing people I’m lucky to call my friends.
Favorite movie of all time: Amelie! If you haven’t seen it, it and the soundtrack will change your life.
Favorite time of day to get your practice in? This is a toss up, the morning is delicious for an energizing practice, yet the evening provides that space to let go and release the day. Can’t I have both?
Weirdest place you've ever practiced at: The waiting lobby at the JFK Airport, Terminal 2. FYI handstands are frowned upon by TSA.
A quote you love? 'Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?’ - Mary Oliver
Your personal mantra is… Perspective is everything. I truly believe in the power of magical thinking, the law of attraction, and infectious energy. If I can take active steps to shifting my perspective when it isn’t serving me — to reframe my world in a positive and exciting light — than I have the ultimate power to keep creating that reality for myself and those around me. Sending out love and warmth into the world means it’ll boomerang back, only amplified. When I think about that I’m in awe with the world.
What's your favorite part of Y7? Besides hip hop yoga? The community, hands down! I’ve gotten to meet some inspiring people, both teachers and students. It’s exciting to know that this will keep happening as Y7 expands and more people start seek out our offering. The ambiance in the room facilitates that feeling of solidarity with the person next to you. It’s cozy, hot, dark, and loud. You feel the person breathing on the mat next to you, having a unique experience yet in it with you. There is a feeling of connection that extends after the Savasana and draws you back to the dark of the room again and again.
Dream vacation: Traveling the world with someone I love - on a bicycle! Maybe not so much a vacation as an eventual reality! (Thoughts become things!)
Favorite yoga pose: I fancy a good Mountain Pose, especially when I am feeling upset, anxious, or at all self-conscious, this pose reminds me of my inner strength and power.
Favorite post yoga snack: Does wine count? Okay for reals, a good post-yoga smoothie is Savasana in my mouth.
How did you get into yoga? When I first moved to NYC I found myself with that inevitable sense of being small, lost, inadequate and spinning, whirling, and twirling. I went to a yoga class with my roommate and I remember wanting to cry as the teacher offered us a child’s pose at the end of class, coupled with the wisdom “you are exactly where you need to be at exactly the right time.” It was one of those high-on-yoga moments that I will never forget.