Niki Erdner

Meet Niki, and join her for class Thursday mornings at 9:30am, Sunday’s at 7pm, and every other Tuesday at 4:30pm. ✨🙏🏽
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1. Favorite asana? That’s a tough one. I have a lot. But my favorite right now would probably be Ardha Chandra Chapasana- sugar cane pose. I always try to incorporate it in my practice because I love how it’s a little bit of everything. Some balance, some chest opening, and an amazing quad stretch. Pincha Mayurasana – forearm stand- is a very close second because it is both fun and challenging to me.
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2. Least favorite? Bow. I find it to be a very uncomfortable backbend, but that just means I need to continue to work on it.
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3. What’s the happiest moment you’ve experienced this year? Teaching my first solo class on the final day of my teaching program at the Rishikesh Vinyasa Yoga School in India. It was such an amazing feeling leading my fellow yogis after our month together of very hard work. Their responses were so encouraging, and I felt that I am following my Dharma (path).
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4. NY Resolution? I don’t really do New Year’s Resolutions- I think everyday is an opportunity to create goals and work towards them. But right now, I am focused on continuing to cultivate my self/teaching practices, deepen my understanding of my true Self through meditation, and continue to find ways to connect with my students and fellow practitioners of yoga.
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5. Reason why you love teaching at the HS? The HS was the first real studio I practiced at, and it’s been my fav ever since. It’s truly been a healing sanctuary for me, and has grown my practice tremendously. I am honored that I can now teach at the place that has given me so much.
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6. How long have you been practicing / teaching ? Practicing yoga since 2011, and I just began teaching in October 2019 🙂
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7. Guilty pleasure? Right now it’s eating baked goods while watching The Great British Baking show in bed.
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8. The best thing about Pgh? The rivers, the bridges, the view coming out of the Fort Pitt Tunnel.
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9. One word that describes winter? Cozy
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10. Spirit animal? Some kind of bear. Polar bear?

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