Ericka Dufton is the founder of Root Down Yoga. She is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant in the state of New Hampshire and registered Yoga Instructor. She has a passion for helping others and a deep understanding of anatomy and bio-mechanics. With over a decade of teaching experience combined with her education in physical therapy and long-time interest in holistic healthcare she is able to create a safe and effective experience that promotes union of body and mind.
Her classes aim to restore balance, improve joint alignment, correct function, reduce pain and prevent injury. Each session is unique and draws upon the body’s innate capacity to heal. Both physical therapy and yoga concepts are incorporated to promote healing of the whole person using techniques that focus on correcting dysfunctional movement patterns and limitations that contribute to pain. Eastern yoga practices such as breath work, sequencing, meditation and guided visualization are integrated with a western medicine understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathology and evidence based treatment practices. Modifications for specific injury and diagnosis are woven into a fun and inspiring experience on the mat that spills over into daily life. Ericka’s classes are appropriate for new practitioners who are looking for a less intimidating approach, those struggling with limited mobility and for experienced students looking to further investigate an existing yoga practice.
Ericka graduated with a Bachelors of Science from Saint Anselm College in 2002. In 2006 she completed her traditional Ashtanga Yoga Training with Mimi Loureiro of O2 Yoga. She acquired her degree for Physical Therapist Assistant in 2011.