Ericka Dufton is the founder of Root Down Yoga. She is a registered Yoga Instructor and a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant in the state of New Hampshire. 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.
Classes aim to restore muscle 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, guided visualization and relaxation is 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 strengthen and support 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.
Audrey Ingibersdottir is a registered Yoga Instructor and professional photographer. Her yoga teaching aims to provide a vinyasa flow while incorporating the principles and techniques handed down from the teachings of Ericka Dufton, founder of Rootdown Yoga. Audrey began practicing yoga in Rhode Island while in college at Roger Willams University in 2004 originally as a complement to her rowing training; keeping her mind quiet, calm and focused. Audrey graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from Roger Williams University in 2006. Post college she maintained a home practice as she traveled internationally, studied at the University of Iceland and spent time with family abroad. After returning to the seacoast she was reintroduced to a studio practice in 2013, she completed herRYT-200 hour training in 2015-2016 with 3 Bridges Yoga.