About Erin

Erin Kaltenbrun, Ph.D., RYT-200 is a west coast transplant to NC from the mountains of northern Nevada. She relocated to North Carolina in 2007 and earned her Ph.D. in molecular and developmental biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She came to yoga in quite an ordinary way, hoping to gain some flexibility and strength, but quickly discovered yoga as a way to manage anxiety and depression. After years of developing a daily practice of asana and meditation, she has come to understand yoga as a path to freedom through healing of the body, mind, and spirit.

In 2016, Erin received her 200-hr teaching certification from Republic of Yoga in Cary under the inspiring guidance of Nicole Nichols (Narayani). Erin guides a rigorous, flowing asana supported by playful, uplifting tunes and a shared intention to connect to our highest potential. She is grateful to all of the teachers who have held sacred space for her in their yoga rooms, including her very first teacher, Hollie Sue Mann.


Success is knowing that you are on the path, exactly where you are meant to be right now. It is living a life in which you are continuously expanding your vision of what is possible and stretching your soul a little bit more each day.
— Erin, Yoga Off East Instructor

Q + A

I am happiest…

cuddled up with my best dog friend Dexter after a long run or walk in the woods.   

My favorite view…

snowcapped peaks and long uninterrupted views of the horizon at sunset, the views I miss the most since moving to the South. 

Morning ritual…

tea, neti, mantra meditation, NPR. 

One activity you do everyday without fail…

In all seriousness, probably nothing! Even my best intentioned goals- like to meditate everyday- don’t always happen. So I wake up, forgive myself for messing it up again yesterday, and make space to try again. 

A good day is…

My version of a good day starts out sunny and fresh with strong black tea and a planned adventure. There is time to be outside and there are friends to share the adventure. There is cooking, music to rock out to, funny stories to be told, and hopefully, a very good cocktail to cap it off.  

Last thing you do at night…

a quick 5-minute meditation. 

What 3 things are vital to your day…

podcasts, funny or sweet exchanges with friends, and dry shampoo. 

Your most overused phrase…

Just breathe (mostly to myself about a hundred times a day) 

Go-to websites…

Jezebel, Apartment Therapy, Joy the Baker

Most used emoji…

heart emoji, and wide-eyed face

How do you unwind…

A solo trail run through the woods with Dexter, a yoga class with a beloved teacher, a book + a blanket + chocolate, or sometimes just a very stiff and very good Negroni. 

What was your dream job as a child…

Animal Trainer and Behaviorist

Who is your greatest mentor…

All the women in my life. They are movers, shakers, memory makers. They inspire me with their courage, their kindness, their persistence, and their general badassery. Oh and they’re hella funny. 

Biggest risk that has paid off…

Moving across the country by myself to study and to experience a different place and culture.  

Failure is…

Failure almost always contains within it a very good teaching.

Success is…

Knowing that you are on the path, exactly where you are meant to be right now. It is living a life in which you are continuously expanding your vision of what is possible and stretching your soul a little bit more each day.

Best piece of advice…

Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you’ll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you’ll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Just keep going. No feeling is final. (adapted from the sage advice of Cheryl Strayed and the beautiful poetry of Rainier Maria Rilke)