Rika began her yoga practice at the age of 43 in 2011, starting with Vinyasa, in an effort to learn greater patience. In 2015, she turned to a dedicated Ashtanga practice, and in 2016, moved from Texas to New York City to deepen her practice with guidance from her Ashtanga teacher, Eddie Stern.
Rika has been teaching Vinyasa, Power Yoga and Ashtanga since 2012. She has taught over 10,000 hours of group and private classes, workshops, and teacher training. She is registered as an ERYT-500 with Yoga Alliance and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider.
Without a dance or gymnastics background, never having even cartwheeled as a child, Rika was neither strong nor flexible when she started her yoga practice, Rika relies mostly on her discipline, dedication and devotion as a practitioner.
Rika's analytical mind and observant eye make her a unique yoga teacher. She strongly believes in the importance of maintaining equilibrium between the body and mind, and balancing both flexibility and strength. Her Vinyasa/Power Yoga classes are mentally and physically challenging, fast-paced with creative sequencing. Rika also teaches Ashtanga privately for practitioners who want to deepen their practice.