Eric Schwarz, recently crowned “the best yoga instructor in Washington D.C.,” is taking off on a new adventure in a far away land next week. For over three years this long-haired fiery guru has been an inspiring teacher, a loyal friend, and a wise mentor.
Eric recently told a friend of mine that he deserved “maybe one percent credit” for my own relative success as a teacher. Eric — I won’t put a number on it, but it’s much more than that.
See a few years ago my favorite teacher, Eric, asked me if I was interested in becoming an instructor myself. I had not seriously considered the idea until that moment. A few days later we chatted about the pros and cons of teaching yoga over some beers and paninis. That conversation marked the start of a massive transformation in my personal and professional life, and Eric’s been with me every step of the way since then.
The Gift That Keeps On Giving
For me taking Eric’s class is like getting a cake — it’s a delicious treat. Just being able to watch him work his magic in the studio would have alone been enough inspiration to keep me going with this whole yoga career. But I’m lucky because Eric has been icing my cakes for the last three years. He just keeps spreading on thick layers of buttercream goodness.
Eric’s supported me by attending my classes more regularly than I attended his. He’s offered me jobs. He’s talked me up, promoted my events, and introduced me to a deep network of local health and wellness professionals. He even blessed me with the opportunity to assist two of his yoga retreats in West Virginia.
Put simply: Without Eric, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
So thank you, Eric, from the bottom of my heart. You have touched mine and so many others' hearts in this city. Needless to say, you will be missed. But I'm more excited than sad because I know that the world is your playground, and playtime is just beginning for you.
Teachers and those interested in life coaching: Eric will continue to offer a variety of mentoring services remotely. Check out his website: http://www.ericschwarzyoga.com