Vagal Yoga Healing System Founder
Erin M. May
Founder . Yoga Teacher . Lead Meditation Teacher
Erin May, Advanced Structural Integration Practitioner, 1000+ hr Certified Yoga Teacher,
Pilates Instructor and Movement Teacher developed The Vagal Yoga Healing System
based on her 28 years experience of myofascial bodywork & 20 years of sharing yoga’s benefits and movement practices to help people find their alignment and optimum health.
Erin May is available for corporate events, staff retreats, training & kid's Vagal Yoga for schools
Erin leads Vagal Yoga retreats in Canada and Mexico
After returning from her Structural Integration Training in Boulder, Colorado in 1995, Erin opened The Bodymind Centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Over the last 30 years she has travelled the world learning techniques from masters to help people integrate the body and mind. Her classes offer a strong anatomical base for educational understanding as to why we do the things we do. Her 25 years of bodywork knowledge comes across in her classes and in her ability to customize postures and programs for students. Her passions are vagal and kundalini yoga as well as energy work for their healing benefits.Erin is the mother of two wonderful children, Sky and Ocean. She loves being a mom and understands the challenges of work/life balance. Balancing being a mom, business owner and yoga practitioner and teacher.
“Every moment of awareness is our teacher.”
Erin began her formal meditation practice with zen in 1990, Vipassina in 1991, and Tibetan Buddhism in 1992. She has attended countless retreats in India, USA, China, Nepal, Mexico and Canada, including a special Kalachakra Retreat with His Holiness the 14th Dali Lama in 2003. She has travelled throughout the world to learn from masters in various traditions and regularly shares meditation as part of her yoga classes and in workshops, corporate settings and retreats.
September 1989-April 1994 at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON – Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Fine Arts
January-September 1999 in Thunder Bay, ON – Quantum Touch, Studies in Cranio-Sacral Therapy with Wes Vaught.
July 1998 in Toronto, ON – Stott Pilates Instructor Training
April 2000 at the Institute for Structural Medicine in Seattle, Washington – Advanced Myofascial Dissection Course
April 2001 at the Balnea Institute in Thunder Bay, ON – Oriental Diagnosis and Consultation Techniques Course with Homeopath, Dr. Trish Green
May 2002 in Thunder Bay, ON – Focus on Women – A Journey to Wellness Course with Dr. Trish Green
September 2002-June 2005 at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON – Neuroanatomy Course. Working towards finishing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology specializing in Neuropsychology.
September 2004-June 2005 at the Esther Myers Yoga Studio in Toronto, ON – 2 year 750 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program.
2006 – Laughter Yoga Teacher Training with Farah Nazarali
April 2006-February 2007 in Winnipeg, MN – Stott Pilates Reformer Training
2008 at the Upledger Institute – Level I Cranio Sacral Therapy
2009 – Chakra Yoga Teacher Training with Anodea Judith
2012 – Yoga for Youth Teacher Training
2012 at the Kundalini Research Institute – 200HR Kundalini Teacher Training
2012 + 2017 at the Kundalini Research Institute – Level II Conscious Communications
2013 + 2018 at the Kundalini Research Institute – Level II Lifestyles + Lifecycles
2014 at the Kundalini Research Institute – Level II Vitality + Stress
2015 at the Kundalini Research Institute – Level II Authentic Relationships
2016 at the Kundalini Research Institute – Level III Mind + Meditation
2019 – Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Andrea Peloso
Erin has done fantastic workshops and trainings with Sean Corn, Tod Narian, Andrea Peloso, Ashley Turner, Brad Waites, Diane Brunic, J-P Tamblyn-Sabo, Jill Miller, Kia Miller and Margot McKinnon.
The Usui System of Natural Healing Reiki Trainings
November 1995 in Thunder Bay, ON – Reiki First Degree with Reiki Master Lani Kaito
June 1996 in Thunder Bay, ON – Reiki Second Degree with Reiki Master Lani Kaito
June 2003 in Thunder Bay, ON –Reiki Third Degree with Reiki Master Patricia O’Brien
2018 – Karuna Reiki Master
Healing Touch Trainings
April 1996 in Thunder Bay, ON – Touch For Health
January 1996 in Thunder Bay, ON – Healing Touch Level I
September 1996 in Thunder Bay, ON – Healing Touch Level IIA
November 1997 in Minneapolis, MN – Healing Touch Level IIB
September 2000 in Thunder Bay, ON – Healing Touch Level III
Structural Awareness Certification and Continuing Education
August 1996 at the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, CO – Structural Awareness Teacher Training Level I
June 1997 at the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, CO – Structural Movement Teacher Training Level II
August 1998 at the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, CO – Structural Awareness Movement Teacher Training Level III
April 2001 at the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, CO – Continuing Education for Structural Awareness Movement Teachers with Dr. Dorothy Noite
Structural Integration Practitioner Training and Continuing Education
May 1994-October 1994 at the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, CO – Structural Integration Basic Training Program
August 1995 at the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, CO – Structural Integration Continuing Education Workshop
August 1996 at the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, CO – Structural Integration Continuing Education Workshop
March 1998 at the Guild for Structural Integration in Kauai – Structural Integration Continuing Education Workshop
May 2002-July 2002 at the Guild for Structural Integration in Kauai – Advanced Structural Integration Training with Emmett Hutchins and Peter Melchior