Teacher Spotlight: Erica Mix

Tell us about your early life

“I was born in Baton Rouge, LA and used to do gymnastics when I was very young. I did nothing during high school besides video games, then started weight training, yoga, and aerials during college at LSU. I like fiction books, being outdoors, and cuddling Nana (my dog).

What brought you to Austin? 

“Mostly my love for aerials! Also, a desire to find a more open-minded, kinder city and improve my quality of life.

Tell us about your education 

Business Degree and Psychology Minor from LSU
200hr RYT and Reiki certified through Louisiana Yoga School

What first drew you to aerial work? 

“My parents took me to Disney when I was 12 years old. We saved every coin we found for two years and rolled them ourselves. We had some extra money saved, so my parents bought us tickets to see La Nouba at Downtown Disney.

It was amazing and terrifying. I have wanted to be a stunt double or circus artist ever since. Thankfully, LSU teaches aerials as a class for physical theater. Sky Candy teacher Jennie Guillot was my TA, then my instructor.

Tell us about your first aerial class

“It ended up being SO fun, but I was hella nervous! I was out of shape at the time, didn’t own any workout clothes, and was super shy. I heard about it from a friend and was hoping it would remind me of gymnastics. Everyone in class was so sweet, and we were all so excited (which I see in a lot of our intro classes and always makes my heart happy!).

How did you decide to become an aerial instructor? What was your teacher training process like?

“I decided to teach after I went through my yoga teacher training. I had no intention of being a yoga instructor when I entered the 200hr program; I mostly wanted to learn correct form and more info about yoga. But I enjoyed the teaching aspect so much that I eventually developed the courage to teach aerials as well.

I went to Dallas to get a lyra teaching certification with CirqFIT and had my previous instructors mentor me through private training sessions. For my aerial yoga certification, I did an online training program. I love seeing people accomplish a goal or do something they didn’t believe they could. Aerial work makes me happy, and I love sharing it with others.

Has there been an instructor/coach/performer who has impacted or inspired you?

“Jennie Guillot and Nick Erickson were very motivational in getting me to pursue aerials after I graduated LSU. I’m grateful for them; they created a lot of opportunities to perform in and around Baton Rouge.

What is your favorite thing about being an aerial instructor?

“Motivating others to achieve their goals and express their creativity.”

How long have you been teaching? How long have you been teaching at Sky Candy?

Teaching aerials for over 3 years and with Sky Candy for almost 2 years. 

Describe your teaching philosophy. What would a student experience in one of your classes?

“Good energy and a supportive atmosphere. I try to put the students at ease, so they can focus and get the most out of the class.” 

If you could give a brand new student one piece of advice, what would it be?

Take your time and give yourself some grace. It’s not a race or competition. 

What do you find challenging in your own aerial practice?

“Doing silks. I love it, but that apparatus intimidates me so much. I take silks to conquer my fears!

What’s your favorite way to indulge?

“Loaded fries or tots! Carbs and caffeine.” 

Aside from aerial work, what are your passions, hobbies, and interests?

“Anything outdoors (hiking, swimming, riding), hanging with my family and all our dogs, reading, and eating.

What haven’t I asked you that you would want students to know about you?

“I always want to improve, so I appreciate feedback. Don’t be afraid to use your voice in class!

Erica currently teaches four Online Drop-In Classes: Vinyasa Power Yoga on Tuesdays at 8:30am, Yoga for Youth on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00am, Aerial Fit (on the Ground!) on Wednesdays at 2pm, and Core Power (Core Yoga) on Thursdays at 8:30am.