About Me:

Play and curiosity come naturally to children.  Growing up as an athlete and then embarking on a career as a toy designer, my life remained centered around play even into adulthood.  It wasn't until I became a mother, responsible for two precious lives, that play started to get squeezed out by new schedules and added responsibilities. I wanted to preserve my daughters' naturally playful spirits, the twinkle in their eyes, so I knew I needed to make play a daily intention. I truly believe that play is the path to a healthy and joy-filled life.  That is why I'm passionate about creating products and providing resources with the sole intention of facilitating play. 

I am a designer with 16 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies designing toys and children's products.  I have a husband and two vibrant little girls who keep me fueled with inspiration daily.  I am a seeker of knowledge and continued growth....

I have a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design and a master's degree in Professional Leadership.  I launched designELF Studios, a design consultancy, in 2007.  A few years later, in 2010, I earned my 200-hour yoga certification with Debbie Williamson.  I became certified in kids' yoga in 2013 .

Today I am launching Backyard Yoga.  This venture is a culmination of my love for designing play-based experiences for kids, my passion for yoga, and my desire to make meaningful connections.

Backyard Yoga products will include:

inFLOWgraphics:  All-in-one kids' yoga class plans perfect for yoga studios, schools, and home.  Play and theme geared towards teaching 3-to-6-year-old children. These also make a perfect self-guided tool for older kids.

Yoga Game Cards:  A 42-card deck with a game-playing twist to keep kids engaged and having fun.

Mindfulness Kits:  Combine yoga and mindfulness tools with essential oil sprays to create Peaceful Sleep, Joy-filled Days, and Happy Car Rides.

Story Cards:  Bring yoga to the youngest yogi through playful story adventures. Perfect for 18months +.  Older children can use story cards to build their own story and yoga sequence.

Flip FLows:  Story adventures on-the-go.  Take yoga everywhere you are.  Studios, cars, planes, trains...the possibilities are endless.

Never stop playing!

I invite you to connect with me on this journey.

Peace + Play

erica