Erin Michaela Sweeney is a cancer thriver and yogini who writes and speaks to empower cancer survivors with new ways to live their best life.
Sweeney’s extensive yogic training includes studies with Rosie Taylor, a disciple of Advanced Iyengar instructor Kofi Busia, and Ann Richardson Stevens, a protégé of Power Yoga innovator Beryl Bender Birch. Sweeney taught yoga in Williamsburg, Virginia, for many years until she was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukemia in 2011. That year, she underwent treatments at world-renowned City of Hope, and her cancer has been in remission ever since.
She knows firsthand how yogic wisdom and mindfulness can transform cancer patients into people who thrive in their next chapter of life. Together with over 20 years of nonfiction editing experience (at Smithsonian museums, Colonial Williamsburg, and elsewhere), today Sweeney writes to inspire cancer audiences.
As a member of City of Hope’s Speakers’ Bureau, Sweeney speaks about the benefits of tapping into yoga tools to let go of the 24/7 world of cancer. As a member of the City of Hope Media Team, she also fields interview requests. The national Leukemia and Lymphoma Society website and Facebook page, Yoga International, and Asana International Yoga Journal have featured her expertise. The media, including Prevention and Runner’s World, often quote her on the connections of yogic practices, health, and good living.
Sweeney lives just outside Los Angeles, CA.