Expect classes with attentive alignment and playful exploration, infused with warmth, encouragement and a deep understanding of the postures, practices and philosophy of yoga.
Frankie discovered yoga while studying performance and quickly developed a self practice. From a book. With soft focus images of ladies in leotards standing on their heads. Fortunately she then got some expert guidance from Iyenger teachers. She later travelled, lived and worked across India for 12 years and began her teacher training at the Sivananda ashram, followed by a 200-hour teacher training in Pranayama with Prahladha Reddy.
She later trained with Usha Devi and other senior Iyenger teachers, practised Mysore-style Ashtanga, dynamic vinyasa krama with Stewart Gilchrist, and finally met John Stirk who introduced her to the work of Vanda Scaravelli and her profoundly wise approach of going with the body, not against it, of deeply listening to what underpins our need to move. She also draws from classical Osteopathy, Cranio-Sacral therapy and Feldenkrais, understanding that how we approach ourselves and engage with our body-mind has an enormous effect on the benefits we reap from our practice, both short and long term, on and off the mat.
Frankie continues to work and train regularly with John, practising with, and assisting Scaravelli-inspired teacher Catherine Annis and working with Restorative and Somatics teacher Aki Omori. She is continuously studying Embodied Embryology and Functional Anatomy.
Frankie Walker instructs the following:
vinyasa flow yoga : all levels
A dynamic flowing practice of postures drawing on the ashtanga yoga tradition yet with creative sequencing so that each class is different.
Deep stretching for strength and flexibility leaves you energized yet relaxed.
All levels - everyone welcome, differing abilities are catered for. Complete beginners should be aware that a minimum level of fitness is recommended as these classes may be faster paced or more physically challenging.
slow flow yoga : all levels
A flowing practice for anyone seeking attention to detail or in need of a gentler pace whilst still moving through creative sequences of poses. It is relevant to beginners as much as advanced practitioners, and welcomes pregnant women and those recovering from injury.
The slower pace allows for a focus on precision, alignement and breath, letting you make the practice as thorough and challenging or as gentle as you need it to be, with options to rest. Slow, mindful movement creates a space for the body to adapt and unwind, and for the postures to flow with stability and lightness like a moving meditation.