In this week’s Talks with Teachers column, we feature one of our most passionate instructors, Annie Walter. As you’ll learn in this piece, she has a long history of experience as a practitioner and very unique training as an instructor. Her classes introduce students to new ways of being in their bodies and experiencing yoga. Her light-hearted spirit can bring a smile to anyone’s face!
Designed as a therapeutic class, Annie’s Eischens Yoga class on Mondays at 10:30am is a rare opportunity to experience self-healing–you will work harder and ‘do’ less than you ever thought possible in a yoga class. You must check it out!
Annie is also offering monthly Restorative Classes, known as Relax and Renew® Yoga on Fridays Oct 13, Nov 10, and Dec 8 from 12:30-2:30p. For more information or to register, click here.
TYC: How would you describe your teaching style?
I feel my teaching style is an integration of Eischens Yoga and techniques from Feldenkrais. Eischens yoga is Iyengar-based with kinesiology modifications. Feldenkrais teaches awareness through movement.
TYC: How were you first introduced to yoga?
My yoga journey started in the early 1990s when I needed a program that encompassed relaxation at the end of a long day. I was drawn to Kay Clay’s yoga program and found it relaxing.
TYC: When did you first become a teacher and why?
In 2004, Kay [Clay] passed away. Me, along with a few of her other students felt the need to continue to study yoga. We entered the teachers training program at the Temple of Kriya Yoga and became certified yoga teachers under the guidance of Kim Schwartz. My journey continued with studying with Kari Tomashik, Judith Hanson Lasater, Julie Gudmestad, Leslie Howard and Donna Farhi. The Feldenkais studies with Julie Francis began in 2014 and added a new modality in my yoga teaching.
TYC: What are the top three things you’d like your students to learn from your classes?
The top three things I like the students in my class to learn are curiosity about their bodies, willingness to try new approaches and to have fun in the process of doing the practice.
TYC: What do you love about the community of students at The Yoga Centre?
The students in the community here at The Yoga Centre are fitness conscious and enthusiastic.
TYC: What else would you like The Yoga Centre community to know about you?
Besides practicing yoga, my husband and I belong to the Midwest Fruit Explorers (MidFex.org). We have an orchard of over 150 organic fruit trees with different varieties of apples, Asian pears, cheeries, apricots, peaches, figs, kiwis etc. The organization promotes fruit growing in members’ back yards. Every spring we teach the public to do tree grafting in the Chicago Botanic garden. The scion woods are provided by members from their fruit trees so they all have a story.