Find out more about Gill and Eric...
Eric Walker has been enjoying Hatha Yoga since 2007.
Eric had a long and varied career over the last 30 years in manufacturing industry and more recently in education. When he began attending a weekly yoga class, many years ago, he had no idea where this might lead. Eric found Yoga extremely beneficial to his health, wellbeing and physical condition. Over time, he wanted to learn more, so completed British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) Foundation programme and following further study qualified as a BWY Teacher. Eric continues to develop his learning to enhance his teaching. Eric enjoys working with people of all ages and abilities in his friendly, accessible sessions. Eric has taught yoga sessions in many venues – these include community and village halls, supported special events at Croft racing circuit and local leisure venues. Eric also teaches regularly in large gyms and leisure clubs.
Gill Walker has enjoyed a varied 40-year career working with children young people and families in schools and local authorities. In 2010 she set up a social enterprise, a business with social purpose, working with young people with learning disabilities and mental health needs in a high street shop.
This business won many national competitions and attracted investment to work with others to set up similar operations across the North East. Since 2015 Gill has been working as a Consultant in the public sector, commuting to the South East on a weekly basis.
Throughout this time Gill has increasingly sought means to improve her wellbeing in everyday life. She began running and took up yoga at age 48. Since then Gill has completed 14 Great North Runs and the London Marathon. Gill has completed a couple of short taster triathlons and a mile open water swim. Gill describes herself as “a most unlikely athlete”. Having done yoga since 2004 she completed the BWY Foundation programme and then qualified as a Yoga Teacher with Zenways , accredited by the Yoga Alliance. Gill has a real passion for encouraging people to move, de stress and learn to relax. She is keen to ensure that the sessions are inclusive, encouraging people of all ages who might never have considered yoga just to come along and have fun.
Eric and Gill, now both in their 60’s, are not the young bendy yogis you find on Instagram – they are real , they are normal and have many limitations . They have realised that this doesn’t really matter Yoga is not about attaining perfection, it is a physical, mental and emotional practice. They encourage people to understand and accept their limitations and work within their own capabilities. Yoga is suitable for all ages and stages of life it helps to build strength and flexibility for everyone. Recently gaining accreditation with the Yoga Alliance as a Continuing Education Provider they are keen to share their inclusive fun approach to yoga with other yoga and sports professionals.