Seattle Yoga News is on a mission to find and highlight all of the hidden, and maybe not so hidden, gems in our yoga community and beyond. We want you to learn about their experiences and perspectives, but also a bit more about their personalities, so we have a few fun questions for them. This week’s spotlight is turned towards Alexis Franklin.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH YOGA?

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Alexis Franklin:

My practice began in college as a way of staying active during cold winters in Bellingham. Although infrequent, I developed an appreciation for the calming cadence of yoga. Years later an injury would force me to avoid high impact workouts, refocusing my commitment to my practice. As my practice deepened and became a regular part of my daily life, I began to both experience and enjoy the physical and mental benefits of a consistent practice.

WHAT KIND OF TRAININGS HAVE YOU PURSUED?

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Alexis Franklin:

I completed my 200 RYT at the Marianne Wells Yoga School in Costa Rica and have since attended many workshops and continuing education seminars including those hosted by Amy Ipoliti, Kino MacGregor, Eoin Finn, and many other talented practitioners throughout the Pacific Northwest.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING METHOD?

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Alexis Franklin:

My intention is to teach in a methodical, alignment-driven, grounding-ly calm pace which encourages slow and thoughtful movement.

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?

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Alexis Franklin:

In a world full of interaction, it can be challenging to establish boundaries. The best advice I’ve received is to embrace self-care and maintain healthy boundaries which encourage respectful interactions and meaningful relationships.

WHAT’S YOUR MISSION AS A YOGA INSTRUCTOR? WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO REACH AND WHY?

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Alexis Franklin:

As a yoga practitioner and instructor my passion is to encourage the practice of yoga sustainably into my student’s golden years. I chose to utilize my platform to reach the widest audience possible to share that the practice of yoga goes much deeper than handstands, arm balances, and other social media excess. Yoga is a practical method of establishing a truly restorative mind and body regime resulting in a sense of calm and overall well-being.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL MOMENT YOU’VE EXPERIENCED AS A YOGA STUDENT? AND HOW ABOUT AS A TEACHER?

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Alexis Franklin:

As a student, being in class and coming to the realization that it was perfectly ok to simply, not move. At times, my yoga involves no movement at all. My belief is that a meaningful amount of growth happens in stillness, where you are forced to be with yourself – and your thoughts. As a teacher, it was the realization that through teaching, an instructor can both inspire and empower students to believe in themselves. It is incredible to hear from students that one small thing you said years ago, changed their perspective, and inspired them to make a change.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE YOGA RELATED BOOK?

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Alexis Franklin:

                              T.K.V. Desikachar’s The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice.

T.K.V. Desikachar’s The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice

OTHER THAN PRACTICING YOGA, CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT SOME OF YOUR WELLNESS & SELF-CARE HABITS?

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Alexis Franklin:

Outside of yoga, I train regularly every week. My workouts consist of weight training, jump roping, and other high intensity training. I am mindful about maintaining a well-rounded self-care regimen, including getting a sufficient amount of rest and scheduling personal downtime daily to recharge. My partner and I take time daily to spend together, in addition to time with family.

WHAT IS ONE THING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

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Alexis Franklin:

Prior to focusing on yoga, I spent a decade as an Environmental Consultant where I focused on land use and remediation.

WHO IS THE YOGI WE SHOULD FEATURE NEXT?

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Alexis Franklin:

Leah Adams because she is one of the most inspiring yoga teachers I know, and her energy is infectious.

Alexis Franklin’s Bio: Alexis began practicing yoga while attending Western Washington University in 2006. Practicing on and off through the years, it was not until recovering from an ankle injury in 2012 that Alexis rediscovered her love of yoga. Unable to continue high-impact cross-training after the injury, Alexis began to focus on her yoga practice. She enjoyed not only the strength and weight-loss benefits, but the stress reduction and mind-calming benefits resulting from a regular practice.
In 2013, Alexis received her 200 RYT through Marianne Wells Yoga School in Costa Rica. Alexis enjoys sharing the gift of yoga with her students in a positive, non-competitive, and nonjudgmental atmosphere. Her grounding classes are taught in both hatha and vinyasa styles and will challenge you to build strength, endurance, flexibility and balance, while focusing on alignment, breath and quieting the mind. To learn more about alexis follow her on instagram.