Ali Wesley (she/her)
"The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest." - Bruce Lee
I am forever fascinated by movement of every kind; I have been dancing my whole life and have been teaching yoga since 2007 through my company, Working with Yoga, offering on-site yoga to corporate offices in Portland. In 2013, after three herniated discs, I happened to turn to a page in Eric Franklin's book "Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery" and it changed my life, sending me to enroll in the Level One Franklin Method training, where I studied functional anatomy using imagery and movement. I now can't help but incorporate Franklin Method into my ongoing yoga classes and private yoga therapy sessions as well. The Franklin Method (as well as yoga!) teaches us to dig deeper...to uncover and understand our patterns, both physical and mental. Only once we see how we've been functioning can we make a change. I strive to offer thoughtful, supportive, light-hearted classes with enough space for students to turn inward and learn more about themselves.
While most of my classes are in offices, I also get to teach classes at Rebound Physical Therapy for folks with back pain, which inspired me to create a video version of these therapeutic classes called Thru Movement.
In 2016 I became one of a handful of Franklin Method Faculty Teachers and I co-wrote "Understanding the Pelvis, a Functional Approach to Yoga" with Eric Franklin and co-taught the Untuck What's Stuck weekend course with him at the Bhakti Yoga Movement Center. I am frequently in New York attending/assisting/teaching the Franklin Method Teacher trainings.
Along with learning from Eric Franklin and Morten Dithmer, I am lucky and grateful to have learned from such fabulous teachers as: Avadhutiika Ananda Deviika Ma, Maetreyii Nolan, Sarasvati Buhrman, Richard Miller, Shar Lee, Jnani Chapman, Antonio Sausys, Carol Hince, Olga Kabel, Jason Crandell, Rae Minten, Lisa Mae Osborn, Mary St. Onge and Joy Wolfe. Thank you endlessly to these teachers with whom I have practiced, and thank you to the teachers of the past who have handed down this beautiful practice so that I, like so many others, can be inspired to dig deeper and see beyond.