I’m Gayl Walder

“I believe Yoga is for creating an incredible life, both on and off the mat.”

Yoga is an expression of myself. My passion is to help you discover who you are, and to give you the courage to believe in yourself. I believe that through Yoga, anything is possible. I want to help you reconnect to your strength, confidence, and excellence; ultimately, I want to give you the freedom to be your truest self through this ancient and very profound practice of movement and breath.

My Story

“I help my students unlock their beauty and their potential. I love to empower everyone I meet to find their inner truth, and fuel their journey to self-love.”

Like you, I have had many life challenges and have realized that these experiences have been powerfully transforming. These include the birth of my four fabulous children (one of whom was born while I was studying for my masters degree), my social work in the ER and in court rooms, along with some challenging personal situations that turned into growth opportunities.

When I discovered I had the BRCA hereditary cancer gene, I dedicated myself to making lasting changes in my life. I made the almost impossible decision to have a double mastectomy and hysterectomy, and was surrounded by fear and overcome with difficult emotions. Not knowing the outcome of my surgery and how my body would survive, I turned to what I knew best: my Yoga practice, and one last moving meditation before I stepped into my surgery.

My surgery was a success, and I began to tap into a resilience I had long forgotten. There was something about making a choice to help myself heal, take my power back, and begin this work that created a newfound confidence within me. I discovered how to love myself, feel confident again, and learned how to create true boundaries for myself. I found happiness, and also found myself on a new spiritual journey as I began to write each day and dedicate myself to the healing practice of journaling.

During this time, I had a profound vision of bringing people together through the beauty of Yoga. I wanted to show as many people as I could that the power of our minds is truly limitless, and that we are capable of more than we possible could imagine.

I am now driven to share my Yoga teachings and life philosophies with people of all ages, and to support those who might feel isolated and have self-doubt. I help my students connect with their inner stillness through movement by showing them just how strong they can be, and by opening them to a whole new world of reconnection, perspective, and resilience.

Yoga is the Sanskrit word for “to yoke” or “to join” – it is something that lets you build connections and bridges. I’ve worked countless hours to expand my Yoga practice to adapt it for teenagers, athletes, celebrities, and people of all ages, so they can come and just be themselves, no matter what their physical abilities.

I look forward to meeting and supporting you. Namaste.

Gayl Walder: RYT, E-RYT

Gayl Walder is the founder of Ahimsa Global Yoga, a company that specializes in bringing yoga to schools, corporations, and organizations that want to give their members and employees the opportunity to experience the wonders Yoga can bring into their lives. In addition to bringing Yoga to schools, corporations, and organizations, Gayl is committed to bringing Yoga to everyone: she also teaches many classes throughout the Los Angeles area and offers private lessons. Over the years, she has turned many athletes into super yogis and non-believers into believers.


Gayl has obtained her Yoga certification from Eight Limbs Yoga and is certified through Yoga Alliance. Gayl has completed two 500-hour teacher trainings at Northshore Yoga (Northfield, IL) and Yoga View (Chicago, IL), and co-led a 200-hour Pure Yoga teacher training at Equinox in Highland Park, Illinois. She is also a graduate of Northeastern University. She has a masters degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago. Gayl’s certification has enabled her to counsel students in the new New Trier school system and the adult probation division of Cook County. She has also worked as a social worker in the emergency room for Highland Park Hospital.

• Gayl has been practicing yoga and meditation for over twenty years, and teaching for fourteen years.
• In 2011 Gayl co-led A Pure-Yoga/Equinox teacher training at Equinox in Highland Park, IL
• In 2009 Gayl obtained her Yoga for Cancer Survivors certification at OM YOGA CENTER in NY with Cindy Lee and Tari Prinster
• She has obtained her Yoga for Kids certification from Marsha Wenig in Illinois
• She has obtained her Stop and Breathe breathing coach certification in Illinois
• Gayl practices SEVA on a regular basis (Selfless service or Seva is a service which is performed without any expectation of result or award for performing it . Such services can be performed to benefit other human beings or society. WIKPEDIA)
• Gayl continues to study and learn from Master teachers all over the world
• Gayl has completed the Inner Engineering Course with Sadhguru
• Gayl has completed the Master Class with Mark Wolynn of the Family Constellation Institute

“Although I am a teacher, I am forever a student”

A Message from Gayl

I want to share with you that is so important to let your story unfold and not to always try to control it. Let your life unfold with confidence. You have the power to move to the next chapter of your life with ease. As a Yoga teacher, I am always taking more training because there is always more to learn. In every aspect of our lives, there is an opportunity to grow.

As a mother of four children, I see the pressure that they – and their friends – face each and every day. There is the pressure to succeed, to live up to expectations of certain people, to live their lives so others are not upset with them when they are miserable inside. This happens with adults, too, and sometimes we feel stuck. Many wonder: What am I doing? Where am I going?

I am a wife, mother, sister, daughter, daughter-in law, friend, confidante, writer, yogini, and so much more. When I wear certain hats, I am expected to take on other roles: chef, nurse, editor of papers, mind reader, miracle worker, etc. I feel pressure sometimes trying to live up to all these expectations. Yet what I have come to realize is that all I can do is my best. I encourage you to do the same.


Gayl is one of the best yoga teachers I have practiced with. Her spirit and her heart are so present in every class. Her class is the highlight of my week!

Gayl’s approach to teaching is incredibly inclusive. Gayl can teach a large class with different abilities and allow each person to advance their practice. She will challenge and encourage her students while never judging the result.

A. Abranson, Yoga Studio

Gayl creates a varied, but always embracing sanctuary in her classes. The classes challenge, but calm you at the same time. You leave knowing there was no person with whom you’d rather have spent your morning. Thank you Gayl!

Judy Markey, Yoga Convention

Truly dedicated and constantly growing instructor, thoughtful awareness of everyone in the room makes her classes warm and inviting. I look forward to her class all week.

Jim Fisch, M.D., Yoga Studio

Gayl’s commitment to teaching is clearly displayed in her expertise. She is confident, compassionate and dedicated to her students. … It is the inner peace that it brings to all aspects of life that is the ultimate reward.

Mindj, Private Yoga

Gayl is a very special lady in so many ways in addition to her great ability as to teaching yoga, which she does with knowledge, warmth, and love.

Joann, Private Club

Yoga has brought balance and spirituality to my life. Gayl is wonderful, patient, and helps bring us all to that balance and happy place in life we all need…

B.K., Corporate Yoga

Gayl is able to adapt the yoga practice to accommodate injuries you need to contend with and/or help you focus on areas you want to work on.

E.M., Private Yoga