Appear as you are. Be as you appear.
Living in a fast paced city can be exciting, but also hectic and challenging, often leaving us feeling stressed and out of balance. Developing mindful awareness helps us to highlight our habitual patterns of thinking and brings more clarity into our life. We learn to step away from the inner critic and life on autopilot, develop a deeper connection with ourselves, and empathy towards others.
In additional to workshops and courses all my yoga retreats explore mindfulness and meditation, too.
Breathing and the 4 foundations of mindfulness
a 4 week pranayama and meditation course, live on Zoom
Saturdays 8:45 – 9:45 (BST)
20 June – 11 July 2020
Tuesdays 19:15 – 20:15 (BST)
30 June – 21 July 2020
This course provides the opportunity to touch in – to feel, to know – through breathing practices, guided meditation and deepening of self reflection.
We will understand what pranayama is and explore a range of breathing techniques and their benefits. And we will explore guided meditation practices based on the 4 foundations of mindfulness – ‘satipatthana’ in Pali (body, feeling tone, mind and mental phenomena).
‘Sati’ means ‘mindfulness’ or ‘remembering with introspection’. ‘Upatthana’ means ‘placing near’, ‘being present’, ‘attending’. So ‘satipatthana’ is an attending with mindfulness. Within this exploration we’ll understand what meditation is and isn’t, and what its benefits are. There will be time to reflect to deepen our understanding, and share in a small group.
You will receive recordings of the practices to download, and these can become a basis for your own continued home practice.
We will work in a small group of 5 – 10 people to create a safe and inclusive space to explore and practice.
concessions available: please get in touch
It’s really mind blowing how just after the first week I began to use some of the really valuable tools throughout my day from the course. Everything was made so accessible that it so easy to take and use in a way that worked for me. The sessions felt like we were part of a community and I’m sad to see them go!4 week online course: Building resilience and managing stress
I found the whole course and the interactions with others incredibly supportive, uplifting and very powerful. In that short space of time, I was able to reflect on a lot and I came away with an enhanced mood and a desire to pause a little more and be kind to myself. What a wonderful gift to be able to offer myself. Thank you.4 week online course: Building resilience and managing stress
Lots of immensely useful advice on building resilience and guided practical sessions. Works very well as an online zoom course. Isabell has a fabulous voice for leading mindfulness.4 week online course: Building resilience and managing stress
Isabell’s calm, patient and welcoming manner ensured that every class was a truly safe space, and that every contribution was valid. I felt there was just the right balance between theory and practice.6 week mindfulness and self-compassion course participant
Isabell is very well organised and the structure of the 6 week course is well planned and thoughtfully put together, including meditation downloads and further reading available on her website, which is extremely helpful.6 week mindfulness and self-compassion course participant
Isabell's approach to the body is so intuitive and supportive. I would recommend her yoga and meditation courses as part of a daily practice. Her sessions offer ideas and exercises that allow for a deeply felt sense of connection.Meditation class participant
Mindfulness and self-compassion course
This course forms a methodical approach from which to live our lives with more openness, kindness, resilience and less reactivity and stress. I regularly teach this six to eight-week course publicly and in corporate settings. It combines experiential mindfulness practices with the latest insights in neuroscience, and group discussion to explore what mindfulness is and how it can be integrated into daily life.
You will leave with tools to
lower stress and anxiety
increase resilience to deal with the unavoidable difficulties of life
improve focus and concentration
enhance your sense of wellbeing through compassion practices
Next planned 6 week mindfulness and self-compassion course in person
Wednesdays 19:45 – 21:15
30 September – 4 November 2020
at the Life Centre, Islington
This course will be taught in a small group setting (12 people maximum) to create a supportive environment and allow us to deepen our understanding through self-reflection and group discussion.
Mindfulness at work
Busy work lives often include a lot of challenges and pressure to perform and achieve. Mindfulness can help to reduce stress, anxiety and conflict, and supports better communication. It increase resilience and emotional intelligence. And mindfulness is the best way to not only enhance our well-being but also to improve our efficiency and productivity, supporting increased focus, memory and creativity.
I teach 6 – 8 week courses at your workplace which can be tailored to the needs of the group. I offer FREE taster sessions, so that teams can get an idea of what to expect.