Appear as you are. Be as you appear.
Meditation is a great method of self-inquiry, because it is dedicated solely to watching the responses and habits of our minds. The more honestly we know ourselves, the more we are able to be in control of our moods and emotions. Then we can more fully engage with our life as it happens.
In additional to regular classes, workshops and courses all my yoga retreats explore mindfulness and meditation, too.
4 week meditation course – live on Zoom, 4 x 60mins
The 4 elements
Thursdays 21 October – 11 November 2021
18:00 – 19:00 (UK time)
If a later time or different day of the week works better, please let me know!
In the ancient wisdom traditions 4 (or 5) elements are described as the basic components that everything in nature is made of. Contemplating them forms part of the first foundation of mindfulness in the Buddhist teachings and is also mentioned throughout yogic philosophy.
In this body there are the earth element, the water element, the fire element, and the wind element.
Mahāsatipaṭṭhānasutta, 10 –
the 4 foundations of mindfulness
Over the course of 4 weeks, we will explore how these 4 elements express themselves in obvious and more subtle ways. We can trace earth, water, fire and air to relate to our internal experience from a different perspective, which can be a powerful way to deepen understanding about ourselves and help the mind to settle.
There will be short talks and guided meditation, and some time to deepen our understanding through sharing and discussion in a small group.
You will receive recordings of short talks and guided meditations to download, and these can become a basis for your own continued home practice.
We will work in a small group of 6 – 12 people to create a safe and inclusive space to explore and practice.
concessions available: please get in touch
4 week mindfulness course – in person, 4 x 90mins
An introduction to mindfulness
Strek studio, Islington
Tuesdays 2 – 23 November 2021
19:30 – 21:00
In this course we will explore simple and effective tools and techniques to help us live our lives with more openness, kindness, resilience, and less reactivity, frustration, anger and stress. It combines experiential mindfulness practices and short lectures on the science and psychology behind it, with self-inquiry and group discussion.
We will explore :
- What mindfulness is and why we should be interested
- How thoughts, emotions and feelings influence us
- What to do when things get difficult and how to lower stress and anxiety
- How we can increase resilience to deal with the unavoidable challenges of life
- The neuroscience of happiness
- How to integrate mindfulness into daily life
You will receive recordings of talks and practices to download, and these can become a basis for your own continued home practice.
We will work in a small group of 6 – 12 people to create a safe and inclusive space to explore and practice. You will receive recordings of talks and practices to download, and these can become a basis for your own continued home practice.
Booking link towards the bottom of the page.
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
Meditation teacher training (100hrs) – co-taught with Graham Burns for Yogacampus
This course offers the chance to train specifically to teach meditation. Covering a range of meditation traditions and approaches, it gives you the tools to develop your own voice as a meditation teacher. The course is offered as a blended learning course, with live online sessions delivered via Zoom and supported by Yogacampus’ state of the art online learning system.
The course will cover
history and psychology of meditation in the yoga traditions and in Buddhism, and their expression in modern mindfulness
different styles and techniques: concentration, awareness, and heart based practices, and a variety of meditation postures
teaching skills including tools to structure a meditation session and course, use of language, self-care and boundaries
obstacles, emotional responses, contra-indications and trauma sensitive teaching – and much more…
Introductory evening session
Friday 21 January 2022, 18:00 – 19:30
29 and 30 January 2022
26 and 27 February 2022
2 and 3 April 2022
This course is accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals, and the training hours (100 in total) are eligible for Yoga Alliance continuing education (YACEP) credits.
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.