Lisa Kaley-Isley – Yoga & Meditation
Breath awareness becoming pranic awareness is the unifying theme of this class. We will move in breath aligned asana kneeling, standing, twisting, and reclining with an emphasis on increasing capacity and decreasing the effort of breathing. We will aim to balance the nourishing and releasing effects of practice in movement, stillness, and breath. I’ll guide us to cultivate 5 qualities of breath in crocodile pose, alternate nostril breathing, and So Hum pranayama: balanced, seamless flowing, smooth, silent, and deep. The intention of the practice is to bring the mind comfortably home in the body and to experience the underlying pranic intelligence constantly guiding the body, breath, and mind toward harmony and wellness. As we practice remember to explore the range of your own capacity with curiosity and kindness adapting instructions as needed to be beneficial for you.
Lisa Kaley-Isley is a clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, IAYT certified yoga therapist, and yoga educator. Lisa draws deeply on the wisdom and practices of both yoga and psychology to provide personalized yoga therapy and to educate yoga therapists. She is a long-term yoga student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker (Para Yoga), Pandit Rajmani Tigunait (Himalayan Institute), and Gary Kraftsow (American Viniyoga). These traditions all influence her personal practice, teaching, and provision of yoga therapy. Lisa is faculty on the Yogacampus Yoga Therapy Diploma course in London, and The Yoga Therapy Institute in Amsterdam. Lisa’s mental health focused workshops integrate providing information, experiential learning, and personal self-reflection. Lisa is a member of the IAYT Accreditation Committee and a founding member of the Global Consortium on Yoga Therapy. Lisa has conducted research evaluating the effectiveness of yoga to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression in young people and she has published articles and book chapters on the practice of yoga therapy.