WHY. ME. YOGA.

“Since I was a kid, I always sought a higher purpose in everything that I experienced. As most children, I was curious, always seeking, thirsty for knowledge and experience of all the wonders the world had yet to offer me. A lot of the time I was consumed in reflection of how all of “this” came to be, and I kept looking for definitive answers of the big W’s: Who am I? Why am I? What created the universe?

As I grew older I realized that neither science, religions, or any other -ism I had read or heard about could explain any of these speculations. Instead they seemed to rationalise and conceptualize things, in order for them to be understood and tamed. I started to feel confined in this prison that my surrounding culture and society had created. And although I remember my childhood and teenage years mostly as pleasant, I also remember an underlying feeling of uneasiness. I never felt like i fitted in. A deeply rooted fear, shame and guilt was always following me. It seemed that all the things that were delicious in life, were somehow forbidden. Freedom of speech, freedom of sexuality, of expression, embracing the wholeness of life and following one’s true nature! At one point I turned into a society lemming, and i forgot what it meant to dream... And then I met yoga!

Connecting to myself through the practises of yoga has helped me understand that there is no greater truth than the one truth that you experience yourself. It started with my body, and the images associated with my body. It helped me clear and calm my mind, and rest into the paradox of unknowingness. Through meditation I experienced that only through the present moment, we can access peace with what’s occurring in our life. It’s a choice of showing up fully, every day, with wholeness of you. I finally found that there was a profound connection between my breath, and the way I received life every moment and let it go. It basically taught me to live in the moment. And slowly it became a practise, of not only connecting to my self, but also connecting with the world. Rule # 1 of first aid - take care of yourself before you take care of others… and I’m still learning:)

As for the big questions, my curiosity is still very much kindled. Every time I turn a new corner, I find that there’s more to life then I could ever have imagined. More to learn, more to live, more to love. The more I think I know, the more I am humbled to that place of unknowing. And that is ok. Because every time I catch a glimpse of something truly divine and blissful, it sparks my curiosity in the wildest way possible.

The greatest lesson I have yet learned, and the lesson that I am most passionate about sharing - is always returning to love.”

 

BIO.

Isa is a nomad by heart, travelling to where ever he is pulled to for inspiration and growth.

Essential in his teaching is how everything in our daily life can be related to a higher purpose. Whether you are spiritual, religious or neither, he offers a space to sync in with whatever is present in your life at the moment. Conveying the beauty of presence awareness, in its wholeness.

Having a prof. bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy, and a background in working as a rehabilitation therapist for 5 years, he has a vast knowledge of the human body. He chose to seek different ways to empower people to self healing and awareness, when he met yoga, and found how yoga helped heal himself. So after 5 years of practise in 2012, he did 200 hours of training to start conveying the knowledge of yoga.

Due to his background working with people that we’re diagnosed “ill”, he found that with a more holistic approach to what we call “illness”, there is barely anything in our lives that we can’t heal ourselves through. By becoming present to the signals that our body and surroundings are giving us, we can discover what is causing an imbalance, and find healing pathways. He seeks to deliver gateways for healing and growth in his classes, by the innate potential we all hold.

He has recently studied immersions and advanced trainings in meditation and movement, to expand his horizon, and encourages anyone interested in their own growth to find new ways of self discovery too. Lately he has been very inspired by the art of dance with its freedom of expression. Really anything that looks like natural movement is a source of inspiration. You’ll find that his classes possess many different elements of movement, curiously and playfully integrating new elements in the asana practise all the time. He is currently also inspired by ancient shamanic traditions of the native Americans and Peruvian traditions. Shamanic practises combined in yoga helps to weave the purposeful intention of remembering our highest truth. Paying reverence to the earth and all the elements. You will also find that music is a big part of his offering. Sound vibration heals the soul, and opens up to our fullest expression through song and dance. In 2015 Isa became a student of the lineage of Swami Nityananda through Swami Chetanananda. This has moved his personal and teaching practise to a new level of depth. 

In Isa's classes you’ll find lots of heart. In the open-heart-space there’s not only room for laughter and joy, but there’s room for all the emotions that we carry - that makes us whole. Come as you are! When we all meet in a open field, where there’s no right nor wrong, but simply being, we can rest into awareness together. Yoga isn’t something you do, it’s something you create.

 

What is LIving yolates?

 


YOGA GIVES YOU INNER PEACE, STRENGTH, AND BALANCEs your energy

PILATES EFFICIENTLY STRENGTHENS ALL CORE MUSCLES and advances the postural alignment

DANCE IS PURE JOY, expressions of freedom AND BOOSTS YOUR ENERGY


Living Yolates is much more than a way to exercise, it is a mindset and a lifestyle. It is a constant practice of letting go of negative energy such as worries, low self-esteem, tension, and limitations, and instead accepting that you are perfect just as you are, enjoy life, and trying to be more present now. In this way, the body becomes strong and flexible while you are also working with yourself on a deeper level. Living Yolates is also breaking the rules or escaping the idea of a set class structure. By mixing yoga, pilates and dance the classes become influenced by the moment and have a great sense of freedom. The exercise meets you where you are in a functional and appropriate manner. It is fundamental in Living Yolates to provide a safe space to get more in touch with yourself and learn how to listen to your body. It needs to feel right.

Living Yolates is for all who want to find a path to calmness, inner strength, self-love, and at the same time work on the body posture and get long lean muscles. The entire body gets strengthened during class. Afterwards, you perhaps feel more uplifted, positive, and free. Your body will feel stronger and less burdened by what ever could hold you down. By sensing this feeling in your own body, your mind will also expand and automatically let go of negativity. Living Yolates gives clarity to your physical and mental flow.

Read more about the founder, Mikkala Marilyn Kissi here

 

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FUN. FACTS.

2004 - 2009 // Prof. Bachelor in Physical Therapy, Copenhagen, Professionshøjskolen Metropol

2012 - 2013 // 100 hr Anusara Yoga Immersion, Copenhagen, Sianna Sherman

2013 // 100 hr Teacher Training (CC Schoold of Hatha Yoga), Zurich, Chris Chavez

2015 // 30 hr The Art and Practise of Teaching Meditation, London, Sally Kempton

2015 // 100 hr Body Module, Embodied Flow, Bali, Tara Judelle & Scott Lyons

2015 // Initiated student w / Swami Chetanananda and gifted a personal mantra

2015 - 2016 // 300 hr Advanced Teacher Training, Rasa Yoga School, Berlin, Sianna Sherman. Currently apprenticing Sianna Sherman globaly.

2016 - 2017 // 2nd 300 hr Advanced Teacher Training, Rasa Yoga School, Portland, Or, Sianna Sherman. Currently apprenticing Sianna Sherman globaly

2017 // 200 Hr LIVING YOLATES TT with Mikkala Marilyn Kissi in Bali, Indonesia

2017 // Reiki Level 1 Initiation by Devi Ma, Bali, Indonesia

2017 // Currently apprenticeship with Swami Chetanananda (image) in the ashram in Portland (The Movement Center), US - Learning about the path of Trika Yoga and Tibetan Tantrism. 

2018 // 250 Hr LIVING YOLATES TT with Mikkala Marilyn Kissi in Bali, Indonesia. Manager and anatomy and yoga teacher for Mikkala

2018-2019 // 1 year masterplant diet with Shipibo Curandera Chonon Quena. The first six months spent at healing center OkaWasi, supervised by Curendero Metsa Oka (Okawasi.com).

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THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE SAY

 

"Isa is an unique and talented yoga teacher. He always manage to start the working day with a smile or make a tough day good. His knowledge on all aspects of yoga is tremendous and it is clear that he practises what he teaches. Even though I have practiced yoga for more than 7 years I learn something new all the time. His teachings comes right from the heart, which make his classes authentic. He has awareness of all his students, new and old, and creates a safe, fun and loving environment to practise yoga in."

Mie Nordly, Feb 2016

 

“I think that Isa is a very talented and skilled teacher. He can do something pretty wild with sequencing and instructions on how to hold positions, which to me means that I am significantly less sore, if at all, in even quite tough asana practices. I achieve good alignment when he teaches, which of course is super cool! I also love his positive approach to yoga, that he makes me smile so much and that he manages to create a great atmosphere and sharing out of hugs and sweet words. I also like that for me it seems like he simultaneously doesn’t sugar-coat things, but on the contrary says it the way he really feels about things. The fact that he is not afraid to physically assist one to guide better into a position and / or to make a note of where you may have a challenge to me is a big plus. I would like to learn more of him and I look forward more possibilities to learn:)”

Mie Skøtt Møbjerg, April 2016

 

"To meet Isa has been a gift. He exudes warmth and love, and you feel immediately his truthfulness and a special authenticity that makes him unique. He has a great insight, knowledge, self-awareness and joy of giving to others. He radiates and uses himself 100 % as an example in his teachings. He makes the complex simple, and he offers you to find your own path and expression.  He guides you on your life's yoga journey. To meet Erdinc is a source of inspiration for life and I look forward to several more hours with Erdinc."

Tina Czajkowska, March 2016

 

"When I first met Isa some years ago, I immediately fell in love with his personal and honest way of teaching. He has the ability to effectively guide through the sessions, while at the same time building a bridge between everyday life and the work on the mat with just the right amount of spirituality. And I can honestly say, not only did I fall in love with his teaching, through his teaching I fell in love with yoga!" 

Maren Hallin, March 2016

 

"In the heartspace - Isa is a loving and kind soul with lots of energy and enthusiasm. He makes me feel comfortable and safe to play around and do crazy stuff.. What's not to like? I highly recommend that you take a class with him!"

Kiri Weimann, October 2015

 

"Always centered and smiling. Isa is an extraordinary teacher - passionate about his art and his students. He encourages you to push your limits but allows you to find those limits yourself. I even managed to do a handstand - not well - but I did it."

Elizabeth Schul, October 2015

 

"Favourite yoga teacher. Isa is one of my few favourite yoga teachers. He has a profound knowledge on the physical and mental body and brings a very loving and kind energy to every class. His classes must be experienced in order to understand exactly what it is, makes them so special."

Minka Tøth, October 2015

 

"My favorite teacher. His classes are whole hearted and I love them. He got me to understand yoga poses better and how to use body while doing them. He always challenges you in a nice way and there's room for everybody at any level."

Amira Catharina Sørensen, October 2015

TEACHERS - WHO HAVE INSPIRED ME!

SIANNA SHERMAN (SIANNASHERMAN.COM)

TARA JUDELLE (TARAJUDELLE.COM)

SALLY KEMPTON (SALLYKEMPTON.COM)

CHRIS CHAVEZ (CHRISCHAVEZ.COM)

NANNA WAGNER (PATHOFTHEHEART.DK)

SOHAM JOHANSEN (HAMSAYOGA.DK)

ANDREA BONI (ANDREABONI.IT)

SCOTT LYONS (EMBODYARTS.COM)

SWAMI CHETANANANDA (THEMOVEMENTCENTER.COM)

MIKKALA KISSI (LIVINGYOLATES.COM)

CHONON QUENA

METSA OKA (OKAWASI.COM)

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHERS - WHO HAVE CAPTURED ME!

STEFAN MARCEL GERARD (STEFANMARCELGERARD.COM)

TOM MCKENZIE (TOMMCKENZIE.COM)

KAREN YEOMANS (KARENYEOMANS.COM)

PETE LAMBERTO (WHOISLAMBERTO.COM)

PERNILLE SANDBERG (PERNILLESANDBERG.COM)

SAM LEE (SAMLEEPHOTOGRAPHY.NET)

 

HEALERS & TALENTED BODY WORKERS - WHO HAVE TOUCHED ME!

HENRIK EMMER (EMMER.DK)

PETER WILLEN (THEREHAB.COM)

SHIRAN MICHAELI (SHIRANTHERAPY.COM)

LOUISE GABOLD (BREATHWORK)

KATHINKA SØNDERGÅRD (GAYACPH.COM)

DR. SUJATHA (AMRTASIDDHI.COM)

JOHN CALMAR (JOHNCALMAR.DK)

AGUS (AGUSPALMREADER.COM) 

DEVI MA (DIVINEHEALINGLIGHT.ORG)

NYOMAN (SANDAT BALI, UBUD, BALI)

 

HEART TRIBE COLLECTIVE - WHO HAVE OFFERED ME EVERYTHING!

THE CREATOR 

MY FAMILY

MY BEST FRIENDS AND SUPPORT SYSTEM - YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE <3