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.”
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.