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Isabelle Casey

I knew I was home from the first time I placed my hands on my yoga mat. From that point, my journey of exploration began. I was taught Ashtanga yoga as a supplement to my gymnastics training curriculum. Once I decided to not be a gymnast anymore, I continued to practice yoga. I found a yoga studio and continued my practice. I continued practicing Ashtanga yoga, and eventually began to branch out studying other styles: Hatha, Iyengar, Anusara, Universal, Yin, Power, and ParaYoga.

Eventually, teaching found me by “accident”. I attended my regular Ashtanga Yoga class, and there was no instructor to lead. With a bit of encouragement from my fellow yoga peers, I stepped in. Though nervous during this experience, the high I felt from sharing my practice with others was huge. My teaching journey continued on… I started began teaching yoga in 1999, to a small intimate group of yogis. In 2001, my formal training began at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers in Seattle under Anne Phyfe Palmer and Melina Meza, Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, Levels 1 and 2,Bryan Kest, Off The Mat and Into The World Leadership Training, and the Global Action Summit- both under Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, and Suzanne Sterling. I am currently studying under Yoga Rupa (Rod Stryker) in the ParaYoga Master Teacher program. In addition to my yoga certifications, I have completed Landmark I, Advanced Landmark Education, Igolu Leadership training under the fabulous, Suzanne Conrad. I am also a certified Life Coach through the International Coaching Science Research Foundation.

Aside from my formal yoga trainings, my most profound teacher is life itself. I take into consideration what and whom I’ve studied from, but march to my own beat. My family, experiences, opportunities, and the beautiful people in my life are my guide. My personal practice has organically transformed from the intensity of any set style to more introspective, honing a strong flow that is attentive to the body in motion and grounding stability from our deep core. I teach to who comes to my class and draw inspiration from my own personal practice and share that with others. I truly believe that we are here to share our personal experiences. I also believe in authenticity, teaching and sharing from your own personal experiences. We are all teachers. Be your message. I am naturally drawn to not following an agenda. I have learned that it makes no sense to assume that everyone I teach is the same. We’re not! Yoga, asana in particular to classes, is subjective. Assuming that one posture or breath technique works for everyone is no different than administering aspirin to everyone. It will make some better, some sick, and some nothing. As a result, I am creative and honor the individual and their needs to the best of my ability in the present moment. My goal is to create a space for students to explore where they are in their practice. In class, the foundation is laid by breath work as a metric to follow. We explore a fusion of modalities: dynamic sequencing, physical and energetic core work, pranayama, meditation that cultivate a deeper sense of interconnectedness. My inspiration is derived from my personal, life experience, and wisdom. This creates engaging, yet strong classes that release physical and energetic boundaries in the body and mind. I encourage all to tap and trust their empowering inner wisdom and sharpen awareness on all levels in our experiences. This is yoga. This is the personal catalyst that inspires me to share the teachings of yoga. isabellecasey.com

Isabelle Casey