Isie has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years. " I first came to Yoga, like many people, at a time of great emotional trauma. It began very slowly, as a way of managing a lifetime struggle with depression and anxiety and slowly through the practice, I began to change.
When I first started, it was all about slowing down; I was practicing a Hatha style of yoga, going to class once a week and practicing daily at home. Over time, I started trying different styles of yoga, and then discovered Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. This was my 'eureka' moment! Suddenly, here was a practice that really made me dig deep, and see who I really was. Apart from that, it is a dynamic practice, which helped me to build strength in not only my mind but in my body. My attitude towards my body and self changed. I began to see things for what they really were. Amazing. Practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa gave me so much confidence in my own power. Subsequently, giving birth to my first child, Felix was a walk in the park!"
Like many people, Jenna was initially attracted to yoga for its physical benefits, and was secretly obsessed with being able to perform the perfect headstand and saw any forearm stand as the ultimate challenge! Her very first yoga class was with one of our very own - the lovely Stacey. Jenna instantly fell in love with yoga. She loved the challenge and still remembers the giddiness she felt in achieving her first tripod headstand. Through experiencing these little physical accomplishments in her practice she was ignorantly unaware of what was going on behind the scenes. Through regular and dedicated practice she realised she felt calmer and more focused, on and off the mat. It also helped her through some darker times by always enabling her to see the light. It was then that she decided to become a teacher. Her dream became the ability to provide to others the wonderful gifts that yoga had given to her. Towards the end of her training her very own teacher (the beautiful Isie!) asked Jenna to join the Yoga Pad family. She felt right at home teaching alongside the two women who had introduced her to this amazing passion, and very lucky that she now gets to work a job she absolutely loves. When Jenna isn’t on her mat she is busy mum to gorgeous 3 year old Josh, lives above a small country pub just outside Henley and is a practicing 80-20 vegan (probably 50-50 when being brutally honest with herself) with an unhealthy weakness for peanut butter.
"Each practice I learn to nurture myself and become further at peace; with myself and everything around me. Yoga has taught me to be patient, committed and kind, starting with myself first so it comes easily when giving to others. Being patient with poses/asana’s and not pushing myself, accepting how I am in that moment, in that position, without judgment and knowing that eventually it will come, yoga has taught me that what I thought was impossible, IS possible. This theory has continued into my life, being kind to others, to not push things too much and to rest confident that I can achieve what may seem impossible with patience and dedication.
I have been practising Ashtanga Vinyasa style Yoga since 2012 and been on a number of workshops, retreats over the years. I made the decision to travel to Mysore, India, the birthplace of the Ashtanga Vinyasa System in November 2017 to study with Sri Arya Sanath Rameshji."