Islay (she/her) believes that life is a spectrum of nuances, and that a yoga practice helps to increase being comfortable with the unknown. She is dedicated to providing a compassionate and safe space for students to explore the union of body, mind, and world in pursuit of deepening the bonds of these relationships. She considers yoga asana as a vehicle to investigate and internalize yogic philosophies and concepts.
Her classes are intelligently designed to improve flexibility, build strength, resilience, and empower students to foster a sense of curiosity about their unique asana practices. Utilizing the body’s muscle memory and the strength cultivated through a yang practice, classes are designed to become progressively more challenging while always holding the space for compassion. Islay views each group class to be a personal practice that just happens to be in a community setting. With this philosophy in mind, she incorporates options and choice into her classes to facilitate an equitable platform for students to celebrate personal agency while making mindful decisions about their practice.
Islay received her 200hr teaching certification in 2017, and is currently pursuing her 500hr certification. She has completed over 250 additional hours of additional training in Yin Yoga, anatomy and mechanics, inclusivity and anti-racism workshops. She continues her yoga journey through education, reading, and maintaining a personal practice.
PROFESSIONAL COURSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
Certified Yoga Instructor
First-Aid and CPR Certifications (current)
Fully covered with Fitness and Wellness Insurance
So You Want To Chant Om? Using Om and Namaste with Respect with Tejal Patel, 1.5 non-contact hours completed March 2021
Theming Workshop with Jennie Wadsten, 6 non-contact hours completed March 2021
Decolonizing Yoga with Kallie Schut, 10 non-contact hours completed March 2021
Introduction to Sanskrit with Jessica Kung and Stephane Dreyfus, 10 hours completed February 2021
Asana Lab with Davina Davidson, 10 non-contact hours completed January 2021
Refining Your Verbal Communication Skills with Alexandria Crow, 2 non-contact hours completed July 2020
Anti-Racism & Allyship for Rehab and Movement Professionals with Dr Jennifer Hutton, 2 non-contact hours completed June 2020
Introduction to Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy, with Alex Bauermeister, 16 hours completed February 2020
Deconstruct to Reconstruct with Alexandria Crow, 15 hours completed December 2020
Cadaver Anatomy Workshop with Ed Cardinal, 3 hours anticipated completion September 2019
Introduction to Mindfulness, Brown University Mindfulness Center, 7.5 hours anticipated completion August 2019
Yin Yoga Assisting Workshop with Melanie Cooper, 5 hours completed May 2019
Yoga Anatomy Workshop with David Keil, 20 non-contact hours completed Spring 2019
Yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine with Tiffany Cruikshank, 5 non-contact hours complete December 2018
Yin Yoga 101 with Josh Summers, 20 non-contact hours completed July 2018
Yin Yoga for Your Body with Bernie Clark, 8 non-contact hours completed May 2018
Yoga Philosophy & Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras with Theresa Murphy, 10 hours completed March 2018
Congruence – Where Intention & Outcome Meet with Alexandria Crow, 17 hours completed January 2018
Inclusivity Training for Yoga: Building Community with Compassion with Chelsea Jackson Roberts, PhD, 20 CEUs completed February 2017.
From the Inside Out with Alexandria Crow, 15 hours completed December 2017
Yoga Therapy for Back Care with Theresa Murphy, 35 hours completed November 2017
Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Theresa Murphy, 30 hours completed September 2017
The Flow: Asana Families, Shape, Study & Sequencing with Theresa Murphy, 15 hours completed July 2017
RYT 200 Vinyasa Yoga Training at Providence Power Yoga, completed May 2017