Islay Taylor (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 weekly classes and workshops 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 has over 800 hours of yoga study; she received her 200hr teaching certification in 2017, and her 300hr certification in 2022. Her training focuses on Yin Yoga, anatomy and mechanics, inclusivity and anti-racism workshops. She continues her yoga journey through ongoing education, reading, and maintaining a personal practice.
“Thank you for the emotionally gentle class and for holding space for us tonight. I would love to have this experience again and will absolutely be attending class with you again soon.”
– Yin Yoga Student