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What's your role at The Isbourne?

A bit of everything! Sometimes I’ll be on Reception, other times in the back office planning Outreach projects, and every Friday afternoon I’m at Eastwood Park Prison co-ordinating the holistic course that we offer to the women prisoners.

What inspires you?

People who make life happen for themselves rather than waiting for it to change. People who are brave enough to share their gifts and teachings to help others to grow. And everyone who walks into the Isbourne, whether they have come to work or 'play' because they all have a unique story to tell and are all passionate about their wellbeing in their own individual way.

What did you do before you joined the Isbourne 'family'?

My previous jobs have ranged from event management, hospitality, marketing and PA/admin work.  My most glamorous job was working for a Powerboat Management company, where we organised Grand Prix events all over Europe, it was work hard play hard, and certainly not maintainable once I was married and had children!  I’ve been very lucky to have had jobs where people have believed in me and helped me to progress.  At the Isbourne there is a subtle difference, I know that my colleagues and managers believe in me, but I now (through my holistic journey) believe in myself too, which is a fantastic feeling!

What are your favourite holistic treatments/practices?

Tough question, I love them all!  So far I have experienced Theta Healing, Crystal Healing, Reiki, Reflexology, Meditation, Yoga, EFT, Diamond Inguz LiGht Healing, Sound Healing and Massage.

Reiki resonates with me for its simplicity and self-healing capabilities, I love the fact that I have a tool to use on myself daily to re balance my chakras, and to also help others.

EFT is brilliant as a quick technique to cope with a situation that is causing me stress, anger, impatience or any other negative emotion. It is my kids’ favourite, they love a good tapping session!

Crystal Healing is my new love. I don’t know yet where it will take me, but I know crystals are my friends. But the fundamental practice has to be meditation. I won’t be able to fulfil any of my life’s dreams if I don’t meditate and keep learning about and understanding myself, I know that for sure.

 

Yoga is a broad term for a group of physical, mental and spiritual disciplines, the aim of which are to achieve enlightenment, better health and wellbeing. Yoga has its origins in ancient India where it was practiced by seekers and ascetics, and has flourished in the West since its introduction in the late 19th century. 

Hatha (physical) yoga helps improve circulation and muscle tone whilst promoting flexibility and suppleness. Going through a gentle sequence of asanas, or bodily poses, whilst practising meditation and breathing techniques benefits not only your physical health but also helps you develop body-confidence and a greater sense of wellbeing and joy.

 

Each asana benefits a different part of the body - for example The Cobra (lying face down then pushing the upper half of the body up using the palms whilst arching the spine) opens the chest and strengthens the core area, whilst The Warrior (standing in a star shape, facing to the side with legs widely spaced and arms stretched out) strengthens the legs and opens out the hips and chest. 

 

At The Isbourne we have tutors running classes in a variety of different forms of yoga, including Dru, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini and Iyengar. Classes are available for beginners and intermediate-level students, and some are specifically geared to the needs of older people and women.

 

Why not make 2017 the year you take a positive step to improve your health and fitness?
 
See our list of current classes below or enter 'yoga' as a search term in our calendar for the full list of dates.

Adrian 2Something very different for the Isbourne Centre is the arrival of Flamenco Dance performer and teacher Adrián Brenes.

Adrián, ‘the hottest thing to hit Madrid for a decade’  and his team are from Cadiz, the cradle of flamenco dance. 

They will be offering a day of classes on Saturday 26th November, following  their flamenco and tapas show at the Town Hall on 24th. This is a unique opportunity to try the therapeutic art of flamenco dance , learn ‘fans, shawls and castanets’ and to clap rhythms with a flamenco virtuoso and live musicians. Maria 2

There is even an introductory class for children 12 and under, with the adult classes happening throughout the day. Look up 26th November on our calendar to book each class.

Flamenco schedule for the day: 

9.30am – 10.30am: Kids Introduction to Flamenco
10.30am – 12.00pm: Adults Introduction to Flamenco
12.00pm – 1.30pm: Fans, Shawls & Castanets
2.30pm – 4.00pm: Learn the Flamenco Tango
4.15pm – 5.30pm: Learn Flamenco Rhythms

Take advantage of this unique opportunity, have fun and learn about the pace and passion of flamenco dance! 

Adrian

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