Isabel Jones F. has been teaching Iyengar Yoga for 18 years and has been qualified as an Intermediate Level 3 teacher for over 7 years.
Isabel took her first Iyengar Class 30 years ago, and became a keen Iyengar Yoga student after meeting Margaret Austin one of the Uk’s most senior and inspiring Iyengar Yoga teachers. Since then Isabel has traveled up to the North East every year to study an intensive course of yoga, who together with Gordon Austin teaches a group of advanced Iyengar students and teachers from all over the UK.
In 2006 Isabel began developing her yoga practice and teaching further with Jayne Orton who is an advanced teacher. With her expert guidance, Isabel overcame long term back and neck injuries, and through rigorous study and self practice Isabel became an Intermediate Leve1 3 teacher in March 2011. Every week now Isabel continues to study with Jayne, and has been taught by Dr Geeta Iyengar at conventions in 2002, 2008 and 2014. By Abhijata Iyengar in 2014, and spent 62 days studying with Prashant, Geeta, and Sonita the Iyengar family in India Pune in 2014 and 2017.
Isabel also takes an active role in the national Iyengar Yoga association serving on the EX, and has been chair of the Events Committee since 2012, which involves organising the national Iyengar Yoga Convention for 300 – 600 Iyengar teachers and students every year. Also Isabel serves as vice chair of the Iyengar Yoga Development fund which provides funding to support classes for disenfranchised people.
Isabel has an extensive background in movement, and worked for 35 years as a professional choreographer, she trained from the age of 11 as a ballet scholar at the Royal Academy of Dance, gained a performance degree in contemporary dance and music at Bretton Hall and went on to found a professional company in 1989 with arts council funding, making more than 33 new devised 33 full length touring performances.
Her performance work now focuses on composing / audio describing / singing and devotional chanting. She directs an arts and wellbeing charity called Salamanda Tandem est 1989; with a team of performers and artists, to make socially engaged art and performance across the UK. Isabel also delivers training programmes on ethics and aesthetics, conducts academic research and has written a variety of publications as a professional composer, singer and director. Iyengar Yoga forms the foundation stone of Isabel’s life, and practice, and of all charity board members.