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    Isabel Lankester
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Teachers have said to me a few times in the past ‘this is not ballet’.....mmmm well I think if I want to point my toes and spin around I will. Shouldn’t teachers give students to opportunity to explore? Surely our instructions are an offering not a command? I don’t think there is just one way... I have never done ballet or dance classes. I move the way I move because it feels good. Naturally I’m therefore becoming more aligned with teachers who give permission to let go, move when your ready, inhale when your ready, take a modification if you want to. How can we feel into our bodies if we’re not free to move when it feels right? .
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#free #movement #ballet #shakethatfeeling #dontsayno #why #confused #idemandtobefree #light #maketgeshape
Teachers have said to me a few times in the past ‘this is not ballet’.....mmmm well I think if I want to point my toes and spin around I will. Shouldn’t teachers give students to opportunity to explore? Surely our instructions are an offering not a command? I don’t think there is just one way... I have never done ballet or dance classes. I move the way I move because it feels good. Naturally I’m therefore becoming more aligned with teachers who give permission to let go, move when your ready, inhale when your ready, take a modification if you want to. How can we feel into our bodies if we’re not free to move when it feels right? . . . . #free  #movement  #ballet  #shakethatfeeling  #dontsayno  #why  #confused  #idemandtobefree  #light  #maketgeshape 
PHILOSOPHY THURSDAY... take the stress out.. put the fun in. You can’t see it but I’m definitely sticking my tongue out in this one.
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Peace 👅✌🏻
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#itsallyoga #philosophy #thursday #herewego #whoop #christmasiscoming #peace #yogaretreat
Back when I used to climb onto robot hearts in the middle of the dessert...looking at old photos today. What happened to printing albums?! I need to print way more photos... note no.1 New Years resolution... I think there might be a few more to come but here’s the start of it. ~ 1. print old photos which bring back magical memories... ‘when we were young’ 🥰... ..’or younger’ going to be 31 in a few weeks 🥳
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#resolutions  #photos #sortingday #burningman
Back when I used to climb onto robot hearts in the middle of the dessert...looking at old photos today. What happened to printing albums?! I need to print way more photos... note no.1 New Years resolution... I think there might be a few more to come but here’s the start of it. ~ 1. print old photos which bring back magical memories... ‘when we were young’ 🥰... ..’or younger’ going to be 31 in a few weeks 🥳 . . . #resolutions  #photos  #sortingday  #burningman 
PHILOSOPHY THURSDAY... Madhya.... Pronounced (mad-ya) it means the ‘space in between’. We move around so quickly - job to job - place to place- pose to pose-  we forget how we feel in between. It can be something tiny like the heart beat between breaths or larger like the expanse between birth and death. Iyengar writes that to notice the in-between is to notice the now. The momentary pause between breaths allows us the time for cognitive reflection, corrective reaction and reappraisal. Noticing Madhya in practise can help us not get caught up in the ‘moment of time as a sequence or current sweeping us along, but we experience it as a series of discrete and present moments’. I first came across this term through @tarajudelle at one of her trainings last year-  thank you Tara I will never forget who taught me the beauty of noticing Madhya. .
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#philosophy #todaysnugget #littlelessons #madyha #yoga #study #pause #breathe #comfort #discomfort #yogateacher #lessonstopasson.
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📸 @squareclick_photography 😘
PHILOSOPHY THURSDAY... Madhya.... Pronounced (mad-ya) it means the ‘space in between’. We move around so quickly - job to job - place to place- pose to pose- we forget how we feel in between. It can be something tiny like the heart beat between breaths or larger like the expanse between birth and death. Iyengar writes that to notice the in-between is to notice the now. The momentary pause between breaths allows us the time for cognitive reflection, corrective reaction and reappraisal. Noticing Madhya in practise can help us not get caught up in the ‘moment of time as a sequence or current sweeping us along, but we experience it as a series of discrete and present moments’. I first came across this term through @tarajudelle at one of her trainings last year- thank you Tara I will never forget who taught me the beauty of noticing Madhya. . . . . . . #philosophy  #todaysnugget  #littlelessons  #madyha  #yoga  #study  #pause  #breathe  #comfort  #discomfort  #yogateacher  #lessonstopasson . . 📸 @squareclick_photography 😘
Here’s my schedule for the week ahead, currently in bed slightly overwhelmed by the energy and joy students gave this Sunday! Thank you...I can finally say CHRISTMAS IS COMING, got so told off at work for getting over excited a month ago 🥳......
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Tue 9.30 @thepoweryogaco level 1
Thur 6.30 @thepoweryogaco all level
Thur 8.15 @thepoweryogaco all level
Fri 18.15 @batterseayoga funky flow
Sun 8.30 @levelsixpeckham vinyasa 
Sun 10.45 @thepoweryogaco yin
Sun 12.15 @thepoweryogaco all level
Sun 17.00 @thepoweryogaco all level .
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#yogaschedule #yogastudio #yogacover #power #flow #vinyasa #yogafun #update #fullofjoy
Here’s my schedule for the week ahead, currently in bed slightly overwhelmed by the energy and joy students gave this Sunday! Thank you...I can finally say CHRISTMAS IS COMING, got so told off at work for getting over excited a month ago 🥳...... ~~~~~~~~~ Tue 9.30 @thepoweryogaco level 1 Thur 6.30 @thepoweryogaco all level Thur 8.15 @thepoweryogaco all level Fri 18.15 @batterseayoga funky flow Sun 8.30 @levelsixpeckham vinyasa Sun 10.45 @thepoweryogaco yin Sun 12.15 @thepoweryogaco all level Sun 17.00 @thepoweryogaco all level . ~~~~~~~~ . . . #yogaschedule  #yogastudio  #yogacover  #power  #flow  #vinyasa  #yogafun  #update  #fullofjoy 
Left on my own to play @levelsixpeckham .
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#afterclass #metime #selfpractise #yoga #flow
PHILOSOPHY THURSDAY....VIPARAYA, misperception. ‘We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.’ THE TALMUD.  @vizerskaya_official ..
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#noticewhenyourwrong #misperception #philosophy #ashortnote #noassumption #nojudgement #clearpicture #areminder #notetoself📝
PHILOSOPHY THURSDAY.....Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference. ~ PARINAMA ~ Transformation
(I feel like I’ve written this quote before, if so apologies but relevant today). Because everything is always changing, in a state of (prakriti) flux, clinging to anything is basically futile. As we cling on to each object and it’s pulled away we suffer a degree of suffering (duhkha) ~ this morning I spoke about Isvara Pranidhana.. which literally means to have faith, surrender to the inevitable. In practise finding comfort in discomfort, learning from our boundaries and learning ways to deal with difficult situations and regular change. Yes yoga makes us feel good, it heals us when we are hurt, helps us find light when all we see is dark but it also shows us what we are made of! Learning from the transformation of the body, when your mind is saying ‘I can’t do it’, and the body says ‘yes we can’! Worrying and trying to control every situation results in Dukkha, which means we are never fully engaged in the action we are doing because our minds are already thinking what might happen after....where there is life there is change ~ PARINAMA... have faith your attitude is EVERYTHING....
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(@markkanyoga inspired flow, what an amazing teacher....) @totesyoges i dedicate this post to you 🥰
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#philosophythursday #yoga #teachtraining #changingbody #strongmind #isvarapranidhara #dharma #karma #yogastudy #thursdayupdate #flow #yogapractise #selfpractise
PHILOSOPHY THURSDAY.....Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference. ~ PARINAMA ~ Transformation (I feel like I’ve written this quote before, if so apologies but relevant today). Because everything is always changing, in a state of (prakriti) flux, clinging to anything is basically futile. As we cling on to each object and it’s pulled away we suffer a degree of suffering (duhkha) ~ this morning I spoke about Isvara Pranidhana.. which literally means to have faith, surrender to the inevitable. In practise finding comfort in discomfort, learning from our boundaries and learning ways to deal with difficult situations and regular change. Yes yoga makes us feel good, it heals us when we are hurt, helps us find light when all we see is dark but it also shows us what we are made of! Learning from the transformation of the body, when your mind is saying ‘I can’t do it’, and the body says ‘yes we can’! Worrying and trying to control every situation results in Dukkha, which means we are never fully engaged in the action we are doing because our minds are already thinking what might happen after....where there is life there is change ~ PARINAMA... have faith your attitude is EVERYTHING.... . (@markkanyoga inspired flow, what an amazing teacher....) @totesyoges i dedicate this post to you 🥰 . . #philosophythursday  #yoga  #teachtraining  #changingbody  #strongmind  #isvarapranidhara  #dharma  #karma  #yogastudy  #thursdayupdate  #flow  #yogapractise  #selfpractise 
O Hey! Come join me this Friday at the beautiful @levelsixpeckham studio! 9.45am for only £5! Students please select ‘Black Friday £5 Class’ at checkout. Vinyasa, All Level class....I’ll be looking a bit like this 👆🏼
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#blackfriday #friday #smile #5yoga #vinyasa #yogafun #dynamicflow #vinyasa #seeyouthere
We came, we practised and we ate all the food!! Thank you @beverleyryles for all of the vegan and gluten free meals. You have spoilt us rotten.... homemade chickpea pancakes, baked cauliflower, an array of fruit smoothies, carrot cupcakes and lots more. .
I can’t recommend this super star enough, every meal was so fresh, delicious and wonderfully presented. I feel like I’ve been on retreat too, Bev you are amazing.
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Thank you to all who made Pulborough Retreat so magical 💫....you know who you are. .
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Now off home with Al. What. Would. I. Do. Without. You. .
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(@beverleyryles 🥑 @charliefdyer 💃🏼 @hannah_beloe 😝 @hannahbuxx 😍 @saskiasjones 🌶 @warby_hm 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩 @mindfully.me_ 🙏🏼) .
 #thatsawrap #yogaretreat #retreatfood #delicious #nutriousfood #vegan #healthyfood #fittnessfood #dairyfree #guiltfree #yogafood #beverlyryles #incrediblepeopledoingincrediblethings #mandalayoga #yin #inversions #vinyasayoga #flow #warmyoga
We came, we practised and we ate all the food!! Thank you @beverleyryles for all of the vegan and gluten free meals. You have spoilt us rotten.... homemade chickpea pancakes, baked cauliflower, an array of fruit smoothies, carrot cupcakes and lots more. . I can’t recommend this super star enough, every meal was so fresh, delicious and wonderfully presented. I feel like I’ve been on retreat too, Bev you are amazing. . Thank you to all who made Pulborough Retreat so magical 💫....you know who you are. . . Now off home with Al. What. Would. I. Do. Without. You. . . . . . . . (@beverleyryles 🥑 @charliefdyer 💃🏼 @hannah_beloe 😝 @hannahbuxx 😍 @saskiasjones 🌶 @warby_hm 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩 @mindfully.me_ 🙏🏼) . #thatsawrap  #yogaretreat  #retreatfood  #delicious  #nutriousfood  #vegan  #healthyfood  #fittnessfood  #dairyfree  #guiltfree  #yogafood  #beverlyryles  #incrediblepeopledoingincrediblethings  #mandalayoga  #yin  #inversions  #vinyasayoga  #flow  #warmyoga 
Heavenly walk
Sweet talk
Fresh air
Roaming deer 
Bird song
Puppy love
Smiling faces 
Rosie cheeks .....☺️
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 time for yin. .
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#walks #imnopoet #dontiknowit #fresh #outdoors #countrywalk #tiredyogis #yogaretreat #pulboroughreteat #yogabarn #retreat #break #yoga #shanti #yinyoga #restorativeyoga #breakfromreality
Heart opening start to our weekend in #pulborough Sussex.... love you all....@warby_hm @hannahbuxx @hannah_beloe @mindfully.me_ @charliefdyer @saskiasjones @beverleyryles ......@#lovebugs #yogabears #yogafriends #yogaretreats #sussexretreat #vinyasa #dynamicflow #yogaworkshop
PHILOSOPHY THURSDAY....firstly I can’t believe how fast Thursdays come round!! .
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So this weeks thoughts... ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. (Luke 6.31). Karma is such a popular word with lots of connotations. Karma means action or activity that produces a result and leaves behind an impression inside the heart-mind. I read recently that it can ‘come from a thought, word or deed’ or it can be something we perceive from the senses. Every karma has consequences......looking at the science of yoga which accepts the theory of reincarnation, where an individual soul inhabits body after body through cycles of life and death... that body is said to hold the residue of KARMA. Where we self improve each time, eventually working karma out of the body completely, leading to enlightenment. - Kaivalya. Never to be reborn again... sounds a bit mysterious but I think a lovely thought. I do think the only way to be truly happy is to bring love to those around you. Spreading the good vibes today 💕. (Karmas not always a b**ch! )😄. I’m not around this weekend but back to my normal schedule next week. 🙏🏼✨...last class this week tomorrow 9.45am @levelsixpeckham .
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📸 @squareclick_photography
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#goodkarma #yogicphilosophy #yogastudy #awordaday #whatiloveyogatoday #philosophy #myunderstanding #reincarnation #whatdoyoubelievein #goodness #yoga #vinyasa #thoughts #words #deeds #allkarma #karmasabitch
PHILOSOPHY THURSDAY....firstly I can’t believe how fast Thursdays come round!! . . So this weeks thoughts... ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. (Luke 6.31). Karma is such a popular word with lots of connotations. Karma means action or activity that produces a result and leaves behind an impression inside the heart-mind. I read recently that it can ‘come from a thought, word or deed’ or it can be something we perceive from the senses. Every karma has consequences......looking at the science of yoga which accepts the theory of reincarnation, where an individual soul inhabits body after body through cycles of life and death... that body is said to hold the residue of KARMA. Where we self improve each time, eventually working karma out of the body completely, leading to enlightenment. - Kaivalya. Never to be reborn again... sounds a bit mysterious but I think a lovely thought. I do think the only way to be truly happy is to bring love to those around you. Spreading the good vibes today 💕. (Karmas not always a b**ch! )😄. I’m not around this weekend but back to my normal schedule next week. 🙏🏼✨...last class this week tomorrow 9.45am @levelsixpeckham . . . . 📸 @squareclick_photography . . #goodkarma  #yogicphilosophy  #yogastudy  #awordaday  #whatiloveyogatoday  #philosophy  #myunderstanding  #reincarnation  #whatdoyoubelievein  #goodness  #yoga  #vinyasa  #thoughts  #words  #deeds  #allkarma  #karmasabitch 
Not long now until my first UK retreat! I love this photo so much ~ with my gorgeous friend and student Alexa @thenoodlesromanoff taken at my Ibiza retreat earlier this year. I am just so thankful to have such beautiful friends and students who support me on this little journey. I know this retreat won’t be the same without my yoga wife @stretchbreathesmile but all your lessons and guidance will follow me. Bring on the giggles and glitters girls and boys! That’s right my husband Ali is coming with me this time. God I love you. Totally brimming with excitement and love 💕.
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#yogaretreatuk #love #gratitude #yogaretreat #sussexretreat #forjoy #yogaheaven #yogafriends #yogahusband #allthefamily #yoga #vinyasa #powerflo #vibyasaflow #laughter #glitterandshine #yogainsta #wherelovelives
Not long now until my first UK retreat! I love this photo so much ~ with my gorgeous friend and student Alexa @thenoodlesromanoff taken at my Ibiza retreat earlier this year. I am just so thankful to have such beautiful friends and students who support me on this little journey. I know this retreat won’t be the same without my yoga wife @stretchbreathesmile but all your lessons and guidance will follow me. Bring on the giggles and glitters girls and boys! That’s right my husband Ali is coming with me this time. God I love you. Totally brimming with excitement and love 💕. . . . #yogaretreatuk  #love  #gratitude  #yogaretreat  #sussexretreat  #forjoy  #yogaheaven  #yogafriends  #yogahusband  #allthefamily  #yoga  #vinyasa  #powerflo  #vibyasaflow  #laughter  #glitterandshine  #yogainsta  #wherelovelives 
PHILOSOPHY THURSDAY. 
Abhyasa. ~ Diligent, Focused Practise..
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Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream, have faith in its course. It will go on it’s way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it. Never let it out of your sight. It will take you. ~ SHENG YEN. .
#philosophy #yogaday #heavenly #practice #yogadaily #yogastudy #justlisten #besoft #immersion #reading #passion #love #following #steady #enjoy
PHILOSOPHY THURSDAY. Abhyasa. ~ Diligent, Focused Practise.. . Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream, have faith in its course. It will go on it’s way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it. Never let it out of your sight. It will take you. ~ SHENG YEN. . #philosophy  #yogaday  #heavenly  #practice  #yogadaily  #yogastudy  #justlisten  #besoft  #immersion  #reading  #passion  #love  #following  #steady  #enjoy 
Wow @markkanyoga what an amazing teacher....in the most gorgeous setting of @kindredyogalife. Very honoured to practise along side these girls ... @juliemontagu @katarinarayburnyoga @nickiratcliffe @emilymergyoga ...thank you @nickiratcliffe for the tops... Julie your right we have become some sort of girl band??... you can be baby spice 🤣! ....#yogafriends #yogalove #yogastudio #blondewarriors
Wow @markkanyoga what an amazing teacher....in the most gorgeous setting of @kindredyogalife. Very honoured to practise along side these girls ... @juliemontagu @katarinarayburnyoga @nickiratcliffe @emilymergyoga ...thank you @nickiratcliffe for the tops... Julie your right we have become some sort of girl band??... you can be baby spice 🤣! ....#yogafriends  #yogalove  #yogastudio  #blondewarriors 
I’ve got some classes for you and retreat news. Slight change to my usual schedule ~.
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TUESDAY //
9.30am Level 1 @thepoweryogaco .
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THURSDAY //
6.30am *new class* @thepoweryogaco 
8.15am All Level Power @thepoweryogaco .
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FRIDAY // .
9.45am Vinyasa @levelsixpeckham &
18.15pm Funky Flow @batterseayoga .
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SUNDAY // .
8.30am Vinyasa  @levelsixpeckham 
12.15pm All Level Power @thepoweryogaco .
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RETREATS....
May Ibiza Retreat with @stretchbreathesmile is now sold out however we still have space on our retreat in September (2nd-7th). Please DM me if you want to book. More info on my website www.isabellankesteryoga.com.
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#retreatnew #schedule #yogaupdate #vinyasa #yoga #yogastudio #poweryoga #powerflow #vinyasaflow #weekendvibes #immersion #myretreatwife! #yogaretreat #ibizayogaretreat
I’ve got some classes for you and retreat news. Slight change to my usual schedule ~. . TUESDAY // 9.30am Level 1 @thepoweryogaco . . THURSDAY // 6.30am *new class* @thepoweryogaco 8.15am All Level Power @thepoweryogaco . . FRIDAY // . 9.45am Vinyasa @levelsixpeckham & 18.15pm Funky Flow @batterseayoga . . SUNDAY // . 8.30am Vinyasa @levelsixpeckham 12.15pm All Level Power @thepoweryogaco . . RETREATS.... May Ibiza Retreat with @stretchbreathesmile is now sold out however we still have space on our retreat in September (2nd-7th). Please DM me if you want to book. More info on my website www.isabellankesteryoga.com. . #retreatnew  #schedule  #yogaupdate  #vinyasa  #yoga  #yogastudio  #poweryoga  #powerflow  #vinyasaflow  #weekendvibes  #immersion  #myretreatwife ! #yogaretreat  #ibizayogaretreat 
For my friends who are as just as sensitive as I am... I may be a yogi but I have no problem calling a spade a spade! HAPPY FRIDAY 😍.
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#fridayvibes #sensitive #friendsofmine #spadeaspade