“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even the smallest acts. This is the secret of success. Always do good to others. Mentally remove everything and be free. This is divine life. This is the direct way to Moksha or salvation.” -Swami Sivananda
Patanjali states in the Yoga Sutras, “When you are inspired by some great purpose all of your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction…” This is what inspires one to show up on the mat and practice asana. Another huge motivation is the special bond between yogis sharing a space for community that fosters health and wellbeing.
Born in Georgetown D.C. and raised between California and Guadalajara, Mexico, Issa comes from a long lineage of curanderos (medicine men). From a very young age she was taught the art of cranial therapy, herbs and holistic wellness therapies. Issa offers wellness to the people in her life by facilitating a plethora of services. She is a professional Ayurvedic Cranial Specialist, bodyworker, professional growth facilitator and yoga instructor. She has conducted yoga and wellness retreats in Japan, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Mexico and United States. At age ten she took her first Iyengar class and instantly knew yoga would play a major role in her life. Issa has made her living as a yoga instructor and therapeutic bodyworker for over 20years. She managed Omadawn Yoga Studio in Seal Beach, one of the first full schedule yoga studios in Southern California. She has cumulatively spent many months in residence at the Sivananda Yoga Ashrams in both Northern California and Paradise Island, Bahamas. She has completed a 100hr certification from YogaFit. She also lists Iyengar Yoga teachers Denise Thibalut, Elizabeth Markley and John Algarme as significant teachers, as well as Peter Sterios, Annie Carpenter and Cynthia Abulafia. Issa’s desire to share the gift of yoga and make it accessible to everyone lead her to develop Karma Yoga training programs for at high risk and underprivileged youth. In 2007, she also produced two Yoga DVDs “Living with Balance/ Viviendo Con Balance” in English and Spanish. As a graduate from UCLA (B.A. Spanish Literature and Linguistics) Issa has a love for education and constantly seeks ways to expand knowledge . In July 2018, she traveled to Perú with School of Yoga Institute, received her 300hr certification. This was one of the most transformative and life-changing programs for her. This yoga teacher training offered much more than the physical aspect of yoga, it was a link to knowing the self on a deeper level. Additionally, Issa finished one year in Ayurvedic Medicine through the California College of Ayurveda. She has apprenticed under Jack Ebner, DC., the founder of Ayurvedic Cranial Therapy and assists him during his 7 day intensive Ayurvedic Cranial Seminars. She has also has done a year of masters coursework in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Los Angeles, CA. Issa integrates all of her training and experience through yoga teachings, including bodywork, Ayurveda, and psychology, to assist people in attaining their full potential.
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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
― Mary Oliver