Isabelle Stoner

Student level

My interest in yoga and mindful practices was cemented during a time of grief and disconnection. I became passionate about the therapeutic potential of yogic practices for self-regulation, embodied curiosity and supported healing.

Over years I've seen these practices and philosophies cultivate, not only personal connection and compassion, but an empowered subtle activism within community.

Teaching & Certification

  • Advanced Diploma of Yoga TT at Australian Yoga Academy
  • Trauma-Informed Yoga Teaching TCTSY (20hr) and extensive Trauma-Informed mentoring with Jo Buick and Alice Hobday
  • Meditation study with Buddhaloka Centre, Melbourne Meditation Centre and Brahma Kumaris
  • Advanced Vinyasa Sequencing with Jenni Morrison-Jack
  • Art of Adjusting with Dominique Salerno
  • Yin Yoga training with Mysan Sidbo

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: I often use verbal suggestions to guide students into an interoceptive and felt self-adjustment. This empowers people to notice the shift and decide if it's what they want to do with their bodies. Depending on the context in which I am teaching, I might physically adjust if I feel I can truly add value to a student's exploration of that moment in their body. I use permission cards and always do my best to seek fluid, clear and mutual consent when touching someone's body.

  • Theming: I theme my classes simply and slowly, drawing on the contextual elements of who is in the space and our environmental setting. I like to teach in a way that gives autonomy to those I'm holding space for to direct their practice where they need to. Thematic sharing will usually be gentle and noninvasive; guided meditations, poems, quotes, philosophical ideas, nature.

  • Sequencing: I often think of sequencing as a creative process that has structural foundations of duration, style and logical preparation, but in-between lies space for inspiration, interpretation and variation. I tend to direct awareness towards particular physical locations in the body and invite a felt and intuitive exploration of movement, breath and attention in that area.

  • Music: It's pretty much always endless relaxing piano and ambient strings.

On & Off the Mat With: Isabelle Stoner

As a yoga teacher, what inspires and motivates your teaching?

I am constantly inspired and motivated by the people around me, on and off the yoga mat. Teaching is a shared experience and connection, community and collaboration is what makes it real and worthy.

How has your own yoga practice evolved since becoming a teacher?

I've become much more flexible with the idea of my practice shifting and changing shape in relation with life. I give myself permission now for my practice to look and feel different all the time.

For those of us that haven't practiced with you before, what can we expect from your classes?

I like to give people space and time to let their individual practice reveal itself. I want participants to have freedom over how they choose to move and how they choose to direct their attention. I use inclusive and invitational language to support mindful experimentation and intuitive exploration. I aim to consciously create safer spaces for all abilities, all bodies, all genders.

I tend to direct awareness towards particular physical locations in the body and invite a felt and intuitive exploration of movement, breath and attention in that area.

What type of class could you teach all day, everyday and why?

I'd say it would be a very fluid, slow, moving meditation into yin. Very close to the earth to let everything just unravel, detangle, land.

Do you practice any other form of movement or fitness besides yoga? If so, what kind?

I spend a lot of my time just rolling around on the floor, but I also love to ride my bike, swim in the ocean, walk in the bush and boogie!

What's your go-to spot in Melbourne to get inspired?

The dog beach.

Finish this sentence. "I feel the most like myself when..."

I'm laughing with my loved people.

And lastly because it's fun, what animal do you identify with?

I'm always told it's a leopard, but I'd say that's largely a stylistic similarity.

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