My name is Isabel Slingerland and I’ve been teaching yoga since 2011. I taught yoga in yoga studio’s, wellness centre’s, sport and health clubs, schools, universities and festivals in London, Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Montenegro and Croatia. I have now returned back to my home city Rotterdam in the Netherlands and will use this as my teaching base.
For the last 13 years I lived in the UK where I worked as a professional dancer. I originally trained in Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds and then moved to London to work as a freelance dancer and later on start my own dance company together with my partner Anthony Middleton in Leeds.
I trained in Vinyasa flow with teachers Rebecca Ffrench and Holly Warren and got my 200 hour qualification with YogaLondon. Back then I mostly practised astanga vinyasa and power yoga. I slowly started to find different interests in my yoga practise, stil in flow, but I wanted it to be a more conscious way of moving. I started practising Forrest Yoga, an intens, but therapeutic style of yoga named after renowned yoga teacher Ana Forrest. I studied with Ana Forrest in San fransisco (Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training) and after that practised with the Forrest Yoga guardians. The Forrest yoga system had a profound impact on my own practise, my classes and my life.
Ever since my dance training I always had a keen interest in bodywork, Its something I explored a lot with my dance partner Anthony, during our research and development periods for our own dance work. Our interest was in partnering, combining dance and Acrobatics and so we used bodywork as away of finding ‘how we can move someone else body with efficiency’, ‘how we could use our own body to move someone else’s body’ and study the body’s ‘intricate movement mechanics’. This lead me to go and study Thai Yoga Massage at the Sunshine Massage school in Thailand. I then went on to train with Kira Balaskas from the School of Thai Massage in London on some more advanced practises in Thai Yoga Massage.
Together with Anthony Middleton, we have now set up Bodyworks Holland. Under Bodyworks Holland we offer Thai Yoga Massages, Yoga, Movement and bodywork trainings, workshops and masterclasses.