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A glimpse into the life of our yoga teacher, Izzy Ixer during Lockdown

April 21st, 2020

Continuing on the theme of looking into the lives of our therapists during Lockdown, today is about our yoga teacher and life coach, Izzy Ixer.  Thanks for this, Izzy.



·        When did you start working at the WCHC? And what days do you work?


I have been at the Centre since its beginnings 20 years ago.  I’m available for yoga on Monday afternoons and Wednesday evenings.


·        What is your chosen therapy?


I am a Yoga teacher and coach


·        Why/How did you decide upon this therapy?


My wonderful Aunt Joyce introduced me to yoga when I was in my early teens.  She had cool friends who practised yoga and had visited India at the time the Beatles discovered meditation.  Aunt Joyce lent me books on yoga, including A Search in Secret India by Paul Brunton, which fired my interest in India and in the ideas behind the practice of yoga.


·        Coronavirus lockdown, are you able to work at the moment? If not, what else have you been up to?


I have moved most of my one to one clients from face to face sessions to online yoga sessions using zoom.  I’ve been super-impressed by how well everyone has adapted and has been happy to invite me into their living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms!!


·        How have you been keeping yourself busy staying at home? Any photos of what you have done?


I’ve re-awakened some old skills!  Making bread (with a bread-maker), more baking and I found my old seed trays in the garage and have planted some vegetable plants!  Let’s see if they grow!  And I make the most of my outdoor exercise allowance by going for a run several times  a week.


·        Have you created your own lockdown cocktail yet?  If not, what ingredients would you use?


I’m not a great one for cocktails – but the odd glass of wine is going down well in the evenings …


·        What do you miss the most at the moment?


Like most people I am missing contact with my family.  And we usually look after my Daughter’s dog for her while she as at work, so we are missing him too!


·        What is the first thing you will do when the coronavirus conditions are lifted?


Hug people!


·        Any words of wisdom that you would like to give us?


In yoga we have a concept of acceptance.  Accepting what is happening and recognising that at present we can’t change it is a helpful way of anchoring the mind and managing restless thoughts.  Meditation is part of a hatha yoga practice and focussing the mind enables us to find a sense of peace when it seems that all around us is confusing.   A simple yoga and/or meditation practice can be a powerful discipline right now.


·        Go on……….tell us a joke!


I didn’t believe yoga would fix my posture…

But I stand corrected.





Banana Bundt Cake








My books to read








My Studio








Izzy doing her yoga!








Bluebells on my walk

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