Lisa Kaley-Isley, PhD, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT is a clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, therapist, and educator. In the US, she introduced yoga therapy and research into Colorado Children’s Hospital medical and psychiatric services. In London, she founded and directs the Yoga Therapy Clinic and is teaching faculty on the Yogacampus Yoga Therapy Diploma course. Lisa practices and teaches yoga therapy with a focus on integrating western psychotherapeutic techniques with yoga philosophy and practice.
Lisa Kaley-Isley is a clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, IAYT certified yoga therapist, and yoga educator residing in London. Lisa draws deeply on the wisdom and practices of both yoga and psychology. She integrates her experience in the two disciplines to provide personalised yoga therapy and to educate yoga therapists.
Lisa has been licensed as a clinical psychologist in the United States since 1992. She has worked in a wide variety of mental health and medical care facilities from homeless shelters to a top rated US pediatric medical centre. Lisa was drawn to psychology by her fascination for compassionately understanding human thought and behavior. She moved into health psychology to more deeply understand the mind-body connection, and she was an early adopter of integrating mindfulness and body-based practices into her clinical work. Lisa has conducted yoga research studies to evaluate the effectiveness of yoga in reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and somatization of psychological distress. She has presented at conferences and published articles on adapting yoga for adolescents with mental health disorders.
Lisa was introduced to yoga in 1993 and it was love at first asana. Since moving to the UK, Lisa has shifted from integrating yoga into a health care setting, to increasing psychological awareness amongst yoga practitioners and professionals. Now she has come full circle and is involved in efforts to integrate yoga into health care.
Lisa is a long-term yoga student of Yogarupa Rod Styker of Para Yoga, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of the Himalayan Institute. She studied yoga therapy with Gary Kraftsow of American Viniyoga. These traditions all influence her personal practice, teaching, and therapy. Lisa is initiated into the Sri Vidya tradition and is empowered to impart personalised practices to individuals who want to use yoga to promote their own growth, healing, and personal transformation.
Lisa currently serves as a board member, tutor, supervisor, and mentor on the London based Yogacampus Yoga Therapy Diploma course. She is the Director of the Yogacampus Yoga Therapy Clinic, a student-training clinic providing affordable access to yoga therapy in London. Lisa’s specialty foci are development of the therapeutic alliance and adaption of yoga to foster mental health.
Lisa offers mental health focused trainings to yoga practitioners, teachers, therapists and trainees. Her intentions are 1) to raise awareness of mental health conditions, and 2) to increase competence and confidence in teachers and trainee therapists to offer safe, responsive, and empowering practices for themselves, their students, and clients. Lisa’s yoga therapy sessions and workshops provide opportunity for personal experience and reflection, as well as learning how to better assist others on their journey.
Para Yoga with Yogarupa Rod Stryker 500+ hours and continuing
Himalayan Institute – various workshops and programs
American Viniyoga (AVI) Foundations in Yoga Therapy and Yoga Therapy courses
PhD Clinical Psychologist
Individualised yoga therapy sessions in Greenwich and Islington
Yoga classes at The Life Centre, Islington
Teacher and Therapist Training Workshops on Yoga for Anxiety and Depression, Yoga for Eating Disorders, and Yoga for Emotional Trauma.
Yoga Therapy training through Yogacampus Yoga Therapy Diploma Course