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"Mindfulness, the aware, balanced acceptance of present experience, is at the heart of what the Buddha taught.”
—Sylvia Boorstein

Isabelita Papa

I began my spiritual journey about three decades ago, when I was ordained as a Buddhist nun by Venerable Taungpulu Sayadaw of Burma. I studied and practiced meditation with Dr. Rina Sircar at CIIS. Since then I've practiced chanting at the Syda Yoga Ashram community in Oakland and practiced Taoism and Advaita contemplation.
I was fortunate to be individually trained in First Set and Second Set Dayan Qigong and certified to teach the First Set by Master Hui Liu and Dr. Erlene Chiang. Although the training brought me to the edge of my physical and mental stamina, my energy level kept increasing. Afterwards, my body was never the same; it has been positively transformed and my life has changed forever.
The flowers of the teacher's training bore fruit in so many ways, and I bring those gifts to my students through teaching Qigong, Restorative Yoga, Mindful Pilates, Compassionate communication, holistic lifestyle and walking the walk with balance and grace.
I offer classes in Emeryville, the San Francisco Bay area, Northern California, Mexico and Hawaii and teach and facilitate workshops and retreats in Qigong, Pilates and Restorative Yoga. I also teach at assisted living facilities and senior centers, and help those with cancer, stroke, and physical challenges, and people in hospice.
I am certified to teach Qigong and Pilates, and was certified by Dr. Judith Lasater to teach Restorative Yoga. I am a Compassionate Communication facilitator, which is based on non-violent communication. I am credentialed by the Board of Adult Education in Physical Fitness, Art Therapy and Nutrition.
I am a Certified Healthcare Provider and am certified in Quantum Reflex Analysis, Kinesiology Muscle Testing, Nutrition and Minerals by Dr. Marshall of PRL Labs, and Nutritional Cleansing under the guidance of Dr. James Jameson with Health Force Nutrition.
I have been in private practice for the last 20 years in San Francisco and 15 years in Emeryville.



Upcoming events with Isabelita Papa
10/16/2017Self-Healing through Gentle Qigong
9/1/2017Self-Healing with Qigong and Sound Immersion
12/9/2017Apparent Here & Now
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