ITP Community Spotlight on Sally Isaacs
Learn more about Sally Isaacs and the experience and insight she's gained as a practitioner.
How did you become involved in ITP?
ITP came to me via my best-friend-since-childhood, Pam Kramer. She began inspiring me with conversations, books and a Kata video that I nearly wore out. When she taught a class in New York City’s Open Center, I was among the first to sign up. I am not a member of an ITP group. I don’t believe there is a group near me in northern New Jersey, but I’d love to hear if there is one.
Within your practice, what insights have you experienced that have made the biggest impact in your daily life?
I am inspired by the concept of transformation. Through words and practice, I believe we can change how we feel and the course our life takes each day. This has been particularly helpful to me as I live with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s that I received six years ago. I have learned through working with a functional neurologist that our genes do not necessarily predestine us. Exercise, a healthy diet, fresh air, sleep and a good mental attitude play a big role in staying strong and steady. Recent research in neuroplasticity indicates that the brain is capable of healing. With the right conditions, exercises and attitude, we can build new connections within the brain.
With this knowledge, I have become a more active, stronger version of myself. I exercise daily -- via a brisk walk, a cardiac/strength/balance exercise video and boxing training. I’ve cut out most processed foods, white flour and sugar from my diet. I seek activities that bring me joy. I am aware when anxiety overtakes me and I breathe through it – and practice my ITP Kata.
What ITP resource has been most helpful in your transformative journey?
The Kata, with its closing affirmations, have been very helpful. They help me set my intentions on staying strong, stable and grounded. The Kata as a whole puts me in a positive state of well-being. Individual movements within the Kata match up to those I’ve been taught to be particularly helpful to my condition: rotating arms of “drilling for water” and “half windmill,” raising the arms in “the fountain” and flexing fingers in “finger spray,” among others.
Have you participated in any ITP programs and if so, what resources or teachings have benefitted you most from the experience?
I’ve only participated in one program, a one-day session held in New York City. Since I had been practicing solo for so many years, I was struck by the difference in practicing with a group. There was a lovely connection to others who were seeking the same goals. It was particularly enriching to create and discuss our affirmations together.
What is one affirmation you currently have that has been particularly helpful in realizing your own extraordinary capacities?
There are two:
My positive attitude attracts positive outcomes.
I have everything I need.
Do you have any favorite books, podcasts or newsletters that align with and support your practice?
I often turn to two books by Judith Orloff, M.D.:
Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life
What ways have ITP and this practice supported your work/engagement in the larger community and world?
As a parent of adult children, I try to model a commitment to transformational behavior. For example, I try to show my kids that they can turn around a negative reaction to a stressful situation. I often encourage them to affirm: My entire being is balanced, vital and healthy.
In my professional life, I am a writer and editor of children’s educational books. There is often stress of decision-making, time management and generally searching for some creativity. I seek relief by breaking for a Kata or meditation.
Any additional comments you would like to add about ITP?
I like to envision that ITP members are transforming themselves and the communities around them, which ripples out to transform the world.