Isaac Pena


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About Isaac Pena

Isaac Peña is known as a yoga expert, flexibility and mobility trainer, and contortionist. He is most known for his work with some of the worlds top athletes and martial artists on flexibility and mobility for performance enhancement.

Growing up in Chelsea, he began practicing martial arts at the age of seven and was introduced to Zen meditation at the age of nine. Starting his career in yoga and mobility as a personal trainer at Equinox, he found yoga in the mid-nineties, studying under a variety of very notable tmasters including David Life and Sharon Gannon, Dharma Mittra, Glenn Black, Richard Freeman, Rodney Yee, David Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff, Manouso Manos, Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty.

In continuing to expand his knowledge of the body’s potential, Isaac trained for several years in contortion under Jonathan Nosan, opening his doors to the circus community. He also made several trips to Thailand, receiving his certification in Thai Body work under the guidance of Chung Kal & Chaiyuth Priyasith. 

Isaac then co-founded Sankalpah Yoga studio where he taught for five years until he made the decision to close in 2011 in order to devote more time to the training and performance enhancement of speciality athletes, circus profesionals and martial artists. 

Today, he trains other contortionist and circus performers, teaches weekly classes and workshops and seminars at numerous studios across Manhattan and around the globe. His classes are booked weeks in advance in places like Pure Yoga, Exhale Spa, and Body and Pole.

Isaac holds yearly retreats at LuxYoga with Benjamin Sears in Spain. Although Isaac is known for his work with top athletes, martial artists, contortionists and yoga asana champions (and his ability to bend in any possible direction..), it’s his ability to teach teachers, and thus everyone, to truly understand the fundamentals of the practice that makes him special.