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Spotlight on an ISHTA Teacher: Gina Menza

When did you take your first yoga class? What was that like? I took my first yoga class in the late 80's. It was the dog days of summer in NYC and I heard there was an air conditioned yoga class with soothing music at a Crunch gym near my apartment in the east village.   How did you find ISHTA? I found Alan through a friend in Los Angeles who knew Al from his days teaching in Hollywood. Al had just moved to New York and I joined his classes when they were in a photography studio above Bumble and Bumble.   Why is a restorative practice so important for students to do? When we ask a physical body to go through what is demanded in life it is exhausting. Not...

Why I love Restorative by Mona Anand

Anand Menza Restorative Teacher Training | January 22 - 24, 2020 The impact restorative yoga has had in releasing stress and tension for me is very personal. About fourteen years ago I had a bout of serious asthma attacks that were life changing. I was continually in and out of the hospital and put on high levels of cortisone for an extended period that created extreme anxiety and panic attacks. I started practicing restorative yoga, which was an integral part of my recovery. Restorative calmed my nervous system, relaxed my body and released tension from my breath. The effects of this practice released the fear of future attacks. No amount of trying to talk myself out of the situation helped because my whole system was stuck in a heightened...

Spotlight on an ISHTA Teacher: Cathy Lilly

Where did you grow up? I grew up in a township of Detroit, the Motor City. It was known as a lower economic community of limited resources but the undeveloped landscape was a wondrous kids' playground! My brothers and I enjoyed bicycling in vast open spaces before and during the development of track housing and vast freeways. A local beekeeper also allowed us to play in the fields and trees of his farm so I became adept at tree climbing which set the foundation for gymnastics ability. When did you take your first yoga class? Just after a workout in the college gym a yoga teacher invited me to take her class. Timing was perfect as I was in no rush to do any homework, but after class...

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Deepak Chopra on Mindfulness and Meditation

WPIX-TV Morning News and Deepak Chopra stopped by ISHTA to chat with Sarah Platt-Finger about Deepak’s new book MetaHuman, the benefits of Meditation / Yoga, and Mindfulness. Check out this fun feature here. New Yorkers are always on the run from the moment we wake up in the morning until we finally crash into bed. We walk fast, we talk fast, we even eat on the run. But in his new book "Meta Human," Deepak Chopra explains that you can awaken the superhero within by being still.  ...

Reiki-Raindrop Treatment with Aino Siren

This unique technique combines the traditional Raindrop Technique with deeply healing Reiki. Raindrop combines the art of aromatherapy with the techniques of Vita Flex and bodywork in the application of essential oils to the feet and the back. It is a tool used to reduce stress and tension, manage pain, strengthen the immune system, detox the body, and bring harmony to the heart and mind. Reiki is a healing modality used to heal the body, mind, and spirit. The hybrid of these two beautiful treatments is sure to leave you blissed out. Your session begins with an energy balance; then your feet are pampered with Vita Flex ancient Tibetan reflexology. After rolling over, purifying raindrops of therapeutic grade essential oils are lightly dripped onto your back,...

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Spotlight on an ISHTA Teacher: Jenny Bloom

Where did you grow up? I'm a native New Yorker. When did you take the Teacher Training and what inspires you about the ISHTA way of teaching ? I decided to take my 200 & 300 hour Teacher Training back-to-back Fall 2013 and Fall 2014 at ISHTA Yoga. I started Teacher Training during a transformative time of my life. I started a career that was no longer speaking to me, and I didn't know what was next. I was terrified. All I knew was that coming to class every day at ISHTA was helping me to feel ok with not knowing. The hugeness of my uncertainty was really overwhelming, and I found that cultivating my practice. Being in Shiva helped me move through a complex and challenging moment. What most...

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Spotlight on an ISHTA Senior Teacher: Cindy Moss Terracina

Where did you grow up? I was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. I lived there until I was 7 and then we moved into Manhattan. I spent the rest of my early childhood, teenage years, as well as my, early adult years on Manhattan's east side. In my late 30's I moved to Rome, Italy where my husband is from. I moved back to N.Y. shortly before 9/11 with my family. I continue to go back and forth and consider Rome and NYC my two homes.   When did you take your first yoga class? What was your introduction to Yoga? I actually, started my practice of Yoga in Rome, Italy with an expat in 1998 when I became pregnant with, my now, 20-year old daughter.  I had been a runner,...

Spotlight on an ISHTA Yogiraj: Douglass Stewart

Can you tell us about your introduction to Alan and ISHTA I met Alan just at the right time! I was trying to figure out so much about myself.  Alan and the ISHTA  approach offered a structure and room to express. I come from an artistic background, professional dancer primarily and actor.  What attracted me to Alan/ISHTA is the art of yoga. We dancers spend quite a bit of time training our bodies to make beautiful lines and to tell stories. In order to do that we learn technique. But the interesting thing about an artist is, once you've learned the technique, you're encouraged to let yourself  express through it. In other words - technique becomes the means for exploration and transformation. I feel that in Alan's teaching. What is your favorite yoga pose?  Hum...

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Our Next 300 Hour Module is open to all our 200-Hour Graduates, those interested in an ISHTA Subtle Body Immersion course (Bridge Program required*), and anyone looking to refresh their knowledge! The Physical Body Module October 16 – 18, 20 – 23 2019 Wed–Fri, Sat off, Sun – Wed: 8:00am-5:15pm with a one-hour lunch break From a Tantric perspective, the physical body is made up of different densities of energy, which lead back to pure consciousness.  In this module, we will explore advanced yoga postures, sequencing, anatomy and physiology through an ISHTA lens. Learn how to teach to the individual in an intelligent, inclusive, and authentic way. Topics of study include but are not limited to: Posture Labs Advanced Topics in Sequencing Advanced Topics in Breath and Relaxation ISHTA Therapeutics Advanced...

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Spotlight on an ISHTA Teacher: Donna Fillios

When did you take your first yoga class? I believe I first took yoga in the late 1990's. It was at Be Yoga! It was a winding path that brought me back to Alan's teachings and Ishta. I never dreamed back then that I would be led to teaching! What drew you to take the Ishta training? I had decided that I needed to take a break from my corporate job. What felt right for me at the time was allowing myself to explore my practice more deeply, and really give myself over to learning. I had been taking yoga at studios near where I was working, but it was very important to me to find a training that felt right for me. I wanted so much more...