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Cheerleading for Meditation by Peter Ferko

Yogiraj Peter Ferko will co-lead the upcoming ISHTA Meditation Training with Alan and Sarah Finger. (Dec. 15 - 17) I was speaking to a student in a private yesterday, and she told me that her whole view on life was so different since she’d been practicing meditation and mantra and processing things with me over the past year. She said, everything is so open and of the moment, but there is no way to say it — it sounds hokey when I try.  And yet, we need to do what Alan Finger calls “cheerleading” sometimes, to encourage people to try the simple, yet profound, techniques of meditation. And that requires words, whether they sound hokey or not. So here are some words about why studying meditation is...

Claire Kinsella Holtje writes about Financial Yoga

The Autumn leaves are one of the most gorgeous gifts of nature! For those of us on the east coast we are experiencing a late fall, the leaves are taking their time. But sure as night follows day, nature is plugged into a Higher Intelligence, a Flow that supports this natural order a progressing that leads to evolution and change. So as in nature, flow and healing happens when we realize and practice the soulfull art of surrendering to this circulating energy.As we practice directing the flow of energy within us through choice, breathwork, meditation and clear/purposeful intention, we cultivate our capacity for clearing pathways within us. This flow supports us in making deliberate decisions in our day to day lives. Conscious choices correlate to clear rewards. Clearly circulating...

Sarah Finger Discusses the Origin and Twofold Meaning of ISHTA

Yogiraj Sarah Finger will join Yogiraj Master Teachers Mona Anand, Ulrica Norberg, and Katrina Repka, and other ISHTA Senior Teachers to lead the upcoming 200-hour ISHTA Teacher Training at Hi Yoga in Oslo. One of the greatest gifts of teaching yoga is being able to share the teachings with others in a Training format. At ISHTA, our Teacher Training program is about so much more than just learning how to teach Yoga: it is about understanding how to integrate the practice into your living. I have been lucky enough to witness the growth and connection of many different Training groups over the years. Even though each person is unique, the shared experience is commonly one of evolution and self-discovery. ISHTA has a twofold meaning. One is an...

Private Yoga

ISHTA Yoga and Meditation Sessions Why Private Yoga? It doesn’t get more personal than this. Whether you're a member, or non-member of ISHTA, private yoga is an incredible way to cultivate your yoga practice in a way that’s as individual as you are. Learn from a our instructors and progress at your own pace in a dedicated private studio. With private yoga lessons, you'll zero in on your goals and get personalized instruction based on your health, body type and lifestyle—and on your time. We'll carefully select one of our expert teachers to craft classes that meet your personal needs. Explore ISHTA philosophy Practice proper techniques and alignment Learn asanas at your own pace Master a challenging pose Address specific training needs Learn how to...

Mona Anand on the Power of Yoga Nidra

ISHTA Co-Owner and Yogiraj, Mona Anand, will lead her Yoga Nidra Teacher Training from November 1st - 3rd at ISHTA Yoga. Below she shares how she came to the practice of Yoga Nidra and why she think's it is so beneficial for the modern yogi. I was first introduced to yoga nidra in Mumbai, India in my teens. I was a competitive athlete at the time and didn’t know how to stop and rest. Then I took my first Yoga nidra class and it took me to a place of deep inner stillness and peace that I had never experienced. I was hooked from the very first class! My teacher used to say that twenty minutes of yoga nidra was equivalent to four hours of sleep. My own experience with yoga nidra...

ISHTA Yearly Membership Terms

To register email us at info@ishtayoga.com. ISHTA  $150 Exclusive Memberships are a 12 month minimum agreement for a Monthly Unlimited Class Membership. This entitles the member to unlimited group yoga and meditation classes for the billed periods at ISHTA Yoga. Teacher Trainings, Workshops, Retreats, Ayurvedic Treatments, Spa Therapies, Private Yoga, and One-on-Ones, and Master Classes are separate from this class membership. Registration for these events is at additional cost to ISHTA members. Membership perks: 10% off ISHTA 200 Hour and 300 Hour Teacher Trainings 20% off Specialty Trainings $50 coupon off a private yoga session Discounted monthly mat storage ($10/month) 5 free class cards to give friends and family BONUS: Exclusive monthly special offers TERMS Membership is billed at a $150 per month for 12-months. Billing continues until member...

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Why I Love Restorative by Mona Anand

I am excited to be teaching a new restorative class on the fall schedule. It will follow my lunch class on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:00. Restorative yoga has played a major role in releasing stress and tension is my life About fifteen years ago I had a bout of serious asthma attacks that were life changing. I was continually in and out of the hospital and on high levels of cortisone for an extended period of time that created a state of extreme anxiety. Restorative, helped calm my nervous system, release tension from my body and breath and release the fear of future attacks. No amount of trying to talk myself out of it helped because my entire system was stuck in a heightened state of...

Q&A with Kristin Leal – Insanely Beautiful Human Anatomy

Kristin Leal is the creator of the Kaya Yoga and MetaAnatomy™ 100-, 200- and 300-hour teacher training. She is the author of “The Yoga Fan” (2003) and “MetaAnatomy, Anatomy of a Yogi” (2014), which was called “smart and sassy” by Elena Brower and “a luscious resource” by Rod Stryker. Kristin will lead her MetaAnatomy 5 CORE training at ISHTA Yoga October  9th - 13th.  What interests you about anatomy? I think there is something so awe-inspiring and insanely beautiful about studying the human body. There is stunning dance of both vulnerability and strength that I am endlessly fascinated by. Why is it important for yoga teachers to have a solid understanding of anatomy? Well, I think it's important for every human to have a solid understanding of anatomy! This is the...

Hot Summer Deals at ISHTA

We're heating things up with some exciting new summer deals at ISHTA! Summer Sizzle Deal - Purchase a 10 class package and pay only $180, now through Labor Day. Click here to Unlock Deal Sunrise Special -  Pay only $15 for a single class drop-in to attend the first class of the day, any day of the week. Weekends included!  See our daily class schedule here. Click here to Unlock Deal Our popular Summer Special Two Month Unlimited Package for $275 is still available to purchase through Labor Day! Use the two consecutive months at any time, offer never expires. Email or call us at 212 598 4800 to purchase or for more information on any of these limited time offerings!  ...

Caroline King on Living and Teaching ISHTA

We've extended the Early Bird Deadline for our Upcoming 200-Hour Summer Intensive Teacher Training. Below, Caroline King, ISHTA 500-Hour Teacher Training graduate, sheds light on her transformative experience living and teaching the ISHTA path. Like many of my ISHTA Teacher Training classmates, I joined the 200-hour training because I loved yoga and the ISHTA approach. I had a more than full-time job, and didn't necessarily look at the training as a ticket to a new career. Fast forward 2 years and I am a 500-hour graduate teaching a community class at ISHTA, one private student and a weekly class at my office where I work full-time. I love my job and doubt I will leave any time soon. But everything about how I do my work, treat myself...

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