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Give the gift of ISHTA!

We are feeling the spirit of generosity at ISHTA! Share the meaning of yoga with a loved one by offering one of our many gift packages. Some of our most popular options include: 5-class package for $90 Unlimited Month of Yoga w/ an ISHTA Signature Tote for $150 Private Yoga Session for $75, and more. All of these deals are available by contacting the front desk at info@ishtayoga.com or (212) 598 - 4800. 5-class package can be purchased online here. Call us or visit the studio to explore more of what we have to offer this month. Our ISHTA Holiday Gift Certificates are also a great way to share with those you love. All our Holiday deals are available through January 1st. Any Questions? Email us here!...

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Spotlight on a Master ISHTA Teacher: Kara Sekuler

Kara Sekuler has been a student of Alan’s for over 20 years and was one of the original Trainers of the ISHTA Yoga Teacher Training. As an ambassador of the lineage, Kara has been an integral thread to the fabric of ISHTA, and her teaching has influenced many of the current Senior and Yogiraj teachers at the studio today. Although Kara is retiring from teaching group classes, she has left an indelible mark on the ISHTA teachings and continues to be a beloved part of our ISHTA family. Here are some memories shared by teachers who have been trained by her, as well as an interview with Kara done by Cindy Moss. When we think of Kara we are reminded of this quote: “I do not go to my...

An Interview with Alan Finger and Wendy Newton – Tantra of the Yoga Sutras

Tantra of the Yoga Sutras is due to be published December 11th and is available for pre-order at all on-line outlets. Please join us for the Tantra of the Yoga Sutras Book Launch and Signing - Dec 13 6:00pm - 7:30pm.   Pre-order Tantra of the Yoga Sutras via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, Shambhala or wherever good books are sold.     Peter Ferko Interviews Alan Finger and Wendy Newton on their new book, Tantra of the Yoga Sutras Peter: Alan, I’ll start with you. Where did the Tantra of the Yoga Sutras come from? Alan: Well, everything is born from nothing. Peter and Wendy: (Laughter). P: So it came out of nowhere? A: Yes. And also from my experiences in the ISHTA teacher training, where we were teaching the Sutras from other translations. I was consistently frustrated by listening to...

Yogiraj Peter Ferko on Meditation

Peter Ferko will lead the upcoming ISHTA Meditation Training | Dec 14 - 16 along with Alan and Sarah Finger. Below he unpacks how a regular meditation practice helps to move away from limited belief patterns - toward experiencing things as they truly are.     In today’s world, we are programmed to respect the importance of what yogis call manas, the sensory mind. Our programming into the dominance of manas happens in our culture via school, and later, via marketing, where businesses teach you to look outside yourself, to their products, for your answers. But the fact is, we would be best off getting in touch with our inner self, the source of inspiration and unbound intelligence — what we think of as “genius." Unfortunately, acting and...

Mona Anand on the Power of Yoga Nidra

ISHTA Co-Owner and Yogiraj, Mona Anand, will lead her Yoga Nidra and the Chakras Training, Part 1 and Part 2, this Spring. (Part 1 February 27 - March 2) (Part 2 May 14 - 16) 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....

Black Friday Offerings at ISHTA

As Thanksgiving is upon us, we would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Holiday, and share some Black Friday offerings we have at ISHTA: Become an ISHTA monthly unlimited member and receive 14 months for the price of 12! Sign up for a new 12 month contract for $150 / month, and receive your 13th and 14th months free! Receive all the ISHTA membership perks, including discounts on our Teacher Trainings, Private Yoga, Workshops, and much more. Offer valid for all new contracts! Email us here to start your membership or visit us in person! Receive $500 off the full price of our 300-Hour Long format training! Our next 300-Hour Training starts January 15 - apply and pay in full by...

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Tantra of the Yoga Sutras

A new book by Alan Finger and Wendy Newton launching this December   We are excited to announce the upcoming release of Alan Finger and Wendy Newton's new book, 'Tantra of the Yoga Sutras'! Stay tuned for more information on our ISHTA book launch event this December.  Pre-order Tantra of the Yoga Sutras via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, Shambhala or wherever good books are sold....

Modular 300hr FAQs

Do I need to take the modules in a certain order? No, you can start from any module, and end with any module! Each module will begin with an introduction and end with a graduation to those who have completed all modules and requirements. How long can I take to complete my 300 hour training? It is advisable to complete all the modules and requirements within a calendar year from the first module. Extended plans are available, but they need to be planned in advance with the teacher training department. I am only interested in one module - can I sign up independently? Yes, you can sign up for just one or two modules. This way you get to learn the Advanced ISHTA Techniques but will not...

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Prenatal Yoga at ISHTA

We are celebrating the moms-to-be at ISHTA this month! Their enthusiasm and consistency at their yoga practice is joyously witnessed by our prenatal instructor team Gina Menza, Esther Palmer and Tisha Ford each week. We sat down recently to chat about the wonder and respect they experience.   How is a prenatal class different than a general population class? In ISHTA prenatal classes, we honor the journey of each woman. This is reflected by a conscious intention to foster community amongst our prenatal students, to craft safe asana sequences for women in every stage in their pregnancy, and to provide modifications to address our student's needs. You’ll learn new practices that help you manage the changes that are happening in your body every single day. What if I’ve never done...

Dharma Talk with Alan Finger

Consult with Alan Finger about your life path. Alan will share his keenly insightful observations and offer guidance in the form of recommended meditations, movements & kriyas and may also suggest a mantra for recitation based on his insight on how to navigate an easeful dharma no matter what your karma. 250 USD via pay-pal: yogiraj@ishtayoga.com. $250 | 50 min...