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Chakras 101: Aligning With the Inner and Outer Universe – Sarah Finger

Sarah and Alan Finger’s new online course, Chakras 101: A course to Add Years to your Life and Life to your Years, launches January 29th, but if you sign up by January 19th and use the code SFINGER100 you’ll get $100 off the regular price. Click here to register The chakras are vortices of energy that run along our spine, and can actually be identified as the headquarters of each element that exists in our bodies: earth, water, fire, air, and space. You may have heard the chakras being referenced in a yoga class or in social media but not have a full understanding of what they are. In our upcoming course, Chakras 101 in partnership with Yoga Journal, Alan Finger and I hope to demystify these whirling...

Why Restorative Is So Powerful by Mona Anand

The Anand Menza Restorative Training is coming up February 2 - 4. This 20 hour training is for teachers, teacher trainees, and students interested in delving deeper into restorative yoga. Early bird discount available through Jan. 19. Click here for more information. 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...

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....

New Year, New Member Special

 "Practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break and in all earnestness"- Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras Our habits shape our reality. What we think, how we communicate, and the decisions we make are all determined by our habits, whether they are conscious or unconscious. A daily yoga practice can help us to become aware of our habits so that we can live our lives more authentically.  With the New Year in full swing, we have a few offers to help you create conscious change in your life and tap into your unbound potential through daily practice.  New Year, New Member Special For the month of January only, we are offering our unlimited monthly membership to new members for $100 a month (Regularly $150)...

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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...

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...

We All Have a Responsibility to Look at Injustice by Reema Datta

  Friends, It is a core teaching of Yoga and ancient philosophies worldwide that the outer world is a reflection of the inner. We all have a responsibility to look within and see our role in being creators, sustainers and destroyers of violence and injustice. With eyes of compassion and understanding we must look at our anger, attachments, jealousy, fear, anxiety and all mental habits that create and perpetuate injustice. We must look at our shadows. Let them speak to us and let us listen like mothers consoling a crying child. It's okay. Let the shadows surface and embrace them. Shadow comes from light. When you embrace the shadow, you touch the lesson, the reason, the source. What you embrace shifts. What you resist, persists. Embrace the seeds...

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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Plant the Seeds, Trust the Process (and tomatoes)

by Melanie Salvatore-August author of Fierce Kindness: Be a Positive Force for Change (Yellow Pear Press 2017) Every mother’s day for the last 5 years I have planted 3-5 tomato plants anticipating the summer growing season.  It is a dream fulfilled and continuing that I have the ability to grow some of my own food and live on a budding homestead in Northern California.  Some years I stop at a local nursery the week before to buy seedlings and other years after the obligatory Mother’s Day brunch or rowdy kid filled stop at Starbucks to get my mom-latte, I stop to pick some up. This year, nothing.  Too busy.  I hadn’t made the time and ahem, no one else thought to buy them for me.  No brunch or...