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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...

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...

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...

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...

Welcome To Our Brand New Website!

We have a brand new look and an easy to use website just in time for summer! Tap into your unbound potential and join us on a mat. We hope you love our new site as much as we do! Use this guide for reference while getting acclimated to our new digital home: Book your class here Learn more about our class schedule and class descriptions on our Classes Page Join our weekly mediation classes led by Yoga Master Alan Finger here Interested in Teacher Training or want to deepen your practice? Learn more about our 200HR - 300HR - Specialty Training and Immersion Programs Find all of the info about our workshops, specialty training, events and retreats on our Workshops & Retreats Page Connect with one of our gifted...

Life Cycles with Alan Finger

Everything in life happens in cycles: nature, seasons, relationships, emotions, and even sensations. There is always a beginning, a middle, and an end. In yoga, these cycles are represented through the granthis, which are the Energetic knots or spirals of energy, that keep us bound to this plane of existence. We can experience these cycles of energy through the vibration of the sound "AUM."  The first sound of "AUM" is the "Ah" sound, which represents creation. This is usually the first sound that a baby utters and the first letter of the alphabet. When we chant the sound "AUM" we can feel the "Ah" sound resonate at the base of the spine. It represents our unconscious and the energy of Brahma, the creator. The second sound of...

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Deepak Chopra’s 7 Spiritual Laws of Yoga Challenge: Day 7

Deepak Chopra’s 7 Spiritual Laws of Yoga Challenge: Day 7 Spiritual Law 7: The Law of Detachment The Law of Dharma says that everyone has a dharma, or purpose in life. By expressing our unique talents and using them to serve others, we will experience unlimited love, abundance, and true fulfillment in our lives. The Pose: Eye of the Needle Pose The Law of Dharma is about celebrating our own unique gifts and talents, and the only way we can truly do this is by connecting inward, Platt-Finger says. Eye of the Needle Pose offers us the opportunity to be still, silent, and introspective while reflecting on the part of ourselves that is the witness. Our dharma is about our life’s purpose, and how we can use that to elevate...