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Weekly Complimentary Classes at ISHTA!

Every Monday and Thursday ISHTA will have Complimentary Live Stream Classes - free to everyone! Share with  your family and friends.  Monday: 7:45 PM – 8:30 PM Meditation Class (Complimentary Class) Mary Jo Marchisello Alternating Thurdays: 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Meditation Class (Complimentary Class) Sarah Finger 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Gentle Asana + Yoga Nidra (Complimentary Class) Mona Anand Register here  ...

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 (Virtual Training) | September 23 - 25, 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...

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.  ...

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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Mona Anand on the Power of Yoga Nidra

ISHTA Co-Owner and Yogiraj, Mona Anand, will lead her Yoga Nidra and the Chakras Training: Yoga Nidra and the Chakras – The Upper Chakras (Vishuddha, Ajna, and Sahasrara) | September 19 -  20 Mona Anand’s ISHTA Yoga Nidra Teacher Training | November 6 - 8 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...

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...

Spotlight on a Senior ISHTA Teacher – Puy Navarro

When did you take your first yoga class? My first yoga class was around 2007, soon after a theater performance of "Doña Flor and her Two Husbands" where I played a Yoga Teacher. A friend came to see me at the show. I was able to do a head stand, so apparently I looked like a "pro". She later asked me if I did yoga. I said, NO. She then invited to Yoga works, specifically to Mona Anand's class - and I was instantly attracted to this new world. What drew you to take the ISHTA training? What about the ISHTA teachings inspires you now? After spending some time in India with Mona, I began as a student at ISHTA. I was very intrigued by the philosophy in Mona's...

Expanding what is possible in the private practice by Cassandra Ferland

Cassandra will be hosting her 20-hour training, The Art and Science of Working with Private Clients at ISHTA April 15 - 17. Below Cassandra discusses her journey to building a thriving roster of privates as well as the nuances of teaching private yoga that there might not be time to cover in 500 hour teacher training. [mkdf_separator class_name="" type="full-width" position="center" color="" border_style="" width="" thickness="" top_margin="" bottom_margin=""] When people think of yoga what often comes to mind is breathing and stretching in a large group class. This makes sense because the majority of people now practice yoga in this way. It is, therefore, surprising for most that yoga was traditionally taught one on one, teacher to student, with each session created specifically for that student. Since the evolution of every...