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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 available now at all on-line outlets.   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 students get confused because the translations usually focus on religion and ethics. I was taught, and I intuitively knew, that this was was not actually what...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...