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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...

Spotlight on a Senior ISHTA Teacher – Wendy Newton

Where did you grow up? I grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. People that you meet in New York are often surprised to hear this because so many “New Yorkers”are transplants who arrived here from elsewhere as young people to strike out on their own. Also, I grew up in the seventies, and that was a whole different world. I was taking the subway to school by myself when I was in fourth grade. It was a strange, wonderful, and  somewhat dangerous landscape full of a true mix of people. I don’t think that many younger people nowadays can imagine such a childhood.   When did you take your first yoga class? And if it wasn’t at ISHTA, when did you take your first ISHTA...

Spotlight on a Senior ISHTA Teacher – Cassandra Ferland

The Art and Science of Working with Private Clients, a 20 hour Specialty Training with Cassandra is coming up April 15 - 17! More info / Register Here Where did you grow up? The space coast of Florida. I am a beach bum at heart. It's hard to be so far away from all my family, but I can't complain about having to head back there to visit! When did you take your first yoga class? And if it wasn't at ISHTA, when did you take your first ISHTA class? In high school my doctor recommended yoga for lower back pain. I started going to a class at a gym near my house, as there weren't studios in my area. In college, I found good classes/instructors, and...