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Specialty Training Programs

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Specialty Training Programs

Expand Your Practice and Find Your Niche

In addition to our 200-Hour and 300-Hour  teacher training programs, ISHTA Yoga offers a wide variety of Specialty Training Programs. Our roster of specialty trainings is designed to help practitioners of all levels to expand their practices by delving deeply into a specific branch of the teachings.

Each training provides the opportunity to find your niche by honing in on a teaching style, technique, or body of knowledge. Scroll down to learn more about the Specialty Trainings offered at ISHTA.

Upcoming Specialty Trainings

ISHTA Specialty Training Programs:

Yoga Nidra

Mona Anand’s Yoga Nidra

Mona Anand

Mona Anand has been revolutionary in the field of Yoga Nidra. This training, designed for teachers and students, delves deeper into yoga nidra. Yoga nidra can be used for many purposes, which include deep relaxation, to release what lies in the sub conscious and unconscious and to experience an expanded state of conscious- ness.

In this training we will:

  • Study the science behind yoga nidra and look more deeply into the nine steps of yoga nidra developed by Mona and Alan. Partici- pants will experience, design, discuss and practice teaching each of the nine steps.
  • Learn how to integrate yoga nidra into asana and restorative classes.
  • Briefly discuss how yoga nidra can be used to help balance Pitta, Kapha and Vata conditions,
  • Design short and long yoga nidra practices for stress management, depression, anxiety and insomnia.
  • Delve deeper into how yoga nidra can be used for pain management and healing.

*This course is a pre-requisite for Yoga Nidra and the Chakras.



Alan Finger, Sarah Finger and Peter Ferko

The ISHTA Meditation training provides students with a direct link to an ancient lineage of meditation. Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger, a master of Tantra and Kriya meditation, together with two of his senior teachers, Yogirajs Sarah Finger and Peter Ferko, have created a profound, yet accessible, program for all levels of student. Based on techniques handed down from teacher to student, these rich and proven practices will deepen your yoga and prepare you to teach meditation, if that is your goal.
The training includes a primer on the philosophical structures underlying the meditation process. Sessions also cover the health benefits of meditation and how meditation works in the physiology of the brain.  The core of the training is practical application of the practices used in ISHTA Meditation, considering benefits and considerations, personalized instructions for using the techniques, and practice teaching them to ensure that students understand the nuances of the practices.

ISHTA Masters Program

Alan Finger and ISHTA Yogiraj

Join Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger along with Yoga Masters Sarah Platt-Finger, Mona Anand, Peter Ferko, Wendy Newton, and Ulrica Norberg in this first ever 50hour Advanced Teacher Training program.  Geared exclusively towards graduates of the ISHTA 500-hour training, this course will delve deeper into all aspects of the ISHTA Teachings. Harness your innate teaching skills and refine your abilities to provide for your students in an even more integrated and authentic way. This course is for those who have established a path for themselves as an ISHTA Teacher and want to further their studies in the lineage. Advanced topics include, but are not limited to:

• Asana & Hands On Adjustments
• Sequencing
• Koshas
• Pranayama
• Meditation
• Yoga Nidra
• Ayurveda
• Yoga Sutras
• Mantra
• Mudras & Bandhas
• Kriya
And much more

Yoga Nidra and the Chakras

Mona Anand’s Yoga Nidra and the Chakras

Mona Anand

The training will delve deeply into the issues associated with each chakra and how to use all of the tools of yoga including asana, restorative poses, pranayama, mantra, visualization and yoga nidra to find balance. Learn how to recognize imbalances in a specific chakra Discuss how to sequence asana and restorative postures and how to integrate pranayama, mantra and visualization for specific chakra imbalances. There will be opportunity to design and practice teaching yoga nidra and receive feedback on sequences.

*ISHTA Yoga Nidra Training with Mona Anand is a prerequisite for this course. 


Anand Menza Restorative Training

Mona Anand and Gina Menza

This training is for teachers, teacher trainees, and students interested in delving deeper into restorative yoga. Participants will learn how to teach restorative yoga and develop their own home practice. Participants will experience a class taught by Gina and a class taught by Mona and will also get the opportunity during the training to give and receive a private and get feedback from both of them. Learn the science of Restorative Yoga, class sequencing, hands-on adjustments, and how to work with a variety of props.


Anandamama Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

Gina Menza and Jennifer Langbehn

Anandamama Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training is a unique, 85-hour Yoga Alliance registered course designed to prepare yoga teachers with the comprehensive knowledge, skill, and confidence to lead safe and effective pre and postnatal yoga classes. Our trainers bring an additional wealth of experience with backgrounds in childbirth education, labor doula support, and motherhood.  Anandamama-trained instructors leave training with an understanding of the principles of physiology in pregnancy, how they relate to the pregnant student’s yoga practice, and how to safely craft their classes to maximize the therapeutic benefits for every student in the room.

The Anandamama objective is to enable women, through the power of information, to find their voice and to trust their bodies and their instincts. Support and confidence integrated in the mind and body with yoga, prepares students for pregnancy, labor, and motherhood. It’s an art and a science!

Marma Therapy

Marma Therapy

Alan Finger

Marma points are energetic centers that act as “little brains” that feed the organs, nerves and cells of your body with the intelligence they need to function efficiently. Stress, whether physical, emotional/mental or environmental in origin, can cause marmas to become strangled in the soft tissues of the body. ISHTA Marma Therapy frees the strangled marmas, releasing blocked energy, cleansing away stress and returning the individual to homeostasis. Learn to heal yourself using this profound technique, developed by Yogiraj Alan Finger, South African Tantric and Kriya Yoga Master.

Anatomy & Therapeutics


Kristin Leal

We will immerse ourselves in a gross (meaning large not yucky) anatomical lecture. Using real bone specimens and hands on “body testing” we will impart concrete ways to help assess the differences in our own (and our students) skeletal anatomy. We will look at common injuries and ways to work with all students in a meaningful and safe way. And what makes this training so unique is that each day will also include the poetic energetic correlation to each structure and a full and fulfilling asana and meditation class that weaves it all together.