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Manjula Paul

Manjula Paul, Ayurvedic Practitioner, B.A.M.S. from Kerala, India, the home land of Ayurveda. Her family has practiced Ayurveda for three generations, and they were royal Vaidyas (doctors) for the royal family of South India. Mrs. Paul studied Ayurvedic medicine for 8 1/2 years, and holds degrees BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) from the prestigious University of Kerala, India. Mrs. Paul practices Ayurveda, including Marma Point therapy, and teaches Yoga in Mamaroneck, NY, and Manhattan. Specialty Trainer Specialty: Ayurveda...


Kristin Leal

Kristin Leal met yogi master Yogiraj Alan Finger in 2006 and has created content for the ISHTA Yoga 200 and 300-Hour Teacher Training and co-created the ISHTA Marma Point Teacher Training. In 2013, Kristin created MetaAnatomy, a series of workshops, classes and trainings that explore the dynamic beauty and poetry of who you are. Her hope is by combining the physical and energetic anatomies we help to form a richer view, experience and ultimately a celebration of our differences and an honoring of our connectedness. She is co-author of the book "The Yoga Fan" (2003) and author of the book "MetaAnatomy Anatomy of a Yogi" (2014) which was called a "luscious resource" by Rod Stryker and "smart and sassy" by Elena Brower. Specialty Trainer Specialty: Anatomy & Physiology...


Catherine Garro

Catherine Garro is an Intuitive Self Care Aromatherapist. Her work is a combination of her powerful intuitive connection, knowledge of essential oils and personal development. She can help you to see your own worth and reconnect you to who you really are. She offers private sessions or group mentoring. Sessions available over phone or Skype or in person in Manhattan NY. Specialty Trainer Specialty: Essential Oils...


Kara Sekuler

Kara grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a child, she danced with opera companies and performed in musical theater. She moved to NYC after finishing high school to pursue a career in ballet. In 1995, Kara was inspired by Alan Finger, co-founder of YogaWorks, Yoga Zone and Be Yoga, to discover a new path as a yoga teacher. Kara has also studied extensively with Kevin Gardiner (Iyengar Institute), Leslie Kaminoff (Advanced Anatomy at the Breathing Project) and Glenn Black. Her classes combine a lively flow on the breath, detailed alignment, and a lighthearted sense of humor. Kara graduated summa cum laude from CUNY with a degree in Anatomy and Human Movement. She teaches Anatomy and Physiology for YogaWorks and ISHTA Yoga. Sadaka & Primary Trainer Specialty: Anatomy...


Gina Menza

After years of practicing and teaching multiple level ISHTA yoga classes, Gina Menza, E-500RYT, RPYT, RPYS, began to develop a passion and following for two different niches, restorative and prenatal yoga. She holds advanced certification as a Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga Trainer and presently teaches four weekly ISHTA restorative classes. She co-created both a first and secondary Restorative Yoga Certification held yearly in New York and worldwide. When not sweetly coaxing bodies into rest, she has been creating a strong prenatal yoga following. Gina leads the prenatal modules of Teacher Trainings at Ishta Yoga, among others and is thrilled to be the co-founder of Anandamama Prenatal Yoga, the first Yoga Alliance registered prenatal yoga school in Manhattan which debuts this summer 2015! Her expertise is...


Peter Ferko

Peter Ferko began practicing yoga more than 20 years ago at Alan Finger’s YogaWorks in Los Angeles. He studied there with Rod Stryker and Patricia Townsend. He studied meditation with Yogananda’s Self Realization Fellowship where he learned Kriya Yoga techniques. He sampled Iyengar and Ashtanga styles before landing back with Alan upon moving to New York in 1999. After decades of practice, he obtained the Yoga Alliance 500-Hour teaching certification from Be Yoga’s training program and now teaches both students and teacher trainees. Peter’s approach to yoga involves tuning out the voices that tell us what we can’t do physically and why we’re not “there yet” and tuning in to the inner yoga. We are perfect yogis as we practice the yoga that’s perfect for...


Sarah Platt-Finger

Sarah Platt-Finger is the co-founder of ISHTA Yoga with her husband, Yogiraj Alan Finger. She is a celebrity renowned yoga teacher who also leads trainings and workshops internationally. Her signature class, “Sweat and Samadhi” has been featured in Well and Good, YogaU Online and Origin magazine. She is a brand ambassador for Lululemon and on the Board of Directors for Exhale to Inhale, a non-profit organization that teaches yoga to survivors of domestic violence. Her daughter, Satya, inspires her every day to live a life based on love and unbound potential. Yogiraj & Primary Trainer Director of Teacher Training Specialty: Sequencing...