“The ISHTA 200 Hour fundamentally changed how I carry myself on and off the mat. The focus on form, proper alignment, and the importance of breath has not only improved my personal yoga practice, but also gave me powerful tools to check in and balance my energy through the day. It’s a holistic and empowering approach to yoga like nothing I’ve ever experienced — and I’ve been doing yoga for 10+ years! This place is very special.” – Emily Roberts, 200 Hour Grad
“The ISHTA 200 Hour Teacher Training was one of the best things I have done in my life, incredibly knowledgeable and insightful teachers covering a vast curriculum. A truly life affirming experience and highly recommend to anyone considering doing a yoga teacher training.” – Jada Fitzgerald, 200 Hour Grad
“I joined the 200 Hour TT to simply enhance my yoga practice – but it became so much more than that. The more I practice & explore – things in my life, my relationships, in myself, all “SHIFT” in positive, calmer & more meaningful ways. I especially loved the sessions on breath, alignment, the subtle body, philosophy & sequencing. It was so incredible, that I am now taking the 300 Hour.” – Laurie Trontz, 200 Hour Grad
Trainings require a minimum of 8 enrolled students to run. In the event that there are less than 8 trainees enrolled in a training ISHTA will inform you two weeks ahead of the scheduled date with a full refund. Once a training has started, payment in full will be required. TT payments are non refundable.
200 Hour Fall Long Format (Weekend) Teacher Training
Sept 28 – March 10, 2024 (Available In-studio and Online – this is a Hybrid training). Join us live in NYC, or from anywhere in the world! This ISHTA 200 Hour Long Format Modular Training runs six four-day weekends once a month for six months on the following dates:
- September 28-October 1, 2023
- October 26-29, 2023
- November 30 – December 3, 2023
- January 11-14, 2024
- February 8-11, 2024
- March 7-10, 2024
Each long weekend of the modular training will include both zoom and in-studio hours. The following hours are approximate and subject to change:
Thursdays 12 – 1.15 pm (online only), 6 – 9pm
Fridays: 9.30am – 5.00 pm
Saturdays: 9.00 – 11.00 am (online only), 12.30 – 7.30 pm
Sundays 9 -11am (online only), 12:30pm – 5pm (time subject to change)
Areas of study in this training include:
- Asana and meditation practice
- In-depth posture labs
- Anatomy and physiology
- Philosophy and principles of ISHTA Yoga
- Pranayama and the energetic bodies
- Specialty lectures led by experts, including Sanskrit, Restorative Yoga, and Prenatal Yoga
Trainings will include recorded content for trainees to view on their own time. In-studio option includes portions online. Lead Trainers in New York City in the ISHTA 200 hour programs include Mona Anand, Peter Ferko, Kelly Eudailey and Douglass Stewart, with select lectures taught by Alan Finger and Sarah Finger. We also have experts coming in to teach specialty lectures such as prenatal yoga, restorative yoga and Sanskrit. All of our Trainers have more than 20 years of teaching experience.
Training lectures and classes will be both in-studio and live-streamed via zoom
Recordings will be available for missed sessions
Each trainee will be assigned a Senior ISHTA teacher as their mentor
Trainees will use the online ISHTA Teaching Tool where manual texts, assignments, schedule and zoom links will be made available
No prior requirements needed! Just fill out an intake form which helps our trainers support you throughout your journey and needs to be completed before the training begins. You may submit your completed intake form in person at our studio location or email it to IshtaU@ishtayoga.com.
- 200-hour ISHTA certification upon completion of training
- Yoga Alliance approved (more about Yoga Alliance)
- Full price $3200.
- Payment plans and work-study available; please contact us at IshtaU@ishtayoga.com for more details.
- Pay the EB in full and get two weeks of free classes leading up to the training! Pay the EEB in full and get an additional two weeks on us.
- Trainees also receive special pricing on membership during the course of the training.
Please reach out to us at IshtaU@ishtayoga.com with any questions or for more information.
Trainings require a minimum of 8 enrolled students to run. In the event that there are less than 8 trainees enrolled in a training ISHTA will inform you two weeks ahead of the scheduled date with a full refund. Once a training has started, payment in full will be required.
This enriching experience can be life-changing regardless of your future intentions.
We encourage all prospective trainees to take the leap and see where it leads!
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What is ISHTA Yoga?
The ISHTA mission is to blend the ancient and contemporary yoga teachings of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda into a system that caters to individual students’ needs. Our name itself embodies our multi-dimensional approach. ISHTA stands for Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda, or a combination of physical, energetic, and healing practices. But ISHTA has a double meaning that stretches back to the very roots of yoga. ISHTA is also a Sanskrit word translating to “that which resonates with the individual spirit,” emphasizing the personal journey we encourage and guide our students to embrace.
What makes the ISHTA Yoga Teacher Training Program unique?
The lineage and teaching of ISHTA Yoga is a uniquely modern, individualized and integrated approach to the ancient science of yoga. While the body is studied and experienced in detail through in-depth daily practice, posture labs and studies of anatomy and asana, ISHTA provides a comprehensive foundation for all aspects of yoga, including thorough studies of the practice and teaching of subtle and causal body anatomies; pranayama and kriya; meditation; Tantric philosophy; and Ayurveda, the ancient Indian life science. The ISHTA-trained practitioner learns to teach safely, confidently, and compassionately to the individual. Our philosophy is to recognize the inherent strengths of each student and to enhance these strengths through personal practice. Finally, the ISHTA Teacher Training program was created and is taught in part by Yogiraj Alan Finger, one of the preeminent Western Tantric teachers of our time. Personal study with Alan and his senior teachers offers a wealth of yogic knowledge and experience that is profound and life changing!
Is this program appropriate for me if I am not necessarily interested in teaching?
Definitely. ISHTA’s 200-Hour teacher training program is a yoga immersion designed to deepen your own practice and your understanding of yoga first. Many trainees enroll in the program without plans to teach. The in-depth experience of yoga will be rewarding for you regardless of your future intentions. We encourage all trainees to simply take this step on their journey and see where it leads them!
I am not able to do some advanced postures. Can I still take this training?
Yes! While this training is not suitable for the brand-new yogi, we welcome all serious students with a minimum of 6 months of consistent practice. The Teacher Training Program is an inclusive program. Since yoga is an individual practice, we expect and welcome different levels of physical ability. Your commitment and desire to deepen your understanding of yoga are most important!
How do I receive my certification and register with Yoga Alliance?
Once you have successfully completed all requirements of the training (100% attendance or completed makeups, 100% completion and passing grade on homework, passing mark on written final exam, and passing evaluation on final practical exam), you will receive a graduation certificate and the necessary paperwork to register with Yoga Alliance. More information about Yoga Alliance registration is available at www.yogaalliance.org.
After the 200-Hour ISHTA Yoga Training, how can I study ISHTA more deeply?
For the trainee who is serious about teaching as a career or wishes to further commit themselves to study and practice, we offer a 300-Hour advanced training. This program is designed to greatly enhance your understanding of ISHTA Yoga and refine your skills as a teacher. Because ISHTA Yoga encourages individuality in all its forms, we have also developed a series of specialty training programs. We offer a range of intensive specialty course which can count towards your 300 hour certification, including Meditation, Yoga Nidra, and Restorative Yoga. We also have our ISHTA Masters program, for those who have taken our full 500 hour training, which is an even deeper dive into the rich ISHTA lineage.
Can I teach at ISHTA Yoga after completing the 200-Hour training?
All trainees progress at their own rate given their experience and understanding. Still, it is our strong belief that most trainees are not yet fully ready to teach after a 200-Hour training. We require all our teachers to be 500-Hour certified, meaning that they have completed the ISHTA 300-Hour training after their 200-Hour program.
Are scholarships or work-study positions available?
One work-study position is available for each training program for a 50% tuition discount. This trainee serves as the In- Training Assistant (ITA) for their training program, performing vital organizational and administrative tasks such as tracking attendance, collecting and tracking homework, and various other duties as assigned. This student must be responsible, organized, and have a strong competency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Zoom. Those interested in the ITA (In- Training Assistant) position must have the schedule flexibility to include 2-5 hours per week in addition to the regular teacher training curriculum. To apply for the ITA work-study position, please email IshtaU@ishtayoga.com. Additionally we have a limited number of work-study options available.
What are the payment and refund policies for the ISHTA Teacher Training?
A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance. Remaining tuition is due no later than two weeks prior to the training start date. In the four weeks prior to the start of training or after training begins, no refunds are available. Trainings require a minimum of 8 enrolled students to run. In the event that there are less than 8 trainees enrolled in a training ISHTA will inform you two weeks ahead of the scheduled date with a full refund.
Do trainees receive any discounts or specials? What about classes?
Yes! You’ll receive free classes with which to complete your requirements for the training. Early early bird and early bird sign-ups receive a certain amount of additional free classes leading up to the training. During a long-form training you will receive special pricing on membership for the duration of the training. More details? Reach out to IshtaU@ishtayoga.com.
“The ISHTA Yoga 200 Hr teacher training was a life changing experience. The teachers are all ISHTA Yoga trained and teach in a very confident and inspirational manner. The well rounded curriculum is well thought out and challenging. It really helped me grow not only as a practitioner of Yoga but opened me up to a whole new world of Ancient teachings and Philosophy. Founders, Alan and Sarah Finger have brought the sacred teachings from a long line of Yoga masters from India and South Africa all the way to Greenwich Village. “Phil Schuster200-Hour + 300-Hour ISHTA graduate
“I cannot say enough about the level of excellence, depth, integrity & warmth of all the ISHTA Teacher Training. I am beyond grateful for my experience at ISHTA and this incredible training. The teachers go above and beyond in every way. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!”– Summer 2017 200 Hour Graduate