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ISHTA 300-Hour Global Teacher Training

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TAKE THE FULL 300 HOUR JOURNEY WITH US…

Our next full 300 hour training series will run April through November 2024. There are three areas of study – The Physical Body, The Art of Touch, and Philosophy & the Subtle Body – broken down into six weekends.

You can look up when the next FREE info session is for our spring training and register for it here. For the IN STUDIO info sessions, please stay for Mona’s 12:30PM ALL LEVELS class. For the online info sessions, you will receive a free class on your account so that you may experience what makes ISHTA unique.

The 2024 300 Hour Training dates are below:

  • February 1-4 (Art of Touch, Part 02)

The next best entry point for 300 hour training is as follows:

  • April 4-7 (Art of Touch, Part 1)
  • May 7, 10-12 (Philosophy and the Subtle Body, Part 1)
  • June 4 + 7-9 (Physical Body Part 1)
  • Summer break
  • Sept 12-15 (Art of Touch, Part 2)
  • Oct 15 + 18-20 (Philosophy & Subtle Body Part 2)
  • Nov 12 + 15-17 (Physical Body Part 02)

Each weekend is part of our full 300 Hour Training, and while we strongly recommend taking the above courses sequentially with the same group, individual weekends can also be taken as a stand alone course. “The Physical Body” and “Philosophy & the Subtle Body” are core, required parts of the 300 Training. While “The Art of Touch” module is strongly recommended, it can be substituted with two of the three following trainings – Yoga Nidra, Meditation, and/or Restorative – for a full 300 Hour certification. We’ve made our 300 Hour Training as flexible as possible given modern schedules, so it is possible to enter the program at any time in our rolling schedule. If you miss a particular weekend, you will have the chance to take it again within a year’s time. We also provide recordings for any missed sessions. Questions? Reach out to helen@ishtayoga.com.

Full cost of entire training: $3600. Payment plans available based on the full training cost.

Early bird (through March 11th): $3000. Sign up and pay in full for the training and save $600.

For modular pricing, see below.

Bonus: While taking the training, get 6 free weeks of yoga, and during the rest of your training receive special pricing on memberships. Please email helen@ishtayoga.com for more details.

For our European Clients we have a 300-hour Modular Teacher Training running in Berlin under ISHTA Yogiraj Julie Blumenthal. The training is a hybrid. Virtual sessions will be offered along with New York’s 300-hour Modular Teacher Training with lectures taught by Alan Finger, Mona Anand, Peter Ferko, Sarah Finger, Kelly Eudailey, Douglass Steward and Wendy Newton, as well as speciality trainers.

Please either contact helen@ishtayoga.com our International ISHTA TT Coordinator or reach out directly to Julie at pranamachines@gmail.com for the training held in Berlin.

 


The Art of Touch:

The Art of Touch module consists of two four-day weekends (Part 1 and Part 2) – count these hours towards your 500 hour certification! This module has a focus hands on adjustments. From an energetic perspective, our hands are the transmitters of Shakti, the mother-nature force that governs us. They also relate to the heart and throat chakras, so how we touch relates to both how we feel and how we communicate. In this 10 day immersion (in two parts) we will review the art of touch and how teachers can help facilitate the experience of yoga through hands on adjustments. Learn how to use the principles of ISHTA yoga to individualize spots and enhance the free flow of breath and life force energy. Both basic and deepening spots will be covered.

If you desire to become an ISHTA 500-hour trained teacher, or simply want to continue your education as a 200-hour trained teacher, but have been unable to make the long term commitment, this program is perfect for you. Deepen your practice and enhance your knowledge by learning directly from the source.

Dates: April 4-7 and Sept 12-15

Trainers: TBA but will include ISHTA Teacher Training Director Mona Anand.

Pricing: Individual Parts: $600 per weekend or $1200 for both. EARLY BIRD PRICING (through November 15 for the Dec/Feb dates): $550 per weekend.

To sign up or with questions, please email helen@ishtayoga.com.

 


The Philosophy & Subtle Body:

Are you interested in deepening and advancing your practice and learn more about the profound science of yoga? This program is designed for those who want to deepen their knowledge and learning of the science of yoga, and for those who are interested in teaching. It consists of two four-day weekends (Part 1 and Part 2). The curriculum for this module includes

  • Advanced ISHTA Meditation & Pranayama techniques
  • Teaching to Chakra imbalances
  • Ayurveda & Asana
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Tantra of the Sutras
  • The Bhagavad Gita
  • Ayurveda for self-care
  • And more

Dates: May 7, 10-12 and Oct 15 + 18-20

Trainers: TBA but will include ISHTA Teacher Training Director Mona Anand and ISHTA founder Alan Finger.

Pricing: Individual Parts: $600 per weekend or $1200 for both.

To sign up or with questions, please email helen@ishtayoga.com.

 


The Physical Body:

This module is one of three courses in our 300-Hour Training and consists of two four-day weekends (Part 1 and Part 2) and trainees can start with any module. Our Physical Body module teaches you how to master the yoga postures as a form of mastering your consciousness. Our approach to the physical body is a reflection of the Tantric perspective that all of matter is density of energy, and our bodies are the vehicles that carry us through this life. In addition to learning advanced asana such as arm balances and inversions, this module will also offer Anatomy and Physiology. Understand the physical body as more than the sum of its parts through Advanced Therapeutics, Injury Management, complex yoga asana, prenatal yoga, and so much more.

Each part of this module is approximately 30 hours – including pre-recorded content, live zoom sessions, and in studio sessions. We recommend that in studio sessions are attended in person for this module. Trainees who cannot make it to the studio can observe (view) the in studio sessions. There will be 30 minute Q&A sessions at the end of the day for those who have selected the viewing option. Up to 50% of the training content can be viewed via on demand recording (whether trainees have attended or not attended sessions).

Dates:June 4 + 7-9 and Nov 12 + 15-17

Pricing: Individual Parts: $600 per weekend or $1200 for both.

Trainers: TBA but will include ISHTA Teacher Training Director Mona Anand.

To sign up or with questions, please email helen@ishtayoga.com.

 


About our 300 Hour ISHTA Teacher Training

Become a modern yogi rooted in the Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda. This advanced teacher training program is designed to greatly enhance your understanding of ISHTA Yoga and refine your skills as a teacher. The 300-Hour program is for students who have successfully completed a 200-Hour program and wish to pursue a career in teaching yoga. There are three core parts included in this program: personal study, apprenticeship, and in-training studies. Please note that a significant commitment outside the advertised meeting times is required for certification, which can all now, be completed virtually. Modules are available to be done individually to deepen your learning, or you can complete the whole training for Yoga Alliance certification.

Our 300-Hour programs are all taught under the guidance of Yogiraj Alan Finger and his senior teaching staff. Trainers include Yogiraj Mona Anand, Yogiraj Peter Ferko, Yogiraj Douglass Stewart, & Senior Trainer Kelly Eudailey.

The curriculum includes

  • Advanced asana, posture and spotting labs
  • Chakras and the glandular system
  • Ayurveda and asana
  • Yoga and the brain
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Advanced meditation and pranayama
  • Advanced sequencing

For certification and completion of contact hours, trainees must complete three 60 hour modules in our 300 Hour Teacher Training. Mandatory modules (for certification) are the Philosophy and the Subtle Body AND Physical Body Modules, and trainees can now choose between the Art of Touch Module or two ISHTA specialty courses (Meditation, Yoga Nidra, or Restorative.

Registration and more information at helen@ishtayoga.com.

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.

ISHTA Foundations Course (Bridge)

If have you completed a 200-Hour training outside of the ISHTA lineage and wish to participate in 300-Hour training, or if you simply wish to learn the pillars of ISHTA Yoga, please inquire about our ISHTA Foundations / Bridge Program, which can be done via audio file.

Specialized Training

ISHTA offers the unique opportunity to specialize in a niche area of study as part of the 300-hour Training. For an additional discounted price, trainees are eligible to apply up to 50 hours of an elective training towards their 300-hour accreditation. The following elective trainings are offered as part of the 300-hour program:

Another signature feature of our 300-hour training is the mentorship program. This complimentary program, which goes towards the fulfillment of the 300-hours includes mentor meetings and class assisting under the guidance of a mentor. Trainees are able to apprentice closely with ISHTA Yogiraj’s and Senior Trainers to enhance their own personal growth and teaching. Additional hours can be fulfilled through 1-on-1’s, which enables trainees to work individually with each other or with another student to learn the art of teaching privately under the guidance of a Senior Trainer. Class observations are also part of the training, which gives trainees the powerful experience to watch a class while it is happening, and learn through observation. These hours can be completed either online, at our New York City headquarters, or by assisting your local ISHTA Senior teacher in your hometown.

Graduates of our 300-hour training have free access to our monthly Acharya program, led by Senior ISHTA Yogiraj’s and Trainers from all over the world. This gives our graduates an opportunity to remain a part of the ISHTA community while staying close to the teachings.

300-Hour Reading List (optional)

  • ISHTA 300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training Manual – will be provided on your first day of training
  • Tantra of the Sutras – Alan Finger and Wendy Newton
  • MetaAnatomy: A Modern Yogi’s Practical Guide to the Physical and Energetic Anatomy of your Amazing Body – Kristin Leal
  • The Genius of Yoga – Alan Finger and Peter Ferko
  • The Bhagavad Gita – As translated by Eknath Easwaran

 

300HR FAQ’S

What is the 300-Hour Program? What does the curriculum offer? Our 300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training Program is for those students who have successfully completed a 200-Hour program, wish to deepen their knowledge, and are serious about a career in teaching yoga.

The 300-Hour program consists of two major contact modules (In-Training Hours and Apprenticeship) and one non-contact module (Personal Teaching/Study).

  • The In-Training Hours include approximately 180 hours of learning and practicing with your training group; thorough asana, posture, and spotting labs; and application of advanced techniques in asana, pranayama, and meditation. In addition, the In-Training curriculum includes advanced study in chakras and the glandular system, Ayurveda and asana, yoga and neurophysiology, Yoga Nidra, and more.
  • The Apprenticeship includes 90 hours of the following: weekly class assisting (an incredible opportunity to learn from and assist our senior teachers), mentor meetings (small monthly groups to refine your skills in teaching advanced techniques and get personalized feedback and attention from mentors and peers), One-on-Ones (where your skills in teaching individual students are developed), and In-Class Privates (to fine-tune your abilities in hands-on assisting and personal adjustments).
  • The Personal Teaching and Study module consists of your out-of-training study and preparation, including reading, homework, additional techniques and teaching practice, and completion of a self-study project on an advanced topic of your choice. While a minimum of 30 hours is required in this module, most committed students exceed this significantly!

What makes the ISHTA 300-Hour advanced program unique? ISHTA teacher training is the gateway to become a modern yogi in an ancient lineage. Our 300-Hour program provides a contemporary, individualized, and integrated approach to the ancient science of yoga. Designed under the guidance of Yogiraj Alan Finger, the program offers many advanced techniques not taught elsewhere, especially in the areas of kriya, pranayama, and meditation. Advanced ISHTA training truly roots the teacher in the ISHTA perspective, guiding them to a seamless practice of technique, understanding, and joy.

I have already completed a 200-Hour Training. Why do I need this program? We believe the art and science of yoga is a lifetime study. We never stop learning, and there is always room to refine your teaching. In our experience, most 200-Hour certified trainees are not yet fully prepared to teach as they have not yet learned or refined all their skills. Even experienced teachers are always looking for new insights, tools, and techniques. The ISHTA program in particular offers a wealth of knowledge on all aspects of yoga that we truly feel is unique!

Who may apply to the 300-Hour program? The advanced program is a significant commitment of time and energy. Any serious student who has successfully completed a 200-Hour Yoga Alliance-registered program and is committed to yoga as a career and/or way of life is encouraged to apply. Space in the program is limited and all applicants are subject to review and/or mentor approval.

My 200-Hour certification is from another school. Can I take the 300-Hour ISHTA training? Yes! We invite you to explore the path of ISHTA. Trainees who have not completed the ISHTA 200-Hour program must enroll in the ISHTA Bridge Program. Bridge students attend approximately 26 hours of lectures in the 200-Hour Program, covering fundamental ISHTA material. The Bridge Program includes a full 200-Hour manual.

I am a serious practitioner, but am not able to do all advanced postures. Can I apply? Absolutely. Yoga is an individual practice and the path takes many physical forms. We expect and welcome different levels of physical ability. Your commitment to deepening your yoga is the true requirement.

Is attendance at all the sessions mandatory to receive ISHTA certification and to register with Yoga Alliance as a certified teacher? What if I have to miss a session? Yes, 100% attendance is required to successfully complete your training. If you know in advance you will have to miss a session and you would like to receive certification, makeup options are available, though some do incur added cost. Exceptional emergency circumstances are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Detailed makeup procedures are provided upon enrollment; ask us if you have questions.

How do I receive my certification and register with Yoga Alliance? Once you have successfully completed all requirements of the training (100% In-Training attendance or completed make-ups, 100% completion of Apprenticeship module, 100% completion and passing grade on Personal Study module requirements, successful evaluation on final practical exam), you will receive a graduation certificate and the necessary paperwork to register with Yoga Alliance. Please note that 100 hours of logged teaching time are required by Yoga Alliance in conjunction with your 300-Hour certificate in order to register at the 500-Hour level.

Can I teach at ISHTA Yoga after completing the 300-Hour training? While all trainees progress at their own rate given their experience and understanding, community classes may be offered to 300-hour trainees at the appropriate point during or after their Advanced Training, as determined by their mentors and Senior ISHTA Teachers. We do require all our teachers to be 500-Hour certified in ISHTA Yoga.

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 and Excel. 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. We also have work-study trades available towards a percentage of the tuition.

What are the payment and refund policies for the ISHTA Teacher Training? A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance. Cancellations more than four weeks before the training start date receive a full tuition refund, less the $500 deposit. Cancellations between two and four weeks before training start receive a 50% tuition refund, less the $500 deposit. 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 I need to take the modules in a certain order? No, you can start from any module, and end with any module! Each module will begin with an introduction and end with a graduation to those who have completed all modules and requirements.

How long can I take to complete my 300 hour training? It is advisable to complete all the modules and requirements within a calendar year from the first module. Extended plans are available, but they need to be planned in advance with the teacher training department.

I am only interested in one module – can I sign up independently? Yes, you can sign up for just one or two modules. This way you get to learn the Advanced ISHTA Techniques but will not be certified unless you complete all the requirements.

I do not have a 200 hour certificate – can I still take modules? Yes. The ISHTA Immersion Program is required in order to enroll in each individual module. The Immersion Program is available via audio files at a discounted rate if you sign up for individual Modules or the full 300-Hour program. See more on our Immersion Program, here. However, you will not be Yoga Alliance Certified as an ISHTA Teacher if you have not completed a 200-Hour Program and the full 300-Hour Program.

What other requirements are there outside of the modules? The requirements for the modular 300 hour training are the same as for the weekend format. You will assist your mentors 50 hours, assist a workshop, do In Class Privates and One on one’s, do a Svadhyaya (self-study) research program and attend mentor meetings online. 

What if I do not feel up to taking class? You are not required to physically participate in all asana practices. However, it is important that you continue to attend and observe in order to fulfill your requirements. Observing practice is an incredible way to see the whole room, watch spotting and learn from senior teachers.

When can I begin teaching at ISHTA Yoga? There is a very specific path towards teaching at ISHTA Yoga. This will be addressed in detail at the What’s Next Teaser, which is part of the training. We do require all our teachers to be 500-hour certified in ISHTA Yoga.

What about insurance? When you teach at ISHTA Yoga, you are covered under an umbrella liability policy. Should you decide to teach on your own, we strongly recommend that you get a separate individual policy. Consult Yoga Alliance and Yoga Journal for suggestions.

What is Yoga Alliance? Yoga Alliance is a registry of schools and teachers who meet their minimum standard requirements. We are a registered school of Yoga Alliance. Once you complete our program you can submit your certificate to Yoga Alliance (along with the fee) and be individually registered. The most complete and current information is available at www.yogaalliance.org.


Testimonials

“I waited almost 15 years to take my 300 hour training and jumped at the chance when ISHTA introduced the modular training. The flexible format allowed me to study the lineage under the tutelage of my beloved teachers while still running my studio on the other side of the country in Oregon. Being in community and developing an ISHTA family from all over the world has filled my heart, deepened my practice and supported my professional goals. It was worth the wait and I’m so grateful for the dedication of Alan, Sarah and Mona for making it possible to dive into this deep practice with authenticity and grace.”
Christen Allsop, 300 Hour Modular Training Graduate

“Completing Ishta’s modular 300 hour TT was the best investment I have ever made. The master teachers of the Tantric practices have created an atmosphere of unconditional love and acceptance. The leadership truly honors the uniqueness of an individual’s path. I’ve yet to find a place more affirming. That alone was transformational. Add to that, an expanded awareness of my energetic body- and my whole life, my entire experience of my self and the world- grew to a greater fullness, to an experience of wholeness. Now when I teach yoga, I no longer feel like an imposter. Completing an ISHTA training, you don’t just become a teacher, you become part of a lineage.”

Kaitlin Dougherty, 300 Hour Modular Training Graduate


“When I began to seek out a program to complete my 300 hour certification, Ishta was at the top of my list.  First and foremost for the rich lineage behind it, secondly, the convenience of the modular schedule.  It allowed me to dive deeply into the curricula and practice, allowing the space and time around the modules to complete the necessary classroom hours.   Throughout the nine months I always felt connected to the studio.  The support and guidance I received throughout was unparalleled!  I highly recommend this unique training program!”

Dana C Halsted Moss, 300-Hour Graduate


“Embarking on the 300-Hour ISHTA Yoga Teacher Training in 2017 was one of the most life-enriching decisions I ever made. ISHTA has a sacred atmosphere and a refined caliber of learning that remains unparalleled in New York City. Training at ISHTA feels like earning a special express PhD in spiritual life and practice. Students intimately evolve alongside peers of every path, shepherded by true masters of authentic yoga in what is essentially a modern urban ashram. The community at ISHTA is rich, warm, welcoming, supportive, intelligent, and diverse. The practices, passed down with great integrity from a great lineage, are nourishing to mind, body and spirit. What you learn and develop in teacher training stays with you for life, and goes oceans deeper than anything you might glimpse from a regular class practice. I met some of the most significant people in my life through my 300-hour training. My personal health underwent a miraculous recovery, and then my creative career began to take off after what felt like a decade of stagnancy. Whether you intend to teach downward facing dog to others, or just enjoy pondering your own incredible presence in this world, the exceptional ISHTA training programs provide an undeniably transformative experience-of-a-lifetime.”

 Lindsay Sanwald, 300-Hour Graduate


“ISHTA is an incredible yoga studio, and a fantastic place to learn. ISHTA explores all aspects of yoga, and explores each aspect in depth. The wealth of knowledge and experience from the senior teaching staff is boundless, and I couldn’t be more grateful that ISHTA is where I chose to train.”
Dana Delaski, 300-Hour Graduate

“The depth and skill of senior trainers at ISHTA is exceptional. I found the mentor structure for assistant teaching, observed one-on-ones, and completing a svadyaya project to be very enriching.”
Mei Lan Low, 300-Hour Graduate