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ISHTA Yoga Downtown
56 East 11th Street
(between University & Broadway)
New York, NY 10003
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Yoga?

Yoga literally means union or to yoke (bring together). It is a science of living that was developed in the Indus Valley thousands of years ago. Today most people associate yoga with the physical postures, but it is also a way to balance and revitalize the mind and body for a healthier lifestyle.

What is the ISHTA style?

Most simply, at ISHTA we provide alignment based flow classes and meditation with attention to the individual student. Our yoga classes are well-rounded and focus on stretching and strengthening all aspects of the body. Our teachers are unique: From Core Flow to ISHTA Meditation, they appeal to a wide variety of students. We encourage students to find the teachers with whom they resonate best so that they can develop an uplifting and consistent practice.

What is meditation? How do I get started if I have never meditated before?

Meditation is a process of stilling the mind. Through various techniques such as working with breath, visualization, and mantra, we focus the mind on something repetitive to quiet its incessant chatter. Meditation is available to students at any level and can be done for various periods of time. At ISHTA, we work towards sitting for 18 minutes. Props are available and utilized to establish comfort for beginners or those who cannot sit easily for long periods of time without them. If you have never meditated before you are welcome to try any of our meditation classes (click here for meditation class schedule). You may also like to try one of our restorative classes, which combine gentle movement with fully-supported postures to find stillness and healing (click here for restorative class schedule).

What are the benefits of Yoga and Meditation?

  • Helps to alleviate stress and anxiety
  • Increases physical strength and flexibility
  • Tones the entire body
  • Alleviates high blood pressure
  • Calms and quiets the mind
  • Improves balance and circulation
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Increases concentration
  • Brings all body systems to homeostasis
  • Elicits the relaxation response in the autonomic nervous system

How do I get started if I am a beginner to yoga?

At ISHTA, we offer private one-on-one sessions with our instructors. We recommend that you take a couple of these lessons to prepare for your first group class. This gives you the opportunity to break down the fundamentals of the poses and to get to know your body. If you cannot do a private, you are welcome to take an ISHTA Basics class in which we teach the essential postures at a moderate to slow pace for beginners.

Can I do yoga if I have an injury?

It depends on the injury. Please consult your doctor. Yoga can be a great aid for recovery but needs to be managed by a physician and addressed with caution.

I am pregnant. Can I practice yoga?

Yes. We currently offer pre-natal classes. In addition, all of our teachers are trained in instructing students at all stages of pregnancy. We will offer modifications to help guide you through your practice. For more information on pre-natal yoga classes and schedules, look at our prenatal section of our class descriptions.

Please contact our yoga concierge at (212) 598-4800 if you have any other questions.