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56 East 11th Street
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New York, NY 10003
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1026 3rd Avenue
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New York, NY 10065
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Venus, Mars and Jupiter in Leo

Venus, Mars and Jupiter in Leo

As of October 1st, Venus moves into confident and brave Leo where she joins Mars and Jupiter, who are also in Leo. So similar to last month’s blog, the emphasis is still on the sign of Leo. In light of this, it might be a good time to look more closely at the sign of Leo as this energy will have an impact on all of us, and it will have even more relevance if you have the Sun, Moon or rising sign in Leo.


Finding Oneness Through Music


We all desire oneness. Oneness is what we seek when we breathe, when we eat, when we practice yoga, when we fall in love, and the result is the continuation of life. Life continues to exist because we breathe, because we love, and because we procreate. We all came from one and the universe is actually an eternal dance of matter expanding and collapsing onto itself (proven by science!). We are learning our lessons embodied here in this collective experience of duality.


Fall Perspectives: Soma Seasonal Cleanse

Fall Ayurvedic Cleanse

Vacations can be magically transformative. Sometimes it’s a special location, other times it’s the outcome of a new experience. A gorgeous beach or inspiring monument can help shift our perspective and can produce significant changes in our state of being. Aside from these fortunate treasures, often times the transformation occurs in the simple shifts we


Question + Answer with Mona Anand and Gina Menza: Level 2 Restorative Teacher Training

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

Next weekend (September 25-27), Mona Anand and Gina Menza will lead the Level 2 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training at ISHTA. Here, they answer questions on what sets this training apart, the benefits of restorative yoga, and more.


The Warrior God, Mars, Moves into Leo: What Can You Expect?

Mars in Leo

This month there is a lot of energy in the sensitive and security oriented sign of Cancer and the creative and inspiring sign of Leo. As you may remember, Venus went retrograde on July 24th in Leo and during this time, she became exaggerated and quite strong. So you may have become a bit more attuned to the energy of Venus and found yourself taking enjoyment in the pleasures of the five senses, whether it be through relationships, food, beauty, the arts or nature.


Average Guys are Extraordinary!

Man to Man workshop with Peter Ferko

Well-deserved relaxation at the end of the last Man to Man workshop.

When I ran my last Man to Man: Yoga for the Average Guy workshop, one of my fellow teachers said, who wants to be an ‘average’ guy? I want to encourage them to be extraordinary! While my naming of the workshop was


Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Wrap-up + New Prenatal Classes!


We are still “glowing” from the 85-Hour Anandamama Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Gina Menza and Jennifer Langbehn! It was a transformative two weeks filled with in-depth knowledge, great compassion, and playful comradery. We would like to send a big thank you to Gina and Jenny for sharing this area of expertise with so much passion and love! We are also excited to announce that Jenny will be teaching prenatal yoga at ISHTA Downtown on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.


FREE Prenatal Yoga Classes in August

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

Beginning this week, we are happy to announce the Anandamama Prenatal Training led by our own Gina Menza and birth doula Jenny Langbehn. As part of the training we are offering public classes to the pregnant community. The classes are free, or moms can make a charitable donation to Exhale to Inhale, supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.


Get Ready: Venus, Mercury and Jupiter are in Leo

Vedic Astrology

This month we have a full on party in the sign of Leo (leadership, romance and creativity), and it is gaining momentum as more and more planets enter the sign over the next month. The emphasis on the sign of Leo began several month’s ago, in November 2014, when Saturn entered Scorpio, and by his 10th house aspect began aspecting Leo. What you may have noticed during this time, in the area of life where Leo is in your chart, is that you are working really hard and making little progress.


Meditation with Alan Finger: How to Release the Beliefs that Cause Exhaustion

Mula Bandha

Our lives today are filled with distractions. Our devices, roles, and relationships can make it difficult for us to turn inward, and to truly care for ourselves. In this post, we provide a transcript from one of Alan Finger’s recent meditation classes, where he guides students to release the beliefs that cause exhaustion. He covers the practices of Bhastrika pranayama, the treta bandha or “triple lock”, the role of imagination, subtleties of breath, 5 states of samadhi, and answers questions from students.