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ISHTA Yoga Downtown
56 East 11th Street
(between University & Broadway)
New York, NY 10003
212-598-4800
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ISHTA Yoga at Halevy Life
212 E 57th Street
(between 2nd and 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10022
212-598-4800
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Specialty Training Programs

Because ISHTA Yoga encourages individuality in all its forms, we have developed a series of specialty training programs for teachers, trainees, and curious practitioners to find their niches. Under the guidance of our expert faculty, these programs offer approximately 20-25 hours of comprehensive study that leaves one feeling confident in that area of expertise. We strongly recommend that applicants have at least a 200-Hour teacher training certification. Please note: the rates listed below are the only available rates for ISHTA specialty courses.

Yoga Nidra Level 1: October 16-18, 2015
Prenatal Yoga Immersion: November 7-8, 2015
Meditation Training: December 4-6, 2015
Marma 1: The Art of Touch: January 13-14, 2016
Marma 2: The Art of Touch: January 15-19, 2016
Restorative Training Level 1: January 29-31, 2016
MetaAnatomy 100-Hour Training: February 8-12, March 21-25, May 2-6, 2016


Yoga Nidra Level 1 with Mona Anand

Mona Anand Yoga NidraThis training, designed for teachers and students, delves deeper into yoga nidra. Yoga nidra can be used for many purposes which include deep relaxation, to release what lies in the sub conscious and unconscious and to experience an expanded state of consciousness. In this training we will:

  • Study the science behind yoga nidra and look more deeply into the nine steps of yoga nidra developed by Mona and Alan. Participants will experience, design, discuss and practice teaching each of the nine steps.
  • Learn how to integrate yoga nidra into asana and restorative classes.
  • Briefly discuss how yoga nidra can be used to help balance pitta, kappa and Vata conditions,
  • Design short and long yoga nidra practices for stress management, depression, anxiety and insomnia.
  • Delve deeper into how yoga nidra can be used for pain management and healing.

Dates/Times:
Friday, October 16, 2015, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Saturday, October 17, 2015, 10:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 18, 2015, 10:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Special Rate*: $450 (ends October 1, 2015)   |   Regular Tuition: $550

For more information and to register: Email Kendra Jennings

A certificate of completion for this program will be issued to those who have successfully completed the written assignment and attended all of the 20 hours of the course.

*No further discounts are available. All specialty training program tuition is non-transferable and non-refundable.


Prenatal Yoga Immersion with Gina Menza

Gina Menza Prenatal YogaJoin Senior prenatal teacher Gina Menza for an ISHTA Prenatal training. Her 12-hour course will equip you with the tools necessary to lead a woman through a safe, thorough, invigorating yoga practice throughout her pregnancy.

The course is open to anyone who works directly with pregnant women or anyone interested in accommodating the needs of pregnant women in their classes, including massage therapists and body workers.

Gina will cover appropriate pranayama, meditation, asana, and restorative poses for pregnancy. These poses and techniques will be explored, discussed and practiced. Labor preparation, including anxiety and stress reduction, will be examined. Lastly, the postnatal period will be investigated, including new weaknesses, strength-building and sleep deprivation.

Whether you’ve witnessed a birth, given birth or are just interested, this weekend training will leave you happily welcoming and appreciating pregnant yogis into your classes and into your life with a newfound respect and joy.

Dates/Times:
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 11:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday, November 8, 2015, 11:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Regular Tuition: $300   |   ISHTA TT Graduates & Staff*: $250

For more information and to register: Email Kendra Jennings

A certificate of completion for this program will be issued to those who have attended all of the 12 hours of the course. Gina Menza is the co-creator of Anandamama Prenatal Yoga School, a registered Yoga Alliance Prenatal School.  This training accounts for 12 hours of Continuing Education for Yoga Alliance (YA).

*No further discounts are available. All specialty training program tuition is non-transferable and non-refundable.


Meditation Training with Yogirajas Alan Sarah Finger

Alan and Sarah FingerMeditation is the key to stilling the mind so we can tap into the essence of who we truly are. The presence of meditation is growing in the workplace, schools, hospitals, and community centers throughout the world. Its mental, physiological, and emotional benefits have been scientifically documented and continue to be gathered in numerous case studies. In this training, Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger, pre-eminent tantric master, along with his wife, Yogiraj Sarah Finger, will share the art of meditation as passed down from the ancient seers of India in a way that is authentic, organized, and accessible. In this course you will:

  • Learn basic pranayama and meditation techniques as taught to Alan by his teachers
  • Understand the art of sequencing a meditation class, including pre-meditative asana
  • Learn how to teach kriya yoga, the science of purifying the consciousness
  • Gain confidence in teaching a full meditation class

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn how to share the gift of meditation from a master teacher.

Dates/Times:
Friday, December 4, 2015, 2:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 6, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Early Bird Rate*: $475 (ends October 23, 2015)   |   Regular Tuition: $575

For more information and to register: Email Kendra Jennings

*No further discounts are available. All specialty training program tuition is non-transferable and non-refundable.


Marma 1: The Art of Touch with Alan Finger, Kara Sekular and Mark Waterman

 

Alan-Kara-Mark-Marma1Marma points are energetic centers in the body that act as “little brains”. They feed the organs, nerves and cells of your body with the intelligence they need to function efficiently. Stress, whether physical, emotional/mental or environmental in origin, can cause marmas to become strangled in the soft tissues of the body. ISHTA Marma Therapy frees the strangled marmas, releasing blocked energy, cleansing away stress and returning the individual to homeostasis.

Learn to heal yourself using this profound technique, developed by Yogiraj Alan Finger, South African Tantric and Kriya Yoga Master. Practice it on yourself under the guidance of Alan Finger, senior ISHTA teacher and marma therapy course co-creator Kara V. Sekuler, and Mark Waterman, ISHTA teacher and licensed massage therapist.

Dates/Times:
Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Thursday, January 14, 2016, 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Early Bird Rate*: $250 (paid by December 1, 2015)   |   Regular Tuition: $350
Marma Series $1150 when taken consecutively with Marma 2 (Friday January 15 – Tuesday, January 19, 2016)

For more information and to register: Email Kendra Jennings

This course is a prerequisite for Marma 2. 

*No further discounts are available. All specialty training program tuition is non-transferable and non-refundable.


Marma 2: The Art of Touch with Kristin Leal and Alan Finger

Marma Point Therapy Training

Join us for a continuation of the art and science of touch in Marma level 2!

The word “Marma” comes from the Sanskrit root word “mru” or “mar” and can be translated as “vulnerable, sensitive, hidden or secret.” Marmas are centers for prana, the life-force and power behind all physical and psychological processes. Through the correct knowledge and manipulation of Marmas, our entire mental and physical energy can be increased, decreased or redirected in a transformative manner. While Marma Level 1 was directed toward working on oneself, in this workshop we will learn how to use our knowledge of the Marma system to guide our students, friends, and family to balance the energy within. Working with partners we will have lots of hands-on opportunities to learn how to complete a full Marma session as well as plenty of exercises to become more sensitive to reading energy and responding through our touch.

Dates/Times:
Friday, January 15, 2016, 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, January 16, 2016, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 17, 2016, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Monday, January 18, 2016, 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Early Bird Rate*: $750 (paid by December 1, 2015)   |   Regular Tuition: $900

For more information and to register: Email Kendra Jennings

A certificate of completion for this program will be issued to those upon request who have shown excellence and commitment to the work and have fully participated and attended all 28 hours of the course. 

*No further discounts are available. All specialty training program tuition is non-transferable and non-refundable.


Restorative Training Level 1 with Yoga Nidra and Essential Oils
with Mona Anand and Gina Menza

Restorative Yoga Training

This 20-hour training is for teachers, teacher trainees and students interested in delving deeper into restorative yoga and yoga nidra. Participants will learn how to teach restorative yoga classes and how to incorporate restorative yoga into asana group classes and privates. Students will learn how to develop a restorative home practice and how to apply it therapeutically for stress related illnesses such as anxiety, asthma, high blood pressure, etc.

The training will cover:

  • the science behind restorative yoga and yoga nidra
  • benefits and contraindications of key restorative poses
  • how to work with a variety of props to set up key restorative poses for classes, privates, and home practice
  • hands-on adjustments
  • class sequencing
  • how to design a restorative practice for specific ailments, such as anxiety, high blood pressure, grief, or asthma
  • how to teach yoga nidra
  • how to incorporate yoga nidra into your own home practice

This training will focus on developing practical skills. Trainees will work with fellow students to develop an “eye” to see physical misalignments and know how to adjust them. Trainees will practice tuning into the subtle energetic field of their students, learn hands on adjustments, practice teach restorative poses and yoga nidra, and also experience two restorative classes, one with Gina and one with Mona.

Dates/Times:
Friday, January 29, 2016, 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 31, 2016, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Early Bird Rate*: $450 (paid by December 18, 2015)   |   Regular Tuition: $550

For more information and to register: Email Kendra Jennings

A certificate of completion for this program will be issued to those who have successfully completed the written assignment and attended all of the 20 hours of the course.

*No further discounts are available. All specialty training program tuition is non-transferable and non-refundable.


MetaAnatomy 100-Hour Training with Kristin Leal

You are more than the sum of your parts!

Kristin-Leal-Anatomy

Each day in the MetaAnatomy 100-Hour training, we will immerse ourselves in a gross (meaning large, not yucky) anatomical lecture. Using real bone specimens and hands-on “body testing” we will impart concrete ways to help assess the differences in our own (and our students) skeletal anatomy. We will look at common injuries and ways to work with all students in a meaningful and safe way. And what makes these workshops so unique is that each day will also include yummy self care techniques, poetic energetic correlations to each structure and a full and fulfilling therapeutic asana and meditation class that weaves it all together.

Join us for what promises to be a deep, informative and fun exploration of all things MetaAnatomy!

  • Learn major muscles and joint structures of the body
  • Develop X-ray vision! Using hands on techniques discover what is bony compression (that ain’t moving) or muscular tension (eventually might be moveable)
  • Discover why no two students will ever experience the same yoga posture in the same way
  • View real human bone specimens to gain a deeper awareness of our inner architecture
  • Delve into the digestive, nervous, endocrine and circulatory systems of the body
  • Refine your language and verbal cues to be a more thoughtful, accessible and skillful teacher
  • Richen your view of the form by learning the energetic correlations of each structure
  • Learn self care and therapy techniques to help free tension and speed healing
  • Enjoy a full asana, pranayama and meditation practice that weaves together what you’ve learned
  • Celebrate your amazing form in a community full of dedicated, light-hearted and supportive yogis!

Module 1

  • Feet and Ankles – The first step on the path
  • Knees – Knee’d to know
  • Psoas – Psoas I was saying…
  • Hips – Hip hip hooray
  • Sacrum – The sacred spot

Dates/Times: February 8-12, 2016, 12:30 – 5:30 PM

Rates*: $650 per module | All 3 Modules: $1750

Module 2

  • Spine – I’ve got your back, Jack (part 1)
  • Spine – I’ve got your back, Jack (part 2)
  • Shoulders – Don’t shoulder the burden
  • Fascia – Your Interweb
  • Elbow, Wrist and Hand – Put your hands in the air

Dates/Times: March 21-25, 2016, 12:30 – 5:30 PM

Rates*: $650 per module | All 3 Modules: $1750

Module 3

  • Breath and Diaphragms – Your inner jellyfish
  • Reading the Energy Body – May the force be with you
  • Nervous system – Oh, the nerve!
  • Digestive system – It’s alimentary my dear

Dates/Times: May 2-6, 2016, 12:30 – 5:30 PM

Rates*: $650 per module | All 3 Modules: $1750

Individual classes are open to the public ($150 or 100-Hour MetaAnatomy alums $75) or combine all 3 modules (with homework and final project) to receive a 100-Hour certification.

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

For more information and to register: Email Kendra Jennings

A certificate of completion for this program will be issued to those who have successfully completed the written assignments, fully participated in all of the 75 hours of the course and shown excellence in the final project.

*No further discounts are available. All specialty training program tuition is non-transferable and non-refundable.