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ISHTA Yoga Downtown
56 East 11th Street
(between University & Broadway)
New York, NY 10003
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ISHTA Yoga Upper East Side
1026 3rd Avenue
(between 60th and 61st Street)
New York, NY 10065
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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.


Restorative-TrainersRestorative Teacher Training with Yoga Nidra with Mona Anand and Gina Menza

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, June 20, 2014, 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, June 21, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 22, 2014, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Early Bird Rate*: $425 (paid by May 9, 2013)   |   Regular Tuition: $525

For more information and to register: Email Cindy Moss

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.


Relax and Renew® Restorative Teacher Training with Judith Hanson Lasater

Take part in a special 22-hour Restorative Training with Judith Hanson Lasater
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Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., Physical Therapist, has been teaching yoga since 1971. Ms. Lasater has trained students and teachers in almost every state of the Union as well as abroad, is one of the founders of Yoga Journal magazine and is the president of the California Yoga Teachers Association. She has written eight books, including Yogabody: AnatomyKinesiology, and Asana (2010). Find more information at www.judithlasater.com and www.restorativeyogateachers.com.

Dates/Times:
Monday, September 15, 2014, 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday, September 19, 2014, 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Tuition: $750

For more information and to register: Email kendra@ishtayoga.com, or call 212-598-4800.

100% attendance is required in order to receive certification.

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


 Marma Therapy Course with Alan Finger, Kara Sekuler and Kristin Leal

Marma-TrainersWe all know how it feels to be in tune with ourselves and the universe – to be ‘in the flow.’ We are also familiar with the opposite feeling, to be out of synch with ourselves and the environment. Yoga practice makes us feel good because we stretch muscles and joints and release stress from our bodies. ISHTA Marma goes even deeper, addressing stress whether its origins were emotional, mental, chemical, or physical.

Marma points are like “little brains” that feed the organs, glands, nerves, and cells of the body with the intelligence they need to function efficiently. Most Marma points lie in the midst of soft tissue. When stress invades the body, Marma points can become strangled. Marma therapy frees strangled Marma points, cleansing stress from soft tissue and allowing the intelligence of the bodily systems to regain homeostasis. ISHTA Marma also restores one’s perspective on life to a point of clarity, insight and inspiration. Learn to practice this technique from Yogiraj Alan Finger, developer of the ISHTA Marma system, and Senior ISHTA teachers, Kristin Leal and Kara Sekuler.

Each day of the 25-hour Marma Therapy Course is filled with lectures on Marma and yoga, demonstrations by Alan Finger, and basic anatomy and physiology taught by Kristin Leal and Kara Sekuler. There is plenty of hands-on practice under their guidance. And as you release blocked energy, you will surely have lots of fun!

Dates/Times: Early 2014

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Early Bird Rate*: $800 (paid six weeks prior to start date)   |   Regular Tuition:  $950

For more information: Email Cindy Moss

In the ISHTA Marma Course you will:

  • deepen your knowledge of yoga philosophy and Tantra
  • explore the muscular, nervous, digestive, endocrine systems of the human body
  • enhance your yoga teaching skills
  • learn the ancient technique of releasing energy blockages scientifically
  • discover the healing ability in your hands

This course is open to everyone. Some knowledge and experience of yoga is recommended, but not required. No certificates given. This is learning for the sake of learning. Have fun!

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


Prenatal Teacher Training with Gina Menza

Gina Menza Prenatal YogaJoin Gina Menza for ISHTA Prenatal training. Our 20-hour course will equip you with the tools necessary to lead a woman through a safe, thorough, invigorating yoga practice throughout her pregnancy. Topics will include the changing anatomy of the mother-to-be, and basic fetal development and its important, influential changes in her yoga practice. The course will also cover appropriate pranayama, meditation, asana, and restorative poses. These poses and techniques will be explored, discussed and practiced. Labor preparation, including anxiety and stress reduction, will be examined, as well as how to apply the correlating ISHTA techniques. 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: Fall 2014
Friday, 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Sunday, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Early Bird Rate*: $425 (paid six weeks prior to start date)   |   Regular Tuition: $525

For more information and to register: Email Cindy Moss

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.


Anatomy and Therapeutics Training for Teachers and Students with Kristin Leal 

Kristin-Leal-AnatomyJoin senior ISHTA teacher Kristin Leal for this fun, practical exploration of the uniqueness of the human form. Learn why no two people will ever experience the same yoga posture in the same way! As a student and teacher of yoga, Kristin firmly believes that it is imperative to appreciate the differences in our own bodies. The liberation, freedom, and balance we are looking for can be found by understanding our anatomical individuality. The weekend will begin with a review of the general anatomy of major muscles and joints. Then, through comparing anatomical differences we will find practical therapeutic approaches to prevent injury and bring balance into your practice. For those who have studied anatomy with Kristin before, this will be a brand new training utilizing new techniques and practical skills to view your body and the bodies of your students as they move through this dynamic and transformative practice. Kristin’s new book, MetaAnatomy, is a strongly recommended prerequisite to this training, and is available online or in the studio.

Dates/Times of Next Training: Spring 2015
Friday, 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Sunday, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Early Bird Rate*: $425 (paid six weeks prior to start date)   |   Regular Tuition: $525

For more information and to register: Email Cindy Moss

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


Yin Yoga Training with Ulrica Norberg

Ulrica NorbergHatha, an integral part of the ISHTA system of yoga, involves contrasting aspects: “Ha” refers to the active energy of the sun, and “Tha” is the energy of the moon. In this training, we will explore the lunar quality of Hatha through the practice of Yin Yoga. As opposed to Yang Yoga, which focuses on activity and muscular strength, Yin Yoga is a mindful yoga practice for the fascia, targeting the connective tissue of the body through prolonged seated and reclining poses. Proven to strongly enhance the body’s circulation, Yin Yoga is a vital tool for stress reduction and energy balancing. Additional benefits include: improved respiration, clear mental focus, tension release, stress relief, and cleansing of both body and mind.

This 20-hour training led by ISHTA senior teacher Ulrica Norberg (ISHTA’s Scandinavian director) will explore asana from the yinside, by way of the subtle connection between body and mind. Using an approach rooted in Ayurveda, Tantra, and ISHTA kriya techniques, this training will give you the tools to integrate the lunar quality of Hatha Yoga into your practice and your teaching. In additional to leaving you refreshed and relaxed, this program will give you the tools to find the yinside on your own and to share it with others. View Yin Yoga through the lens of ISHTA, and give great clarity to this already beautiful practice.

Dates/Times: Late 2014
Friday, 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Sunday, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Early Bird Rate*: $425 (paid six weeks prior to start date)   |   Regular Tuition: $525

For more information and to register: Email Cindy Moss

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.