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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 Upper East Side
1026 3rd Avenue
(between 60th and 61st Street)
New York, NY 10065
212-888-9642 [YOGA]
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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.

Yin Yoga Training: November 28-30, 2014
ISHTA Marma Therapy Course Level 1: January 3-4, 2015
MetaAnatomy Therapeutics Training: January 7 – June 24, 2015
Restorative Teacher Training with Yoga Nidra: January 16-18, 2015
Yoga Nidra Training: March 6-8, 2015
Level 2 Restorative Teacher Training: June 12-14, 2015
Kids Yoga Teacher Training: June 26-28, 2015

Join us for a FREE Teacher Training Info Session on Thursday, November 20th, from 6:30pm – 8:00pm!
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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 23.5-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:
Friday, November 28, 2014, 12:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, November 29, 2014, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 30, 2014, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Early Bird Rate*: $450 (paid by October 17, 2014)   |   Regular Tuition: $550

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 23.5 hours of the course.

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


ISHTA Marma Therapy Course Level 1 – Self Marma
with Alan Finger and Kara Sekuler

Marma Point Therapy Training

Learn the Art and Science of Self-Healing Through Touch. We all know how it feels to be in tune with ourselves and the universe – to be ‘in the flow”. Yoga practice makes us feel good because we stretch muscles, open space in the joints and release stress from our bodies. ISHTA Marma therapy goes deeper, loosening the roots of stressors whether their origins were physical, emotional or environmental.

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. ISHTA Marma therapy frees strangled Marma points, cleansing stress from soft tissue and allowing the intelligence of the bodily systems to regain balance. ISHTA Marma also restores one’s perspective on life to a point of clarity, insight and inspiration.

In the 12-hour ISHTA Self Marma Course you will:

  • Find Marma points on your own body
  • Learn the scientific way to release blockages and promote self healing
  • Learn how to integrate this into your personal yoga practice

Learn to practice this profound technique on yourself from Yogiraj Alan Finger, developer of the ISHTA Marma system, and Senior ISHTA teacher Kara V. Sekuler, E-RYT 500. The course will be assisted by Mark Waterman, RYT 500, LMT and Sam Finger, apprentice to Alan Finger.

This course is open to everyone. Some knowledge and experience of yoga is recommended, but not required.

Dates/Times:
Saturday, January 3, 2015, 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday, January 4, 2015, 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Early Bird Rate*: $275 (paid by November 21, 2014) | Regular Tuition: $350

For more information: Email Cindy Moss

No certificate will be given upon completion of the course.  Full completion of this program is required to take ISHTA Marma Therapy Level 2, which will be offered in the future. 

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


MetaAnatomy Therapeutics Training with Kristin Leal 

Kristin-Leal-Anatomy

You are more than the sum of of your parts!

Are you a fellow anatomy geek who wants to talk about the glorious gracilis in all of its beautiful details? Are you wondering if you (or your students) have the skeleton that will ever allow full lotus pose? Does the digestive system send you into an excited tizzy? Do you want to learn how to create an anatomically meaningful and safe class while inspiring people to connect to their own energetic bodies?

Then this is the investment you have been looking for!

Each day in the MetaAnatomy 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 this training so unique is that each day will also include the poetic energetic correlation to each structure and a full and fulfilling asana and meditation class that weaves it all together.

Join us for what we promise will be a deep, informative and fun exploration of all things MetaAnatomy!

In this 100-hour course you will:

  • 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
  • Enrich 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!

MetaAnatomy explores the dynamic beauty and poetry of who you are. Physical and energetic anatomies combine to form a rich view, experience and ultimately a celebration of our differences and an honoring of our connectedness.

Required Reading: MetaAnatomy: Anatomy of a Yogi, Volume One, by Kristin Leal

Dates/Times:
Select Wednesdays from 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM (including a 30 minute break)
Week 1: January 7, 2015
Week 2: January 21, 2015
Week 3: February 4, 2015
Week 4: February 18, 2015
Week 5: March 4, 2015
Week 6: March 18, 2015
Week 7: April 1, 2015
Week 8: April 15, 2015
Week 9: April 29, 2015
Week 10: May 13, 2015
Week 11: May 27, 2015
Week 12: June 3, 2015
Week 13: June 10, 2015
Week 14: June 17, 2015
Week 15: June 24, 2015

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Early Bird Rate*: $1500  (paid by November 26, 2014)  |   Regular Tuition: $1725
Drop-in Tuition: $150 – This will be offered for select lectures, please inquire about availability.

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 hours of the course (75 contact hours as listed above with Kristin Leal and 25 non-contact hours to be detailed to detailed during the course).

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


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, January 16, 2015, 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 18, 2015, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Early Bird Rate*: $425 (paid by December 5, 2014)   |   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.


Restorative Yoga Teacher TrainingYoga Nidra Training with Mona Anand

This 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
  • Look more deeply into and practice the nine steps of yoga nidra developed by Mona and Alan
  • Design yoga nidra practices for different populations including young children, teenagers, pregnant women and the elderly
  • Learn to integrate yoga nidra into asana and restorative classes
  • Ayurveda – learn to recognize doshic imbalances and design yoga nidras for pitta, kappa and Vata conditions
  • Design short and long yoga nidra practices for stress management, depression, anxiety and insomnia
  • Learn how yoga nidra can be used for pain management and healing
  • Delve deeper into the chakras and develop yoga nidra practices to balance the chakras

Dates/Times:
Friday, March 6, 2015, 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 8, 2015, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Early Bird Rate*: $425 (paid by January 23, 2014)   |   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.


Restorative Yoga Teacher Training NYCLevel 2 Restorative Teacher Training with Mona Anand and Gina Menza

In this second module of training, Restorative Yoga is taken into the diagnostic arena. Trainees will further develop their eye to adapt restorative postures and sequences appropriately suited for the individual student based on not only physical but an energetic level as well. This training offers more advanced interpretation of restorative yoga and its therapeutic applications including a broader scope of postures.

The training will cover:

  • Ayurvedic principles and recognizing doshic imbalances
  • A deeper understanding of the subtle body
  • Adaptation of poses for differing body types
  • Sequence design and practice for specific ailments (ie, arthritis, scoliosis, sciatica, PTSD)
  • Expansion of postures beyond The Basic Sequence

Trainees will walk away with a more profound understanding of how to prescribe the appropriate sequences based on the particular yogi and issues. A deeper understanding of Ayurveda and the subtle body will enable the trainees to feel confident and well equipped with the tools to create appropriate therapeutic sequences.

Dates/Times:
Friday, June 12, 2015, 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, June 13, 2015, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 14, 2015, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Early Bird Rate*: $425 (paid by May 1, 2015)   |   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.


Kids Yoga Teacher Training with Shell Merrill and Rebecca Cheeks Soule

Kids Yoga Training

Teach children and young adults yoga and meditation, helping them to grow and live with ease.

Join Shell Merrill and Rebecca Cheeks Soule in a three-day training that will teach you how to give the ancient and contemporary sciences of the ISHTA Yoga system to the children and young adults in your life. Drawing on their combined 20+ years of experience as yoga teachers and students, Shell and Rebecca will introduce the ISHTA Yoga system in a way that can be taught to the children and young adults in your life. They believe that learning yoga and meditation early in life gives growing children and young adults a sense of empowerment. The tools taught in this training allow kids to live with greater ease during times of rapid physical and mental development. Giving these tools to the children in our life is a priceless gift.

In this three-day training you will receive information and gain an understanding of:

  • The development of children and young adults and what they experience physically and mentally.
  • The system of Ayurveda (the ancient Indian science of life) and what children and young adults need to bring their doshas, or biological forces of nature, into balance.
  • The chakras and how they relate to the development of children from a physical, mental, and energetic perspective.
  • Age appropriate and fun activities that teach asana in a safe and fun way.
  • How to sequence a kids yoga class so that they leave feeling centered, energized and calm.
  • How to utilize meditation and breath techniques to teach kids how to calm their body, quiet their minds, and find a restorative savasana.
  • Classroom management tools for teachers.

Dates/Times: 
Friday, June 26, 2015, 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, June 27, 2015, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 28, 2015, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Early Bird Rate*: $425 (paid by May 15, 2015)   |   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.