Upcoming Events

  1. Two Part Series: How to Teach Private Clients with Cassandra Ferland

    September 13 @ 12:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  2. Hamptons Yoga Fest with Alan and Sarah Finger

    September 18 - September 20
  3. Man to Man: Yoga for the Average Guy with Peter Ferko

    September 20 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  4. Fall Equinox Gong Bath with Marco Dolce

    September 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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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.

Prenatal Yoga 85-Hour Training: August 11-24, 2015
Restorative Training Level 2: September 25-27, 2015
Yoga Nidra Level 1: October 16-18, 2015
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


Prenatal Yoga 85-Hour Training with Gina Menza and Jennifer Langbehn

Anandamama-Prenatal-YogaAnandamama Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training is a unique, 85-hour Yoga Alliance registered course designed to prepare yoga teachers with the comprehensive knowledge, skill, and confidence to lead safe and effective pre and postnatal yoga classes.

What makes this training different? With over twenty combined years of prenatal teaching experience, our trainers bring an additional wealth of experience with backgrounds in childbirth education, labor doula support, and motherhood. The curriculum and practical training is specifically designed to fill a large information gap. An Anandamama-trained instructor understands the principles of physiology in pregnancy, how they relate to the pregnant student’s yoga practice, and how to safely craft their classes to maximize the therapeutic benefits for every student in the room. Prenatal students will appear with different experience levels, different stages of pregnancy, and a variety of physical issues, all in the same class! An Anandamama-trained prenatal yoga teacher will be skilled in attending to the individual needs of each student, while creating a class that is cohesive and accessible to all.

Anandamama classes foster community and bonding between students and instructor. The classes facilitate the exchange of evidence-based information (vs. risk-based information), as well as the spectrum of options women may not necessarily receive from their care providers. Trainees will be familiar with the dynamic changes of the pregnant body, symptoms, procedures, diagnostics, concerns, and choices that face prenatal students, to relate from a basis of facts, and not opinions.

The Anandamama objective is to enable women, through the power of information, to find their voice and to trust their bodies and their instincts. Support and confidence, integrated in the mind and body with yoga prepares students for pregnancy, labor, and motherhood. It’s an art and a science!

Anandamama is proud to be the first Yoga Alliance, Registered Prenatal Yoga School in Manhattan. Upon successful completion of the required course of study and practicum held by Anandamama Prenatal Yoga, RPYS you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a RPYT, a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher, to provide prenatal instruction. Please see Yoga Alliance requirements for registration instructions.

Curriculum includes:

  • Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy.
  • Terminology, complications, and risk factors of pregnancy.
  • Childbirth education (maternal and fetal development, labor and delivery, and the postpartum period).
  • Pregnancy-safe asana, pranayama, modifications, and physical adjustments.
  • Common symptoms and associated therapeutic benefits of yoga.
  • Contraindicated asana and pranayama.
  • Restorative yoga, Yoga Nidra, and meditation for pregnancy
  • Prenatal yoga class sequencing.
  • Safe transition techniques.
  • Creative and suitable vinyasa for pregnancy.
  • Observation and assistance in actual prenatal classes.
  • Lead teaching a public prenatal class.
  • Postnatal yoga guidelines and methodology.

After years of practicing and teaching multiple level ISHTA yoga classes, Gina Menza, E-500RYT, RPYT, RPYS, began to develop a passion and following for two different niches, restorative and prenatal yoga. She holds advanced certification as a Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga Trainer and presently teaches four weekly ISHTA restorative classes. She co-created both a first and secondary Restorative Yoga Certification held yearly in New York and worldwide. When not sweetly coaxing bodies into rest, she has been creating a strong prenatal yoga following. Gina leads the prenatal modules of Teacher Trainings at Ishta Yoga, among others and is thrilled to be the co-founder of Anandamama Prenatal Yoga, the first Yoga Alliance registered prenatal yoga school in Manhattan which debuts this summer 2015! Her expertise is based on thousands of hours of hands-on experience with moms-to-be, yoga teacher trainees, as well as her direct experience mothering her own three children. “Basically, I want to get individuals to become yogis before they are even born in my prenatal classes, encourage activity, enlightenment and strength as they live, and get all bodies the proper amount of rest and rejuvenation throughout their lives so they can practice well into their elder years. What could be wrong with that?…”

Jennifer Langbehn, LCCE, RYT-500, RPYT received her 200-hour and 300-hour trainings with Yogaworks in New York City. She completed her prenatal yoga certification with the Prenatal Yoga Center (with Deb Flashenberg and Nikita Maxwell). Also a DONA-trained birth doula and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Jenny is thrilled to have co-founded Anandamama Prenatal Yoga (a real “labor of love”!).

Dates/Times:
Tuesday 8/11/15  8:30am to 5:30pm
Wednesday 8/12/15  8:30am to 5:30pm
Thursday 8/13/15  8:30am to 5:30pm
Friday 8/14/15  8:30am to 6pm

Monday 8/17/15  8:30am to 5:30pm
Tuesday 8/18/15  8:30am to 5:30pm
Wednesday 8/19/15  8:30am to 5:30pm
Thursday 8/20/15  8:30am to 5:30pm
Friday 8/21/15  8:30am to 6pm

Monday 8/24/15  8:30am to 5:30pm (final exams begin)

Early Bird Rate*:  $1725 (if paid by June 15, 2015)  |   Regular Tuition: $1875

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

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.


Restorative Training Level 2 with Gina Menza and Mona Anand

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training NYCIn 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, September 25, 2015, 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, September 26, 2015, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 27, 2015, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Early Bird Rate*: $425 (paid by August 28, 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.


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 – 9:00 PM
Saturday, October 17, 2015, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 18, 2015, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Location: ISHTA Yoga Union Square

Early Bird Rate*: $450 (paid by September 4, 2015)   |   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 20 hours of the course.

*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 Cindy Moss

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 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.


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*: $900 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*: $900 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*: $900 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 Cindy Moss

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.