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ISHTA Pop Up Schedule
ISHTA Yoga Pop Up Studio, June 25 – August 5, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland
Address: Merimiehenkatu 29, 00150 Helsinki
Summer Unlimited: 160 €
10 Class Pack 135 €
3 Class Pack 35 € (for new customers only, can be purchased at the studio only)
Single class drop in 20 €
Teachers: Aino Siren, Mikaela Soldan, Peter Ferko, Wendy Newton
Language: classes are taught in English if teacher or student(s) do not speak Finnish
Midsummer Retreat in Finland!
June 13-20th 2018Aino Siren & Mikaela Soldan
Aino and Mikaela invite you to embark on a magical midsummer Yoga Retreat in the island of Kadermo, to experience the exceptional nature of Finland during this auspicious time of light. You will dive in to the heart of Finnish culture by embracing the simplicity of the traditional Finnish summerhouse life by the water. All whilst deepening your connection with your Self, others and nature, with the help of yoga, of course.


Kadermo Island offers a unique opportunity to experience yoga in a peaceful, untouched and idyllic surrounding. There are no shops or cars and hardly any other people on the island. During summertime the days are long and the sun barely sets. The retreat is set in a protected oak forest area of the island where some of the oak trees are 300-500 years old.
The students are mainly lodged in a two-storey summer house on a rock overlooking the sea. It is built in an old fashioned traditional villa style that was common in the twenties. The summer house area has seven double bedrooms for guests. There is also additional lodging space in the winter house close to the yoga building.  All the rooms of the rustic villa are simple yet beautiful. In charming Summer house style there are shared indoor and outdoor bathrooms on the premises. The retreat guests have an opportunity to go to a cleansing Sauna every night as well as a chance to dip in to the crisp sea. Alternating between the two a few times is the authentic way of Finnish Sauna tradition. You must experience it; you will feel reborn!

Sample daily schedule:

-8-10am Yoga & Meditation

-10am Gourmet Brunch


-4:30-5:45pm Yin & Yoga Nidra

-6pm Dinner



​Each day involves an enlivening and energizing morning yoga & meditation session, and an afternoon yin & yoga nidra practice. This week is all about silencing your busy mind and you are free to explore what the island has to offer; swimming, canoeing and long forest walks. The theme of this week is light. In yoga we want to direct light of consciousness in to the patterns in our unconscious. With that light we can illuminate these samskaras, that cause confusion and discontentment.
Finland, due to its northern location, experiences an abundance of light during this magical time of midsummer. The sun barely dips below the horizon. This is a very unique and powerful time to recharge and invoke transformation.For Finns Summer Solstice, called Juhannus, is their favorite holiday and the highlight of the summer. All Finns retreat to their summer houses by the lakes or in the archipelago and the urban areas quiet down completely. Summer solstice is the longest day of the year, and in Finland we celebrate it by having a big bonfire, going in the sauna and dipping in the lake or sea.

Juhannus has been celebrated in Finland for hundreds of years and draws from the ancient mythology.  Even though the sun sets at around 11pm and rises at about 3:30am, the actual time that it is light out is much longer. During these days leading into midsummer day it barely gets dark. This year Juhannus is on Saturday June 23rd, but on the retreat we will have our own traditional experience of it. If you would like to read more about Midsummer celebrations in Finland and the interesting rituals go here.


All the rooms of the villa are simple yet beautiful. There are shared bathrooms; some of the bathrooms are located indoors and some of them outdoors. The retreat guests have an opportunity to go to a cleansing Sauna every night as well as a chance to dip in to the crisp sea. Alternating between the two a few times is the authentic way of Finnish Sauna tradition. You must experience it; you will feel reborn! ​

For sign ups and more information please email

Aino & Mikaela are two Finnish ladies who are both ISHTA 500 hour trained teachers and have devoted their lives to teaching yoga, leading teacher trainings and retreats. They brought the ISHTA Teacher Training to Finland and opened a ISHTA Pop Up Studio there as well. Due to the success of the last summers Training and Studio’s popular classes being in demand, they are going back this year.



Thank you all who attended! Stay tuned for ISHTA Yoga Pop Up Studio schedule for June 25th – Aug 5th, 2018. 


Next RYT 200 ISHTA Yoga Teacher Training in Finland will take place in Summer 2018. The application time is now open! Apply before January 8th to get the Super Early Bird price 3300€!

ISHTA’s Yoga Alliance certified 200-Hour teacher training program is designed to deepen your understanding of the science of yoga. Whether you plan to make a career out of teaching yoga or are simply looking to enhance your own practice, this program teaches you how to bring yoga into daily life.

Areas of study include:

  • Asana and meditation practice
  • In-depth posture labs
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Philosophy and principles of ISHTA Yoga
  • Pranayama and the energetic bodies
  • Meditation
  • Specialty areas, including prenatal yoga, restorative yoga, and Sanskrit

200 Hour Reading List

  • MetaAnatomy: Anatomy of a Yogi – Leal, Kristin
  • A Path with Heart – Kornfield, Jack
  • Breathing Space – Repka, Katrina and Alan Finger
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – As translated by Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • ISHTA 200-Hour Teacher Training Manual – Will be provided on your first day of training

The training is in intensive format during six weeks consisting of three weeks and three weekends. See the dates below.

Trainers: Yogiraj Peter Ferko, Yogiraj Wendy Newton, Senior ISHTA Yoga Teacher Aino Siren, ISHTA Yoga Teacher Mikaela Soldan

Training dates for 2018:

  • June 25th-29th
  • July 2nd-6th
  • July 9th-13th
  • July 20th-22nd
  • July 27th-29th
  • Aug 3rd-5th

Super Early Bird 3300€ (deposit paid by Jan 8th, 2018)

Early Bird 3600€ (deposit paid by April 8th, 2018)

Regular Price 3900€.

*All prices are inclusive of VAT 24%.

200HR FAQ’s

What is ISHTA Yoga?

The ISHTA mission is to blend the ancient and contemporary yoga teachings of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda into a system that caters to individual students’ needs. Our name itself embodies our multi-dimensional approach. ISHTA stands for Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda, or a combination of physical, energetic, and healing practices. But ISHTA has a double meaning that stretches back to the very roots of yoga. ISHTA is also a Sanskrit word translating to “that which resonates with the individual spirit,” emphasizing the personal journey we encourage and guide our students to embrace.

What makes the ISHTA Yoga Teacher Training Program unique?

The lineage and teaching of ISHTA Yoga is a uniquely modern, individualized and integrated approach to the ancient science of yoga. While the body is studied and experienced in detail through in-depth daily practice, posture labs and studies of anatomy and asana, ISHTA provides a comprehensive foundation for all aspects of yoga, including thorough studies of the practice and teaching of subtle and causal body anatomies; pranayama and kriya; meditation; Tantric philosophy; and Ayurveda, the ancient Indian life science. The ISHTA-trained practitioner learns to teach safely, confidently, and compassionately to the individual. Our philosophy is to recognize the inherent strengths of each student and to enhance these strengths through personal practice. Finally, the ISHTA Teacher Training program was created and is taught in part by Yogiraj Alan Finger, one of the preeminent Western Tantric teachers of our time. Personal study with Alan and his senior teachers offers a wealth of yogic knowledge and experience that is profound and life changing!

Is this program appropriate for me if I am not necessarily interested in teaching?

Definitely. ISHTA’s 200-Hour teacher training program is a yoga immersion designed to deepen your own practice and your understanding of yoga first. Many trainees enroll in the program without plans to teach. The in-depth experience of yoga will be rewarding for you regardless of your future intentions. We encourage all trainees to simply take this step on their journey and see where it leads them!

I am not able to do some advanced postures. Can I still take this training?

Yes! While this training is not suitable for the brand-new yogi, we welcome all serious students with a minimum of 6 months of consistent practice. The Teacher Training Program is an inclusive program. Since yoga is an individual practice, we expect and welcome different levels of physical ability. Your commitment and desire to deepen your understanding of yoga are most important!

Does this program include vinyasa yoga?

Yes. The ISHTA Yoga principles of sequencing create a well-rounded practice that will encourage you to explore the yoga that suits you and your students. You will learn the basic tools and appropriate applications of asana, pranayama, and meditation for creating a well-balanced practice that leads to a balanced life. Vinyasa is an extraordinary tool for the mind, body, and spirit and is an essential component of these tools.

Is attendance at all the sessions mandatory to receive ISHTA Certification and to register with Yoga Alliance as a certified teacher? What if I have to miss a session?

Yes, 100% attendance is required to successfully complete your training. If you know in advance you will have to miss a session and you would like to receive certification, makeup options are available, though some do incur added cost. Exceptional emergency circumstances are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Detailed makeup procedures are provided upon enrollment; ask us if you have questions.

How do I receive my certification and register with Yoga Alliance?

Once you have successfully completed all requirements of the training (100% attendance or completed makeups, 100% completion and passing grade on homework, passing mark on written final exam, and passing evaluation on final practical exam), you will receive a graduation certificate and the necessary paperwork to register with Yoga Alliance. More information about Yoga Alliance registration is available at

After the 200-Hour ISHTA Yoga Training, how can I study ISHTA more deeply?

For the trainee who is serious about teaching as a career or wishes to further commit themselves to study and practice, we offer a 300-Hour advanced training. This program is designed to greatly enhance your understanding of ISHTA Yoga and refine your skills as a teacher. Because ISHTA Yoga encourages individuality in all its forms, we have also developed a series of specialty training programs. We offer a range of intensives in many topics, including Anatomy and Theapeutics, Marma Therapy, Prenatal Yoga, and Restorative Yoga.

Can I teach at ISHTA Yoga after completing the 200-Hour training?

All trainees progress at their own rate given their experience and understanding. Still, it is our strong belief that most trainees are not yet fully ready to teach after a 200-Hour training. We require all our teachers to be 500-Hour certified, meaning that they have completed the ISHTA 300-Hour training after their 200-Hour program.


What are the payment and refund policies for the ISHTA Teacher Training?

A 500€ non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance. Remaining tuition is due no later than two weeks prior to the training start date. In extenuating circumstances, a payment plan may be arranged.

” The ISHTA Yoga 200 Hr teacher training was a life changing experience.
The teachers are all ISHTA Yoga trained and teach in a very confident and inspirational manner.
The well rounded curriculum is well thought out and challenging.  It really helped me grow not only as a practitioner of Yoga but opened me up to a whole new world of Ancient teachings and Philosophy.
Founders, Alan and Sarah Finger have brought the sacred teachings from a long line of Yoga masters from India and South Africa all the way to Greenwich Village. “
Phil Schuster
200 Hr graduate
December 2016
“I cannot say enough about the level of excellence, depth, integrity & warmth of all the ISHTA Teacher Training. I am beyond grateful for my experience at ISHTA and this incredible training. The teachers go above and beyond in every way. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!”
– Summer 2017 200 Hour Graduate


About ISHTA Yoga

ISHTA Yoga, founded and created by Yogiraj Alan Finger, is a community of like-minded people with a heart-centered approach to life and generosity of spirit. Blending the ancient and contemporary sciences of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda, ISHTA caters to the individual student’s needs with intelligence and authenticity. Whether you are looking for improved strength and flexibility, clarity of mind, or a deeper spiritual practice, we provide you with the tools needed to bring inspiration into every moment of your being.


ISHTA Yoga in Finland

Senior E-RYT 500 ISHTA Yoga teacher Aino Siren and RYT 500 ISHTA Yoga Teacher Mikaela Soldan are Finnish yogis who have studied with Alan Finger and other ISHTA Yoga Teachers and Yogirajas. They are thrilled to bring ISHTA Yoga to Finland in form of specialty yoga classes, workshops and trainings.

The first RYT 200 ISHTA Yoga Teacher Training took place in Helsinki in the summer of 2017. In the training students studied with international senior teachers or Yogirajas, who will offered their inspiring teachings on the ISHTA tradition; tantric yoga philosophy, ayurveda, pranayama, kriya techniques, individualized asana and sequencing.

Back by popular demand:

ISHTA Yoga Pop Up Studio Helsinki, opens again June 25th until August 5th, 2018

ISHTA Yoga opens a pop up yoga studio again in the summer 2018 but this time in Merimiehenkatu 26, Helsinki. Come and try our classes! Stay tuned for the updated schedule. Below is a sample schedule from last summer.


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About ISHTA Yoga Teacher Training

Become a Modern Yogi in an Ancient Lineage
ISHTA Yoga offers 200-Hour and 300-Hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training programs, as well as a variety of specialty programs for teachers and trainees. We provide a uniquely modern, individualized, and integrated approach to the ancient science of yoga. The ISHTA lineage and teachings provide a comprehensive foundation for all aspects of yoga. We cover asana, the practice and teachings of the subtle and causal body anatomies, pranayama and kriya techniques, meditation, Tantric philosophy, and Ayurveda (the ancient Indian science of life). Through in-depth daily asana practice, posture labs, practice teaching, anatomy, and lectures on topics ranging from the energetic bodies to neurophysiology, the ISHTA-trained practitioner is able to approach and embrace yoga in all of its forms.

ISHTA Yoga trains its teachers to acquire and master the skills needed to excel in group classes of all levels, private lessons, corporate lessons, and specialty yoga classes. ISHTA trainees emerge from training feeling confident and ready to practice and teach what they have learned. ISHTA supports all personal journeys – from those simply looking to deepen their personal practice to those who envision yoga as a career.

200-Hour Training

Training Dates 2018

Mon-Fri 25.-29.6. at 9-18.30

Mon-Fri 2.-6.7. at 9-18.30

Mon-Fri 9.7.-13.8. at 9-18.30

Fri-Sun 20.-22.7. Fri 17-21, Sat 11-20, Sun 10-19

Fri-Sun 27.-29.7. Fri 17-21, Sat 11-20, Sun 10-19

Fri-Sun 3.-5.8. Fri 12-21, Sat 11-20, Sun 10-19



-Super Early Bird Price 3300€ (deposit paid by January 8th 2018)-

-Early Bird Price 3400€ (deposit paid by April 8th 2018)

-Regular Price 3900€

All prices are inclusive of VAT 24%.

Bridge Program

-Super Early Bird 650€ (deposit paid by January 8th 2018)

-Early Bird 800€ (deposit paid by April 8th 2018)

-Regular 950€


ISHTA Immersion

-Super Early Bird 900€ (deposit paid by January 8th 2018)

-Early Bird 1050€ (deposit paid by April 8th 2018)

-Regular 1200€


Trainers: Yogiraj Peter Ferko, Yogiraj Wendy Newton, Senior ISHTA Yoga Teacher Aino Siren and RYT 500 ISHTA Yoga Teacher Mikaela Soldan



Wendy Newton          Mikaela Soldan

Bridge Program

Created for yoga teachers who received their 200-Hour certification in a program outside of the ISHTA lineage, the ISHTA Bridge Program consists of approximately 30 hours of lectures given by Yogiraj Alan Finger and senior ISHTA teachers. For teacher trainees coming to ISHTA from another yoga school, the Bridge Program is a requirement for entrance into the 300-Hour program. The program is also a great option for practitioners who are interested in deepening their knowledge of yoga and the ISHTA lineage without enrolling in the full teacher certification program. ISHTA Bridge program qualifies for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education.

Kara.balanceThe ISHTA Bridge Program lectures include:

  • Entry/Bonding Circle
  • What Is ISHTA?
  • ISHTA Tantra
  • ISHTA Alignment/Intro to the 7 Segments
  • ISHTA Kriya Yoga
  • Introduction to Energetic Bodies
  • Pranayama Techniques 1: FCB, Apa Japa, Ujjayi, Krama
  • Intro to Essential Oils
  • The Chakras
  • Shakti, Prana and Pranayama
  • Pranayama Techniques 2: Padadirsasana, Nadi Shodhana, Kaphalabhati
  • Intro to Ayurveda
  • Meditation Techniques
  • Principles of ISHTA Sequencing
  • Meditation
  • How to Teach Meditation
  • The Health Benefits of Meditation

The ISHTA Bridge Program is offered in conjunction with each ISHTA 200-Hour teacher training program in Helsinki. See dates and rates above.

ISHTA Immersion program

Created for students who wish to deepen their knowledge about ISHTA yoga, the ISHTA Immersion Program consists of approximately 30 hours of lectures and unlimited asana classes at the ISHTA Yoga Pop Up Studio during the training . The program is also a great option for practitioners who are interested in deepening their knowledge of yoga and the ISHTA lineage without enrolling in the full teacher certification program. This means, that you will not receive a certificate for the teacher training and will have to complete the full training in the future, if you wish to become a RYT 200 Certified ISHTA Yoga Teacher.
The ISHTA Immersion Program lectures include:Al_-_Meditation_Class

  • Entry/Bonding Circle
  • What Is ISHTA?
  • ISHTA Tantra
  • ISHTA Alignment/Intro to the 7 Segments
  • ISHTA Kriya Yoga
  • Introduction to Energetic Bodies
  • Pranayama Techniques 1: FCB, Apa Japa, Ujjayi, Krama
  • Intro to Essential Oils
  • The Chakras
  • Shakti, Prana and Pranayama
  • Pranayama Techniques 2: Padadirsasana, Nadi Shodhana, Kaphalabhati
  • Intro to Ayurveda
  • Meditation Techniques
  • Principles of ISHTA Sequencing
  • Meditation
  • How to Teach Meditation
  • The Health Benefits of Meditation

+ unlimited asana classes with ISHTA Yoga Senior Teachers and Yogirajas during the training at the ISHTA Yoga Pop Up Studio in Helsinki.

The ISHTA Immersion Program is offered in conjunction with each ISHTA 200-Hour teacher training program and bridge program in Helsinki. See dates and rates above.

About Alan and ISHTA

ISHTA means that which resonates with the individual spirit and is also an acronym for the Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda.

Hatha: From ‘ha / tha’ or ‘solar energy / lunar energy’ in Sanskrit, originated in the Tantric period. Hatha Yoga is the physical practice of asana, or yoga postures. Hatha also refers to the science of strengthening the weaknesses in an individual and removing the stress blockages in our systems.

Tantra: From the root words ‘tanoti,’ ‘expansion,’ and ‘trayati,’ ‘liberation.’ Tantra is the belief that our essential nature is divine, perfect as it is, part of the universal consciousness, and filled with bliss. The practice of Tantra increases our awareness of this state of total liberation through acceptance of ourselves and everything around us. Tantra gives us many tools to achieve the understanding of our true selves. In the ISHTA practice, we focus on asana, pranayama (breath work), kriya techniques and visualization meditation, as our primary tools.

Ayurveda: From the words ‘ayur’ which means ‘life’ and ‘veda’ which means ‘science.’ This ancient Indian tradition teaches that we each have a constitution, or prakriti, that is unique like our fingerprints. According to ayurvedic thought, the ideal practice begins with understanding the individual’s unique prakriti and their needs based on the interplay of that constitution with their current situation. For example, stress, injuries, or changes in life or work all impact what practice is ideal for you at a given moment. Ayurveda in the ISHTA practice encourages self-exploration and an awareness of the impact our circumstances have on our physical, emotional, and energetic states. We seek to understand how to best create balance in our lives and accept who we are.


History of ISHTA Yoga

Mani Finger

Kavi Yogi Swarananda Mani Finger and his son, Alan Finger, created ISHTA Yoga in the late 1960’s in South Africa. Mani was first initiated into Kriya Yoga by Paramhansa Yogananda in Los Angeles, and later as a Kavi yogi by Sivananda in India. Mani subsequently went back to South Africa where he transformed his home into an ashram.

Over many years, Mani and Alan hosted many gurus at their house including Swami Venkatesananda (friend of T. Krishnamacharya and Sivananda’s ‘jewel student’), Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Nishraisananda, and Tantric master Shuddhand Bharati, who initiated both Alan and Mani into Tantra. Seeking to integrate and celebrate the different teachings and lineages that passed through their ashram, Mani and Alan created ISHTA Yoga. ISHTA aims to give each student an understanding of how to incorporate aspects from various yoga styles and practices in a way that best suits their individual paths.

Alan Finger 8In 1975, after teaching in South Africa for thirteen years, Alan moved to the United States. He settled in Los Angeles and founded the Yoga Tantra Institute. Soon after, he co-founded Yoga Works. In 1993, Alan relocated to New York City and formed the Yoga Zone studios. Yoga Zone became Be Yoga and expanded Alan’s teachings into one of the most successful regional yoga teacher training programs in the country. Coming full circle, in 2004 Be Yoga rejoined the Yoga Works family of studios.

As the culmination of his life-long development of ISHTA, Alan and his partners, Julie Wilcox, Sarah Platt, and Bruce Wilcox, opened the first ISHTA Yoga studio in Manhattan on May 1st, 2008, at 56 East 11th Street in Manhattan. For the first time, all elements of the ISHTA tradition had a dedicated home. In February 2011, ISHTA opened the doors to its uptown studio, located at 1026 Third Avenue in Manhattan.

The Lineage

Paramahansa Yogananda: Author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Yogananda was Mani Finger’s introduction into yoga, his foremost teacher and his initiator into kriya yoga.

Swami Venkatesananda: A friend of T. Krishnamacharya and a leading student of Sivananda’s. Venkatesananda wrote many books on yoga, and with co-author Kavi Yogiraj Mani Finger, wrote a book on Laya yoga. Venkatesananda, along with Mani, initiated Alan into Yogiraj. Venkates stayed with Mani and Alan for several weeks each year.

Swami Nishraisananda: A scientist/engineer turned yogi and disciple of the Ramakrishna Mission. Nishraisananda’s understanding of the links between spiritual yogic concepts and modern science is the foundation of ISHTA’s conviction that we are only now beginning to understand in a ‘scientific’ perspective the physical and energetic effects of yoga, which ancient yogis intuitively understood thousands of years ago.

Shuddhanand Bharati: A Tantric master. Bharati initiated both Alan and Mani into Tantra and was the driving force behind the systematization of ISHTA as a system of yoga.