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Next RYT 200 ISHTA Yoga Teacher Training in Finland will take place in Summer 2018. The information will be updated on the website during the fall. In the meantime, if you have any questions please email us info@ishtayoga.fi.


Free info session of upcoming RYT 200 ISHTA Yoga Teacher training and bridge program, Thursday August 24th 6pm

Welcome to hear about RYT ISHTA Teacher training! In this info session you will hear about the training that will take place in Helsinki in the summer 2018. ISHTA Senior Teacher Aino Siren and RYT 500 yoga teacher Mikaela Soldan will be leading the session.

ISHTA Yoga Teacher trainings are held annually around the world, and in its hometown New York it is regarded as one of the most comprehensive trainings that will prepare its students to teach asana, pranayama, meditation and kriya techniques. With the focus on tantric view on yoga philosophy, ayurvedic approach and alignment based asana, ISHTA teacher training graduates have a broad knowledge of yoga. Come learn from Yogiraj- and other senior teachers the history and present of yoga.

The training will be held in English.

Info session 18-19
Open flow & yoga nidra 19-20.15 (the class is free for everyone who attends the info session)

Kulttuurikeskus Sähinä, Heikkiläntie 10, 00210 Helsinki


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.

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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 will take place in Helsinki in the summer of 2017. In the training you will study with international senior teachers or Yogirajas, who will offer their inspiring teachings about ISHTA tradition; tantric yoga philosophy, ayurveda, pranayama, kriya techniques, individualized asana and sequencing.

ISHTA Yoga Pop Up Studio Helsinki, July 17th – August 27th

ISHTA Yoga opens a pop up yoga studio in Lauttasaari, Helsinki in summer 2017. Come and try our classes! See the schedule below.

Unlimited yoga package 150€

One week 50€

Drop in 20€

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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

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

View the 200-Hour required reading list:

  • MetaAnatomy: Anatomy of a Yogi – Leal, Kristin
  • Introduction to Yoga – Finger, Alan
  • 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

Training Dates 2017

Mon-Fri 17.-21.7. at 9-18.30

Mon-Fri 24.-28.7. at 9-18.30

Mon-Fri 31.7.-4.8. at 9-18.30

Fri-Sun 11.-13.8. Fri 17-21, Sat 11-20, Sun 10-19

Fri-Sun 18.-20.8. Fri 17-21, Sat 11-20, Sun 10-19

Fri-Sun 25.-27.8. Fri 12-21, Sat 11-20, Sun 10-19

Pricing: Early Bird Price 4500€ (deposit paid by 17.4.2017)

Regular Price 4900€

Bridge Program 550€ (deposit paid by 17.4.2017) / 650€

ISHTA Immersion 999€ (deposit paid by 17.4.2017) / 1199€

Trainers: Yogiraj Peter Ferko and E-RYT 500 ISHTA Yoga Teacher Aino Siren

Inquiries and signups: info@ishtayoga.fi

 

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 approximately 20 asana classes given by senior ISHTA teachers . 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

+ 20 Daily asana classes with ISHTA Yoga Senior Teachers and Yogirajas.

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.