ISHTA Yoga Pop up Studio & long format The Art of Touch training!
The Art of Touch – Hands on Assisting Module
August 2nd-13th, 2021 / Helsinki, Finland
Are you a yoga teacher wanting to learn the art of touch?
In this 10-day immersion, we will explore the nuanced practice of giving hands-on adjustments to all body types. The art of touch requires mastery and sensitivity, and the ISHTA approach is one that integrates constant practice, feedback, and intuition. This module can be done as part of the ISHTA 300 hour training (it is one of the three modules that compose the 300 hour training), or as a stand alone training for a 200 hour trained teacher who wants to deepen their knowledge and skills.
Physiologically, our hands occupy about 30% of the sensory cortex in the brain. From an energetic perspective, they are the transmitters of Shakti, which is the mother-nature force that governs us. The hands also relate to the heart and throat chakras, so how we touch relates to both how we feel and how we communicate. Learn how to apply the principles of ISHTA yoga and the seven segments of alignment to hands-on adjustments, enhancing both your teaching and your connection to your students.
You will learn hands on assists to basic asanas, sun salutations and restorative poses. Hands-on adjustments can elevate the experience of your students in your class and enhance your skills as a teacher.
Aug 2nd – 6th Mon-Fri 9-4:30pm including a 1-hour lunch break. Wednesday 9-2pm + 2-hour mentor meeting
Aug 9th – 13th Mon-Fri 9-4:30pm including a 1-hour lunch break. Wednesday 9-2pm + 2-hour mentor meeting
1590€ EB until July 19/ 1890€ Regular after July 19
Location: Hautomo, Merimiehenkatu 29, Helsinki
Registration and information : firstname.lastname@example.org
The beloved pop up studio is here: one more time! Pop Up Studio 2021
Location: Hautomo, Merimiehenkatu 29, Helsinki
150€ early bird price for the whole month.
50€ / 3 class package
20€ / class
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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 followed by the second training in 2018. In the training students study with experienced yoga teachers and yoga masters, who will offer their inspiring teachings on the ISHTA tradition; tantric yoga philosophy, ayurveda, pranayama, kriya techniques, individualized asana and sequencing, to name a few.
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:
- 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
- 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
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.
In 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.
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.