Frequently Asked Questions

I’m not very flexible, can I do yoga?

Most definitely yes!  Whatever your flexibility our job is to make the poses accessible to you.  With the use of props we can make poses possible for all students.  We use blocks, blankets, bolsters, chairs and even the walls to facilitate an appropriate stretch for even the stiffest students, so don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

How often do I need to come to see a difference?

That is entirely up to you. Depending on their goals, students often commit to once, twice or even more times a week, which definitely enables them to build strength and flexibility, but there are no hard and fast rules, so do what you can, when you can. Once a week is better than nothing and twice a week will enable you to retain more of your new found strength and flexibility and make you feel more centered. With a regular practice comes the familiarity with the postures so that you will find you can also practice a bit at home to keep you going when you are unable to get to class.

What’s ISHTA yoga?

ISHTA is a lineage of yoga that came through Alan Finger, who along with his father Mani Finger studied with many of the now famous yogis of the last 60 or 70 years: Paramahansa Yogananda, BKS Iyengar, Swami Venkatesananda of the Sivananda lineage, Swami Nishraisananda and Tantric Master Bharati amongst others.  They noticed each style had something different to offer and that different people gravitated towards different styles depending on their physical and energetic needs.  As a result they developed ISHTA, which means ‘individualized’ in Sanskrit as a way of tailoring a yoga practice for each individual.

How does ISHTA compare to other types of yoga?

The physical asana practice that is now so common in the US is a relatively recent phenomenon, not more than a few hundred years old, so all schools have similar sources and it is just the details that differ.  Iyengar is very alignment based where poses are held for a comparatively long time, Bikram is a sequence of 26 poses practiced in a hot room, Anusara is a relatively recent style developed by John Friend that places a strong emphasis on Hindu religious concepts and there are countless others.  ISHTA acknowledges that we all have different requirements and encourages students to find out what works best for them.  ISHTA is also an acronym for the ‘Integrated Sciences of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda’, sister sciences that inform students on how to blend and balance their physical, energetic and spiritual worlds.

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