ISHTA Yoga

Definition - What does ISHTA Yoga mean?

ISHTA Yoga is a style of yoga that combines different types of yoga practices, blending ancient and contemporary teachings to meet the individual needs of each yogi. ISHTA is an acronym for Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda.

The concept of ISHTA Yoga began in South Africa in the late 1960s, created by the father-and-son team of Swarananda Mani Finger and Yogiraj Alan Finger. The first ISHTA Yoga studio in the United States was opened in 2008 in Manhattan.

Yogapedia explains ISHTA Yoga

The name of this style of yoga also has deeper meaning. Ishta is a Sanskrit word that means “that which resonates with the individual spirit,” a concept that is the key element in ISHTA Yoga. Each yogi must follow his/her own path, and it is this very personal journey that ISHTA Yoga seeks to encourage.

In addition to the physical practice of yoga, ISHTA offers yogis a background in the spiritual and philosophical aspects of yoga, including kriya, pranayama, Tantric philosophy, the healing practice of Ayurveda and meditation, among others.

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