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ISHTA Yoga

 
If you are looking for a new type of yoga to practice, then you might want to consider Ishta Yoga. However, what is Ishta yoga exactly?

The origin of Ishta is the acronym for the “Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda”. The Hatha type of yoga is a physical type of yoga which focuses on alignment for a long period of time. This type integrates the use of postures and breathing techniques. Tantra on the other hand is the compilation of techniques taken from esoteric Buddhism and Hinduism schools. Ayurveda is the “healing yoga” native to India. This is also focused on the hygienic system of the student.

Focusing On The Spiritual and Physical


Ishta yoga focuses on the physical and spiritual aspects of the students who practice it. Since the word “Ishta” is Sanskrit for “personalized” or “specific”, it concentrates on the individual needs of the person. This type of yoga is tailor-made for each person who practices it.

The Beginnings of Ishta Yoga


This type of yoga is founded in the late 1960s by Kavi Yogiraj Mani Finger. Finger wanted to consolidate the different types of yoga, but he still wanted to focus the yoga for the individual, so he formed ISHTA yoga for it to become one united system.

What are the teachings of Ishta Yoga?


Similar to the other types of yoga, Ishta follows a series of postures that stretches, strengthens and tones the muscles. This type of yoga also aligns the body. It is also heavily dependent on the person’s mental focus and observation of the body, which is shown through the use of breathing techniques.

To quote the son of Mani, Alan Finger, “Ishta embraces the elements from a variety of styles and seeks to help its students discover the exact blend of posture, breathing, and meditation techniques necessary to bring out their fullest potential.” In sum, Ishta is a type of yoga where the student acquires the skill to listen to their bodies and their needs through yoga.

What is the difference between Ishta yoga and the other forms of yoga?


As stated above, the goal of Ishta yoga is to incorporate and combine the forms of yoga, rather than separating them into pieces. One can say that Ishta yoga is an amalgam fusion of yoga styles and techniques.

What are the benefits of Ishta yoga?


This is an excellent form of exercise, which can strengthen and tone your body, since it involves a series of poses which may be physically stimulating or difficult for some. However, if you push through with it, the asanas (postures) can strengthens and stretches your muscles, and gives your body better balance.

Is there a limit on who can practice Ishta yoga?


Although it is physically challenging, there is no limit on who can practice this type of yoga. Since it is an incorporation of different yoga techniques, it is up to the students on what type of ISHTA yoga (depending on the blend of different yoga elements) they want to follow and integrate into their programs.

There is a wide range of classes, from beginners to expert, so one can learn and follow at their own pace. In fact, even pregnant women can practice ISHTA yoga, as long as they take the necessary precautions.

Focusing On The Spiritual and Physical


Ishta yoga focuses on the physical and spiritual aspects of the students who practice it. Since the word “Ishta” is Sanskrit for “personalized” or “specific”, it concentrates on the individual needs of the person. This type of yoga is tailor-made for each person who practices it.
The Beginnings of Ishta Yoga
This type of yoga is founded in the late 1960s by Kavi Yogiraj Mani Finger. Finger wanted to consolidate the different types of yoga, but he still wanted to focus the yoga for the individual, so he formed ISHTA yoga for it to become one united system.

What are the teachings of Ishta Yoga?


Similar to the other types of yoga, Ishta follows a series of postures that stretches, strengthens and tones the muscles. This type of yoga also aligns the body. It is also heavily dependent on the person’s mental focus and observation of the body, which is shown through the use of breathing techniques.

To quote the son of Mani, Alan Finger, “Ishta embraces the elements from a variety of styles and seeks to help its students discover the exact blend of posture, breathing, and meditation techniques necessary to bring out their fullest potential.” In sum, Ishta is a type of yoga where the student acquires the skill to listen to their bodies and their needs through yoga.

What is the difference between Ishta yoga and the other forms of yoga?


As stated above, the goal of Ishta yoga is to incorporate and combine the forms of yoga, rather than separating them into pieces. One can say that ISHTA yoga is an amalgam fusion of yoga styles and techniques.

What are the benefits of Ishta yoga?


This is an excellent form of exercise, which can strengthen and tone your body, since it involves a series of poses which may be physically stimulating or difficult for some. However, if you push through with it, the asanas (postures) can strengthens and stretches your muscles, and gives your body better balance.

Is there a limit on who can practice Ishta yoga?


Although it is physically challenging, there is no limit on who can practice this type of yoga. Since it is an incorporation of different yoga techniques, it is up to the students on what type of ISHTA yoga (depending on the blend of different yoga elements) they want to follow and integrate into their programs.

There is a wide range of classes, from beginners to expert, so one can learn and follow at their own pace. In fact, even pregnant women can practice ISHTA yoga, as long as they take the necessary precautions.

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