My first stop starts in my own yoga studio…ISHTA
Ishta means Integrated Science of Hatha Tantra and Ayurveda. The school has a lot of amazing teachers and classes. It is owned by Sara Platt-Finger and her husband Alan Finger. I am very happy to know them in person.
Ishta is on 56 East 11th Between University & Broadway. I took my 200 and my 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training here and I have been taken meditation classes with Alan Finger for a year now. Now I would like to give you a feeling of it….
The first thing you recognise when you come in to the studio is a nice scent of essential oil in the air. The people at the front desk always make you feel welcome. The studio is not big but you can find carefully selected books, oils, clothes, Malas and handmade jewellery. After your registation you can take your seat in the room called Shiva.
Inside you can still smell this calming scent. It is full of people and I take my seat in the back. It is a work injury I have. People around me hug each other, smiling and talking. It seems that they know each other. When Alan comes in to the room it becomes silent, something happens. He smiles and says some words to the people who he passes. He sits down on his chair in the front. He says some jokes about his Iphone and makes us smile. Than he becomes silent. He puts his hands together and says: “Welcome everybody! Namaste” The room with all of us answering back together:”Namaste”. For a while I think, he reminds me of somebody.
“Today we are going to talk about mudras and mantras.”-he says. And he starts to talk. This is the most exciting time for me. Every world he says you just want to write down. (Which, honestly, I try) Every sentence he says is full of wisdom and full of his one experiences. It is not just words, if you know what I mean. His eyes are glittering and his buddha tummy shaking every time he smiles. Which happens often.
He leads us trough premeditative asanas and 18 minutes of seated meditation. He does shakti pad on each and one of us, which, if you never did…you should.
Was it pleasant? It was yoga, which is like life itself. It is my life with myself. And no, sometimes it is scary, sometimes it is the best moment in my life. But you are not doing Yoga for a day. You do it for a lifetime. That day I was scared, I was anxious and I was sweating. I tried hard and the last thing he told me before he left the room was: “Don’t try it so hard! Trust to the process and it is going to be good. ” How did he know what I was thinking about?
I think I know who he is. At least for me. Who is he for you?