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Ishta Yoga – Upper East Side, New York

on April 13, 2013

I discovered Ishta Yoga online. I also read a review on Yelp and decided it sounded like a yoga space that I would like to visit whilst vacationing in New York.

I registered with Ishta Yoga through their website, and also booked a place, and paid for two classes in advance, ie Wednesday and Thursday, 10 and 11 April, at 7.15am. Ishta has two yoga spaces in New York, ie one in Upper East Side and the other in Downtown. I chose to attend the Upper East Side venue, which was a 20 minute walk from my hotel.

The Upper East Side venue is located above a shop, and is accessed by pressing a buzzer, and the receptionist or teacher opens the door for students. They have a changing area, and space for personal belongings.

imageAs I was attending class on a casual basis I hired a mat for $2, and the fee was US$22 for a one hour class. Bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps were available.

The Wednesday class was lead by Cindy. There were three students (including me) taking the class. The Thursday class was lead by Lindsey, and there were 5 students in total. The space can hold up to 20 students – the floor is marked accordingly for placement of mats when space is at a premium.

Both classes were open vinyasa, and students were encouraged to work to their own level of the asana practice.

I enjoyed the instruction of both teachers. They both provided gentle adjustments. I found the enironment and instruction were conducive to achieving a sense of calmness. I felt tired from travelling and jet lag, and felt I practiced with contentment.

I noted two interesting events during my practice – one, whilst lying down on my back, and moving the arms in an arc from beside the body to above the head, as if for the first time I noticed how much the body stretched and elongated. I have undertaken this movement on many occasions before but had not previously realised how much the torso stretches. Perhaps I was more present on this occasion.

The second event noted, which was like a light being switched on, was whilst in downward dog Lindsey mentioned that if the index finger and thumb were pressed into the floor rotation in the upper arm would be felt. I would have been told this before on many occasions, however it was as if this was the first time I had actually heard the words, and I really felt the rotation 🙂

During the class with Lindsey she read a poem, which I loved, and I would like to now share it with you…


Many thanks to Cindy and Lindsey, and Ishta Yoga



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