From Napoleon's great crab walk through Europe to J. Robert Oppenheimer's discovery of nuclear fission by kissing his own elbow, victory has always gone to the most flexible. Overpower enemies with today's deal: for $30, new clients get one month of unlimited yoga classes at ISHTA Yoga (a $60 value), located at 56 East 11th Street and at 1026 Third Avenue.
A committed yoga practice is a clarifying experience that recharges spent bio-batteries, drains stress into splenetic pools about the feet, and corrals new heights of fitness like so many flocks of soaring grackles. ISHTA Yoga's studios can gently propel someone down the path to a healthier, bendier lifestyle. Both studios offer a wide variety of yoga classes for newbies as stiff as a carbonite-coated smuggler and old hands as flexible as a cephalopod. Options include core flow for strengthening and limbering, restorative to release tension, and ISHTA meditation to connect to your true self. An appropriately flexible schedule offers options every day of the week, ensuring accommodation for even the most hectic, post-modern lifestyles.
ISHTA's serene, focused environment is ideal for starting your paddle down the yoga river. A spacious, naturally lit studio with pale walls and black floorboards calms the mind, unlike many of the hunter-orange, lime-green, and strobe-lit yoga studios advertised on late-night television. Although the original studio space has only been serving New Yorkers since 2008, it was built on founder and Yoga Master Alan Finger's decades of yoga teachings. Embark on your own yoga journey and stay toned and limber while temporarily storing worldly worries in a drawer with knick-knacks, spare change, and shrunken heads.
- I'm just finishing up a week of unlimited yoga at Ishta, and I've got to say I've enjoyed it immensely. The studio has an air of calm and patience, making it one of the best places to escape the business that is New York City streets outside their glass door. – Aria v., Yelp, 12/17/2010
- What a naturally great studio to learn and grow in! – Google Mapper on 5/20/2010
Created by Yogiraj Alan Finger in the late 1960s, ISHTA Yoga blends the ancient and contemporary sciences of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda to foster a community of like-minded people with a generosity of spirit. Aimed to improve strength, flexibility, clarity of mind, and deeper spirituality, ISHTA uses authentic intelligence to provide for each individual student's needs and inspiration. The studio’s faculty of 30 instructors leads a schedule of multiple classes for students of all skill levels. Students can rent a mat for $2 and enter the studios, where ornately carved wooden doors create a gorgeous tableau as they frame the gurus in the act of instruction