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A Simple Guide to Contemporary Styles of Yoga

Alan Finger
Alan Finger
The word ISHTA has a two-fold definition. In Sanskrit, it means developing a personal yoga practice that meets your individual needs. ISHTA also stands for the Integrated Science of Hatha (the physical practice of yoga that creates balance), Tantra (the yogic philosophy that recognizes the perfection in all beings), and Ayurveda (the Indian science of healing). Developed by Alan Finger and his father Kavi Yogiraj Mani Finger, it is a tradition with roots in teachings by Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi.

ISHTA yoga draws from the teachings of many yoga traditions: It incorporates the gentle, flowing poses of Viniyoga, the more vigorous flowing poses of Ashtanga yoga, the careful alignment and use of props of Iyengar yoga, as well as including various forms of meditation and relaxation.

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