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Katrina Repka

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The Season to Come

“The only way to inspire others is to be inspired yourself.”

This quote, from the ISHTA Yoga 200-hour Training Manual, has been my personal theme this summer. Through travels to NYC, Calgary, the Canadian Rockies, Vancouver, Stockholm, and the coast of Denmark, I have been able find new personal inspiration and refill my well, and I am very excited to get back to teaching in London in the fall.

These travels have given me pause to consider the role of the teacher, and also the role of the student. Returning to NYC to visit my teacher, Alan, I went back to my spiritual home and the headquarters of ISHTA Yoga. In ISHTA, we follow closely Sutra II. 44 (svadhyayad ista devata samprayogah), emphasising the importance of self-study as the way of determining one’s individualised path to Enlightenment. Yet no matter how much you study and know yourself, there is nothing like having a guru to help lead you from darkness to light.

And just as I have been able to connect with myself on a deeper level through my teacher, I have also had the good fortune to learn from wise and insightful students. My time in Sweden teaching the ISHTA 200-hour training has been transformative, showing me so much about myself, and about the kind of life that I want to create around work and family (answer: Do less; “be” more). This is my seventh training in Stockholm, but this one felt different because I allowed myself time and space around my teaching to do my daily practice, connect with my Swedish friends and students, and enjoy roaming around the city. I was able to balance days of teaching with leisurely trips to the Fotografiska museum, the Moderna Museet—and rather too much food and retail therapy.

I am so thankful to have the amazing practice of yoga in my life and look forward to sharing more of the ISHTA teachings that continue to inspire me.

For the coming 2013-14 season, ISHTA is offering several options for deepening your practice:

ISHTA 200-hour and 300-hour Teacher Trainings at evolve in SW7
ISHTA Thursday morning workshop series at the Commander in W2
ISHTA weekly drop-in classes on Mondays at 1 p.m. at the Life Centre in W8

There is also an unmissable opportunity to study for a second year with the founder of ISHTA, Alan Finger, and his wife, Sarah Platt-Finger, who will be hosting and leading a teacher Training Intensive for students and teachers at the Cecil Sharp centre (through Yoga Campus).