Co-founder of ISHTA Yoga
South African Tantric and Kriya Yoga Master
Co-owner and managing director of ISHTA Yoga
South African Tantric and Kriya Yoga Master Alan Finger was recognized as one of the top 100 influential yoga teachers by Sonima in 2016. He began studying yoga at the age of 16 with his father Mani Finger and renowned swamis of the past century. Alan and Mani created ISHTA Yoga. ISHTA is an acronym for The Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda, and also translates to “That which resonates with the individual spirit” in Sanskrit. Before creating a home for ISHTA, Alan co-founded Yoga Zone, Be Yoga and Yoga Works. Alan has co-authored several books including Introduction to Yoga with Al Bingham and Chakra Yoga and Breathing Space with Katrina Repka. His most recent books, Tantra of the Sutras and The Genius of Yoga were released by Shambhala publications in 2018 and 2020 respectively. Alan travels the world to share his teachings. He currently lives and teaches online in Boca Raton, Florida where he co-owns ISHTA Yoga with his wife, Sarah Finger and his partner, Mona Anand.
Sarah Platt-Finger is co-founder of ISHTA Yoga, LLC. Deepak Chopra has called Sarah “an extraordinary teacher of yoga that has called enormously to my well-being.” She received her 500-hour Yoga certification in the ISHTA lineage in 2004 and was initiated as a Yoga Master by her husband, Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger, in 2013. Since then, Sarah has made it her life’s purpose to share the authentic teachings of yoga worldwide. She helped develop one of the most renowned Yoga Teacher Training programs in New York City that expanded internationally to London, Sweden, Germany, Japan, and Australia. Sarah believes that the practice of yoga can be used as a microcosm for the reality we create off the mat, and that a deeper awareness of our physical, mental, and emotional patterns can bring us closer to the essence of our being. Her book, Living in the Light: Yoga for Self-Realization, which she has co-authored with Dr. Deepak Chopra, was released in January, 2023 with Penguin Random House Publishing.
Mona Anand Bio
Mona is a co-owner and managing director of ISHTA Yoga and a Yogiraj or yoga master in the ISHTA lineage. She recently opened ISHTA’s new flagship studio in New York City where she teaches group classes. Mona leads ISHTA’s world renowned 200 hour and 300 hour international teacher trainings.
She is passionate about yoga nIdra, which she was first introduced to growing up Mumbai, India. Mona created a nine-step system of yoga nidra with ISHTA founder, Alan Finger called “Mona Anand’s ISHTA Yoga Nidra,” and has gone on to develop numerous yoga nidra trainings that she teaches around the globe. She has created yoga nidrarecordings for a variety of purposes, some of which are available on iTunes, Yogobe, Insight Timer, Spotify and numerous online sites. She also has a monthly yoga nidra subscription, “Yoga Nidra with Mona Anand” on the Teachable App that can be accessed through the ISHTA website.
Mona is also passionate about restorative yoga and co-leads restorative trainings, known as, "Anand Menza Restorative.” Her love of both restorative yoga and yoga nidra led her to develop her signature Restorative/Yoga Nidra Workshops over fifteen years ago, a style being emulated by teachers around the globe.
Mona has a masters degree in international affairs from Columbia University and currently lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.