Logo Butterfly2इष्टम् ISHTAM 

Revelling in the Absolute  

Whatever we love most in our lives, brings us to ourselves.
Dreaming, worshipping and resonating only with that in our hearts,
sanctifying and making it our god, that becomes our Ishta Deva or Devata.
When we are no longer separated, at one with our beloved Ishta –
we are at peace and at our most powerful.

This is called
ISHTAM  इष्टम्


ISHTAM इष्टम् Trilogy

Quintessential Yoga



Sri Adi Shankara

ISHTA VIDYA  इष्ट विद्या  | Self -Knowledge | The Teachings that Yoga Forgot 

Through the oceans of time, since mankind first questioned himself, teachings called Atma Vidya have answered all our questions. After the sage Adi Shankara dedicated his life to reviving its teaching 2500 years ago, it became lost in religious taboo and orthodoxy and the teaching and methodology were almost forgotten until recently.
The jewel of Advaita wisdom, classically referred to in upanishadic texts (sastra) by many names such as Atma Vidya, Atma Gnanam or Brahma Vidya or Para Vidya, the teaching typically takes place over several days or weeks.

As human beings, other than food, clothing, water and a place to sleep we lack nothing.

Free already, that we don’t know it but keep trying to complete what is already whole and complete and free what is already perpetually free is a source of endless mirth and amusement to the original yogi. Pushed hard into the glass ceiling of our own ignorance, as we struggle to find the solution, the teaching and teacher of Atma Vidya points out our obvious mistake and removes all our confusion. Until it is pointed out by the teacher, our true nature, while ever present and ever free, stays a secret and remains a complete mystery to us.
Just like the earth getting caught beneath its own shadow at night ‘appears to’ get swallowed up by the blackness, so caught beneath the shadow of our own ignorance, we keep stumbling around in the darkness. 
Fortunately like the sun coming up in the morning destroys the blackness, 
Atma Vidya, Self-knowledge swallowing up all the darkness of human ignorance frees us and puts an end to all our human suffering.

– ‘John, your teachings really blew my mind in the best possible way. I was literally hanging on every word thinking yes, yes yes that speaks exactly to me and my experience, thank GOD someone has finally explained this to me in a way that makes sense so I can get on with my life!!’ – Madeline Lipson. Byron Bay. NSW

Forever revelling in our outcome, knowing that absolute peace, pure potentiality, unbound happiness and freedom, Satchitananda, has always been our true nature, is yoga. (it just has not been pointed out!)

Having never been separate, to find out that no matter what form our suffering takes, only our ignorance stands in the way creating the blackness, is the biggest gift anyone can receive in this lifetime. 

Like getting lost in a big city, looking for an address asking someone the way we discover the address was always right there, we just could not see it. Getting lost in the creation, eventually seeking guidance we discover the truth that we seek has always been right here. (until it gets pointed out we just don’t know it.) 

It is therefore for good reason that sages like Shankara warn us not to try to do this on our own!
Wanting our journey to end successfully, trying to fathom the unfathomable depths of consciousness
 on our own without a guide is not advisable.

Just as we don’t have to learn how to breathe, we don’t have to learn how to be present.
Present already, our consciousness is effortless.
All we need is for someone who knows to point out the nature of what is 
present. 

‘I feel this incredible freedom that I don’t need any of the shit I thought I needed to be happy –  some destination where I will magically find happiness – ha! I look at it now and it seems so stupid. …  and the idea that it’s ok to have desires, that I don’t have to become some swami who lives in a cave and eats dal every meal.
All the therapy to try and think myself out of my depressed state that is caused by my thinking – trying to cancel thoughts out with more thoughts – imagine how stupid this is! And then the mindfulness training, knowing that I need to detach from my thoughts but not understanding how to do that because I didn’t understand the whole happiness concept because nobody had ever explained who I am in a way that I understood.’

 – Madeline Lipson. Byron Bay. NSW

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ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला

ISHTA-MALA इष्ट माला   A Practice for Life 

ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला is a suite of yoga asana designed to match individual abilities, lifestyles and timeframes. Depending on the type of student you are ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला shifts accordingly.

Helping establish a daily yoga routine ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला meets you at the very heart of yoga.
No compromise yoga in the depth of vintage tradition, once memorised ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला becomes your personal practice for life.

To become adept just takes a practice a day. (Read More)


Bhoganathar Siddha Maha Guru of Babaji and Patanjali SIddha

ISHTA Kriya इष्ट क्रिय | The Great (Maha) Siddha Kriya Method

How to dynamically transform the magnetic subtle body through breathing is a secret that has long been kept by the Siddhas.

Using the body as our own nuclear reactor The Siddha Kriya breathing method and meditation shifts the gears of yoga from asana to breath control, dynamically reinforcing and expanding the bodies vitality and wellbeing.

By v
oluntarily influencing the sympathetic nervous system, ISHTA Kriya इष्ट क्रिय boosts the body’s immune system and limits the effects of radiation dynamically enhancing our capacity to tackle life’s modern challenges and ward off disease.

The Siddha Kriya Method is taught in the living tradition of Siddha Yoga of ancient India.  

Recognised as a yogiraj John was named Siddharthan and appointed to represent the dynastic Bhoganathar Siddha Parampie (traditional lineage) abroad.

Private only and One on One classes currently available. (Read More)

Eternal Pranams to That which is EverPresent Ever Existing Ever Omniscient Ever Whole and Complete –
Sharing in the Light of Living Tradition
Asta Yoga – The Great (Maha)Yoga of Maha Rishi Agustya