Practical Teachings

ISHTAM इष्टम्

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Maha Yoga – The Great Yoga

Retro Yoga Taught in the Oral Style of Vintage Traditions


ISHTA Vidya इष्ट विद्या Self-Knowledge – The Teachings that Yoga Forgot. 

Self-knowledge, 
Atma Gnanam आत्मा ज्ञानम is the direct path to Self-Realisation. Revived 2500 years ago by India’s great revivalist and teacher Adi Shankara, Atma Gnanam आत्मा ज्ञानम and its methodology successfully answers the question of human existence. Uplifting and resolving the problem of human suffering for countless generations, getting lost in religious orthodoxy, the movement to revive and teach the timeless wisdom in English by modern revivalists has rescued Atma Gnanam आत्मा ज्ञानम from obscurity revealing its secret to the world for the first time.

Taught in a long line of teachers whose lineage leads directly to Adi Shankara, the jewel teaching takes place over a few days or weeks. Referring to the classical upanishads (sastra) the student is led to the direct understanding of themselves.

As a whole human being, other than food, clothing, water and a place to sleep we lack nothing. Free and complete already, that society keeps trying to free itself, attempting to free what is already free and complete what is already whole and complete is a paradox, the nature and irony of which is never lost on the yogi. Living in a creation we know nothing about, we keep trying to do the impossible. Reaching out for the unreachable, Self-knowledge points out the truth, helping us fathom the unfathomable. 

Knowing that happiness never a destination was always myself, already ever reached and that I am already whole and complete, even if its only for a split second, frees me. Getting darshan – a complete glimpse of our true nature – even for a moment, stops all craving.

The longer we crave completeness in the world where there isn’t any, the longer we suffer. Exhausting all our options, having tried wealth, religions, drugs and done all the spiritual practices like yoga and meditation, Self-Knowledge comes to challenge all of our ideas and removes all doubt. 

That happiness was me all along and never a destination, until it is pointed out by the teacher, is not known to me. Knowing SELF is already the solution, and destination in all destinations, no longer finding problems in the world I can no longer be a problem to myself. Instantly free – the moksha, the completeness and yoga itself, through the grace of Atma Gnanam आत्मा ज्ञानम and the teacher who points it out, I learn that the true freedom and happiness I yearned for in everything was always me.

ISHTA-MALA इष्ट माला  Sequence – A Practice for Life.  

Meeting John Weddepohl, Siddharthan you realise, not just knowledgeable, John is an accomplished yoga practitioner and adept. After 50 years as a practitioner, a survivor of professional business where deadlines leave little time for yoga, studying in India John was inspired to develop a unique hatha yoga practice called ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला. 

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Designed to meet you at the heart of your practice ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला matches individual abilities and 
fits any time frame. Finding a yoga practice that suits your daily schedule is complicated.
As a business professional the last thing you want is complicated practices. Once memorised 
Mala माला fits the brief and keeps bringing you back to the heart of yoga. Helping to manage your individual lifestyle and heal injuries  ISHTA Mala इष्ट माला is a practice for life.

To become adept takes just a practice a day.

सिद्धासन Siddhasana, The Last Asana – The Launch Pad for Yoga.

Sthira Sukham Asanam स्थिरसुखमासनम् (Seated posture should be steady and comfortable)
Patanjali’s advice in this Yoga Sutra may seem a little basic but is not that simple. As a suite of exercise ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला is designed to establish सिद्धासन Siddhasana – accomplished pose. 

There is no asana like the Siddhasana’ the Hatha Yoga Pradipika tells us.

Called Siddhasana, accomplished pose for a reason, once Siddhasana is accomplished, the Kriya Siddha Method of leveraging and milking the body through siddhasana brings you the full harvest of yoga.

ISHTA Kriya Sadhana इष्ट क्रिय – The Complete Breath of a Siddha.
The heart of ISHTAM इष्टम् is the Siddha Kriya Method.
 The Siddha Kriya Method of breathing dynamically transforms your whole existence.

Practicing the proven Siddha Kriya Method can voluntarily influence the sympathetic nervous system and immune system. Both the autonomic nervous system and innate immune system were regarded as systems that cannot be voluntarily influenced. But science has now proved otherwise.

Comprehensive Meditation, Pranayama, Mantra Diksha and Yantra taught in the direct tradition and lineage of Asta Yoga, the Maha (Great) Yoga Rishi Agastya the direct tradition of Patanjali Siddha.

The ability to dynamically influence the body through the breath is a secret that has always been kept by the Siddhars.

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