Practices and Teaching

ISHTAM इष्टम्

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Maha Yoga – The Great Yoga

Retro style yoga taught in the oral style of vintage traditions and teachers.


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 over 2500 years ago by India’s great revivalist and philosopher Adi Shankara, the teaching of Atma Gnanam आत्मा ज्ञानम and its methodology, being rescued from obscurity and orthodoxy by the modern revivalist movement of India, has been translated into English revealing its timeless secret to the world for the first time.

Taught in the direct lineage of Adi Shankara, the jewel yoga teaching takes place over a few days or weeks. By referring to classical texts (sastra), the student gets taken to the direct understanding of themselves.

As a human being, other than food, clothing, water and a place to sleep we lack nothing. Already free, whole and complete, that we don’t know it and keep trying to free what is already free, is a paradox, the nature and irony of which is never lost on the yogi. Creation lacks nothing. Already inseparably one with the creation, that society keeps seeking happiness in the world, trying to complete the incomplete-able is a source of endless mirth and amusement for the yogi. Asking the world to do the impossible, we set ourselves up. Expecting it to do the impossible, how successful can we be? As long as our true nature is ignored and we take ourselves for granted, happiness remains a complete mystery to us. Crisis is inevitable. Crushed, defeated, still seeing happiness as a relative destination can only lead to disappointment. Trying to reach what appears unreachable and fathom the unfathomable, our search never ends. 

Knowing that I am already the destination and reason for my own happiness, even only for a split second, frees me. Getting darshan – a glimpse of my true nature – even for a moment, stops all craving.

The longer I keep ignoring myself, the longer I suffer. Exhausted, having tried wealth, religions, done all the spiritual practices like yoga and meditation; all out of options, Self-Knowledge by challenging all my ideas, removes all doubt. The teaching of Self-Knowledge and its methodology points out the truth; that happiness was me all along and that the solution; never a destination, was always myself. Known as the destination in all destinations, knowing the true nature of Self stops me not only from having any problem with the world, I am no longer 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 true freedom and peace that I saw and sought in everything has always been me.  

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

Sthira Sukham Asanam स्थिरसुखमासनम् (Seated posture should be steady and comfortable.).
Patanjali’s advice in this Yoga Sutra seems basic but is not that simple. Finding a yoga practice that suits you and fitting the practice into a daily schedule is complicated. ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला is a suite of yoga asana designed to establish सिद्धासन siddhasana. Siddhasasa is the last asana. ‘There is no asana like the Siddhasana’. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Siddhasasa is the platform on which the Kriya Siddha Method of breathing and meditation practice takes place.

Meeting John Weddepohl, Siddharthan you realise, not just knowledgeable, John is an accomplished yoga practitioner and adept. A survivor of the professional business world where deadlines leave little time for practicing yoga, studying in India inspired John to develop a unique hatha yoga sequence called ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला. 

Designed to meet you at the heart of your practice, ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला fits into any time frame. Matching individual lifestyles and abilities, as a yoga teacher or business professional the last thing you want are complicated practices. Time efficient, once memorised, ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला brings you back to the heart of yoga. Key to yoga is having a practice thats not limited to a time frame. Doing ISHTA Mala इष्ट माला daily avoids and heals injuries making Mala माला a favourite for students and teachers alike.   

ISHTA Kriya Sadhana इष्ट क्रिय – The Complete Breath of a Siddha.
The Siddha Kriya Method of breathing Pranayama, and Meditation is the heart of ISHTAM इष्टम्.
 Learning the Siddha Kriya Method dynamically transforms ones whole existence.
Learning comprehensive Meditation, Pranayama, Mantra Diksha and Yantra, Ishta Kriya Sadhana is taught in the tradition and lineage of Asta Yoga, the Yoga of Rishi Agastya in the direct lineage of Patanjali Siddha.

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.

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