Yoga Ishta Style - Barcelona, Spain

What is Yoga Ishta Style

What we offer

Yoga Ishta Style provides tailored private yoga services, Yoga Ishta Style classes, Pregnancy Yoga and Mums & Babies Yoga and Yoga retreats in Europe and Asia. Based in Barcelona classes can be delivered to your private residence, workplace or hotel. Ongoing & regular, pregnancy yoga and mums & babies yoga courses are held at Hotel Arts at the Six Senses Gym Barcelona. During the summer months join us in Park Cuitadella for outdoor yoga classes.

Yoga classes with Raphaella Rose

What is Yoga Ishta Style

ISHTA Yoga is an acronym for the Integrated Sciences of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda. 
The word Ishta in Sanskrit also means "personalized", or "individualized" so ISHTA yoga focusses on the individual, rather than believing every body is exactly the same; offering students the possibility to truly become comfortable within themselves and to modify the practice to suit their needs with the help of the teacher.

In a typical Yoga Ishta Style Class you will practice Hatha Yoga postures and then be introduced to Tantric and Ayurvedic philosophy. We approach Tantra with specific meditation techniques and tools to calm the mind, and Ayurveda with posture modification which aims to rebalance you mentally and physically.

ISHTA yoga was created by Yogiraj Alan Finger and his father, Kavi Yogi Mani Finger, in the late 1960s in South Africa. The ISHTA Yoga Headquarters is in New York and the Ishta Style of yoga has many teachers trained all over the world from Australia to Japan to Germany.

What is Yoga Ishta Style

Who is Raphaella Rose

Raphaella Rose

Raphaella Rose of Yoga Ishta Style is passionate about her work and aims to create a space (in her classes) where students can use their individual intelligence stored in muscles, emotions and memories to guide them in finding beauty and their own power. She teaches in a friendly and accessible way for students of all ages and levels.

Raphaella has practiced yoga for 16 years and taught regular classes since 2005 when she completed a 200hr ISHTA yoga teacher training with Rachel Zinman in Byron Bay, AUSTRALIA.The training focussed on asana, meditation, anatomy and yogic and tantric philosophy. Following this she studied a 500hr advanced yoga teacher apprenticeship. This covered yoga therapy, Sanskrit, and ayurveda. Raphaella since has attended further trainings and workshops and attended classes in the ISHTA System of teaching with Alan Finger - founder of ISHTA Yoga, Jean Koener, Douglass Stewart – Senior ISHTA yoga teachers and studied with John Friend, Douglas Brooks and Susana Garcia Blanco - Anusara Yoga and Shiva Rea.

Raphaella has a Bachelor of Communications in Media Production and spent several years working in radio, TV and On-Air marketing. Australian born, once a competitive rhythmic gymnast, she spent time in America teaching yoga to teenagers before moving to London in 2006, where for 2 years she taught ISHTA yoga, Pregnancy and Mums & Baby classes in Central London at various studios including Earthlife Kew, Go-Yoga and the Life Centre in Notting Hill. Currently Barcelona based Raphaella teaches classes in both Spanish and English and organises yoga retreats in Europe and beyond.

Teaching Highlights

  • Guest yoga teacher at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Resort in Thailand
  • Resident yoga teacher at luxury 5 Star Hotel in Barcelona- Hotel Arts- Part of Ritz Carlton Group/ Six Senses Spa
  • Assisted a 200hr 5-week ISHTA Yoga Teacher Training, Byron Bay Australia
  • Guest workshops at Go-Yoga in London
  • Summer Intermediate Yoga and Pregnancy classes at the Life Centre, Notting Hill London.

Teaching experience April 2009 - Current
ISHTA Style Yoga, Barcelona
Yoga Teacher

Weekly classes in gyms and studios in Barcelona including Hotel Arts (Luxury 5 star hotel), Metropolitan (Sagrada Familia), Arsenal centre, Outdoor summer classes in Parc de la Cuitadella.

February 2009 - March 2009
The Ishta System, Teacher Training, Byron Bay, AUSTRALIA
Assistant

Assist a five week yoga teacher training, 12 hours a day, 5 days a week. Facilitate group, collect homework, add to the teachings where required.

February 2007 - October 2008
Various Yoga Studios and Fitness Centres, London, UK
Yoga Teacher

Provide support to various fitness centres in Central London. Instruct 1- ½ hour pre-natal and general yoga classes to members. Group size varies from small (3-6) to large (20+). Combine postures, breathing and relaxation in a supportive environment. Centres include Revival Chiswick, Lambtons (Westbourne Grove), The Life Centre (Notting Hill), Fitness First (Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush), Gym Box (Holborn), Portobello Green Fitness Club (Ladbroke Grove), Virgin Active (Ealing), Earthlife (Kew).

Dec 2006 - October 2008
Go-Yoga, West London, UK
Meditation and Pre-Natal Yoga Instructor

Teach weekly meditation and pre-natal classes. Develop understanding of students needs who committed to 6-week blocks of classes.

June 2006 – September 2006
Camp Tawonga, USA
Assistant to Program Manager

Primarily an assistant to program manager for an American Summer Camp in Yosemite National Park, this role also involved teaching yoga programs to the campers aged 8-17 years old.

Jan 2005 - May 2006
Byron Bay, Australia
Yoga Teacher

Teach weekly Ishta (similar to Hatha) yoga classes to beginners and intermediate students in various studios and centres including The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa.

Trainings and workshops May 2009
Living in the Heart Workshop with Rachel Zinman, Zurich.
Three day intensive, combining lectures on the science of the heart, the heart from a yogic perspective, and bhakti yoga with asana practices and a kirtan evening with Rachel and her husband Nyck Jeanes.

May 2008
The Symbolic nature of AUM workshop w/ Rachel Zinman, Munich.
Three day practical and theoretical intensive, learnt about the nature of AUM as a symbol and a sound from a yogic philosopical perspective. Practiced ancient meditations incorporating AUM.

July 2008
Teacher Immersion with John Friend (Part Scholarship), London.
A 5 day intensive workshop for teachers and advanced Anusara practioners.

December 2005
Advanced ISHTA yoga teacher training, with Rachel Zinman, Byron Bay.
Commenced an advanced 500- hour yoga teacher apprenticeship. This covered yoga therapy, Sanskrit, and Ayurveda.

March & September 2005
200 hour ISHTA yoga teacher training, with Rachel Zinman, Byron Bay.
with Rachel Zinman in Byron Bay, AUSTRALIA, The trainings focused on asana, tantra, meditation, anatomy and yogic philosophy.

Learning

Yoga is an endless study of the human body and mind and the capability we hold within to expand, to become the best we truly can. By learning yoga we aim to uncover the secrets about ourselves, to be aware of how we interact with the world around us. Raphaella makes an effort to keep studying to offer back to her students an educated and connected practice.
Below are trainings, workshop and further education she has participated in:

July 2015- 1 day immersion
Yoga Therapy shoulder joint workshop with Tiffany Cruikshank

July 2014- 1 day
Yoga anatomy of the Foot with Leslie Kaminoff in Barcelona

July 2011 - 3 days
Yoga Therapy training with John Friend in Geneva

November 2010 - 2 days
Arm Balancing and Nataraja Workshop with Sianna Sherman, Barcelona.

June 2010
The Yoga of Lakshmi

 weekend workshop with Rachel Zinman, Berlin
Bringing beauty, devotion, health and abundance into everyday life through the practices of asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, mudra, yantra and ritual.

April 2010
Yoga Philosophy Workshop with Douglas Brooks and Susana Garcia Blanco,
Barcelona

May 2009
Living in the Heart Workshop with Rachel Zinman, Zurich.

Three day intensive, combining lectures on the science of the heart, the heart from a yogic perspective, and bhakti yoga with asana practices and a kirtan evening with Rachel and her husband Nyck Jeanes.

February - March 2009
Assisted a 200 hour ISHTA yoga teacher training, with Rachel Zinman, Byron Bay.

May 2008
The Symbolic nature of AUM workshop w/ Rachel Zinman, Munich.

Three day practical and theoretical intensive, learnt about the nature of AUM as a symbol and a sound from a yogic philosopical perspective. Practiced ancient meditations incorporating AUM.

July 2008
Teacher Immersion with John Friend (Part Scholarship), London.

A 5 day intensive workshop for teachers and advanced Anusara practioners.

December 2005
Advanced ISHTA yoga teacher training, with Rachel Zinman, Byron Bay.

Commenced an advanced 500- hour yoga teacher apprenticeship. This covered yoga therapy, Sanskrit, and Ayurveda.

March & September 2005
200 hour ISHTA yoga teacher training, with Rachel Zinman, Byron Bay.