Who & What

  This retreat is a labour of love… WHO WE ARE The Isha Family is […]


This retreat is a labour of love…


The Isha Family is made up of individuals who have dedicated their lives to their craft, spiritual practice and path of evolution– whether through Yoga, Joytish,  Sannyas and/or other wisdom traditions. Between us, we share over 50 years of learning, practicing and teaching.

We understand that our learning never ends, and that it is our joy and responsibility to share with others the knowledge that has been given to us by our teachers.  We are seekers, ever evolving. We are humbled to support those who are also seeking to grow, heal and evolve in positive ways.

Isha Retreat Family members:

Yogatara (M.T.P, SEP): Yoga & holistic living
Deependra Joshi (MS): Jyotish (Vedic Astrologer)

Germaine Bartlett-Graff (Masters student): logistics, organization, leadership & inspired soul
Malika Shrestha:  certified guide & young woman entrepreneur (owns and runs an up/re-cycling store in KTM)


What kind of Yoga is practiced/taught?
The approach taught throughout this retreat is inspired by the Bihar Yoga Tradition. This integral system of Yoga aims to develop the whole personality–the body, the mind, emotions, energy, and spirit. It draws from the various traditions of Yoga, namely Hatha, Raja, Kriya, Jnana, Karma and Bhakti. The Bihar Yoga Tradition offers a comprehensive means for people of different beliefs, cultures and backgrounds to find the practical tools that encourage wellness and an inspired life.

Why Astrology?
On its highest and proper level, astrology is part of the science of the spirit or the practice of Yog. -Dr. David Frawley

Vedic Astrology, known in Sanskrit as Jyotish– meaning the “science of light”– is a system of analysis and forecasting based on astronomical data that can help one to understand one’s personality, natural tendencies, behavioral patterns, trends and cycles in one’s life. The roots of Vedic Astrology lie in the Vedas, ancient texts of knowledge, revealed to the illumined ones millennia ago regarding the workings of creation, or Life. Vedic Astrology, Yoga and Ayurveda share the same philosophical roots and can work beautifully together to bring insight, direction and practical tools for a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Vedic Astrology differs from Western Astrology in several ways. One main difference is that Vedic Astrology calculates the position of the sun, moon and other planets against the position of the stars (sidereal) whereas Western Astrology calculates these against the position of the Earth (tropical). As a result of this, quite often our signs are different in Vedic and Western approaches.  However, with the adaptation of astrological traditions throughout time Vedic and Western interpretations tend to converge.