Who & What

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

— George Elliot


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 Ayurveda, Joytish, Yoga,  Sannyas and/or other wisdom traditions. Between us, we share over 80 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)
Dr. Sarita Shrestha (M.D): Ayurvedic Physician (OB/Gyn)
Dr. Sumana Thasineku (MBBS & MS): Ayurveda & Nutritionist
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)

*we are a house full of strong, passionate, inspired women supported by- and collaborating with our ever-steady and inspiring colleague/friend/brother, Deependra! 


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.

Ayurveda & the Art of Right Living
Ayurveda, translated from Sanskrit as “Science”- or “Knowledge of Life”, is one of the healing practices indigenous to the Indian sub-continent, and traces its origins back 5000 years. The tradition encompasses curative as well as preventive methods. Some of the many practices include diet, herbal and mineral remedies, fasting, cleansing and massage therapy. Yogic practices, meditation and Vedic astrology complement Ayurveda to create a holistic approach that addresses all facets of daily living and all aspects of what it means to be human. Together, these promote positive health, which according to Ayurvedic thought is Prasanna, the state of joy– established in body, mind and spirit.