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Wendy Newton, E-RYT 500, RPP, is a senior ISHTA Yoga teacher, educator, writer, and Polarity therapist. Wendy is a lead trainer and content contributor to the renowned teacher training programs of ISHTA Yoga, the Yoga and Polarity Center, and the Long Island Institute of Yoga Therapy. Known as a teacher’s teacher, Wendy shares the wisdom of yoga generously and with clarity. Her work is based on personal yogic insight developed over many years of practice and a natural inclination toward awe in the face of life’s pain and beauty. Yoga is the science of transformation, and Wendy’s work with groups and individuals helps people to transform physical, mental, and emotional suffering by applying the tools of yoga, identifying life purpose, and finding new ways to relate to challenges with grace and grit. She has studied closely with Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger since 2002, and was initiated by Alan into the ISHTA Yoga lineage as Yogiraj, or yoga master, in 2012. She is co-author, with Alan, of The Tantra of the Yoga Sutras, a new interpretation of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali due out in 2017. Her ongoing study with Heather Principe, yogi, shaman, and teacher extraordinaire over nearly two decades has modeled for her the power of teaching as a sharing of one’s truth. Wendy’s early training in art history and film, and her first career as a senior program officer for a small international foundation for cultural and environmental international exchange gave her a broad base of knowledge, an appreciation of art and artistry, and a deep understanding of the transformational impact of cross-cultural communication. Her personal journey with illness and her second career as a yoga teacher, educator, and healer, launched in 2008, have led her down a path of personal exploration, professional fulfillment, and contentment. Wendy has clinical training as an interfaith hospital chaplain at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and is passionate about bringing the healing power of yoga to those experiencing life-altering illness, both in and out of the hospital. Wendy’s teaching and healing work combines subtle body awareness, reflective yogic listening, kriya meditation techniques, and a practical understanding of the philosophy of the Yoga Sutras to help inspire students and clients to gain perspective in their lives, no matter what their “condition.”

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Wendy lives in Freeport, NY, with her trusted allies, husband and ISHTA yogi Peter Ferko, Mica the dog, and the cat formerly known as Prince.