Join us in the month of Kislev as world-renowned yoga and meditation teachers (from across five continents!) share practices and experiences you won’t soon forget. This program has something for everyone—from the brand new beginner to the experienced yoga practitioner. We will experience yoga, meditation, and music dedicated to expanding the light from within and without.
We will begin with a Holy Gathering for introductions of our leaders, and end with the first night kindling the lights of Chanukah. In between, our leaders will share a wealth of offerings as they have made their mark as authors, leaders, rabbis, yogis, and spiritual guides around the world. Come learn and practice with these visionary purveyors of light!
Unlimited Pass: $118
Week-Long Pass: $72
Individual Session: $10 / Four Sessions: $36
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Approaching Meditative Judaism
Roland will be presenting a wide-ranging talk, covering his own journey via different spiritual traditions back to Judaism, a brief outline of the history and diversity of Jewish meditation, and the rise of Jewish meditation in the UK.
Freedoms Light Yoga Shalom Prayer Practice
Rabbinic Pastor/Cantor Lisa Levine
Join Reb Lisa as she continues a guiding journey through embodiment of prayer with a strong Vinyasa flow dedicated to bringing freedom, balance and strength into heart, mind and spirit. We end with Kaddish, Savassanah and Healing Circle. Level: Intermediate.
Torah Yoga [3 part series]
The 19th century Chassidic Rebbe Sfat Emet taught that the words of Torah are engraved in the body of a person, but they are hidden and need to be discovered. Through the study of Torah texts and the practice of yoga postures we can discover and experience the Torah that is hidden in our mind, body, heart and soul. I will offer three hour and a half classes in this series. The first two classes will be Torah Yoga classes in which we spend fifteen minutes in text study of chassidic teachings, and the rest of the time in Torah inspired yoga practice. In the third class we will devote the time to in depth text study of Sfat Emet’s teachings. No experience in Torah study or Yoga practice necessary to join this course.
Angels, Sleep and Dreams [3 part series]
Rabbi Dr. Orna Triguboff
This 3-part series with Rabbi Dr. Orna Triguboff will take you on an angelic journey of inspiration, rejuvenation and peace. With our hearts, minds and whole body we explore ancient teachings about the 4 angels Michael, Gavriel, Uriel and Raphael – the angels of Love, Strength, Light and Healing. Through yoga postures, meditation and text study we nurture all levels of our being with these teachings of timeless wisdom.
Rabbi Dr. Orna Triguboff is a Kabbalah scholar and hatha yoga and meditation teacher who is passionate about bringing mysticism into everyday practice. You will gain tools of wellbeing for life in this series.
Embodying Bitachon / בטחון (Trust)
Cultivate a moment- to-moment sensing awareness of the bodily systems and structures that support and sustain us all of the time in this gentle & active Iyengar-based yoga practice infused with teachings about Bitachon/בטחון (Trust) for the month of Kislev.
When we are living in good health, the skeletal, respiratory, ciruclatory and digestive systems offer us ongoing support in our waking moments and in our sleep – keeping us alive, breathing, healthy – perhaps without us even noticing. By slowing down and taking the time to consciously experience trust in the body, we are able to more easily cultivate trust in our lives.
Rabbi Schachar Orenstein
Laughter Yoga was developed by Dr. Madan and Madhuri Kataria in Mumbai in 1995. Since then laughter clubs have popped up in over 100 countries. Called Laughter Yoga because it combines both laughter and breathing exercises, Laughter Yoga is thought to produce many beneficial health effects.
Laughter Yoga catapulted Rabbi Schachar from chronic “seriousitis” to the sacred path of delicious laughter. In so doing, it has impacted and transformed his community, his family, and him. Now his kids ask, “what happened to dad? We’ve never seen him like this before.”
Please join Rabbi Schachar to experience laughter yoga with a Jewish spin.
Surrender Into Trust Kislev Practice [2 part series]
Kislev is a month of dreams, deep rest, and the surrender to miracles. Trust/Bitachon was the vessel in which we received the light of Chanukah. Through deep trust, we allow miracles to enter into our lives. This begins by acknowledging there are infinite possibilities that are beyond our realm, and outside of our control. Limitless potentiality which requires that we relinquish the fallacy that what happens next is entirely up to us. Let in, let be, let go… It becomes joyous to surrender, and accept the fact that G-d is taking care of us. Flow through deep trust with Jenna Zadaka of breathandsoul.net.
The Yoga of Chanukah
Marcus J. Freed
How can we experience the essence of Chanukah through yoga and meditation? Marcus will take you through a yoga sequence that connects with the essence of the Chanukah festival, combining traditional and mystical teachings in a way that will harness your inner ‘fire’ and reveal deeper connections between your body and soul. King David wrote that “the soul of man is the flame of God” (Psalm 20:27) and the ancient yogis spoke of subtle fires that alight within us during our yoga practice. This class will focus on building your inner fire and strengthening your physical-spiritual connection.
Yoga in Celebration of Creation
Both the Torah and yoga pay tribute to the creation of our world and of us. The Torah teaches us that our world was created in 6 days and we celebrate joyfully with a deep rest on the 7th day. Yoga is a physical celebration of creation as we with our bodies take the shape of trees and lotus flowers, of warriors and pay tribute to the sun and the moon. In this yoga session, we will celebrate each day of creation with the pose that mirrors the manifestation of each day of creation. For Shabbat, we will rest in a series of poses providing time for deep breathing and relaxed breathing. For maximum benefit, in addition to a mat, this practice will include use of props: blocks, belts, bolster, a chair, a wall, 2 blankets. If you don’t have these props, the practice can be done without them.
Finding the Chutzpah to Live in this Meshugganah World: Courage through Inversions
We are living in a time of uncertainty. A time when we may feel off balance, ungrounded and turned around. This workshop will help negotiate the discomfort and honor these feelings. We will examine ways find “normal” even when we are challenged by change and disorientation. On our yoga mats we will create of a safe space in which we can confront what may make us feel more scared and uncertain. For many of us, inversions and arm balances are the epitome of uncertainty. Through an aligned and centered practice we will gain confidence to move into those poses that make us feel topsy-turvy; perhaps finding that despite the uncertainty we can hold true to ourselves and move more assuredly through the world. Having a sense of faith and spirituality, trusting in Gd/the universe, also provides solace and bolsters us to find balance and ease during these times of turmoil. My hope is that this workshop will help you realize that you can land gracefully, feel grounded and centered during disorienting times. This is a 2.5 hour workshop during which we will mostly be moving on our mats. Some yoga knowledge will enhance the experience. I recommend props such as blocks and a strap to enhance your practice. Most importantly, you will need some space at a wall to support your practice as we turn ourselves inside-outside-upside down.
Kids & Teens Yoga
This childrens’/teens’ yoga class is a wonderful way to get in the Chanukah spirit. We’ll celebrate the Festival of Lights with this dynamic and interactive yoga class where students will learn powerful yoga poses that reflect the heroics of the Maccabees from the story of Chanukah. Included with stretching and poses will be breathing and mindfulness exercises. Come join us as we travel the path of yoga, celebrating the light of Chanukah while we find the light within ourselves.
Justice Embodiment Flow
Rabbinic Pastor/Cantor Lisa Levine
Chanukah is dedicated to seeking Justice and finding our truth as we repair the world. Join Reb Lisa as she takes us through this empowering flow seeking justice for self care and for the world.
I Am an Empty Shell, Therefore I Am Full; A Guided Meditation on Emptiness and Dark Luminescence Based on the Opening Lines of Genesis
Two main aspects to life as we know it and do not know it, both internally and externally, are the dimension of the non-phenomenal/absolute/potentiality, which is the Source and Substance of All, and the dimension of the phenomenal/relative/manifestation which rises and falls within the paradoxical Nothingness/Everythingness, like the waves of an ocean. This session will be comprised of an experiential guided meditation leading us back to the dark stillness described at the beginning of Genesis, and the first stirrings of creation
through the appearance of the dark luminescence of manifestation. Discussion will follow.
Boker Tov Yoga
Soulstir: Dancing the Sefirot for women
Soulstir is a form of movement that awakens the soul. Based on the sefirot, this dance form allows women to release tension and trauma, let out their inner joy, and create a community of support. For centuries women have danced as a way to give thanks. As Miriam expressed her gratitude of freedom, she shared her prayers with other women in an open circle. We are keeping this sacred dance form alive. Come experience both the exhilaration and gentle healing and open your circle!
Rabbi Schachar Orenstein
Yin Yoga is a popular slow-paced practice, in which postures are held for longer periods of time than in other styles. Yin focuses on the deep connective tissue, fascia, joints and bones, rather than on muscles as in “yang” yoga.
The slow meditative pace of yin yoga can help produce deep states of relaxation. Yin Yoga creates a beautiful opening, an opportunity for infusion with prayerful texts and poetic music.
Join me for a 75 minute mixed level class embodying the principals of Torah through the science of Yoga. We will explore how the parshah can be embodied to make a deeper connection to ourselves, our community and to Gd. Props are helpful including blocks and a strap. No prior experience is needed but some of the poses may challenge you!
No prior experience is needed but some of the poses may challenge you!
Boker Tov Yoga Spanish
Finding Wholeness Unifying Self Meditation
Rabbi Daniel Gigi
Join Rabbi Daniel Gigi as he leads a practical session where he will introduce Lurianic Kabbalah’s psychology of redemption and guide us in its method for gaining clarity and finding wholeness; the session will include a breathing exercise from Hasidism.
Safe Space Trauma Sensitive Yoga Shalom Yin Restorative Practice
Rabbinic Pastor/Cantor Lisa Levine
Our mat is our mishkan, our holy safe space as we move gently into heart opening and restorative Asana cleansing our bodies of unneeded toxins and negative body memory supported by blankets, bolsters, blocks and pillows. We end with Kaddish with Kaddish, Savassanah and Healing Circle. Level: For Everyone.
Hineni : A Dance Yoga & Yin Restorative Call To Expansion
The Rod, The Staff, and the Star; Guided Meditation
Life is created and sustained by two spiritual powers that are expressions of Divine Love: Grace, descending to us from Father Sky, and Primordial Life Force, ascending through us from Mother Earth, as symbolized by Moses’ serpent staff. Their interchange is propelled by the exhalation and inhalation through a rod-like channel corresponding with the spine, attaining a dynamic equilibrium at the Heart, as symbolized by the Six-pointed Star, a significant symbol within the spiritual traditions of Torah and Veda. This session will be comprised of an experiential guided meditation on the Star of the Heart. Discussion will follow.
A Chanukah Yoga for Little Kids
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with this dynamic and interactive kids yoga class where students will learn yoga poses that correspond to our Chanukah theme. We will stretch, and become latkes, dreidels, menorahs, and more. Included will be breathing and mindfulness exercises. Come join the fun in a peaceful and playful engaging class that your children aren’t going to want to miss.