Yoga for Yom Kippur

Please join us for a special Yoga session on Yom Kippur, 28 September 2020 (5781) at 13:00.

Judaism teaches that the body and soul are separate, yet indivisible, partners in human life. The earthly body is seen to be a God given tool for doing sacred work in the world. In Jewish teachings, the body requires protection, care and respect because it is holy.

The Yoga Session will be introduced by Rabbi Tamara Schagas. Rabbi Tamara will talk about the importance of mind and body during Yom Kippur and provide thoughts for meditation. The Yoga session will be led by Carine Delhaye, an experienced and qualified Ishta School of Yoga, Hatha teacher, who has been practicing Yoga since 2000 and teaching the discipline for many years. The Bet David Choir will sing the Jewish liturgical music pertinent to Yom Kippur to accompany the Yoga.

The session will focus on gentle stretching, breathing and meditation and will be suitable for “young and old” – those who have never done yoga before and beginners, as well as advanced yogi.

A few of the Yoga Asanas (postures) and Pranayama (breathing exercises) for this Yom Kippur session will include:
Sukhasana (sitting cross legged – easy pose). This pose eliminates stress and anxiety, induces calmness of mind, and improves blood circulation in your hips, legs, spine, back and pelvis in preparation for self-reflection and meditation.
Aum Pranayama. Aum is the sound of the universe coalesced into a single word, representing the union of mind, body, and spirit. Aum is spelled Alef Vav Mem in Hebrew, which, in Kabbalistic teachings is one of the 72 names for God. “Alef.Vav.Mem is a powerful amulet that will help you create bridges to higher realms, love for mankind, compassion, cultivate friendships and nourish family bonds, forgive enemies and obtain spiritual contentment”.
Sankalpa is a resolve / intention in a short phrase or sentence, concisely expressed, repeated to bring about a positive change in one’s life to bring out the best in each of us.
Ardha Matsyendrasana This is a seated spinal twist.Twisting Asanas gently squeeze the kidneys, liver and spleen, stimulating digestion and thereby helping in the detoxification of our bodies. By putting slight pressure on the organs, these movements increase the blood flow in the organs upon release.
Bhramari Pranayama is derived from the Sanskrit term for “bee.” In this Pranayama, a beelike buzzing sound is made during the exhale. This can relieve stress, agitation, and anger. It can also help to calm the body and mind. This breathing is symbolic at this time of year, as we think about apple dipped in honey, symbolizes our desire for a sweet new year and our
hope that God will be merciful this Yom Kippur, as the Divine judges us for our year’s deeds and we wish each other L’shanah tovah tikateivu v’teichateimu

One Reply to “Yoga for Yom Kippur”

  1. Romayne Goldsmith

    A wonderful Yom Kipur yoga session !
    It was spiritually and emotionally uplifting and the asanas have stretched and exercised all parts of my body
    Thank you so much Carine

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