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“Yoga-Nish”; A Shabbat and Yoga Experience For Body, Mind and Nishama

Yoga-Nish takes place the second Saturday of each month, beginning September 12, 2020. There is no fee and all are welcome. This program now takes place virtually, via Zoom, due to Covid-19. It begins at 10:15 AM 


Shabbat, an ancient Jewish weekly celebration, is a sacred period of respite, a time to step back from the way things are during the rest of the week, in order to envision the way we would like them to be for ourselves, our relationships, our work and our world.

In this program of rest, learning, and renewal, we will use the practice of Yoga and the essence of Judaism to merge individual consciousness with universal consciousness for a graceful Shabbat experience, signifying unity, peace, and freedom. This enriching and empowering program is delivered through the vehicles of gentle yoga, meditation, story, wisdom, and chant. The weekly Torah portion inspires the theme for each class as an anchor for our focus and attention, and enriching and embodying its wisdom within our daily life.

Aryeh Kaplan in his book Jewish Meditation, describes the four steps demonstrated in the traditional Jewish service: Action, Speech, Thought, and Nothingness. These steps are similar to those outlined in Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga and provide us with points of connection and exploration to inform an embodied experience.

“Yoga-Nish” is an opportunity to access this state that moves us beyond our ordinary perception to a glimpse of the world beyond ordinary perception, which opens a portal for us to observe these steps daily. Both the Torah and Patanjali state, that it is by stepping away from our everyday lives and purifying our senses, that clarity is accessed with deeper connection to the divine.

Lead by Chaya~Sharon Heller, BA, CAP, C-IAYT, and LMT, who is a Holistic Lifestyle Educator and Health Coach, Ayurvedic Practitioner, and Yoga and Massage Therapist, who works with purpose driven groups and individuals to facilitate health and well being. She maintains a private practice in Gainesville, where she specializes in lifestyle balancing techniques that include Ayurveda, Nutrition, Massage, Yoga Therapy, Stress Reduction and awakening the human spirit, Transformative Wellness Programs and Professional trainings. She is the author of Yoga of Action; Adaptive Lifestyle and Holistic Health for People with Disabilities, featured in Kripalu Yoga On and Off The Mat, and Yoga International Magazine, and is a national program presenter garnering prodigious testimonials for her life changing work.

Sat, April 10 2021 28 Nisan 5781