Rahel's Iyengar yoga class

Yoga & Torah in Conversation

Program led by Rahel Wasserfall, PhD and CIYT and Rabba Claudia Marbach

Sunday February 10, 2019
5:30 to 7:30 pm Artemis Yoga | 639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA 02472
Topic: The hidden aspect of spiritual journey (preparation for Purim)

Sunday March 3, 2019
2:00 to 4:30pm at River Valley Yoga, Northampton MA;
Topic: The Body in Both Traditions.

Sunday March 17, 2019 
10 to 12pm at Congregation Ahavas Achim, Newburyport, MA  
Topic: The Hidden Aspect of Spiritual Journey (preparation for Purim)

Sunday March 31, 2019
5:30 to 7:30 pm Artemis Yoga | 639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA 02472
Topic: Freedom: Freeing ourselves of our narrowness (preparation for Passover)

In these evenings we aim to bring two traditions into a conversation.

As both traditions are textual, we engage with text study, in a Hevrutah style with texts from both. Hevrutah is an ancient method of learning where a pair of students take part in a back and forth around specific texts and questions. Following the text study, our evenings, open up to the physical through an asana practice. We use the themes developed in our text study to integrate body, mind and soul through our asana practice. As engaged and devoted Jews and Yogis, we maintain a respectful stance toward both traditions. These evening are open to all and we have had non Jews participate. 

As we juxtapose and engage the two traditions on specific questions, we learn how the conversation between them can enrich our experience of each and both. Our goal is to become more integrated as Yogis and Jews and deepen our commitment to both. This is a unique integrative and interactive program exploring Jewish and Yoga intersections on different themes throughout the year.

Past Programs:

Sunday November 28, 2018 @Artemis Yoga
Topic: Finding the Light of Hanukha. In celebration of Hanukha we explored the theme of light in both the Jewish and Yoga traditions.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 Congregation Beth Elohim, Acton, MA
Topic: Havdalah Yoga: Exploring the boundaries of the holy and secular 
We explored the boundaries of the holy and the secular in texts and in practice. Is the silence within a gateway to the divine in both traditions? 

Sunday April 22, 2018: @Artemis Yoga
Topic: The Body in Yoga and Torah. In this evening we explored Jewish traditional texts and relevant yoga philosophy Sutras of Patanjali on the topic of the body.

Rabba Claudia Marbach Bio

Claudia Marbach received her semicha from Yeshivat Maharat in June 2018, the first Orthodox Higher Education Academy whose mission is to educate orthodox women to become rabbis and leaders in their communities. She has created A One Night Shtender, a pop up  Beit Midrash for women (an evening of learning for women around the Boston area). She founded and co-runs a partnership minyan and participate in interfaith dialogue through the Daughters of Avraham network