web analytics
April 20, 2014 / 20 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
Spa 1.2 Combining Modern Living in Traditional Jerusalem

A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.



New Yoga Course Has Jewish Women Striking Kosher Pose

Kinneret Yoga

Share Button

Women who seek the opportunity to do Asanas in an environment which is more Hoshannah than Ganesha – and teach other women to do the same – can now sign up for a special course designed especially for Jewish Yoga aficionadas who want to teach the healing art to others.

The Kinneret Yoga school, founded by yoga instructor and Master’s degree holder in Dance Movement Therapy Kinneret Dubowitz-Feuer, is specifically designed to enable Jewish women to incorporate the healing, strengthening, and meditative aspects of Yoga into their lives without the traditional influences of Hinduism or Buddhism which many – religious and non-religious – find inappropriate for them.

Kinneret Yoga’s Yoga Alliance certified teachers’ training programs in Israel, New York, Toronto, and Montreal, are powered by Kinneret and her partner Sarede Switzer – her very first trainee – to impart the knowledge which will certify “kosher” yoga teachers throughout the world, so that yoga will become accessible to all Jewish women.

“Jewish women do not have to join an Eastern-based spiritual yoga world, but rather they can connect to its health benefits and nurture their spirituality from a Torah perspective,” Kinneret told The Jewish Press.  “We have women on the program who are orthodox but also not orthodox… women from across the spectrum.”

In an interview with South African Jewish Association of Canada (SAJAC) Tracy Seider, Kinneret explained that her special brand of yoga “has an aspect of mind-body unity, which we are supposed to bring into everything we do as a Jew”, yet is in no way intended to be a substitute for the Jewish lifestyle set out in the Torah.  “You cannot replace mitzvot with just a feeling of spirituality,” Kinneret said.  “Practicing a yoga pose, feeling a connection to your soul and therefore to your Creator, and getting enlightened by that – something one can certainly experience through yoga – is not a replacement for mitzvot.”

Kinneret and Sarede’s special take on yoga has even attracted women of other faiths who look to infuse the unique art with their own brand of spirituality.  “I even had a religious muslim woman contact me in Toronto to see if she could join the program because in her community there is no such program for women,” Kinneret said.  “We have a coffee date next week to talk about what it means to be religious women who love yoga but want to stay within our own religious observance.”

A series of courses on becoming a “kosher” yoga instructor are beginning in several locations.  In July, spots are still open for the Jerusalem course, with another course being offered in Toronto in August, and one in New York in December.

Those interested in taking part in the courses can visit the website www.kinneretyoga.com for more information, or visit the KinneretYoga group on Facebook.

Women in the New York area who are interested in learning about “kosher” yoga, can visit Sarede’s fitness center, Crown Heights Yoga & Fitness, with 12 weekly courses in yoga, pilates, Zumba, and toning.

Share Button

About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

Leave a comment (Select your commenting platform)

9 Responses to “New Yoga Course Has Jewish Women Striking Kosher Pose”

  1. Great program! I did it in Israel last summer and am already teaching! Giving others the gift of yoga is so fulfilling.

  2. Amy Joy Suben says:

    Finally!!

  3. Amy Joy Suben says:

    My comment is too bad this was not around when I explored my Jewish roots in the early 80s…………

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...
Current Top Story
Ukraine Shul Firebombed
Ukrainian Synagogue Firebombed (Video)
Latest Sections Stories
Schonfeld-logo1

Regardless of age, parents play an important role in their children’s lives.

Marriage-Relationship-logo

We peel away one layer after the next, our eyes tear up and it becomes harder and harder to see as we get closer to our innermost insecurities and fears.

Gorsky-041814-Torah

Some Mountain Jews believe they are descendents of the Ten Lost Tribes and were exiled to Azerbaijan and Dagestan by Sancheriv.

Baim-041814-Piggy

Yom Tov is about spending time with your family. And while for some families the big once-in-a-lifetime experience is great, for others something low key is the way to go.

A fascinating glimpse into the rich complexity of medieval Jewish life and its contemporary relevance had intriguingly emerged.

Dear Dr. Yael:

My heart is breaking; my husband’s friend has gotten divorced. While this type of situation is always sad, here I do believe it could have been avoided.

The plan’s goal is to provide supportive housing to 200 individuals with disabilities by the year 2020.

Despite being one of the fastest-growing Jewish communities in the U.S. – the estimated Jewish population is 70-80,000 – Las Vegas has long been overlooked by much of the Torah world.

She was followed by the shadows of the Six Million, by the ever so subtle awareness of their vanished presence.

Pesach is so liberating (if you excuse the expression). It’s the only time I can eat anywhere in the house, guilt free! Matzah in bed!

Now all the pain, fear and struggle were over and they were home. Yuli was safe and free, a hero returned to his land and people.

While it would seem from his question that he is being chuzpadik and dismissive, I wonder if its possible, if just maybe, he is a struggling, confused neshama who actually wants to come back to the fold.

I agree with the letter writer that a shadchan should respectfully and graciously accept a negative response to a shidduch offer.

Alternative assessments are an extremely important part of understanding what students know beyond the scope of tests and quizzes.

More Articles from Malkah Fleisher
Godzilla (R.)

A green bell pepper affectionately dubbed “Godzilla” by the children of Moshav Ein Yahav in the northern Arava desert has won a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Though the permissibility of watching hired sports players go to battle in a large stadium is a source of controversy amongst Torah observant Jews, the food being served at the upcoming Super Bowl games in New Orleans is not.

Rabbi Yitzchok Moully, youth director at the Chabad Jewish Center in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, will be introducing a new art installation in honor of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year of Trees, inspired by the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.

More than 2,000 people have made contributions in memory of the young victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut to plant a grove of trees in Israel.

Shoshana Hebshi, a half-Jewish, half-Arab woman from Ohio is suing Frontier Airlines, the FBI, TSA and other governmental agencies after she says she was forced off a flight, strip-searched, and imprisoned on the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.

Women may enter military combat in the United States, following the lift of a military ban on women in combat by defense secretary Leon Panetta.

The Jewish National Fund will reconsider a plan to forest parts of the Arava desert, following the request of environmental organizations to consider the impact of trying to alter the native ecosystem.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Israel and western countries not to attempt to stop Iran’s nuclear program through military means.

    Latest Poll

    Now that Kerry's "Peace Talks" are apparently over, are you...?







    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/new-yoga-course-has-jewish-women-striking-kosher-pose/2012/05/16/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: