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  • Compassion Isn’t Sexy (Omer Day 16)

    By Marcus J Freed

    3 weeks ago

    Day 16 of Sefirat HaOmer & this week's practice is Tiferet/Compassion - the Tikkunei Zohar teaches this is our body/torso. Compassion isn’t sexy…but it changes people’s lives. I like the Starfish story: two friends are walking by the sea, carefully stepping over hundreds of beached...

  • Fast Healing (Vayikra)

    By Marcus J Freed

    March 17, 2016 | 12:44 pm

    The hardest task a teacher once set me was to rid my apartment of every emotionally-charged object I had received from an ex-girlfriend, or anything from a friendship that now had negative associations. This was an ‘energy audit’ of sorts, going through my possessions to sense...

  • Y7 yoga is less meditation, more rhythm nation

    By Tess Cutler

    March 7, 2016 | 1:48 pm

    Tucked between the organic pressed juiceries and high-end fashionista boutiques of West Hollywood, Y7 Studio puts swagger into stretching, offering hip-hop-themed yoga classes where instructors double as disc jockeys. 

    During one recent class on a Wednesday evening, the...

  • Heal Pain Now: Yoga & the Torah

    By Marcus J Freed

    January 18, 2016 | 7:05 pm

    Heal Pain Now: Yoga of Parsha Bo


    Marcus is an actor & writer, living in LA. He is author of “The Kabbalah Sutras: 49 Steps to Enlightenment” - www.amazon.com/The-Kabbalah-Sutras-Enlightenment-Meditation/dp/0996350608.  More at www.marcusjfreed.com.

  • Get Calm Now: Stretch Through Vayera

    By Marcus J Freed

    January 18, 2016 | 7:00 pm

    Stretch your way through Parsha Vayeira...and Get Calm Now.

    Marcus is an actor & writer, living in LA. He is author of “The Kabbalah Sutras: 49 Steps to Enlightenment” - www.amazon.com/The-Kabbalah-Sutras-Enlightenment-Meditation/dp/0996350608.  More at www.marcusjfreed.com.
  • Banish Stress & Get Happy: The Yoga of Exodus.

    By Marcus J Freed

    January 6, 2016 | 5:04 pm

    Banish Stress & Get Happy: The Yoga of Exodus.
    Kosher Sutra #13. Torah, Yoga, Meditation & Love


    Is your 2016 going to be a year of pushing or allowing? There is a time for both. Our education systems focus on continually pushing, producing & doing, but taken to its...

  • Chanukah gets hip

    December 4, 2015 | 10:31 am

    On the night of Dec. 6, the group known as NuRoots is kicking off the Chanukah party to end all Chanukah parties: 35-plus events taking place over eight days all over the Los Angeles region, from Venice to downtown to Woodland Hills. 

    And while there will be latkes and candle...

  • The Search for Inner Space

    By Mindy Leaf

    May 29, 2015 | 5:24 am

    It's come down to my morning shower. That's the only time it seems, of late, when I can be quietly alone, free to think undisturbed. At all other times, I'd say we are living in a 1984 world, surrounded by TV screens blasting 24-hour news that's hardly news at all, but still...

  • Is a new Jewish Portland rising in the east?

    March 5, 2015 | 8:59 am

    Until recently, Jo Borkan was thinking about leaving Portland.

    She had lived in the city almost her whole life and owns a house on the city’s east side. But Borkan craved a connection to Judaism, and she couldn’t seem to find one that fit with her spiritual explorations into yoga...

  • Doing downward dog in Ramallah

    February 24, 2015 | 1:21 pm

    Inhale your arms up into warrior one. Exhale and extend your arms into warrior two.

    I followed the instructor’s soft but firm voice as she led me and five other women through the yoga poses, and the deep breathing helped to calm my nerves. The large tiled room was gently lit...

  • Knocking

    By Michelle Azar

    June 27, 2013 | 1:22 pm

    We were about half way through class Tuesday night, when I heard a light knock at the door of our studio. To be clear, our studio also serves as a meeting room, sometimes a storage room, and weekly as a house of worship to the Orthodox congregation who rents space at Temple...

  • Daddies

    By Michelle Azar

    June 17, 2013 | 10:52 am

    I sent my big girl to the mall with her daddy today. I wanted to buy him new pants but there were two problems with my idea. He rarely likes what I buy him, and I hate shopping so all I wind up doing is having to return things, and who’s got the time for that?? I figured if he went...

  • Gardening

    By Michelle Azar

    June 10, 2013 | 10:16 am

    I was out gardening yesterday  Did I really just start a sentence like that? I promise, I have never actually gardened in my life, except at kibbutz camp maybe when I was 12. Something about weeds and watering And sunlight.

    So yesterday, I was outside looking at the dry mud and...

  • Bathing in Sound

    By Michelle Azar

    April 17, 2013 | 11:26 am

    I lay on my mat at OMKAR 108 YOGA in Culver City this past Sunday being sung to by the buttery voice of Prandithi. I hear the Sanskrit words I have grown to love. The sounds of the consonants I have learned, the rich tones from the Tibetan bowls resonating in my chest, and the...

  • Happenings

    By Michelle Azar

    April 10, 2013 | 10:32 am

    I miss matzah. I actually miss it.  One would thing a week that dry piece of cardboard might be enough, so it makes me wonder… what am I really missing? The “food” itself or the surroundings?

    This Passover was spent with family, ALL family really, from the newly born to the super...

  • Mindful Morning

    By Michelle Azar

    March 15, 2013 | 11:02 am

    A friend gave me a little list of affirmations. I printed it out. Read the first one, and stopped. It was a simple notion about unconditional love. A phrase that always trips me up. For reasons I have spent great amounts of time and money figuring out. I thought how interesting...

  • Password

    By Michelle Azar

    March 8, 2013 | 1:04 pm

    “Mommy?” called my sweet seven-year old from her tuft of tulle. “Do you think I should have a password now to come into my bed?” She was nestled within the new pink canopy around her bed. It has been difficult for her to fall asleep, so we put up a little protection against the...

  • Yoga Schedule

    By Michelle Azar

    March 4, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    Summer sun feels like its coming. Hopefully that heat can warm us up, opening our minds and bodies for a new asana or two (and if you don't know what asana means, get yourself to class!)

    Lots of new times to practice! And please let me know if you would like the restorative class...

  • All Good Things

    By Michelle Azar

    February 15, 2013 | 5:39 pm

    I walked confidently into Starbucks this afternoon, excited at the prospect of a skinny vanilla latte, the treat of choice from the cast of BOEING BOEING. I was even going to splurge and get a grande I had decided. And their veggie juice, to mitigate the evil I’d ordered. I pulled...

  • Joy Time

    By Michelle Azar

    October 9, 2012 | 1:12 pm

    The thing is, I don’t want to leave my sukkah. I know, it’s time to move inside, to stop shaking greenery all around, and just let lemons turn back into, well, lemons. But  we only got the darn hut up in full regalia a couple of days ago, AND it's southern California, of course I...

  • The P90X of Yoga Has Arrived

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    August 16, 2012 | 9:33 pm

    Check out my review in The Huffington Post on The Ultimate Yogi here.

  • Finding balance at the intersection of yoga and Judaism

    April 4, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    Yoga means “union” or “union with the divine.” It doesn’t mean “contortionism,” “hippie commune” or “Lululemon.”

    “Judaism” means “monotheistic religion [of the Jews]” or “belief characterized by one transcendent God.” It doesn’t mean “bagels and...

  • Exercise your options

    November 29, 2011 | 6:15 pm

    As the holidays roll around, so, too, do days spent cooped up indoors with kids and relatives, braving rainy weather (or even snow, for those who head East) and moving very little, except perhaps to the dining room table and back.

    It might seem like a time to abandon all hope of...

  • Day Five of the Cleanse: Fail. The End

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 11, 2011 | 7:31 pm

    I’m about to leave for my yogi pow-wow about this past week’s cleanse.  I’m dreading having to admit that I’m a cleanse-failure.  The thing is, I know I didn’t do it properly so I shouldn’t really comment on it but I really did try.  If you’ve ever had ultimate meal, you...

  • Day Three of the Cleanse: cheat, quit, or metabolic shock

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 9, 2011 | 7:51 pm

    This is the stupidest thing I have ever done in my entire life. 

    At about 6pm tonight, the third day of my stupid ayurvedic cleanse for my yoga teacher training, I started to feel really ill.  I hadn’t been feeling well all day, and it had progressively gotten worse and worse,...

  • Day Two of the Cleanse: weak, tired, and about to pass out

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 9, 2011 | 1:05 am

    I hate this stupid cleanse.  I feel like I’m about to faint.  Part of the problem is that one of the integral aspects of doing this cleanse is eating this Ultimate Meal smoothie.  It is just so repulsive I cannot force myself to get that thing down.  I ate about half of it for...

  • Day 1 of the Five Day Cleanse: irritable, aggravated, short-tempered

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 7, 2011 | 6:31 pm

    Man this cleanse sucks.  I’m reconsidering my pledge to write about it daily because right now I don’t have much to say about it except how awful everything tastes.  I’ve also had a horrible headache all day from caffeine withdrawal so this may be tainting my outlook right now....

  • Fall Cleanse

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 4, 2011 | 10:32 am

    I’ve been doing a yoga teacher training on the weekends for the last few weeks.  I did it mainly to deepen my yoga practice but it turns out, I love it a lot more than I realized I would.  In any case, I’m approaching Week 7 and this means that on Monday, November 7th, I begin a five...

  • The skin game

    September 16, 2011 | 1:49 pm

    Most of us have one body part that we’d like to change, be it our double chin, our tuchis or our belly. And as a quick fix, plastic surgery has become pervasive – according to the American Academy for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 1.6 million surgical cosmetic procedures were done...

  • Wrap mind, and body, around Holy Days prep

    By Rachel Heller

    September 14, 2011 | 11:46 am

    Traditionally, the weeks leading up to the High Holy Days are a time of account settling for Jews, marked by personal reflection, repentance and prayer.

    But how about some Jewish yoga to get the ball rolling? Why not try some visualization exercises or Jewish meditation?

    About 30...

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