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Coming Back to Breath

By Michelle Azar

August 2, 2013 | 6:00 pm

Some days, it’s all hard. The thing you thought you had taken care of that time still does not work. The thing you wanted, try as you might, feels still so out of reach, and the things... read on

  • 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... read on

  • 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... read on

  • 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... read on

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  • Orthodoxy. And when to throw it away.

    By Michelle Azar

    May 17, 2013 | 5:33 pm

    As many of you know, I am (was?) a rigid Ashtanga Yoga practitioner. Never mind that I never got much past the beginning of second series (there are six)  or that I have yet to travel to Mysore. It consumed my life, or at least my mornings, for a long time.

    Yesterday during my... read on

  • Torah Flight

    By Michelle Azar

    May 6, 2013 | 4:50 pm

    I watched as my Torah portion flew out into the street. The pages were in the basket of my bicycle as I rode to Milky’s on Friday afternoon to study in advance of chanting this Shabbat. Milky’s boasts frozen yogurt with lots of choices for their special food needs clientage like... read on

  • Why Jews stand on their heads

    By Michelle Azar

    April 22, 2013 | 2:45 pm

    There is still room tonight for Jewish Wisdom and Wellness discussion: WHY JEWS STAND ON THEIR HEADS.

    I will be speaking on panel with other instructors moderated by Rabbi, Anne Brener. We will talk about our own journeys, give some examples of the yoga we enjoy practicing, and take questions as well. RSVP’s are required, click on this link.

    Thanks in advance for your continued interests,
    Michelle

  • 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... read on

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