Jewish Journal

To Do List

By Michelle Azar

November 2, 2012 | 10:51 am

If you’re like me, you like lists. To do lists, grocery, recipe lists… They make me feel organized. And sometimes, reveal just how disorganized I really am, as I often FORGET the darn... read on

  • Repair

    By Michelle Azar

    October 31, 2012 | 4:07 pm

    I had always heard it takes 21 days to change a habit. Too short, I realize now. Too easy to revert to the previous ways. I have been on a repair program now for a good 7 weeks ( and three days, but who’s counting) and I am feeling change in a way I have never felt.

    I know,... read on


    By Michelle Azar

    October 28, 2012 | 10:25 am

    As my brain searches for its wakeup today, the morning prayers rumble within me like shooting stars. I hear one in my head and try to catch it only to find another one ready to burst into view. I am simultaneously energized and contented by these flashes around me, flashes of... read on

  • tweeting my dad

    By Michelle Azar

    October 19, 2012 | 10:53 am

    My dad called me the other morning.

    “Meeshelle….” He was trying out his Saturday morning leisure voice, but I knew better. Born in Iraq and raised in Israel, my father has a thick and specific Middle Eastern accent. We, his American fans, compete vigorously over who can imitate... read on

  • The sh’ma portal

    By Michelle Azar

    October 18, 2012 | 12:22 am

    As I lay on my mat for savasana the other day (Wanna know what SAVASANA is? Come to class..), the Sh’ma escaped me. Truly, that is how it felt. I have often said these words after practice in lieu of or in addition to the closing Sanskrit chant.  However, this time I said them not... read on

  • 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... read on

  • Insight LA

    By Michelle Azar

    October 5, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    There is a wonderful little spot in Santa Monica called INSIGHT LA. They hold workshops and retreats, as well as a weekly meditation night on Thursday's. By donation only .
    The lovely Diana, newly invested as a teacher there, speaks from her teeny body about the difficulty with,... read on

  • Practicing

    By Michelle Azar

    September 28, 2012 | 3:42 pm

    Patanjali, who compiled the Yoga Sutras, an important collection of aphorisms on Yoga practice, said,


    I just realized he doesn’t say  WHAT all will come. I assumed it was all “good things” or “all ability to do more back-bends and longer... read on

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