Jewish Journal


By Michelle Azar

November 16, 2012 | 7:13 pm

There is a Sanskrit word I like very much. Drsti. Pronounced DRISTI. It means vision. This word is often used during asana, posture, practice to remind students where to place their eyes.... read on

  • time lines

    By Michelle Azar

    November 8, 2012 | 12:01 pm

    “But it’s already been 4 weeks!” she wailed. My new friend has been working out, eating differently, and wondering just WHEN were those results going to kick in.

    I smiled. I got it. Heck, I GET it. I get very result oriented when I make the decision to change. I want the change... read on

  • 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 list at home when it is time to forge ahead into the DOING part.

    I like lists because I can see... 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

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