Jewish Journal

Hardly Working

By Michelle Azar

September 30, 2015 | 1:59 pm

Someone posted on Facebook that she being told to have an “easy fast” (on Yom Kippur) does not work for her. “If it’s not hard, it’s not working,” she wrote.... More.

  • Shutting Up

    By Michelle Azar

    September 8, 2015 | 6:06 pm

    My doctor told me to shut up last week. Maybe he said it with a teeny bit MORE bedside manner but behind his tired smile, was still the simple message,... More.

  • Bit(e) of Baghdad

    By Michelle Azar

    July 31, 2015 | 1:31 pm

    The food truck options were plentiful and I was getting confused. Did I want to go clean and combat Portland’s famous Salt and Straw ice cream... More.

  • To Sleep or Not to Sleep

    By Michelle Azar

    July 19, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    I like to sleep. I like to stay under my covers as long as possible, as often as possible, and I do not like to be awoken by the mundane sounds of alarm... More.

  • Present Tense

    By Michelle Azar

    July 6, 2015 | 6:23 am

    I’ve been surprised by how tense I have felt in this beginning of summer. I suppose there is a lot going on. There have been lives suddenly cut short.... More.

  • Toolbox

    By Michelle Azar

    March 28, 2015 | 9:29 am

    I was dying for candy. I finished an audition, and felt that open wound feeling- the one that begs to be filled by something sweet. I used to indulge... More.

  • Traffic Un-Jam

    By Michelle Azar

    March 13, 2015 | 10:49 am

    One of my students asked me today was it worth it. No, not the yoga practice, the driving. She was referring to the new play I am doing at the Boston... More.

  • Mind as Parent

    By Michelle Azar

    February 17, 2015 | 3:03 pm

    It is truly remarkable to me how much time our brains have to fool around. As I become more deeply immersed in watching my thoughts, the more astounded... More.

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Michelle fell in love with the practice of Ashtanga Yoga, the system of Hatha Yoga taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, some 13 years ago while doing a play in San Francisco. Having...

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