Jewish Journal

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 tingling of the triangles that bring me back to my first yoga retreat in Palm Springs. And I realize how far I have come in my tolerance of all things new and different.

Having grown up in a Jewishly inspired household, I had shunned all things that seemed antithetical to the basic tenants of Judaism- you know, like chanting in another language while sitting in front of little idols, that sort of thing. The obsession I developed for the yoga postures, led me to the study behind those postures, which invariably lead to a discussion (or two) of religion. Of worship.

I will be speaking about this subject this coming MONDAY NIGHT, APRIL 22 as part of the Kalsman Institue’s Wisdome and Wellness week. Please sign up for what is sure to be a very interesting panel of instructors, with dinner at 6 pm,  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. RSVPs are required, click on the link below.

Click here.

I hope to see some of you there,

In peace and understanding,


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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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