Jewish Journal


by Michelle Azar

April 10, 2013 | 10:32 am

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I miss matzah. I actually miss it.  One would thing a week that dry piece of cardboard might be enough, so it makes me wonder… what am I really missing? The “food” itself or the surroundings?

This Passover was spent with family, ALL family really, from the newly born to the super extended loved ones; members of all ages and locations were present at one point or another. It was a rich and emotional week. As is the holiday’s theme, I felt the heights of freedom and joy, right alongside those of constriction and obligation. Being out of your environment can be stressful, and magnificent. Perhaps, being with Family also delivers some of  the same feelings… Now, back within my four walls, I am comfortable but longing too for the tastes of those surroundings.

Today’s moon day offers me pause. It is important to notice the pain of longing and then recommit to the life you chose to lead.  Finding markers, ways to other act significantly in community with our groups, small and large, are ways I try to reconnect me. There are events coming up the next two weeks that I will attend with my family, and I hope to see some of you there  as well.

Sunday, April 14: Walk To End Genocide at Pan Pacific Park. This phenomenal event also offers music, food, drum lessons, and a great amount of information. We ALL left last year feeling very proud to have participated, to give much-needed support to the survivors of genocide and mass atrocities in Sudan and Congo. When you walk, you help build a school, empower a woman, protect a child, support a community.

And later that day, one of my ashtanga teachers, the lovely Pranidhi, is hosting a Sound Bath at OMKAR 108 Yoga in Culver City  from 4-5:30pm. It will be an afternoon of gentle pranayama, chanting, meditation, and a long, deep savasana accompanied by Tibetan singing bowls. Here’s a link to the FB event also.

The following Sunday, April 21, is the PARKINSON’S WALK in Santa Monica. We have participated in this since my girls were in strollers, as we have many close friends afflicted. Please join us in showing your support, or sponsor/donate if you cannot come. Any amount is helpful.

And lastly, I will be speaking on a panel: IS YOGA KOSHER? Come hear what it is all about MONDAY APRIL 22.


FLOW  at 9:30 AM ONLY

See you soon,

Walk to End Genocide

Please click here to sign up to my team!

Monday, April 22:  Is Yoga Kosher?

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