WELCOME TO THE YOGA AND JUDAISM CENTER

The primary focus of this yoga is not on physical exercise, but is rather "yoga beyond the mat," focusing on meditation, mysticism, philosophy and psychology.
Likewise, the focus on Judaism here is on "Hebrew Spirituality", the spirituality within Judaism, not the religion.
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Quote of the Week 306- Myth and Mistaken Assumptions

It is tragic that religious fundamentalists, on the one hand; and atheists (including, in particular, Neo-Darwinian fundamentalists) on the other tend to see no further than the literal acceptance of the Bible. Hence they base their hostility to each other regarding religious belief on the mistaken assumption that this is the true and only interpretation.

Turning first to the Intuitive aspect: It is unfortunate that neither the Creationist nor the Atheist understands the true meaning of the word ‘Myth’. It has, too often, been mis-represented as ‘Falsehood’. However, in its spiritual meaning ‘Myth’ is a symbolic story or legend used in Scripture to present a moral or wisdom teaching, but; told in the form of language usually used to describe historical events. The correct understanding of Myth is important, for it stems from the archetypal consciousness of Mankind.

--Bill Heilbronn, from The Courage of Uncertainty; A Jewish View of the Continuing Evolution of Faith in the Fields of Religion and Science

CURRENT TEACHING SESSIONS

One of the leading teachers in my yoga tradition is currently on a national lecture tour. To find locations and dates, go to www.yogainternational.com. Pandit Rajmani is an excellent lecturer, and I highly recommend trying to attend one of these sessions.


The Secret of the Yoga Sutra

with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Spiritual Head, Himalayan Institute


The Yoga Sutra is the source wisdom of all yoga traditions. It holds the key to unlocking the mystery and power of yoga, and finding ultimate fulfillment and freedom. And Pandit Tigunait is a Master par excellence, for he embodies the profound insight and experiences of the Masters of a thousand-year-old lineage.


In this inspiring lecture and workshop, grounded in time-tested wisdom, you’ll discover the promise hidden in the Yoga Sutra, and gather the tools and means to experience the missing element of your practice. It will be like the Himalayas coming right to your doorstep.

Main topics include:

  • What is the Yoga Sutra, and why its teachings are so crucial to us now
  • The Yogic understanding of our body and mind, and how to tap into our innate wisdom
  • How to access the power of mind and reclaim mastery over our personal world
  • Reconfiguring our life for joyful and purposeful living
  • A guided practice for experiencing our self-luminous join

Join Us for an evening with an Expert on what sometimes seems illusive, a life without pain....



Thursday, September 19, 2013

Quote of the Week 279 - Reasons to Go to Synagogue


That wonderful storyteller Harry Golden makes this point in one of his stories. When he was young, he once asked his father, “If you don’t believe in God, why do you go to synagogue so regularly?” His father answered, “Jews go to synagogue for all sorts of reasons. My friend Garfinkle, who is Orthodox, goes to talk to God. I go to talk to Garfinkle.”

--from When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner

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