We’re thrilled to share the news of a forthcoming Torah Yoga retreat led by Diane Bloomfield. If you don’t already own a copy of Diane’s book, then buy one! No Jewish Yogish bookshelf is complete without one. Here’s the link to the retreat, with some more information below-

http://isabellafreedman.org/torahyoga

All-inclusive 5-night stay presented in partnership with the JCC in Manhattan
Experience the wonder of Torah study and the groundedness of yoga practice with Diane Bloomfield, whose teachings spring forth from her own deep learning in Jerusalem.

This 6-day course is part of an ongoing series of Torah Yoga retreats, each of which focuses on the teachings of a particular Torah master. The February retreat focuses on the Shabbat teachings of the Sfat Emet, a great 19th century Chassidic rebbe who taught: “I have a good gift in my hidden home and Shabbat is her name.” Through the study of the Sfat Emet’s teachings and the practice of select yoga postures, we will dive into the inner world of body, mind, heart, and soul to reveal the gift of Shabbat. (Although the course ends on Friday morning, Torah Yoga students are encouraged to remain at Isabella Freedman to celebrate the Shabbat starting that evening. Click here for more information about staying for Shabbat.)

Each morning, Diane will lead a full Iyengar yoga practice that is integrated with a teaching from the Sfat Emet. In each session, we will focus on a different family of thoughtfully sequenced yoga poses including standing poses, forward bends, baby back bends, and beginning inversions, so that throughout the week we will cover a wide and balanced range of poses. These yoga sessions are suitable for all levels of experience. Trained Torah Yoga assistants will be available to help individual students adapt the poses as needed.

Each afternoon, we will learn the Torah text from that morning’s practice through classical shiurim (teacher-led Torah), group discussions, and traditional Jewish chevruta (study with a partner). Knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary because we will examine original Hebrew texts together with their English translations. We will also use Diane’s English translations of previously untranslated Sfat Emet teachings. At the end of each day, the afternoon Torah study sessions will be integrated back into a series of restorative yoga postures and breath work.

One of the most precious practices in the Jewish tradition is called Torah LishmaƑthe study of Torah for its own sake, with no other goal in mind. A primary goal of this course is for students to taste the sweetness of Torah Lishma. Adding yoga to Jewish learning adds a new and unique experiential dimension to Torah Lishma.

Whether they come as teachers, healers, rabbis, cantors, artists, therapists, dancers, or curious learners, students often leave a Torah Yoga retreat with a deep desire to share Torah Yoga with others as. Those who are already teaching Torah Yoga will find renewed inspiration and sources from the texts and translations brought to this retreat…..Click here to read more – http://isabellafreedman.org/torahyoga