Torah Yoga: Experiencing Jewish Wisdom Through Classic Postures [NOOK Book]

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This highly original book introduces a fascinating new approach to yoga and Torah by combining the practice of classic yoga postures with traditional and mystical Jewish wisdom. Each chapter begins by presenting a central Jewish spiritual concept that engages readers of all faiths on a personal level. It offers an in-depth exploration of the concept, quoting and commenting on sacred Jewish texts from the Pentateuch (Five Books of Moses) and other sources. It then guides its readers with mastery and clarity ...
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Torah Yoga: Experiencing Jewish Wisdom Through Classic Postures

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Overview

This highly original book introduces a fascinating new approach to yoga and Torah by combining the practice of classic yoga postures with traditional and mystical Jewish wisdom. Each chapter begins by presenting a central Jewish spiritual concept that engages readers of all faiths on a personal level. It offers an in-depth exploration of the concept, quoting and commenting on sacred Jewish texts from the Pentateuch (Five Books of Moses) and other sources. It then guides its readers with mastery and clarity through a meditation and a set of fundamental yoga postures--clearly illustrated by beautiful photographs--for both beginning and advanced yoga students. The Torah concept is actualized and experienced through the practice of these postures. Torah Yoga helps to heighten awareness of body, mind, and spirit?it illuminates the heart of Jewish wisdom.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Students of Torah may never have considered yoga, just as students of yoga may never have considered Torah. Yet Bloomfield, a yoga instructor and longtime student of the Torah, seamlessly connects the two as she teaches readers how to engage body and breath while meditating on Jewish wisdom. Like any good teacher, Bloomfield carefully lays out her lesson plan and instantly engages her reader. She approaches her seven topics for reflection with a thoroughness employed by the most rigorous yeshiva student. At the same time, her posture instruction is clear and easily understood. Quoting the yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, Bloomfield reminds us that "Yoga was given for the human race, not the Hindus... [it] is for the culturing of self and that self-culture has no barrier." She universalizes the Torah references and demonstrates a keen ability to unlock the plethora of doors found within the Hebrew language. For instance, Egypt is not only the land of ancient slavery; as she points out, with the change of a few vowels, the same Hebrew letters spell the word for "narrow straits." The center letters of the word, when paired, connote limitations and pain, yet are surrounded by letters that, when combined, spell the word for water "a symbol of unlimited possibilities... a harbinger of new life." Readers of any faith or athletic inclination should do their souls a favor and investigate this illuminating guide. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
“…Hatha Yoga can enhance…spiritual practice [of other faiths] …Diane Bloomfield…has succeeded brilliantly examining this” (www.yogaandhealthmag.co.uk)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787973407
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/31/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 797,166
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Diane Bloomfield is the creator of Torah Yoga and teaches it throughout North America, Israel, and Western Europe. Visit torahyoga.org for Diane's current teaching schedule and for more information about Diane and Torah Yoga.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Using This Book.

1. The Hidden Light.

Centering Meditation.

Mountain Posture.

Triangle Posture.

Warrior Two Posture.

Standing Forward Bend.

Simple Sitting Twist.

Bridge Posture.

2. Constant Renewal.

Opening Meditation.

Seated Mountain Posture.

Extended Child Posture.

Downward Dog Posture.

Locust Posture.

Cobra Posture.

3. Leaving Egypt.

Opening Meditation.

Extended Side Angle Stretch.

Wide Legs Standing Forward Bend.

Staff Posture.

Head Beyond Knee Forward Bend.

Reclining Mountain Posture.

Knee-to-Chest Posture.

Reclining Leg Stretch.

Reclining Twist.

Resting with Legs on Chair.

4. The Essential Self.

Opening Meditation.

Chair Twist Posture.

Supported Standing Forward Bend with Chair.

Standing Forward Bend over One Leg.

Revolved Triangle Posture.

Hero Posture.

Resting Fish Posture.

5. Body Prayer and Alignment.

Meet-Your-Spine Meditation.

Upward Reaching Prayer Posture.

Tree Posture.

Warrior One Posture.

Reclining Hero Posture.

Camel Posture.

Bow Posture.

6. Daily Satisfaction.

Centering Meditation.

Cobbler Posture.

Supported Cobbler Posture.

Sitting Forward Bend.

Seated Angle Posture.

Supported Cross-Legged Forward Bend.

7. Remembering to Rest.

Opening Meditation.

Supported Extended Child Posture.

Resting Side Twist.

Supported Fish Posture.

Supported Bridge Posture.

Gentle Inversion Posture.

Relaxation Posture.

Glossary.

Notes.

Annotated Yoga Bibliography.

The Author.

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