Yiddish Yoga: Ruthie's Adventures in Love, Loss, and the Lotus Position

Yiddish Yoga: Ruthie's Adventures in Love, Loss, and the Lotus Position

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by Lisa Grunberger
     
 

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The poignant and funny tale of a recently widowed New York City Jewish grandmother, who accepts her granddaughter's gift of a year of yoga lessons with surprising results.A Bubby like Ruthie doesn't necessarily come to yoga with the most open of minds. At first, she is skeptical of yoga and its promise of renewal, healing, and transformation. Ruthie

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The poignant and funny tale of a recently widowed New York City Jewish grandmother, who accepts her granddaughter's gift of a year of yoga lessons with surprising results.A Bubby like Ruthie doesn't necessarily come to yoga with the most open of minds. At first, she is skeptical of yoga and its promise of renewal, healing, and transformation. Ruthie can't resist poking fun at some of the new words and rituals she encounters, translating the exotic language of yoga into the more familiar idiom of her native Yiddish culture.As Ruthie’s journey progresses from week to week, she forges new paths, new postures, and unexpected friendships, slowly overcoming her grief. Yiddish Yoga is a poignant, witty, and human story of love in its many expressions—between grandmother and granddaughter, between an older woman and her younger yoga teacher, between a widow and her husband of fifty years. As Ruthie learns to let go of the past without forgetting, she shows us how to embrace the present with new vigor, strength, and courage, all the while making us laugh.This small-format gift hardcover features original illustrations, and glossaries of Yiddish and yoga terms.

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"I love Yiddish Yoga! It could be the new Haiku for Jews or Zen Judaism."—Susan Weis, Breathe Books, Baltimore

"Yiddish Yoga is ultimately a short story about transformation, a warm and likable tale about letting go of the past, and living in the moment. It is about putting the 'om' in shalom."—The Jewish Journal, Boston

"The greatest joy of Yiddish Yoga is its matter-of-fact depiction of a reassuring fact—that growing older doesn't mean we have to stop growing."—The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

"I fell in love with Ruthie…An absolute delight."—Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Awareness

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557049087
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/21/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
499,349
File size:
1 MB

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