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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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Meet Ruthie: a recently widowed New York City Jewish grandmother who doesn't necessarily come to yoga with the most open of minds. But when her granddaughter Stephanie gives her a year of yoga classes as a gift ("I think it will help you grieve, Bubby"), she doesn't want to risk offending her.

At first, Ruthie is skeptical of yoga and its promise of renewal,

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Meet Ruthie: a recently widowed New York City Jewish grandmother who doesn't necessarily come to yoga with the most open of minds. But when her granddaughter Stephanie gives her a year of yoga classes as a gift ("I think it will help you grieve, Bubby"), she doesn't want to risk offending her.

At first, Ruthie is skeptical of yoga and its promise of renewal, healing, and transformation ("You know what's wrong with yoga? They haven't mastered the art of kvetching!"). She 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 beloved 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—and, above all, makes us laugh.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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
File size:
694 KB

Meet the Author

Lisa Grunberger holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Religions from the University of Chicago Divinity School and teaches writing in the English department at Temple University in Philadelphia. She has taught yoga for many years, and is also a published poet and performer.

A native New Yorker from Long Island who grew up with an Israeli mother and a Viennese father, Lisa was immersed in Yiddishkeit from a young age. Yiddish Yoga is her first book.

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Yiddish Yoga: Ruthie's Adventures in Love, Loss, and the Lotus Position 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
D-J More than 1 year ago
Picked this up as a quick beach read. It caught my eye and looked funny and cute, which it is, but, as I got into it, the deeper meaning and life lessons became more obvious. This book can bring a wonderful new perspective to those who've endured loss, or people who love and care about someone who has. Just as a gentle touch can mean so much more, this book is so much more than 'fluff' and is quite a worthwhile read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Luv2Yoga More than 1 year ago
Very easy light hearted reading. I smiled a lot and can think of a couple of ladies who would enjoy receiving this as a gift... maybe with a certificate for one or two free yoga classes.