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Temple Israel's joga' class combines yoga
KERI GUTEN COHEN
Story Development Editor
Distributed: Week of September 10, 2004
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ver since Temple Israel
Rabbi Paul Yedwab
teamed up with Yoga
master Jonny Kest of
the Center for Yoga to teach a
series of classes last fall that blend-
ed yoga with the study of
Kabbalah, people keep pestering
them for more.
"People were upset they missed
it, so we've put together this one-
shot, in-depth session open to the
public, free of charge," Rabbi
Yedwab said about "joga: Jewish
Yoga and Kabbalah" at 7 p.m.
Monday, May 17, at the temple.
In preparation for his first Joga
series, Rabbi Yedwab began to
"The idea came before my prac-
tice, but once I started, I want to
keep it in my life," he said.
"In the class, I serve two func-
tions: I teach Kabbalah (Jewish mysti-
cism) and I'm there to show that if
Yedwab can do the yoga, anyone can."
The class is open to novices or
those with yoga experience. Rabbi .
Yedwab and Kest have worked out
a curriculum that ties together spir-
itually, intellectually and physically.
Following their plan from the fall
series, which drew 225 people, they
will combine traditional study of
Kabbalah concepts with music,
guided meditation, yoga and group
singing of niggunim (wordless
melodies), accompanied by Rabbi
Yedwab on the guitar.
Kest, who learned yoga as a teen
living in Hawaii, leads the yoga ses-
sions, walking through the social
hall, gently talking the group
through the moves and giving reas-
suring touches on the back along
the way. Instructors from the
Center for Yoga assist to make sure
people are doing the poses correctly.
"We're pretty excited about it,"
Rabbi Yedwab said. "We teach both
yoga and Kabbalah legitimately —not
as one in the same thing. This is a fun
way to try it with no impediments.
The pair plan a Joga weekend
retreat in November. ❑
Above: Yoga master Jonny Kest begins a
class with deep breathing.
Below: Git Feldman of West Bloomfield
concentrates on her yoga posture.
For more information on the
May 17 session, call Temple
Israel at 661-5700. Wear loose-
fitting, comfortable clothing.
Bring water and a yoga mat, if .
you have one.