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What is Torah Yoga?

Torah is the wisdom and the way that has guided the Jewish people for thousands of years.

Yoga is the ancient practice of using breath and movement to enlighten body, mind, heart, and soul.

Torah Yoga ® offers an experience of Jewish Wisdom through Iyengar yoga instruction together with the study of traditional and mystical Jewish texts.

With the Torah Yoga ® approach you can learn and grow holistically.   By studying with your whole self, you acquire wisdom that can inspire and guide your whole life.

How Do I Learn Torah Yoga?

You can learn the Torah Yoga ® way from Private and Group Classes, Lectures, and Shabbat Retreats.   Click When/Where...? for the time and place of currently scheduled events and for information on how to schedule new events.   You can also learn from the Torah Yoga Association and from the Torah Yoga Book.

Torah from Jerusalem

Many people are interested in the textual Torah basis for Torah Yoga.   Diane Bloomfield is now teaching online "Torah from Jerusalem" classes which include many "Torah Yoga" texts.   The classes focus on Sfat Emet, the Chassidic Gur rebbe, with additional material from Rav Kook and others.   Classes are held online (using WebEx Meeting Center) for an hour.   The entire class is recorded and available for download aferwards.   To register (do this first), contact Diane via email at dodirb@gmail.com.   Diane will personally explain how to do payment for the first month.   Thereafter (do this from then on) use the buttons below to pay for your classes.   These payments are either $50.00 for one month (3 or 4 classes), or $300.00 for one year (40+ classes per year).

Payment for 1 Month - $50

Payment for 1 Year - $300

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What's the Torah Yoga Association?

The Torah Yoga Association offers online, detailed, individual posture instruction (Iyengar), 7-minute Tastes of Torah Yoga ®, and half-hour Torah Yoga ® Mini-Classes.   It offers other Torah & Yoga teachings from different teachers.   Members are able to respond to these teachings.   The site can help students and teachers find each other using our safe, privacy-respecting Students and Teachers Directories.   Membership and all content are currently free.

Want to share with others, or find help, friends, or a soulmate?   Each member can write a User Note—this is a free-format personal webpage viewable only by other members of the TYA.   Create and read User Notes in the TYA Students/Teachers Directory.

The TYA believes in security and so we host encrypted (https) sessions.   Our SSL website certificate is from GoDaddy and should be automatically recognized by your browser.

To join the Torah Yoga Association, click the Membership Application Form.   In addition to online, detailed, individual posture instruction (Iyengar), the TYA offers 7-minute Tastes of Torah Yoga ® and half-hour Torah Yoga ® Mini-Classes.   Online instruction can never take the place of a live instructor or chevruta, nevertheless, these online guides can be very helpful in building a home/office practice.   For more information, click An Invitation to Join the Torah Yoga Association.

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The Torah Yoga Book

newly posted    A French translation edition is being planned!

The Torah Yoga book is published by Wiley (Jossey-Bass) in both softcover and Kindle formats.

Publisher's Weekly says "Readers of any faith or athletic inclination should do their souls a favor and investigate this illuminating guide."   Click here to read the full Review. (doc file, 90 KB)

You can order the Torah Yoga book online directly from Amazon (click the left-side cover picture, or Torah Yoga below it, to go there right now!).

 

Click here to see the full Table of Contents. (doc file, publisher's format, 160KB)

Click here to read an excerpt from the Introduction. (pdf file, manuscript format, 138KB)

Click here to read an excerpt from Chapter 4, The Essential Self. (only 3 postures—pdf file, publisher's format, 270KB)

Click here to see the complete Endnotes. (pdf file, manuscript format, 138KB)

Bring the book to a Torah Yoga class and Diane will write a personal inscription for you.

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An Invitation to Join the Torah Yoga Association

From Diane Bloomfield, Jerusalem

Dear Reader,

Shalom!   I am pleased to invite you to join the Torah Yoga Association.   Why should you join the Torah Yoga Association?   To begin with, it offers online, detailed, individual posture instruction (Iyengar style), 7-minute Tastes of Torah Yoga ®, and half-hour Torah Yoga ® Mini-Classes.   It offers other Torah & yoga teachings from different teachers.   Members can respond to these teachings online.   Students and teachers can find each other using our safe, privacy-respecting Students and Teachers Directories.

Want to share with others, or find help, friends, or a soulmate?   Each member can write a User Note—this is a free-format personal webpage viewable only by other members of the TYA.   Create and read User Notes in the TYA Students/Teachers Directory.

It is more than 20 years ago that I first had a vision of the spiritual power, beauty, and truth of bringing the practice of yoga and the study of Torah together.   Since that time, I have been teaching Torah Yoga ® across the Americas, Europe, and Israel.   Torah Yoga ® is a dynamic, new way to learn Torah every day.

In his interpretation on the Shma, the medieval commentator, Rashi, teaches that when we listen to the old, we hear what is new.   It is my prayer that Torah Yoga will teach you to experience what is new in the ancient words of Torah as they reverberate in your own body, mind, heart, and soul—and that, with this dynamic synthesis, you may experience Torah that is abundant, life-enhancing, healing, inspiring, and joyful.

To join the TYA, click the Torah Yoga Association Membership Form and fill in all the blanks.   Then click the link in an activation email.   Membership and all content are currently free.

Kol Tuv
Diane Bloomfield

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This page last updated: Thu 21 Jun 2012.   Please note that Torah Yoga is a registered trademark.