spirituality by any other name

many years ago in a galaxy far, far away (well, malibu), a synagogue asked me if i could do “jewish yoga” for their women’s group.

never one to say no to any opportunity anywhere ever, of course i said yes. whatever jewish yoga was.

so, i put together this whole class that tied together yoga poses and theory in a way that i thought was very jewish. i was pretty much flying by the seat of my pants, but it sounded good anyway.

after the class, the rabbi’s wife came up to me and said, “that was amazing…how do you know so much about kaballah [jewish mysticism]???”.

i didn’t really know how to answer because the answer was that i didn’t know the first thing about kaballah. i just knew about general spirituality…and ultimately, spirit is spirit no matter where it comes from.

from that evolved a whole “kaballoga” series that i taught at temples all around los angeles. i did it! i created jewish yoga afterall.

fast forward a decade (or more).

a couple weeks ago, i had the hugest honor of rabbi david wolpe coming to my home, speaking to my yoga students about jewish spirituality, and even eating my lasagne. (if you know anything about my cooking skills, you know what a big deal that is!).

if you don’t know who rabbi wolpe is, brief synopsis: most influential rabbi in america (newsweek), top 50 most influential jewish people on earth (jerusalem post), and one of the 500 most influential people in los angeles (los angeles business journal). he’s kind of a big deal.

but i digress.

he came to talk to my students about jewish spirituality and–what do you know!–it was all fully applicable to everyone in the room, regardless of religion, race, or creed (what is creed anyway?).

no matter who you are, if you are interested in spiritual growth and want to hear one of the most personable, accessible, and dynamic speakers of our time, i highly recommend checking out the video of the evening. and get ready for a lot of a-ha!

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