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The Practice of Kaballah and Yoga

A way to bring body and mind and cultures together

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Illustration Credit: Star of David by June Moon

Today’s kaballah typically happens from the neck up. Most students of this ancient Jewish mysticism sit on their butts and study. Eyes squint at translations, brains strain through mystic theory, tongues cluck with questions.Today’s yoga typically happens from the neck down. Most practitioners of this ancient Hindu mysticism roll out their mats and stretch. Muscles burn, joints compress, lungs expand, hearts pound.It wasn’t always this way.Kaballahists used to dance. They’d wander through the woods, ecstatically incanting midnight prayers. They’d gather on Sabbath Eve, clasping hands and spinning beneath the stars. Ancient kaballahists served the Creator with their bodies, from the soles of their feet to their yarmulke-capped heads. They danced to know God through their blood and bones.Yogis used to sit. They’d spend lifetimes in meditation, working to weave the brain’s animalistic, limbic structures with their more sophisticated frontal lobes. Yogis revered the power of the mind. They stretched not to look good, but to prepare their spines and limbs for long hours of contemplation.When I teach kaballah …

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