In a Gesher Yoga a™? Meditation & Jewish Spirituality session, we begin with a pasuk (verse) of Torah (teaching), Ta€™fillah (prayer) or Middah (soul quality). Laura has been practicing yoga since the early 1990a€™s, beginning with a wonderful teacher, Hari Zandler, in a private home in Mt. Lauraa€™s personal meditation practice began in the attic of her family home on an old carpet swatch placed by a window, way back in Jr.
At Earth Spirit Yoga we provide an opportunity for personal change which allows for a potent and tangible insight into our own true capabilities and potential. We can access the part of ourselves that is free of doubt and fear and release an extraordinary force within that is omnipresent and capable of liberation and transformation. If you have the courage to blast through the shackles of your own mind and perception then join us in Peru and Bolivia.
At Earth Spirit Yoga we have designed our retreats & expeditions integrating a multitude of powerful experiences to create focussed, profound and life changing journeys for all who want to a€?thrive and excela€™. We have two decades of experience working with powerful high profile traditional spiritual leaders, wisdom keepers and medicine people and a decade of facilitating our Wisdom Keepers Retreats & Expeditions in South America. We have the skills, knowledge, wisdom and the necessary vital connections and relationships to offer a professional and complete service. Due to demand we have expanded our range of powerfully transformational retreats & expeditions in South America to meet the needs of our clients. With a decade of experience our ceremonies are extremely safe, well orchestrated and refined. Earth Spirit Yoga works exclusively with traditional native Medicine People with whom we have a long standing relationship. One on One Mentoring is a valuable tool for receiving guidance from an experienced meditation teacher.
We offer Quality Private Yoga Therapy and Instruction, Small Group Classes, Local, Regional and European Retreats, as well as In-Depth Studies 100-800 Levels, Continuing Education Courses, Mentoring and Guidance for Yoga Teachers, Therapists and Health Professionals. Our Director, Ema Stefanova, an accomplished yoga teacher and therapist, and a University of Michigan Integrative Medicine Referral Practitioner, belongs to the world-renowned Satyananda medicinal and spiritual yoga lineage. This authentic and carefully preserved system of classical yoga and meditation is uniquely adapted to the needs of modern society.
It is highly therapeutic, holistic, and comprehensive, always personalized and relevant in its applications, unsurpassed in its published works, and above all in highly trained master teachers like Ms. Yoga offers us exactly that; a bridge that yokes our outer world of skin, muscles and bones to our inner world of breath, soul and intuition. An aspect of this pasuk becomes a thread woven throughout the asana (posture) practice and gives the student a concept to reach for in their mind, heart, body and spirit as the session unfolds. Locations include the Peruvian Amazon Jungle, the magnificent Andes mountains, the Sacred Valley of the Inka and the very stunning Lake Titicaca.
They cleanse, purify, regenerate, energise and transform our very being to enable us to heal our bodies and minds and connect more deeply with our own inner knowledge, wisdom and power. They carry the wisdom and power of an unbroken and impeccable lineage as the health and well being of clients is essential.
It's a chance to learn and deepen your practice from the ground up, to bring the practice of mindfulness more fully into daily life and to sustain inspiration for an ongoing spiritual practice. We are dedicated to your true yoga and meditation education and experience in comfortable & attractive settings.

You can spend time developing a personal practice to help with a health condition, or life transition, or learn and master meditation. Mindfulness meditation offers us a similar experience as we become aware of physical sensations while we sit, walk, do simple daily tasks with engaged attention or even lay down in a restful yet alert posture (this may be the most compassionate pose if you live with a chronic health condition that makes sitting or walking difficult). What an amazing introduction into the beauty and friendliness towards ones own sacred vessel these foundational yoga experiences were. She did not know she was meditating, did not have the vocabulary to describe it as such back then. Mindfulness meditation offers us a similar experience as we become aware of physical sensations while we sit, walk, do simple daily tasks with engaged attention or even lay down in a restful yet alert posture (this mayA  be the most compassionate pose if you live with a chronic health condition that makes sitting or walking difficult). This is also an opportunity to apply skillful tools for dealing habitual patterns and thoughts, fears, anxiety, grief, etc., while also learning to develop and deepen self-compassion and lovingkindness. Whether a total beginner or a seasoned practitioner, you will enjoy and benefit from authentic highly customized expert guidance.
Jewish Spirituality also instructs us on how to live a life that is simultaneously secular and sacred through the ancient teachings found in the Torah, commentary on the Torah, historic and contemporary midrashim (stories), prayers, and mitzvot (commandments) and ultimately by listening for the still small voice of the Divine who dwells within each of us. Also incorporated into the practice is a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy tool for self-inquiry. These classes were an entryway, much like a garden-gate leading toward a flower edged path.
The question: a€?Whata€™s happening now?a€? is offered at selected moments within the structure of the class to allow the student to dive deeper into the present momenta€¦the simple yet potent question a€?Whata€™s happening nowa€? becomes a Gesher, linking each persons mental, physical, emotional and spiritual experience to the teaching as well as their own sacred intelligence. But looking back it is clear that that is exactly what she was doing; her young heart and mind, body and spirit KNEW what to do, how to be, how to just BE. He discarded all books and the opinions of others, carefully thought about it for himself day after day, until unexpectedly he felt an "insight" about it that created a surge of energy unlike anything he had ever experienced. With patience and nurturance through asana practice, meditation and the wisdom of a kind and wise teacher, the cultivation of these seeds of love could begin, and their tender roots and shoots began to grow into a lifelong passion. Really, it could be said her mindfulness began much earlier perhaps at six or seven with long walks in the woods around her house and (was it hours?) reclining on her favorite dogwood bough gazing endlessly at the changing cloud formations in the vast sky above.
He sensed enormous inner freedom, a new kind of intelligence, and a significance to life that he had never felt before.
If you live outside of the Middle Tennessee area, phone consultations or Skype sessions are available. Her first experiences of yoga as a Jewish spiritual practice was through Pa€™nai Or Fellowship, a Jewish Renewal Community in Philadelphia a few years later. Her formal sitting practice began in 2005 through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, under the guidance of Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg. He began to talk about it with his friends, family, and coworkers, however it became quickly obvious that it was not something people could readily accept or understand. It wasna€™t until she met Rabbi Myriam Klotz through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality however, (where Laura completed an 18 month in-depth spiritual leadership program for Teen Educators), that she began to truly understand the potential of combining the ancient wisdom of Judaism and Yoga.
She receives ongoing support from Sheila and even though she might not realize it,A Sylvia Boorstein, who Laura had the pleasure of studying with at a 5 day silent meditation retreat co-facilitated by Sylvia and Sheila (a dynamic meditation duo!) Laura also had the honor of taking an online metta meditation class with Sylvia through Spirituality & Practice. Laura was fortunate to go on to be one of the first graduates of the Yoga & Jewish Spirituality Teachera€™s Certification Program at Elat Chayyim with Rabbi Klotz and Diane Bloomfield (author and founder of the Torah Yoga Association in Jerusalem, Israel).
Laura has participated in several online meditation courses with Gil Fronsdal through Audio Dharma,A and a heart opening online class with Janice Lynne Lundy called Buddha Chicks.

Eventually Templeman kept it to himself, stopped talking about it, and did not explore it any further. The energy he had once experienced began to fade until it seemed to disappear altogether.A  A In 1998 Templeman accepted work as a latent fingerprint examiner with the City of San Jose, became a senior fingerprint expert, taught classes, and, for fun, designed a mathematical model for fingerprints (T-Model). He studied the works of Frances Galton and Karl Popper, and in particular, he appreciated the work of Richard Feynman, a colleague of Bohm, who emphasized the need for careful and honest experiment to learn about things, the importance to approach life with doubt, and how he felt he knew nothing with absolute certainty.
Lisa began teaching in 2005 and received dharma transmission from Trudy in 2010 in the Thai Forest lineage of Ajhan Chah and Jack Kornfield.
Templeman worked at San Jose for 15 years, and the energy he had experienced years earlier was a distant memory.A  A In 2013 Templeman retired from San Jose, and found himself with an abundance of free time.
She was called upon as a featured educator at events such as Cornerstone Fellowship, a leadership program offered through the Foundation for Jewish Camping and Jewbilee, a retreat offered through TCI (The Curriculum Initiative).
He initially began to focus on his physical health, and learn about diet and exercise from notable authors including Ray Kurzweil and Sanjay Gupta.
She regularly leads daylong and residential meditation retreats nationally plus contemplative photography and writing workshops. Laura was also interviewed by author Paula Amann and featured with several other Jewish yoga teachers in the summer issue of Jewish Womena€™s Magazine 2008. He also started to take regular long walks, which renewed his love and appreciation for nature.
Lisa has also taught mindfulness and meditation in universities, non-profits and corporations such as Vanderbilt University and Nissan Corporation.
Lisa has also participated as a panelist in two Huffington Post Live Webcasts, "The Power of Mindfulness" and "Be More Miserable." You can view the segments by clicking on their links. He spent hours carefully thinking, reflecting, and contemplating everything that he observed and whatever ideas came to mind. Most importantly he spent long hours in meditation, which was a meditation that did not involve any system of thought, but instead was a way of looking at things without the filter of thought to distort the observation.
It brought with it a similar energy he had experienced before, however it had greater depth and intensity.
Templeman described the energy as follows:A "The field of vast, immense energy comes and goes on its own without warning.
The body was well rested, relaxed, and seated upright in a hard cushioned chair, comfortable, but not too much so. The whole movement of thought was finished and as a result the brain was free to watch and listen.
Outside there were the sounds of passing cars and a gentle breeze was blowing the tree branches and leaves. The room was bathed in soft shadows and the morning sun slowly creeped into the East windows. It seemed to force all bodily senses, the eyes, muscles, breathing, to freeze in awe, wonder and unspeakable humility.
The intimacy, the immense, infinite other, whatever it was, remained for an unknown period.

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