Tefila (Prayer), Tzedakah (Charity/Service), Tshuvah (return/union/repentance), these are the central themes of the High Holidays which are globally explored by the Jewish Religion each year during the two month long sacred period. Spend the weekend of Selichot (penitential prayers recited the weekend before Rosh Hashanah) with Interfaith Minister, Reverend Sam Rudra Swartz, preparing for the High Holidays, immersing yourself in this sacred time, and exploring the connections of the central themes of the High Holidays and how they relate to Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, Japa Yoga (mantra repetition), and Raja Yoga.
As all religions have a deep connection with yoga, in this workshop we will take a look at the practices of Judaism as a yoga practice, developing a personal Jewish practice, and how to find a community that supports both. The weekend will include chanting, traditional prayer, meditation, light hatha yoga, pranayama, and philosophical discussions relating the Jewish and the Yogic. People of all faiths and levels of yoga are welcome.
Reverend Sam Rudra Swartz, is an ordained interfaith minister and certified in Integral Yoga as a Hatha Yoga, Meditation, and Raja Yoga Teacher. He received his Bachelor of Music in Brass Performance, Tuba Concentration from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts Music School in 1996. Ordained by Rabbi Joseph Gelberman from the All-Faiths Seminary in New York City in 2004. He is a resident of the Integral Yoga Institute Ashram in New York City where he teaches a weekly Hatha Yoga class as well as being an active substitute for many classes per week which include Gentle Yoga classes. He has performed wedding ceremonies in several states and has led Jewish Services in many different synagogues in many different cities.