Yiddish Yoga: Ruthies Adventures in Love, Loss, and the Lotus Position (Large Print 16pt)

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Oct 6, 2010 - 120 pages
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Meet Ruthie: a recently widowed New York City Jewish grandmother who doesn't necessarily come to yoga with the most open of minds. But when her granddaughter Stephanie gives her a year of yoga classes as a gift (''I think it will help you grieve, Bubby''), she doesn't want to risk offending her. At first, Ruthie is skeptical of yoga and its promise of renewal, healing, and transformation (''You know what's wrong with yoga? They haven't mastered the art of kvetching!''). She can't resist poking fun at some of the new words and rituals she encounters, translating the exotic language of Yoga into the more familiar idiom of her native Yiddish culture. As Ruthie's journey progresses from week to week, she forges new paths, new postures, and unexpected friendships, slowly overcoming her grief. Yiddish Yoga is a poignant, witty, and human story of love in its many expressions - between grandmother and granddaughter, between an older woman and her younger yoga teacher, between a widow and her beloved husband of fifty years. As Ruthie learns to let go of her past without forgetting, she shows us how to embrace the present with new vigor, strength, and courage - and above all, makes us laugh.
 

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Newmarket Press is calling this debut a "hardcover gift book" since it's a slim volume full of original drawings by Art Glazer to go along with the often hilarious text. Ruthie is a recently widowed ... Read full review

Contents

THE COST OF DREAMS
1
RUTHIE GOES TO YOGA
2
SCHVITZING AND NOSHING IN YOGA CLASS
4
WHAT TO WEAR TO YOGA CLASS?
6
PROPS
7
SAT YAM LUPINSKY A MENSCH
8
TOUCHYFEELY YOGANOT
9
INJURIES
10
ON STIFFNESS HUMOR AND GRIEF
18
THE MONKEY MIND
19
MUDRAS
20
SUN SALUTES
21
YOGA OF KLEZMER
22
DANCING SHIVA POSE
24
SETTING A NEW INTENTION
26
TREE POSE
27

YOGA ADJUSTMENTS FOR A WIDOW
11
MEDITATING
12
KAPALABHATIWHO?
13
DOWNWARD
14
DEVOTIONAL CHANTING
15
LION ROAR
16
CULTS
17
LATENESS SHMATENESS
28
SEATED CHAIR POSE
29
BRIDGE POSE
30
WISHING FOR A KVETCHING CLUB
32
KABBALAH AND YOGA
33
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About the author (2010)

Lisa Grunberger holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Religions from the University of Chicago Divinity School and teaches writing in the English department at Temple University in Philadelphia. She has taught yoga for many years, and is also a published poet and performer.

A native New Yorker from Long Island who grew up with an Israeli mother and a Viennese father, Lisa was immersed in "Yiddishkeit" from a young age. "Yiddish Yoga" is her first book.

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