Over time, athletes — especially those who focus on a single sport —
develop imbalances that can lead to reduced performance and injury.
Yoga can help you become aware of these imbalances and create greater
symmetry. Yoga also can help you improve your balance, flexibility, strength,
and mental focus. Awareness of proper alignment can also aid in preventing
injury and long-term wear and tear.
Strength is an important factor in athletic performance, yet athletes
frequently develop strength at the expense of flexibility, resulting in short,
tight muscles. A healthy muscle is one that is strong and supple. Over time,
muscular imbalances can lead to a reduction in freedom of movement and athletic
performance. Through yoga, you can train your body to be both strong and flexible.
I find that while athletes know that stretching is good for them, they often
don’t have the patience to make the time for it. Yet, taking a little time off
the field can significantly bolster your game.
As an avid soccer player, yoga has helped me stay healthy and able to compete.
I teach classes geared specially for athletes to focus on common problem areas,
such as tight shoulders, hips and hamstrings.
Along with teaching yoga, I serve as a Spiritual Leader at
Kehilla Community Synagogue where I also direct the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program.
In these roles, I lead prayer services and also guide young people to explore
what is sacred and meaningful to them. This work has helped me to more
fully appreciate how our bodies are that vessel that houses our souls.
When we are more present in our body, we can more deeply experience the
wonder of our existence.
I also teach asana classes (physical postures) where I interweave Jewish
teachings with a directed asana sequence. The Jewish content often focuses
on a specific theme. Examples: the kavannah (intention) of a prayer (such as
gratitude or joy), a Torah story (such as freedom from slavery), a midah
(character trait or value) such as cultivating chesed (lovingkindness) or
gevurah (strength, containment). A class will usually incorporate Hebrew terms
and singing or chanting.
CD Now Available
Moving with Morning Blessings: A Guided Yoga Pracitice with Jewish Song and Prayer $15.
With verbal cues, you will be guided through a gentle yoga practice while
simultaneously experiencing songs and prayers that follow the order of
the Jewish morning service. The CD is available to purchase from
Sandra in person and online.
To download the Prayer Text and Yoga Illustrations (PDF) click here.
Just for fun, here is a brief illustrated excerpt from "Moving With Morning Blessings"