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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Yoga in Jerusalem [Slideshow]

in World News, YD News

Spurred on by the story and awesome images of The Kolbergs, a Jewish family doing their yoga in ultra-orthodox Israel, Reuters published a slideshow of devout Hasidic Jewish men practicing in a studio in Ramat Beit Shemesh, about 12 miles from Jerusalem. Among them, Iyengar Yoga teacher Avraham Kolberg.

Here we are offered insight beyond what we’ve come to know and expect yoga and practitioners to be. And it’s a wonderful thing.

The first caption reads:

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men take part in a yoga class at a studio in Ramat Beit Shemesh, some 20 km (12 miles) from Jerusalem January 1, 2013. Almost a dozen devout Jewish men meet weekly at the studio, the only one of its kind in a neighborhood where tensions have flared in the past between religious and secular Jews. The studio offers gender separated classes in accordance with the religious beliefs against mixing of the sexes in public.
REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man does yoga on his mat before the start of a class in Ramat Beit Shemesh

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man does yoga on his mat before the start of a class in Ramat Beit Shemesh

Yoga instructor Avraham Kolberg sits beside a student during a yoga class in Ramat Beit Shemesh

Yoga instructor Avraham Kolberg sits beside a student during a yoga class in Ramat Beit Shemesh

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men take part in a yoga class at a studio near Jerusalem

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men take part in a yoga class at a studio near Jerusalem

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men take part in a yoga class at a studio near Jerusalem

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men take part in a yoga class at a studio near Jerusalem

Yoga instructor Avraham Kolberg leads a class in Ramat Beit Shemesh

Yoga instructor Avraham Kolberg leads a class in Ramat Beit Shemesh

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man does yoga on his mat before the start of a class in Ramat Beit ShemeshYoga instructor Avraham Kolberg sits beside a student during a yoga class in Ramat Beit ShemeshUltra-Orthodox Jewish men take part in a yoga class at a studio near JerusalemUltra-Orthodox Jewish men take part in a yoga class at a studio near JerusalemYoga instructor Avraham Kolberg leads a class in Ramat Beit Shemesh

See the rest of the photos here.

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12 comments… add one
  • Wonderful – and recently there was a YTT in nearby Ramallah, West Bank with Palestinians… Yoga can bring the world together in peace 😉

  • Sai Kumar Reddy

    Looks like Iyengar Yoga. Very good!

  • honomann

    It’s refreshing to see an all male yoga class. Equally refreshing is there is no Lululemon in sight!

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