Yoga in the Big City
Written by: Gili Karev
In the past few years, yoga has grown from an esoteric hobby to one of the hottest trends in the country, with hundreds of thousands of self-proclaimed “yogis” identifying themselves with this ancient Indian way of life.
On Saturday, May 12th, hundreds of yoga bums along with the nation’s top yoga instructors are set to participate in this year’s 33rd Yoga Convention for the first time in Tel Aviv. The event will take place at the Bikorei HaItim Center (6 Heftman St), as part of the “Celebrating India in Israel” events.
Israel’s top instructors will be holding various workshops and giving lectures about the diversity of yoga methods. Participators are encouraged to learn about the different ideologies behind each specific practice, and get a chance to meet some of the country’s most influential yoga teachers.
Workshops are intended for advanced instructors and practicers, and will be held alongside open lessons suitable for yogis of all levels. More specific classes will be held for women, children, and the elderly, along with classes gearing towards the world’s most prominent yoga practices today. The classic Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Shadow yoga will also be available in open classes.
The convention will also be holding a panel called “The Autobiography of the Yogi”, in which three seasoned Israeli yoga instructors - Priah Hart, Rachel Zolberg and Rina Twil – will tell their tales about how yoga changed and has become a part of their lives. If you feel like an extended break, there will also be a discussion room where participators can take part in lectures by two yogis who have come from India to talk about contemporary yogic practice and ideology.
The convention is only one day and begins at 9am. Tickets are 150 NIS for members of the Israeli Yoga Teacher’s Association, 250 NIS for the general public. To snag a spot visit: http://www.isyoga.co.il/show_kenes.php?id=89