Yoga at Your Seder?
March 25, 2013
Looking for a new and exciting way to spice up your family’s Passover Seder? Check out these two great Yoga poses for you and your family to try at your Seder table this year!
Why not try this one at your Pesach table? You can even do a seated version by placing your hands on the side of your chair and arching your back backwards, just like a camel. It’s easy when you know how. The yogis called this posture ‘Ustrasana’ and it’s all about opening up your heart space and feeling free. We often read how Pharaoh had a ‘hard heart’ (look in the Book of Exodus/Shmot and see if you can find where it is written). On Pesach we are trying to keep our hearts soft and open to other people – that’s why we begin the seder by saying ‘all who are hungry, let them come and eat’. So….try Camel Pose and open up your heart!!
It must have been pretty exhausting building the pyramids and the Children of Israel probably had very sore legs and backs. Trikonasana, or Triangle Pose, is good for increasing strength and healing injuries. We read in the Hagaddah how ‘everyone who increases the story of leaving Egypt is praiseworthy’. In other words, the more creative you are, the more points you get. So why not get creative? Whenever the word ‘slave’ is mentioned you could get everyone around the table to do Triangle Pose so that they can remember the pyramids, and whenever there is a mention of ‘freedom’, everyone has to do Camel Pose. After all, it is the camels which helped shlep our stuff to freedom, to the Holy Land, to Eretz-HaKodesh...