Oct. 24, 2019

Bereishis

Lessons of Bereishis

“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field.”

Adam and Eve had everything they needed for a beautiful life in the Garden of Eden. “And God said: ‘Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed—to you it shall be for food; and to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creeps upon the earth…every green herb is for food.”

Only one thing was unavailable to them. “…but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it; for in the day that you eat it you shall surely die.”

 

Yoga—Basic seated pose

You have everything you need to practice yoga.

Take responsibility for your yoga practice and make it “yours” by adapting the poses to suit your body.

Be grateful for all that you have.

Make the freewill decision to be the best you that you can be.

 

Sit on the yoga mat.

You may want to sit on the edge of a folded blanket.

Cross your legs, like you did in camp as a kid.

Try to get your knees close to the ground.

Do not force or strain.

Our hands are on our knees with palms up.

We are receptive to our yoga practice just as we are receptive to Torah learning.

Eyes closed and breathe deeply through the nose.

Recross your legs with the other leg closer to your body.

Relax, close your eyes, inhale and exhale through the nose.

This pose is good for stress reduction.

It is a calming pose. The pose helps us develop patience.