Creating meaningful connections
One Palestinian and one Jewish teacher that both teach in Palestine will teach a joint class combining two styles of yoga: vinyasa flow and ashtanga. The class will emphasize connection and creating space. The class will be followed by a discussion about Jennifer and Jamey's experience teaching yoga in Palestine.
Yoga in Palestine
Jamey and Jennifer will speak about their experience teaching yoga in Palestine. Jennifer, who teaches in Ramallah, cultivates classes aimed at creating spaciousness through breath – to combat trauma, ease tension and stress in the mind and body, and to allow for connection beyond traditional debate. Jamey, who teaches yoga in Hebron and Beit Ummar will discuss his work with children living under very difficult circumstances. His classes with the children combine breath and movement while also teaching some basic words in English.
Jennifer, a Palestinian American whose family were internally-displaced refugees in 1948 to become Israeli citizens, started practicing yoga while in graduate school in Washington, D.C. in the mid-2000s. Her Vinyasa Flow practice and teaching style incorporate elements of Prana Flow, Jivamukti Yoga, Hatha, and Power Yoga traditions. She completed both her 200-hour teacher certification and Yin Yoga specialization in D.C., and has studied under Prana Flow founder Shiva Rea, Senior Jivamukti Teacher Yogeswari, and Power Yoga leader Kiersten Mooney. She has taught in the D.C. Metro area, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem, and currently teaches a regular class in Ramallah. She is personally and professionally guided by the principle of cultivating connection through spaciousness, and infuses each class with philosophical and physical practices to this end. She is based between Haifa and Ramallah, where, in addition to teaching yoga, she is a business advisor for entrepreneurs and the private sector. You can follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/asfurahyoga.
Photo credit: Jenny Nyman, Imagine Studios